Books I Read

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

During a season of struggle, I decided to start reading more books. I filled my commutes with books, which in turn filled my heart with good things. Here are some of the books I enjoyed this year so far. 

"The Gospel Comes with a House Key" by Rosaria Butterfield is not what you expect. I was expecting a polite book about opening my door to neighbors, which I fully support. Mrs. Rosaria wrote an anointed book that truly moved me to tears, repentance, thought, and God help me, action. Here is one of the gems she wrote: "Repentance is a gospel fruit, not a social shame." 

"I Left My Homework in the Hamptons" by Blythe Grossberg was a window to a world most of us will never know. It left me confounded. I know better but I was surprised that being wealthy is not enough. I was happy to know that doing what matters for your kids can't be bought at a price. 

"Excellence Wins" by Horst Schulze is outstanding. I heard an interview with Horst and took notes a few years ago. I never thought about buying his book or finding more wisdom from him. I learned a lot and I hope to dive into this book again and again. 

"Business Made Simple" by Donald Miller is a great guide for those who want to improve their small businesses. This is a book for those who do not have time to stop and go to business school.

"The Art of Friendship" by Kim Wier was hard to read because of how this message found my heart. I remember having to stop for a second. I guess I had not made peace with both what was and what is. This is a fair book on friendship and I would recommend it to you. 

"All my Knotted-Up Life" by Beth Moore. I'm a fan of people telling their own stories. I couldn't put this book down. I was surprised by this book. The words were very humbling to my ears. So many people make assumptions about Mrs. Beth. I'm glad she finally had a chance to explain her private self. I never had anything against her. I have been in circles that can't stand the lady. This book taught me, yet again, not to judge a person or her talents. Also, if you want to be in public ministry, you should read this book.

"Finding Me" by Viola Davis tells the untold story of a brilliant actor. I think what touched the most was when her sister told her that education would be the way to that brilliant life. 

"The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer was so convicting, I couldn't truly absorb it so I'm going to read it again.