Joy Series Recommended Reading

A Grief Observed, CS Lewis. The book Lewis wrote while grieving the death of his wife. Poignant and joyful.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas. In the Share the Joy category, this is a very inspiring read about God’s all-sufficiency in times of terrible trials. Metaxas takes us through Bonhoeffer’s life and the decisions he made as Nazism began taking over Germany.

Gentle & Lowly, Dane Ortlund. If the gentle hand of Jesus soothing your soul is not your experience, I suggest this profound devotional about the heart of Jesus toward us.

Martin Luther, Eric Metaxas. Another in the Share the Joy category. I found this biography extremely challenging and encouraging, especially as it pointed out for me some of the theological waves the worldwide church has ridden.

The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van de Kolk. The best book I’ve read about the ongoing, long-term effects of trauma and how we can better understand and support one another in our brokenness.

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C&S: Jabba the Hutt Recommendations

* Richard Jewell. I’ve had this movie on my list for awhile and finally got around to watching it. I’ve got a character falling under suspicion for something he didn’t do and I wanted a little color. 😁 I found the movie extremely interesting. Lots of food for thought about the power we have given media to pass quick judgement and ruin lives.

* An Impossible Marriage. I’m halfway through this and finding it fairly amazing. A mixed-orientation marriage is how the authors describe themselves, both the husband and wife attracted to women, but both desperately in love with and committed to Jesus. It’s challenged me personally and I recommend it!

* Get to the Publishing Punchline. And of course I have to recommend this to anyone who is interested in writing their own book. It was recently published by my friend and fellow expat, literary agent Joy Eggerichs Reed. She took myself and four other aspiring authors through the process outlined in the book and it was amazing.

* The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. As a fan of the Hunger Games books, I was thrilled to stumble across this prequel and it did not disappoint. As a fiction author, I was amazed at the world building Suzanne Collins was able to do in reverse. Wonderful storytelling.

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