After my last post on fiction books I’ve loved, one reader (hi Aimee) asked me for suggestions for the kind of inspirational books a ladies’ group might study together. Here are three titles I gave her. Each is worth reading and pondering!
by Sally and Sarah Clarkson
Clarkson’s book has been making the rounds of my community. Full of warmth and joy, it presents a whole philosophy of homemaking, delightfully organized by months of the year. The March section, for example, is titled The Art of the Ordinary: finding beauty in your own backyard. December is The Rhythm of Celebration: seasons of rejoicing in family life. So many aspects of homemaking are included, with fresh ideas for converting the things you believe and desire into tangible, textural, practical experiences within your four walls.
by Ruth Haley Barton
Working from Elijah’s encounter with God on the mountain (1 Kings 19), Barton calls God’s people to experience the same kind of stillness and silence in order to become available for communion with God. We’re so busy, busy, busy, living in a world that is dangerously tired – sometimes in bodies that are dangerously tired. Invitation is a powerful call away from noise and into rest.
One disclaimer: I am always slightly nervous about breathing my way into quiet. I am not sure why – perhaps a fear of cross-contamination with yoga (grin), perhaps a carryover from the evangelical days when preachers told us what to do and feel, or perhaps just from my own wild heart and mind, reluctant to calm. Barton’s suggestions are entirely appropriate, but they push me gently on this issue.
by Tish Harrison Warren
Speaking of button pushing, Liturgy is written by a Baptist girl turned Anglican priest. Her book is the kind I wish I had written: full of beautiful ideas wrapped in ordinary life. She writes about finding Christ in the mundane pieces of our days: waking up in the morning, brushing our teeth, losing our keys, and arguing with our husbands. Warren believes our lives are fundamentally shaped not by our big events, but by living itself: what we do while we’re waiting for the next thing to happen.
This post contains affiliate links. Thanks, Yvonne and April, for introducing the titles to me!
Now – what nonfiction books might you suggest to me? If you suggest fiction, it’s okay; some of you gave me nonfiction last time. What’s a little misplacement between friends?