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Friday, September 26, 2014

Worth the ReRead

"Remember, it is not hasty reading- but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee's touching of the flower, which gathers honey- but her abiding for a time upon the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most- but he who meditates most. who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian." Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices

I'm a firm believer that rereading is of the greatest importance. While we may thoroughly enjoy a book the first time through and even profit from it, it can take lots of rereading to truly digest the content shared and implement it into our daily lives. As forgetful creatures, we can use all the reminders we can get!

That being said, rereading has been on my mind all year. These are the books that I have been {or intend to be} going over again lately.

Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick. This book brought the gospel to life for me in such a big way- I noticed major changes in my heart and frame of mind after reading it, which subsequently have diminished. Time for a review.

Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic. I completed this slim volume just earlier this year, but am already longing to be refreshed within its pages again. So many parenting books feel burdensome and overbearing- this book is just easy-to-read, chock-full of wisdom and grace and encouragement. Each chapter is a mere few pages, so it fits perfectly into a busy mom's life.

French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guilano. I read this in my very early twenties, when my metabolism was still my best friend and before babies. It contained such sensible and simple, sage-like wisdom, that I know I could really use it now!

Womanly Dominion by Mark Chanski. I read it first before having children, and it made me long so deeply for motherhood! On the second read through, it went a little slower for me, but was still such biblically sound encouragement. In a day when the Church is questioning and pushing the boundaries regarding the roles of women, we direly need its message.

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp. Heavy to work through, but very helpful in exploring the hows and how not tos of discipline, as well as all of the whys. Solid understanding of Scripture from an experienced pastor and father {who still has good relationships with his children}.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I've forgotten most of it since reading in high school, but I do remember loving it. It is on the top of so many noteworthy folks' lists that I know I need to revisit it.

Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. This challenged my heart as a Christian mother more than it addressed what to do about my children, if you know what I mean.

Anything and everything by Jerry Bridges. Seriously, anything. I grew so much in my understanding of God and His grace through reading The Joy of Fearing God, Respectable Sins, and The Discipline of Grace. I have yet to read The Pursuit of Holiness and Trusting God, but they are on the top of my list.

I've also been known to regularly revisit Jane Eyre {my all time favorite}, all 6 of Jane Austen's completed novels {Persuasion and Mansfield Park are my top two}, and Little Women. Because I am a sucker for good, old-fashioned novels.

What books do you turn to time and time again?

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