A Testament of Devotion, Thomas R. Kelly
Lots of passages in this book to meditate on for days.
“Only the inner vision of God, only the God-blindedness of unreservedly dedicated souls, only the utterly humble ones can bow and break the raging pride of a power-mad world. But self-renunciation means God-possession, the being possessed by God.”
“The wholly obedient life is mastered and unified and simplified and gathered up into the love of God and it lives and walks among men in the perpetual flame of that radiant love. For the simplified man loves God with all his heart and mind and soul and strength and abides trustingly in that love. Then indeed do we love our neighbors.“
“A practicing Christian must above all be one who practices the perpetual return of the soul into the inner sanctuary, who brings the world into its Light and rejudges it, who brings the Light into the world with all its turmoil and its fitfulness and recreates it (after the pattern seen on the Mount).“
A Heart Worth Stealing, Joanna Baker
Clean regency novel with a lot of intriguing mystery! I read it in a day.
Simplify Your Spiritual Life, Donald Whitney
Single page chapters make for an easy read. The subject matter makes for an inspiring read.
“No one coasts into Christlikeness. Any progress in godliness requires Spirit-filled effort and purpose.”
“Those who suffer best realize that even the worst and most painful parts of life relate directly to the soul and to our walk with God.”
On only using digital forms of devotional/Biblical reading, or even always using them first — “Remember, however, that a daily time of worship, before the Lord is the seeking of a Person, not just information. In these moments, the Lord bids us, as in Psalm 27:8, ‘Seek My face,” not mere facts. We come to these times to relate to our God, not to a machine.“
Experiencing Friendship With God, Faith Eury Cho
I’m already re-skimming this book and writing down my favorite quotes. I loved this book.
“To know Jesus is to experience a deep and consistent closeness. Nothing can fulfill you more. This is God’s intentional design for your being. To recognize this design and prioritize your life accordingly allows you to enjoy the fruit of faith no matter how desolate the wilderness you face.”
Last Christmas in Paris, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Very interesting layout of a book, the chapters trade from regular narrative to telling the story in letters written between the two main characters. Romance. War. Friendship. Hope. A good story.
Strong Like Water, Aundi Kolber
Such a great read. I listened to her read it on Audible, and the content was GREAT, but it’s a book I’d rather hold it my hands with a pen, sticky notes and highlighter, so maybe I’ll pick up a copy and go through again in 2024.
The Alice Network, Kate Quinn
This book alternates between two women’s perspectives, two timelines, 1915 and 1947. It came highly recommended, and it was very well-written. From the book jacket: ‘In this enthralling novel from New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.’