November Book Reviews: "Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone" & "Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit"
Notice: This week's books are non-fiction with a focus on the Christian faith. If that's not your thing, or you feel you might be offended, then please don't worry about reading further. However, if you wonder about my own faith journey and how that may be influencing me as an author, then feel free to see what I had to say about these to books by reading on.
Book Review: Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone by Susan Pickford
Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone by Susan Pitchford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! I absolutely loved the concepts presented in this book. The fact that it's not specific to a certain branch of Christianity, but rather to the whole group of people professing to be Christians was awesome. I know there are many books that already do this but I expected this one to be written from the Catholic perspective and aimed at other Catholics or those seeking to belong to that religion.
I was wrong. I enjoyed this book so much, I started reading it aloud with my husband. He enjoyed it so much we made it a point to read it together when we were traveling to different places. There are discussion questions, steps to implement new methods into your own faith practice, and prayers at the end of each chapter. I found that to be so enriching and a great encouragement to continue digging deeper into my own faith practice. (I was raised Southern Baptist, if you'd like to know. And the author writes that she is Anglican/Episcopalian.)
If you wish to deepen your relationship with God, getting to know the working of his hand in your life better, then I highly recommend this book. I've only read one other book which speaks of 'counting the cost' of serving God in so eloquent a way. I'll hopefully have a review to post on that one before too many days have passed.
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I don't even know why I added this to my Christmas wish list last year or the year before. I usually put books like this on my 'purchase later' wish list. In any case, it ended up under the Christmas tree and on my shelf where it collected dust for a little while. Now I'm kicking myself because it took me so long to read it. I can't complain too much, though, because when I finally did pick it up and start reading, my husband was at a point in his spiritual walk where he wanted to read it with me. What a joy it has been to see that this book has opened up a new way for us to begin discussions and learn more about each other, even after 25 years together.
Book Review: Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan
Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I truly enjoyed reading this book with my husband. Both of us are digging deeper into knowing what God wants to say to us and how He wants us to live. It was a great follow-up to our last non-fiction read (Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone), even though we actually started reading it long before we picked up the book about St. Francis. I think the timing was an issue for us.
The writing shows how much the author studied before putting all this information down on paper and still allows you room to think for yourself. We all have room to choose, after all. I think what I liked most about this book was how much discussion it sparked between my husband and me. I love being able to talk over the different points with him and get his perspective on what we read.
I'd recommend this book to any Christian who is seeking to get to know God better, to form a daily relationship with Him and walk more closely by His side. I'd recommend it to people who enjoy studying about how to be more like Jesus.
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There's a lot being said about Francis Chan in my spiritual community right now. But one thing I'm certain of, this guy is on a journey, too, and I love that he's honest about that. Another awesome thing about his books is the fact there are study guides with them which can be used for group discussion or deeper personal study. If you haven't read any of his work yet, and you find yourself longing for more of God's Holy Spirit in your life, this is a great place to kick-start that leg of your journey.
Update: No Indie Author Interview This Month
The author I wished to interview for November has been unable to work it into her schedule thus far. We're aiming to have the interview ready for December. Stay tuned for that. I think it'd be a great way to end 2019, don't you?
Thanks for stopping by today! If you give either of these books a try, or you've read them before, why not leave your thoughts in the comments below? I'd love to hear what you think.
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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