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For those of you that read, The purpose driven life by Rick Warren is Awesome, and so is Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer, both helpful and encouraging!
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I do rely heavily on my faith as it sounds like you do also. For some reason, I have never been able to get into Rick Warren. I am using a devotional this year from Proverbs by Tim and Kathy Keller and I have read a lot of Keller’s books. I tend to get a lot of ideas from my sons because they are both very faithful to God and read voraciously. I am glad you have found authors that speak to you. Because of my current phobia to crowds, I generally listen to podcasts from Passion City Church in Atlanta and enjoy those, but there are lots of good ones if you can grab them on your cell phone. Another person I really like is John Piper who recently retired from full time pastoring in Minneapolis, but started desiringgod.org which has some excellent resources. He speaks all over the US and world and actually grew up about 20 minutes from where I live during the 50’s. Thank you for your suggestions and if you have or find others, please pass along; I love to hear new people as well as my standards.
We read an Advent devotional online by John Piper, which was very good. My wife and I are reading a book by Philip Yancey about prayer. We’ve read a couple of other books by him that were lighter reading, but this one is a bit more on the scholarly side.
“The Happiness Trap” by Russ Harris. It’s a mindfulness based guide to ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His ideas are good, but I find that many of the books about creating a meaningful life, etc., tend to be quite simplistic. If only life could be done by following an approved formula.
I have read a couple of books by Yancey and enjoyed them. I am hard pressed to remember them right now. Unfortunately, I remember books as I read them and because of medications I take, not long afterwards. For a while I gave up reading books and would only read magazines, but I enjoy reading so much, I decided that the salient points would stick and I would enjoy the rest as I went. I don’t do well reading Piper, but love listening to his podcasts.
Jim, you’ve mentioned some good books and authors. I agree that creating a meaningful life cannot be done by a simplistic formula – there is no “one size fits all” in this type of work. Thanks for that reminder!
@hopeful33250 So very true!
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