Since I love words, and I love reading, books help widen my perspective and redirect my mind. With now so much on my brain and heart this year, here are 5 books I want to read this year to remind me of the important of now.
5 Books About Now
- Start by Jon Acuff – I’m reading this book now. I’ve read Jon’s blogs for a couple of years now, but this is actually my first experience with one of his books. I’m already excited, and as one of the chapter titles says, “Action always beats intention.” (Stay tuned for a review of Start next week!)
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp – Okay, so, I’ve actually had a copy of this book for over a year, but just haven’t read it yet. I know I’ll love it when I do (I very much enjoy her blog). And since Ann always reminds us “life is not an emergency; slow down” and to remember gratitude, One Thousand Gifts will likely help renew my mind to the beauty of now.
- The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence – This classic has also been on my to-read list for quite some time. Part of focusing on now involves remembering God is always present. I figure I need to read this book.
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker – Clamoring after materials/excess usually causes us to look too far into the future, into the “want” and what we wish “will be.” From everything I’ve read about 7, it’ll bash that notion.
- Surrounded by the Sacred by Clayton King – My husband and I have heard Clayton King speak (and he used to have a radio show), and he has a fiery heart for seeing our powerful God. This book aims to help us “never miss another sacred moment.” I’d say that’s a good reminder of the now, too.
I plan on reading these books this year, and I’ll share my reviews on this blog, too.
What’s on your to-read list this year? Do you have any books related to your one word for the year or ones you’d recommend for living in the present? I love to “talk” books, so chime in the comments!
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