At the start of this new year, I find myself thinking about some of the books I have read over the last year and how they have impacted on my life, if at all.
Needless to say, the Bible is my daily food and over the last year, having spent time not only reading it, but also studying it closely, it has drawn me so much closer to the Lord Himself. It has enabled me to share with others some of the treasures it holds and also the definite challenges to us as individuals.
But I have read several others in traditional book format, as well as in audible format whilst completing other tasks.
An author I have found amazing – so alive and descriptive – one can feel, touch and experience the content and the content is riveting. The author is Frank E Peretti. The two books were “This Present Darkness” and “Piercing the Darkness”. This is so spot on with regard to the times we are living in and highlights the fact that as Christians, if we are truly trying to walk with the Lord, we experience spiritual warfare. These books paint such a clear picture of spiritual warfare and the need for earnest and ongoing prayer. It shows so clearly the tremendous power in prayer. These are all topics very dear to my heart.
Other Christian writers that have helped me in my spiritual walk during this last year have included Dr Ron Rhodes, John McArthur, David Jeremiah, Tim la Haye and Jerry B Jenkins, Warren Wiersbe and Lorraine Lorenz. They are factual and deeply spiritual writers (and speakers).
Other books that have been practical and helpful include, Brian Tracy’s “Master your Time, Master your Life”, “The Power of Self-Discipline – No Excuses” and “Eat that Frog – 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastination and get more done in less time”; “Second Chance” by Robert T Kiyosaki; a great favourite secular book which is practical and inspirational is Jim Rohn’s “The Day that Turns Your Life Around” and the audible book, “The Ultimate Zig Ziglar Library”.
But, without a doubt, the best book ever, remains the precious Word of God, the Bible, which provides everything we could possibly need for our life here on earth and to prepare us for our eternal home.