Do you have a few more gifts left to purchase, but not sure what to give? Consider one of the following four book recommendations from the VP3 team. Merry Christmas friends…
#1 – Shauna Niequist, Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
A great book for busy women! Niequist shares through short essays the story of how she found freedom, peace, and health in saying no to the constant doing and proving-yourself life. She provides guilt-free encouragement to simply be who you were made to be right in the middle of all of life’s messes. This is a freeing book.
#2 – Eugene Peterson, Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best
If you are looking for a deeper dive into Scripture and into your life, we recommend this exploration into the life of the prophet Jeremiah. Peterson invites us to both reflect upon and live our lives at their fullest; distinctive lives of meaning, passion, and deep engagement with God and the world.
#3 – Ronald Rolheiser, Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
This is not for the faint of heart. As Randy Reese might have said, “it’s a bit of a chunky monkey.” However, Rolheiser integrates adult developmental movement over the lifespan WITH what is required in essential discipleship and Christian maturity over the long haul. He hits a home run with very accessible writing and fabulous examples embedded in the stories of Scripture. This is a meaningful read and a substantial resource providing handles for adult Christian maturity in various seasons of life. The bonus will be inspiration for continuing to give your life away for the benefit of others.
#4 – Chuck DeGroat, Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion and Healing the Divided Self
We live such fragmented and compartmentalized lives, pulled in a thousand directions. We need all the help we can get in moving toward holiness and wholeness. Chuck DeGroat thoughtfully guides us on this journey from a divided life to a wholehearted life. By weaving together theology, neuroscience, psychology, and poetry he invites us to wake up to God’s deep work of grace and truth in our lives.