Books change me. I'm never quite the same after reading good words...words that make me think...words that challenge my set-in-stone beliefs...words that help to encourage and equip me to keep doing this thing called temporary. I'm never an identical ME at the end of a good book. I'm always somehow altered...or at least I should be. Because words are like that. They help you stand firm to what you know to be true and remind you to bend with grace when you need to.
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This year, I have done much bending. God has used His Word and the words He inspired in others to teach me many things. Looking back on 2014, I am not the same ME in December that I was in January.
I place the Bible in a league all its own. There are no other words more life-changing, more challenging to my temporary ME than the Truths I have found within its pages this year. Exodus, Romans, and 1st & 2nd Thessalonians have ruined me for anything but the Gospel and God's still small voice in my life.
Beyond that, one quick look at my monthly reading lists shows that my library card has gotten much use. I've read quite a few books this year. Fifteen of them have helped to shape me. I didn't always agree with every line I read. But that's all a part of the shaping process. That's when I get to examine what and why I believe the way I do and stand with resolve on the Truth I know to be true...making me stronger than I was before I turned the page.
And here they are in no particular order...
What books helped to shape you in 2014?
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