On Periscope and Book Recommendations

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So, I tried making my second Periscope video today, and I still feel super uncomfortable broadcasting myself live. I think I had been broadcasting for about 30 seconds when I decided I couldn’t do it and deleted the recast video. ūüėČ But, it gave me a great idea for my next blog post! ūüôā¬†Blogclarity.com’s Periscope challenge for yesterday was to broadcast a live video talking about books that I¬†have read. I’m very new to it, but I have enjoyed watching some of my favorite bloggers and authors.

So, here is a list of the books that I talked about in my video (that you’ll never see):

Fiction:

  • Anything by Karen Kingsbury. She is my favorite Christian Fiction author. I have read about 45 of her books, and my goal is to read them all! My favorite is The Baxter Family series. It’s one of those series where the characters come so alive to you that you miss them when you finish the books.
  • Redeeming Love by¬†Francine Rivers. A Hosea and Gomer story set in the 1800s. A beautiful picture of the Lord’s love for me. I¬†bawled.

Health:

  • French Women Don’t Get Fat¬†by¬†Mireille Guiliano. I lost 30 pounds after reading this book in 2010 and have maintained my goal weigh ever since. It’s not a diet book. It’s a book that teaches you to make tiny lifestyle changes in a cute, funny, and charming style.
  • Marathon! You Can Do It! by Jeff Galloway. This book was a lifesaver as I was injured in the middle of marathon training and not sure I’d be able to run the race. I read it cover to cover while taking a few weeks off from running and I believe it is one of the main reasons I was able to continue on with training and was able to run the marathon. Jeff Galloway is¬†the man.

Christian Living:

  • The Barbarian Way¬†by¬†Erwin Raphael McManus. A call to step away from the comfortable American Christianity that we have become so accustomed to and embrace the dangerous adventure that is the Christian life.
  • Stand by¬†John Goetsch. I’ll just quote the subtitle: “Commit to Fighting Your Spiritual Battle.”
  • Mere Christianity¬†by¬†C. S. Lewis. And anything else by C. S. Lewis. He’s another of my favorite authors.
  • War of Words by¬†Paul David Tripp. A fantastic help in learning to be Spirit-filled in our communication with others, especially our spouses.
  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by¬†Joanna Weaver. We are all busy women, running around like little overwhelmed Martha’s. In this book, Joanna shows¬†us how we can find “intimacy with God in the busyness of life”.
  • Letters to Pastors’ Wives¬†edited by¬†Catherine J. Stewart. This is a compilation of letters from ministry wives to ministry wives,¬†but I believe it is an excellent resource for any Christian wife who wants to be supportive to her husband in whatever God has called him to do . This book is such an encouragement!
  • Choosing Gratitude¬†by¬†Nancy Leigh DeMoss. “Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abundant as the grace that flows into your life?” This book is a life changer. It gave me a whole new perspective and served as a reminder that I can¬†always be grateful, no matter the circumstance, because God has saved me. When my focus is on Him, everything else dims in comparison to my great Savior.
  • Lies Women Believe¬†by¬†Nancy Leigh DeMoss.¬†This is such an excellent resource. Every chapter lists lies that we tend to believe about God, ourselves, our marriages, our children, etc. and counteracts the lies with tons of Scripture so that we can train our minds to focus on “the truth that sets [us] free”.

A good book is an event in my life. -Stendhal