What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday morning? Mine would be brunch (with mimosas, french press coffee & all the breakfast foods), a good workout (perhaps before that decadent meal) and a trip to my local library. Where else can you get thousands of free books, CDs, DVDs and magazines? The library is an amazing place that I would highly encourage you to visit if you haven’t been in a while. It also represents so many good, good things: community, knowledge and empowerment to name a few.
Over the past year or so, I’ve greatly increased my love of reading and wanted to share a few of my recent favorite picks with you.
- “A Trip Around The Sun“: I can’t sing this book’s praises loud enough. It is written by two men who seek to turn everyday life into an adventure–one is in his forties (Mark Batterson) and one in his seventies (Richard Foth). Each short chapter contains a story from Foth’s perspective and one from Batteron’s. What I love most about this book is that it challenges you live outside of your comfort zone and in their words “quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death”. Amen!
- “God For the Rest Of Us“: This book was written by Vince Antonucci who started a church on the Las Vegas strip to show that God’s love and grace are extravagant. Here’s a short excerpt where Vince speaks about how his church combated the hateful street preachers often found on Vegas’ streets:
“It’s very common to find “street preachers” here on Fremont Street, loudly declaring who God hates. There’s a problem with that, and it’s that GOD LOVES. The Bible says that “God IS love” and that he sent Jesus not to condemn, but because of and in love.
The truth is that God loves…homosexuals, gamblers, strippers, abortionists, prostitutes, addicts, and you.
And so we apologize for anything you’ve ever heard that would lead you to believe otherwise. The reason they spread a message of hate is because there is power in hate. But we have chosen the way of Jesus, the way of love, and find it far more powerful.
We have taped our mouths shut as a symbolic way of offsetting the verbal abuse you may have heard in the past and may hear tonight.”
- “Fodor’s The Carolinas & Georgia“: I almost always have a travel book with me, as I love to dream, scheme and plan my next trip. Since I’m headed to Asheville shortly, I am currently perusing these pages quite often!
Question for you: What’s on your current reading list? Do you have any recommendations for me?