My boyfriend Neal & I are total bookworms. Our idea of a perfect day is being outside in the sun,
reading books, passing them back and forth, while reading our favourite lines to each other.
Books are treasures to me. Some women dream of big closets, I hope to have a fantastic library
in my home one day. Here are some books that have shaped me as of late…

Love Does by Bob Goff: Bob has lived a thousand lives it seems. His stories are captivating and exemplary of how love does things, it’s not meant to be saved for certain people or situations, it is for all. Most importantly, he shines a huge light on how Jesus is behind those acts of love. This book helped me focus all of my energy on love, and glorify God through those acts. “Love doesn’t just think about it, love doesn’t just plan it, love does it.”

Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke: I became more of a follower of Jesus, rather than a fan of Him through this book – I discovered this through Jeff’s illustration of what it means to be one of the two. This book challenges you to ask the hard questions about your life. Jeff shares his heart and weaknesses, and reveals how ultimately admitting them, and giving it all up to God is our strength and shield. I dare you to read this book.

Spoken For by Robin Gunn & Alyssa Bethke: This book taught me something profound. The bible is a love letter from God to us, and we are deeply loved by Him, forever. I loved reading through both of these women’s personal stories and how God worked in their lives to reveal His love.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: C.S. is a man whom I believe to be touched by an angel. His words have had a huge impact on my life. This book is a great introductory to Christianity. Also, if you haven’t seen or read “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” I highly suggest you do so asap. Brilliant!

Joyce Meyer Devotionals: If I am being honest, I once used devotionals more than my bible, this video taught me about the importance of putting the Bible first (not as a pep talk, or to get me through the day, but to meet with God). However, I do love devotionals for meditation. Devotionals also help me understand and apply the scripture to my everyday life.

Jesus Calling Devotional by Sarah Young: Once again, this devotional was able to help me understand the bible as well as the teachings, and love of Jesus. I love that Sarah wrote this as if Jesus is speaking directly to me, because everyday He is.

Loveology by John Mark Comer: Marriage is something I value deeply. I am not married yet, but as I draw closer to that time this book has helped me truly understand what God intended it for. You’ll find a very interesting explanation as to what God actually created marriage for. My boyfriend Neal also loves Tim Keller’s, The Meaning of Marriage, which is a similar book he recommends.

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp: Ann has taught me so much, to say the least. The most profound lesson perhaps is thanking God in our trials turns our burdens, pain and everything in between, in to blessings. If you are in pain or dealing with loss, I highly recommend this book for healing, peace and God’s grace.

I’m getting excited for Lara’s upcoming book as well, love these goodies from her shop that help encourage me!

Thanks for letting me get all personal with you today. I hope you found this helpful and perhaps you might want to read a few of these this summer. Please e-mail me or leave a comment below if you have questions, something on your heart — or if I can pray for you in any way. I love you! xo SS