I am a lover of books, I have had a love affair with reading my whole life; unfortunately I don’t get to read as much as I would like. My favorite author of all times is Zora Neal Hurston. My favorite book by Zora is Their Eyes Are Watching God. I don’t read much fiction these days but I plan to do something about that. Here are a few of the books I am reading right now (there are many others I am trying to put in my rotation).
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst I purchased this book and study guide about 2 years ago but never got around to finishing it, I pulled it out a few months ago and it is just what I needed. It’s a bible study about making wise decisions not just good decisions but the best decisions. Lysa is an awesome bible teacher but what I love about Lysa is her transparency she is so relatable. Lysa details how we can be so consumed with obeying God in the big things we miss the small assignments He gives us.
If we want His directions for our decisions, the great cravings of our souls must not only be the big moments of assignment. They must also be the seemingly small instructions in the most ordinary of moments when God points His Spirit finger saying, Go there. This book has helped me to say no to good things so that I can say yes to the best things. There is an exercise that helps you determine how much “spare” time you have http://thebestyes.com/time-assessment-tool this helped me carve out time to work out and to write my blog. She shares when she hasn’t always made the best decisions, as well as examples of wise women in the bible. I highly recommend this book and study guide.
Christy Wright is a Certified Business Coach she is part of the Dave Ramsey Team. All of my adult life I have dreamed of staring a business but I was scared, I made excuses and talked myself out of why I couldn’t or shouldn’t start. I would hear Christy on the Dave Ramsey Show and I loved her message and her passion for women entrepreneurs. A friend and her sister attended the Business Boutique conference in Nashville last fall and they absolutely loved it! She told me about Christy’s Business Boutique podcast; I started listening in my car on my ride into work I was so encouraged by her guest who are ordinary women doing what they love! I like my job but I don’t love my job I want to love what I do. Her book Business Boutique is essentially a guide to making money doing what you love. After each chapter there are action items to complete there is also an option to print each out the action items. There are chapters on fear, social media, your purpose for your business, playing to your strengths and so much more. The book is an easy read, I am inspired to start a business (not sure what yet) but I have a few ideas. As women I think we often take for granted our gifts and talents we use on a daily basis; that could be cultivated into a business, a need that we could be fulfilling and doing what we love! One of my favorite quotes from the book “Do it scared” just start!
One of my co-workers told me about a devotion on the bible app called Chase The Lion it was a seven day devotion that I thoroughly enjoyed. Fast forward a few months later my church did a series on you guessed it Chase The Lion by Mark Batterson. This book is about not putting God in a box by not dreaming big audacious dreams that only God could fulfill. This book challenges me to stop playing it safe, to stop letting fear get in the way of me trusting God with the things I can’t see that’s faith right? Some of my favorite quotes from the book: Great conflict cultivates great character. If you want to live an epic life, you have to overcome some epic challenges. You have to take some epic risks, make some epic sacrifices. God wants to write His story through your life. And if you give Him complete control, He’ll write an epic.
Do you see a theme here? Stepping outside of my comfort zone, taking risk, dreaming big, and making wise decisions. WHEW that’s a huge order but I am up to the challenge! What are you reading? Who is your favorite author? What’s your favorite book? Do any of these books interest you?