“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read”. – Charlie Jones
What a true statement! In our singleness we have been given the gift of flexibility and time. One of the ways I have been most intentional about living fully alive now is through the books I choose to read. Books and the truths we clean from them are a bit like bricks we can use to build the framework of our character. Through several short posts spread out through the remainder of this 31 Days Series, I’m going to try to share with you several of the books that have impacted my life the most. I could tell you why I like each of these books, but really, all my mini reviews will come out sounding mostly the same : They changed my life! So I’ve included a few quotes and ideas so you can taste them for yourself.
Warning: If you want to live comfortably, don’t read these books. They are not for the faint of heart. In their pages I have wept more tears of repentance, change, and growth. But also have I found freedom, strength, and grace.
If forgiveness is a debt paid, than offense is a debt owed. What would it look like to Be led by the Spirit – not reaction?
“For many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.’ – Notice it does not say, “For as many as react to a difficult situations, these are the Sons of God”- Bevere
This spring I wrote a full review on this book. Check it out here.
Elizabeth Elliot was single for five years while loving a man she did not know if she could ever marry. Over the years she was married three times loosing her first husband as martyr and the second to cancer. She knows a few things about loneliness can be found in every stage of life. You see loneliness isn’t something that just singles struggle with, singleness is just the best opportunity we have to learn how to handle it.
“… this acceptance I speak of is not passivism, quietism, fatalism, or resignation. It is not capitulation to evil, or a refusal to do what can and ought to be done to change things. It is a distilled act of faith, a laying one’s will alongside God’s, a putting of oneself at one with His kingdom and His will… Acceptance is abandonment [of self], the great risk of great lovers, when an awesome power is given over – the power to hurt…. To love means to open ourselves up to suffering.” Elisabeth Elliot – Loneliness
This book is about choice. About relationships. And single friends, ‘relationships’ is not a word for romantic couples, it’s for us too. Any person you see on a regular basis you have a relationship with. Therefore, this book is for you!
“I choose you.” This is the foundation of true, lasting relationships. It is the foundation for God’s relationship with you. As Jesus declared to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…” 1 Jesus chose you in the most difficult of circumstances. He chose you while you were in sin, while you were His enemy. His side of the relationship with you does not depend upon your choice, but entirely upon His choice. The question is whether or not you will learn to build your relationships with Him and others upon the foundation of your choice.” – Danny Silk, Keep Your Love On
If you want to throw out this book after the first few chapters (I get it, and I almost did) But– keep reading! This book was so
foreign to the way I was used to doing relationships that it rankled me to no end. I was only rankled though because I was a powerless person. What’s a powerful/powerless person? Well guess you had better read to find out!
Live intentional and fully alive today – pick up some books and start building! What have been some of the most character building books for you? I’m always reading – Comment below? I would love to hear your suggestions.
“3 Books on Life, Every Single Should Read” is a part of the “Today’s The Day: Being Single and Fully Alive” a 31 Days Series. To read more from this series please click here.