Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bookmarks for February 2012

*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom.  Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading.  Our suggested reading for February was Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.

These are the books I read this month:

I started the month with The Sisters of the Quilt Triology.  You can find my review here.
One Thousand Gifts is a book I return to on several occasions.  Its one of those books that I could read again and again and still find myself challenged.  Voskamp has a way of tapping into the simplicities of life and exposing the depth of God's blessing.  The language is intricate.  One Thousand Gifts is not a light read, nor a quick read.  It has to be savor, allowing the words to play in your mind.  However, the message is deep, personal, and well-worth the effort.
Our monthly reading for February was Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.
  Made to Crave focuses not so much on developing a diet as much as it focuses on learning self-control. TerKeurst seeks to show how we're made with a craving that can only be satisfied by God.  In a fallen world, we have used food to fill that craving.  However, like all behaviors, eating and food can be taken to an extreme in which it's never going to be satisfying.  In fact, food can be perverted to the point of being sinful if not in line with the will of God.  Basically the premise of this book can be summed up in this statement:

"So I'm not on a diet.  I'm on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline for the purpose of holiness" (pg 158).

For those looking for specific dietary guidelines, this isn't the book.  But if you're looking for a book that explain our need to glory God in all things, Made to Crave hits the mark.  TerKeurst also includes specific scriptures both in the text and as reference to memorize in our fight against excess.

Books we read with the kids:
Tale of Despauraux
Runaway Ralph
Charlotte's Web

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on.  Or link up a review from your own blog.  Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad.  And give us your thoughts if you've had a chance to read TerKeurst's Made to Crave.

And come back Friday March 30 as we discuss Shepherding a Child's Heart and others that you're reading.

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