My Reading List – Christian Faith Books

I am the first to acknowledge that my reading concentration stamina can be that of a gnat! Gone are the days of sitting reading understanding and absorbing for hours. It is a while since I have been able to read a book in it’s entirety. Having said that, my love for books thankfully remains undiminished.

As is not unusual, I have a post in drafts. It is about the books I have managed to read since 2012. I have a list of the books I have read since being able to read again, following an MEcfs imposed hiatus of 7 years. Bit of a tongue twister!

The list of books isn’t massive. And is recorded in a journal, both faith and fiction, so that I never forget. I make a brief note of my thoughts on them. I have read one favourite twice, and I would love to read it again. I just love seeing a book on the shelf and saying to myself ‘I’ve read that! I’m also kinder to myself. Not enjoying the book? Then stop and move on.

Fabric covered journal
My Book Journal

There are approximately 27 completed book reads. A number I am delighted with. Wahoooo!! I say ‘approximately‘. I do occasionally forget to jot some completed titles in my journal, so emotionally eclipsed by the fact that I have reached the back cover! Suffice to say I am in awe of people who can read several books in a month. But thankfully I don’t make comparisons any more. Well, not with book reading capacity.

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My total of 27 equates to 2.5 books read per year. But it doesn’t really work like that. I have book reading years and non-book reading years. Many MEcfs folk will understand what I mean.

The game changer for reading was the prescribing of B12 injections by a Consultant Neurologist. I will be forever grateful. And funnily enough have had my six weekly injection this week, by the lovely Community Nurses. Bring on the trumpets. No actually don’t, that would be far too loud!

One book I embarked on and am yet to finish is Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. But I just can’t get through it. Perhaps because I have never studied Philosophy, or perhaps because of the print size. That can be an obstacle. I may need to return to the strategy of a reading window.

Book reading recommenced one paragraph at a time. I still have to carefully limit reading time to hopefully avoid payback and a further delay in reading. But that aside, will I ever discover who the note deliverer is? Possibly her younger self? No, please don’t tell me. I may just finally make the decision to invest in a large print version, such is my determination to find out! ‘But I thought you said...’. Moving on!

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I plan to complete my post about some of my favourite fiction books to share with you at a later date. It’s all dependent on my cogs!

On with The Christian Faith Books

As well as many mainstream fictional books, I have many faith books, devotionals and books for reference. With these I can have a tendency to flit. Not due to lack of enjoyment. Just the need to concentrate, as many are about learning and reflection. So they can at times need more energy. But also the go to changes depending on life at the time.

A selection of faith books on my reading list. I will never ever grow tired of that phrase or take it for granted.

ChrIstian faith books I have read over the past decade

Here’s a few of the faith books I have read over the past decade in the form of a slideshow. And those I am still reading.

If you’re reading via the WP App it looks like sideshows aren’t supported. Bother!

My Utmost For His Highest is an on going dip in book, as is Battlefield of the Mind. I love devotionals, and His Utmost for His Highest has a devotional for each day of the year. So you can dip in year after year. Purpose Driven Life is a lot of reading. I read it along with some church family during Lent a few years ago. There are loads of scripture references, and is certainly a book that takes time. I love my shelf of faith books. I guess not surprising with a subject so dear.

A pretty good selection. Five of the books were gifts. Two from my parents-in-law, one from one of my dearest Christian friends, one from church family and one from an author Chris Carter whose book Hope and Help while Healing I reviewed HERE.

My Current FAITH BOOK List

I have recently given quite a few books away. They were just gathering dust. But not faith books, I can’t part with them. But I have acquired more. Nothing like opening a book, learning something new and seeing a different perspective. I have posted the front covers of the faith books I have acquired over the past couple of years. The most recent in the past week. These are on my reading list to enjoy, absorb and be refreshed and encouraged by over time.

You’re probably noticing that they are all on paper. I do read on kindle, and it is great for adjusting the text size. But in general I do prefer to read from a book on paper. Especially good for devotionals. As notes are made and bookmarks placed with intention. Knowing I can go back to be encouraged, reminded and uplifted once again.

So here they are

Exhale by Cheri Gregory and Amy Caroll
A beautiful, empathetic and insightful book for the busy woman. Probably aimed at a younger audience than myself, but still lovely, restful and kind. I wish it had been around 30 years ago!
This is a complex and indepth book. Very useful and informative, backed up by scripture. Which for a recovering doer and people pleaser is extremely useful. But does take a lot of concentration. So I visit it occasionally.
A beautiful gentle devotional. Renewing everyday. With a short reading, reflection and prayer for each of the 40 days.
This is a great book, and on a subject I will write about in the future. And hence the decluttering of a few books.
The beautiful large print New Living Translation Bible
My latest addition, and I just love it. I’m about a quarter of the way through already! Each prayer is written by a different contributor. It’s wonderful, it’s diverse. And for me I am so happy that there is a prayer dedicated to disability by a person who understands the exclusion and attitude so many experience. It almost made me cry. So thankful for it. It is on page 78.

So there is my Reading List of Christian Faith books.

I hope you’ve seen something you may like to add to your list, or they may well already have been read cover to cover.

What’s on your reading list?

Thanks for popping by and have a blessed day.

Penny @hopefoundinme

Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105 NKJV

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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