Reading used to be a guilty pleasure of mine but ever since I graduated from college, it has been a challenge to read for pleasure. There is always constant interruption and multiple things vying for my attention at the same time.
However, as a blogger, one not only needs to possess good communication and writing skills, the need to constantly seek knowledge and engage our minds through reading is equally as important.
Reading a wide range of books can inspire you to live your live to the fullest in several ways: discovering and honing your potentials as individuals, educating you to impact others’ lives, strengthening your relationship with God while moving on from past failures, and providing ways to serve the community. These books will touch on some (if not all of these points) and I hope you enjoy them.
Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by Bishop T.D. Jakes
Whether you’re a recent college graduate or a working professional, this book is for you. A prolific writer, T.D. Jakes transports us to the animal kingdom, examines their behavior, and draws on their instinct for survival and reproduction to create a masterpiece on purpose based on instinct.
We live in hard times which Bishop Jakes likens to the jungle, and the secret to survival depends on our ability to be in sync with our instincts and channel them to go after “…the opportunities life presents and discover a fresh abundance of resources.”
Full of personal and professional tools engineered in God’s design, you will find yourself thinking like the person you aspire to be and are meant to become!
Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life by Sarah Jakes
Sarah Jakes is not only the daughter of the anointed Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter House, she is a survivor. Teen mom at 14, women’s ministry leader in her early twenties to over 35,000 church members, divorcee at 24, and single mom to two children.
And she is baring it all in her new memoir, Lost and Found. From going to strip clubs; enduring emotional abuse from her cheating husband dealing with the shame and criticism from Christians and non-Christians, to healing, Sarah Jakes shares it all.
Lost and Found is a story of finding love and acceptance in a God she’d given up on, and discovering her new-found purpose in her mess. A story of hope and encouragement, you too can forget your past as you absolve yourself in a wonderful story of how Sarah’s pain was turned into perfection.
Worship Matters:Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God by Bob Kauflin
This book focuses readers on the essentials of God-honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world. The author, a pastor and noted songwriter, skillfully instructs pastors, musicians, and church leaders so that they can root their congregational worship in unchanging scriptural principles, not divisive cultural trends.
I know what some of you are thinking: “I am not a worship leader!” While Bob touches on various topics, from the definition of worship to the ABCs of how to lead worship, the beauty of this book lies in its ability to transcend cultural barriers and denominational affiliations, which makes it perfect for people from various backgrounds or those who want to serve in the church.
Jesus was a servant leader and the concept of servant leadership resonates throughout the book. Worship Matters is full of teachings on how to lead effectively and serve without placing emphasis on you, you, YOU!
Still by Eniola Prentice
By now you’re probably mourning the lack of good old guilty pleasure prose in my selection, ha! I present to you Eniola Prentice, a Nigerian blogger turned Christian fiction author.
Mention Karen Kingsbury and I’ll say Eniola Prentice! Still, a provoking romance tale about flawed, impressionable, and evolving young Nigerian medical students takes you through a roller coaster of emotions and settles beautifully on the issue of mental health, daring you to embrace logic and kick superstition to the curb.
In her debut novel and series, Eniola tackles tough questions on faith and forgiveness, teasing us with the smell of developing characters in the oven, making you beg for more.
These are the books I plan to
read finish this summer and I would love to hear some recommendations from you as well. What’s on your book shelf this summer?