Reading Worth Your Time

To all fellow book lovers out there, I wanted to share with you a few books I have read lately and can recommend, as well as a movie.

To begin with, a more lighthearted read–A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans.  This is a fictional retelling of the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.  It is a very creative modernization of the story, easy to see the parallels and application to real life.

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Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand–this is a moving account of a man’s experience for 14 years in a Romanian prison and his plea to believers everywhere to wake up to the struggle of persecuted Christians in other nations.  He is founder of the ministry, Voice of the Martyrs, which is “dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide.”

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In observance of Sanctity of Human Life this January, I read a couple of books highlighting the abortion issue and the role that Planned Parenthood plays in our culture and government.  The first book that I highly recommend is written by the former Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Karen Handel.  You may recall that she resigned early last year after Komen reinstated a grant to Planned Parenthood that they had previously decided to eliminate.  This book tells of the ensuing firestorm . . .the bullying and the politics.

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Another book centered around the abortion debate is Unplanned by Abby Johnson.  I found this book fascinating.  As a life-long pro-life advocate, participating in my first peaceful and prayerful protest when I was around 12 years old, this book really reinforced to me that there are well-meaning (although misguided and probably deceived) advocates on the “other side of the fence.”  Its message of “win them over with love” will resonate with me for years to come.

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Another great read is Still Lolo by Lauren Scruggs.  For those who are familiar with Jeff & Cheryl Scruggs who have a marriage ministry here in Dallas called Hope for Marriages, this is their daughter Lauren.  She was in a terrible, life-changing accident at the end of 2011 involving an airplane propeller.  This is her inspiring journey back to health and her testimony to God’s greatness.

still-lolo

My last recommendation is the movie/musical Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.  It is a powerful story with biblical parallels–grace, law and legalism, redemption, forgiveness–a truly moving onscreen portrayal of a life bound by law and one set free by grace.

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So these are just my picks for the new year so far. . .ones that spoke to my heart, challenged me and moved me to action. Enjoy!

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