embrace & ignite

It’s kinda funny how growing up in church cultivated a dream to serve and go to all the world in love. And then also churchiness cultivated a solid framework of shame that actually stifled my dream. And made me feel like I wasn’t really good enough to have such a high vision of myself as Kingdom Builder. Slowly, through an eight year high school teaching career, after having two kiddos, the steady, unconditional love of my husband, and Jesus sweetly showing me His heart, I realized I will never ever be good enough. And He wants me anyway.

So more recently when I began getting enough sleep, after the persistent years of interrupted sleep that accompanies children, I began reading again. These books and people remind me of my dream. They have helped me embrace my freedom and hope to somehow ignite it in our world.

 

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Too Busy NOT to Pray, Bill Hybels {primarly the last chapter on Isaiah 61}

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One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp {I love nestling in to the grace that oozes from Ann and her writing. I long to be so oozey.}

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Half the Sky, Kristof & Wudunn {You still haven’t read this? And that’s ok with you because?}

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Embracing Your Freedom, Susie Larson {SO GOOD. Start here if Half the Sky is just too much for now.}

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Terrify No More, Gary Haugen {These IJM people are seriously my heroes. Like real-life Avengers. Oh if I could be so badass. I hardly ever go to sleep or make it through a day without praying for the girls in this book. My heart is broken and also forced to beat harder when I consider the courage they have to make a new life.}

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The Gospel of Ruth, Carolyn Custis James {Just, changes how you read the Bible.}

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Half the Church, Carolyn Custis James {The Introduction alone is broadening my view of what Jesus really died for. And what He lives for now.}

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Nice Girls Don’t Change the World, Lynne Hybels {What a cool family this must be. Keep this on your guestroom nightstand. The next morning you may have to make the bed, but you will set a woman on fire. Takes 45 minutes, an hour tops.}

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The Barbarian Way, Erwin McManus {Actually makes me consider moving to California to go to this guy’s church.}

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Torn, Justin Lee {Reshapes how I see my world. I pray differently. I will engage in hard conversations.}

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Help Thanks Wow, Anne Lamott {Why have I never read her before? Just lovely.}

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Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton {Devoured. Yes please and thank you.}

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Seven, Jen Hatmaker {I laughed, I cried, I cleaned out my closet.}

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Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller {I just love Don’s writing. He makes me feel normal.}

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How Children Raise Parents, Dan Allender {Dan always has such a lovely, deeply Spiritlual take on things.}

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Captivating, John & Stasi Eldredge {Can you read? Are you a woman? Then read this.}

 Also, check out my friend Jackie’s blog. She’ll make you think. {I’m so excited that she calls me friend. Instead of stalker. Or crazy bible study girl.} http://www.jackiealwaysunplugged.com/

 

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