Giveaway!! This Bible is changing my life.

I got a new Bible for Christmas.

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Well. Actually, I bought my sister the wrong Bible (who needs large print? She does!!) and so she gave my gift back to me.

Anyway, it is changing my life.

Prior to this Bible, my time in the Word had been spotty since college. Bursts of Bible Studies and daily readings countered by months of nothingness. Worship, yes. Prayer, always. Consistent time in the Word, eh. And I had been praying for months that God would make me a true blue, can’t live without it, woman who loves His Word.

Well for years, my sister had been raving about the One Year Bible. And like a little sister, I rolled my eyes and stayed off the bandwagon. I’m bratty that way. Back in Maui, I had tried SOAPing and the one year plan but never made it past Leviticus. I just always seemed to get stuck. And/or struggled with all the flipping and the tracking and the what-nots. Lame, yes. Honest, yes.

So I thought, what’s so great about the One Year Bible?

Well, over the past ten years I have seen my sister transform into a mighty woman of God. Not her life. Not her circumstances. But she at her core is being transformed. And it is both beautiful and very appealing.  And she will tell you, hands down, it is because of her time with the Lord.

So I thought, maybe this accidental Christmas gift was God’s answer to my prayers.

And it has been.

Such an answer to prayer.

Why?

  1. Everyday I read from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm and Proverb. It’s dated so I know what to read and how much to read. That in of itself takes SO MUCH PRESSURE off me. Weird, I know. But I struggle with things like that. And if I miss a day-I just go to today’s date. It’ll be ok.
  2. Instead of sticking with tried and true passages, I’m reading things I had forgotten or never seen before. And it is challenging the crap out of me and making me dig deeper into what I believe/think/understand about God. And His heart for His people. And me. Reading this way gives space for the Lord to speak in the most random of passages. img_3667
  3. Because there are margins built in, I can journal as I go. And this isn’t my fancy church bible where I am careful about what I write. Because this puppy is dated it’s worthless in church. So it’s kind of my diary. Raw. Honest. Filled with questions and WTH??? when I don’t understand.
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  4. It made me buy a commentary. I have never really had that desire before. I would use Blue Letter Bible if I wanted to dig a little deeper on something. But reading the whole counsel of God’s word like this…I wanted a companion guide for the journey. Because there is some messed up stuff that goes down in the Old Testament. Especially to women. It breaks my heart. And makes me want answers. Some friends I trust (thank you Sarah and Jeff) recommended this one and it has been so helpful. And kept me from chucking the whole Bible out the window. Because there have been a few points where I thought this whole thing is crazytown. And because I know it’s not, I wanted to understand the big picture.

Please do not judge me too harshly. I am working out my salvation with fear and trembling. I love Jesus. I know the Word. I am just falling in love with it/Him in a new way. And when you fall in love with someone, you have to make peace with what seems like the good, the bad and the ugly. And that is what it feels like I am doing.

ANYWAY.

I wish I were Oprah and could give a bible and commentary to EVERYBODY who needs a little more Truth and a Fresh Word in their lives. But alas, I am not.

But I can give away a few. Because they are THAT good. All you have to do is drop me an “Oh Hey” in the comments section and I will pick three lucky winners on Sunday:) And in the meantime, I’d love to know what is helping you fall more in love with Jesus at the moment.

Love, Love, Love

The Girl Who Lives in My Head.

P.S. I in no way make money off these links because

A) I’m not cool like that

B) I just love telling the people I love about the things I love

C) I want to make it easy for you to find them.

 

 

Living Your Best Life: Favorite Books for Personal Growth

We have already established that I love books. Sometimes, and by sometimes I mean mostly, I love to read mindless fiction so that I can escape reality.  I call it candy. I love real candy and book candy.

These books are not candy.

These books are fresh fruit. With incredible benefits for your soul. They are designed to heal. To uproot lies and replace them with Truth.

My friend Sandy loved Proverbs 25:11. I can still hear her voice sparkling with delight as she read it from her Amplified Bible.

Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken at the right time.

Here are five books that were a well-spoken word in the right season.

They came into my life when I needed them most.

The Divine Romance | Gene Edwards | The Girl Who Lives In My Head

 1. The Divine Romance

This book changed the way I saw God. And my understanding of how God sees me. It is an allegory of creation. All the way to the Cross. And beyond. If you have ever struggled with the whole “Bride of Christ” concept. Read this. Yesterday.

Here what the back of the book says, “A breathtakingly beautiful saga spanning from eternity to eternity, presented from the view of angels. Experience creation, the crucifixion, and the resurrection from this unique viewpoint, and gain a better understanding of the majestic love of God. Gene Edwards’s classic tale is the greatest love story ever told.”

 

Shattered Dreams | Larry Crabb | The Girl Who Lives In My Head

 

2. Shattered Dreams

Larry Crabb say that in everyone’s life, some dream will shatter. Something you thought you could count on won’t come through.  No one leaves this world unscathed. And whether you believe God allowed it or ordained it, He could have prevented it. And you have to make peace with that God*.  That is what the last eight years of my life have been about. Making peace with a God whose plans are different than mine.

Cure For the Common Life | Max Lucado | The Girl Who Lives in my Head

 

3. Cure For the Common Life

I read this book when I hated everything about my life. Especially my job. It gave me hope. And the courage to make a change. What really helped were the exercises at the back of the book that help you rediscover what you really love. And what you were made to do. It’s what led me to teaching. And back to Young Life.

Daring Greatly | Brene Brown | The Girl Who Lives In My Head

 

4. Daring Greatly

Brene Brown. Is. Rocking. My. World. It is why I talk about her here. And here. She is a researcher who decided to study shame. And made a startling observation. People who live wholeheartedly embrace vulnerability. The rest of us do three things to avoid it.

Numb it out.

Perfect it out.

Or in my case, forbode it out.

I rehearse tragedy so I don’t feel pain. Meaning, I have spent most of my life running worse case scenario’s so when things don’t pan out, I’m not devastated.

But her discovery, you can’t feel true joy without feeling vulnerable.

She explains it so much better. Trust me. So worth the read.

And if perfectionism is your game, check out her book I Thought It Was Just Me.

Jesus Calling | Sarah Young| The Girl Who Lives In My Head

 

5. Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling is my jam. I read it every day along with My Utmost For His Highest. It’s a daily reading written as if God is speaking to you. Not everyone is a fan. Fair enough. But I am. God uses it all the time to speak to me, encourage me and reaffirm His incredible love for me. If you decide to give it a whirl, I love the large print edition because it was the scriptures written out on the bottom. And there’s room to journal. Unofficially.

 

Your Turn:

What is a book that changed your life?

 Or brought a well-spoken word in season?

I’m always looking for something new to read.

 

Love, Love, Love,

The Girl Who Lives in My Head

P.S. This is not an #ad or paid endorsement. I just can’t help blabbering about the things I love!!!

P.P.S. This book is wrecking me right now. I’ve just started and already cried twice.

Looking for Lovely | Annie Downs | The Girl Who Lives in my Head