"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Recent Reads (vol.12)

I've slowed down a bit in the reading department thanks to our marriage gig, but I'm still on track to meeting my goal! Right on track as opposed to being 2 books ahead in my last Recent Reads post. But anywho. I've read some good ones lately! (I really feel like that every time, though...)

Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before by Sonja Corbitt and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

I usually jot down my thoughts in my DIY reading journal once I finish a book, but all I have for this book is a bunch of quotes. It really did inspire me to read Scripture more (also a factor in me slowing down with my book list), so I highly recommend it if you need some encouragement. It explains the who, the what, the where, the when, and the how of the Bible, which is extremely helpful in understanding it. One of the quotes I wrote down:
"We read and study the Bible to know God, and know ourselves more fully" (page 208)

Naked Marriage: Uncovering Who You Are and Who You Can Be Together by Dr. Corey Allan

I had kind of mixed feelings about this one, probably because I had high expectations and hopes. I loved the sections on boundaries, working on yourself, and being vulnerable - all things that have greatly impacted my marriage. A few parts made me go "eh" and there was one sex-related comment that is a big no for Catholics - so just keep in mind that he isn't Catholic. Christian, yes, which is nice, but he was missing out on sacramental graces and all which us Catholics know are a huge part (well, THE MAIN PART) of marriage. Overall, though, I liked it.

Forever: A Catholic Devotional for Your Marriage by Jackie Francois Angel and Bobby Angel

Ah, a Catholic marriage book. Logan and I read this together starting right before Lent because the book is a 6-week devotional. We really enjoyed it! Most days only took 5 minutes, which we usually did at night before bed. It focuses on Theology of the Body and we had some great takeaways....one being inspired to hang a crucifix above our bed. Because, sacrificial love. Highly recommend this one to married couples! (And you don't need to be Catholic to read it!)

The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order by Scott Hahn

Oy vey. I didn't realize I was on a three-streak with marriage books. (I might have a problem.) This one was SO good. It's not a typical Dr. Hahn book, but I was really inspired (even more) to focus on the sacramentality of marriage and the importance of all sacraments as a part of our daily lives. I really had a bunch of epiphanies reading this, like God creating the marriage of Adam and Eve as the first relationship on earth because marriage is the foundation of society. Our society is failing because marriage is failing! I could go on and on but you should just read it. Even if your'e not married.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Why yes, I do read fiction sometimes. LOL. This was my April book for my reading challenge with friends: a book that won an award in 2017. It was a bit depressing because it's about slavery, but I liked it. 

One Beautiful Dream: The rollicking tale of family chaos, personal passions, and saying yes to them both by Jennifer Fulwiler

I read this in less than 3 days, if that gives you any indication of how much I liked it. Jen shares a much-needed message right now and it was perfectly timed for me. (Seriously, that always happens!) I'll be thinking about this one for awhile. Also, she is hilarious.

What good books have you read lately??

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