What's On My Shelf (April 2021)


"The mere brute pleasure of reading-the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing." - G.K. Chesterton

Watching cows graze in the pasture may seem a tad dull or monotonous. But, I think as they hang around munching, they are feeling content and satisfied in their endeavour, which isn't all that far from the joys of reading.


Here's my book roundup to end a long winter. I hope you find something you enjoy!



Christian Living

Hebrews For You by Micheal Kruger

This is an excellent commentary series for the believer sitting in the pews, who want to learn and better understand a book of the Bible. I've found Hebrews difficult to navigate at times with all the Old Testament references, but this book has helped break it down to see the point, that Jesus is better. Read my long review here! 5 stars!


Ragged: Spiritual Disciplines for the Spiritually Exhausted by Gretchen Ronnevik

"Your worthiness cannot help you, your unworthiness cannot hinder you"


When I picked up this book, I didn't think of myself as 'spiritually exhausted,' but I came to recognize how even the spiritual disciplines can become "works" that I come to rely on, when faith is really all about remembering His work. She helps us peel back the layers, and baggage we carry, regarding the who, what, where, when, why and how of our relationship with the Lord, and encourages us toward a life carrying a lighter yoke, resting in his provision and his grace. 4 stars!!

The Well-Watered Woman: Rooted in Truth, Growing in Grace, Flourishing in Faith by Gretchen Saffles

"The goal of the Well-Watered Woman isn't to be someone but to know someone - the one who changes everything."


This is a book you could probably go back to again and again. Gretchen shares with vulnerability, pieces of her life's journey, to help point us toward the the Gardener, and what it means to know him, and be filled by him. She encourages us toward a life that flourishes and thrives by rooting ourselves in truth. It's for the everyday woman who needs the reminder that, "life won't ever be easy, but God is always good."


Find her on Instagram for encouragement, and the website for bible studies, journals and more. I really enjoyed this, and give it 5 stars!


Theology

The Apostle's Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits by Albert Mohler

Not growing up in a liturgical Christian culture, the first time I was exposed to the Apostle's Creed was in the African church, when we went to moved overseas to serve as church planters; it's words were one of my first language lessons. In this book, the author teaches us the importance and value of the creed, that "all Christians believe more than is contained in the Apostles' Creed, but none can believe less." The powerful words it contains, serve as a guide for us in an ever increasing secular world, to point us toward biblical truths and weed out the lies. This is an important, 5 star read, for the all believers, to help understand the basic truths we believe.


The New Creation and the Storyline of Scripture by Frank Thielman

Part of the 'Short Studies in Biblical Theology' series, this book traces the theme of the new creation throughout scripture, to teach us the storyline of the Bible. I've really enjoyed this series, but this one lacked some of the relatable writing that I've appreciated in some of the others. It's an important theme and really important