Welcome to our Read It Closer Book club
‘Present Over Perfect’ by Shauna Niequist.
Blurb about the book:
‘We often find ourselves exhausted, isolated – longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busyness and roles. This is a compelling vision for living in grace, rest, simplicity, prayer, and connection. What would it look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and practice standing in God’s grace in the middle of the mess and ordinariness of life?’
This book may be especially helpful for those of us who may find the busy pace of life – family, home, work, church, serving, ministry, friends etc – can often catch us unawares with moments of overwhelm, and can dampen our joy. For anyone struggling to get a good balance in life, to live freely and fully as God intends, if you’re trying and wanting to make some changes – big or small – but are not sure how, this is for you. It’s lovely to read, with small bite sized chapters, and Shauna shares honestly and with vulnerability. This book gently reminds us that life is not just about living for Jesus, but walking with Jesus. I underlined something on nearly every page (but that’s how I read!). So I’m looking forward to reading it again with you all.
Present over Perfect is available from many online bookstores. So pop the book in your basket and let us know what you think!
Recommended Teen Books
Megan highly recommends Andy Croft and Mike Pilavachi books.
Lifelines is good for getting into your bible. It shows how Jesus is within both the old and the new testament, it also an overview of the bible in 20 pages!
Storylines gives accounts of specific people in the bible. For example, David, Ruth, Solomon etc. Andy and Mike also relate the characters stories to situations in the here and now, and have a bit humour too!
Deborah Gregg highly recommends a big fat book called ‘Unlocking the Bible’ by David Pawson. She says – This is a big book, but don’t let that put you off. There’s a chapter for every book of the Bible, and gives you essential background info, main themes and message, puts it into context, helps you to understand it. For me, it is the most comprehensive Bible study guide that is also straightforward to read and really useful to me, helping me to understand so much better. Really great to dip into, for example if you wanted to read through a particular book of the Bible, then also read his chapter about that book at the same time, it really helps to unlock the Bible. It does what it says on the cover…!
Priscilla Shirer has a daily devotional called ‘Awaken’.
This has more of a journaling style. Priscilla draws you into bible text and brings application to your own life. She ends each day with a challenge, where there is space for you to write your own thoughts.
Lysa Terkeurst has a daily devotional called ‘Embraced’. This is beautiful gift for either yourself or someone in your world. Lisa is easy to read and has a warm writing style that gentle challenges as you start or end your day.
UCB The Word for today – Either order a daily reading or read on-line – http://www.ucb.co.uk
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
No matter where you are in the unfolding seasons of life, there are some great resources and encouragements out there just waiting for you to grab hold of.
Faith Treasury is co-owned by Emma Beaney and Deborah Gregg. Their shop includes Bible Journaling kits and downloads, gifts, beautiful artwork, cards and goodies. www.faithtreasury.com
Ann Voskamp emails/blog at www.aholyexperience.com. We can also recommend her book ‘One Thousand Gifts’, if you like her style of writing, who knows it could be a life changer.
Emily P Freeman is also a favourite and has a blog – www.emilypfreeman.com/blog/ She has written several books including Grace for the Good Girls for women, along with Graceful for teen girls.