I have read hundreds of books over the last 35 years. Some were very good and some I would never read again. Over the last 10 years, I have been blessed by the books of R.T. Kendall and Henri Nouwen. I especially liked R.T Kendall’s books on the subject of forgiveness that are based on the life of Joseph. He gives some very practical advice on how to deal with the deep hurts of our lives. He is a very good writer and I would read anything that he writes.
Henri Nouwen has also become a favorite writer. I believe that he was the man who coined the term the wounded healer and has written many books that deal with the issue of our brokeness and how God uses our brokeness to bring us healing. Until we have been healed by the healer, we cannot really help another person find healing. One of his recurring themes is the power of kindness to bring healing to the broken. I especially like his book on the prodigal son entitled, “The Return of the Prodigal Son”. One great lesson that I leaned from him is the wisdom and understanding that we can gain by simply meditating upon scripture for an extended period of time. It really pays to linger in God’s presence and to allow the Holy Spirit to speak deep into our hearts.
Probably the most powerful book that I have read in the last 9 months is the book, “The Red Sea Rules” by Robert Morgan. It is about 10 God-given strategies for dealing with difficult times. Morgan uses the story of God leading the Children of Israel into the desert, into a crisis that they could not solve, and then how God showed up to deliver them. It is a very small book, but one of the best that I have ever read.
Find a good book, get a cup of French Roast coffee, and sit back and relax and let God speak deep into your heart.