Books as Inspiration

Another SeededBuzz inspired blog:
Bonita Kay Summers writes a blog called The Intuitive Perspective; and she recently posted a column Books for Practical Enlightenment.  Seeing as I’m such a vociferous reader myself, I jumped all over the column and wanted to offer my view on using books not just to better ourselves but also as inspiration for my own blog.

I’ve blogged previously bout some of these books, but as with everything It can sometimes be helpful to revisit some of our old friends.  As most of you who have been following me for sometime are aware, since I began writing this blog, my spirituality has become stronger and I look to more faith based books now then I have in the past.

I think one of my favorite authors in this field now is:
Timothy Keller

Having now read a few of his books I found him very refreshing.  One of the things I look for when reading books in this genre is someone who doesn’t preach to you, someone who when you read you don’t feel like rolling your eyes and feeling uncomfortable, like they are invoking God in a way that some televangelists do.  Don’t quite know if you understand what I’m getting at, but I DO know that you understand it when you see or hear it.  Timothy Keller doesn’t do this.  His books are spiritual without being religious.  If you want to check him out, I recommend:
The Prodigal God
and
King’s Cross

Another author I discovered and the one book that left a huge impression on me last year was:
Rob Bell

His book:

Love Wins was probably the BEST book I read in 2011.  I wouldn’t recommend Love Wins to my general audience, because my general audience is on the same page with me, but if I could recommend any one book to anyone this would have to be the book.  Bell and I are definitely on the same page and I highly highly recommend tracking this book down.  I’ll be reading more of his previous work soon.

Inspiration For My Blog:
I use several books as “Get Me Started” vehicles when I need quotes to move my blog forward.  These resources have yet to let me down.  Those who have been here awhile will recognize the titles but will not have seen them collected in a list:
1.  Letting Everything Become Your Teacher
2. Change Your Life! A Little Book of Big Ideas
3. God Always Has A Plan B
4. A Book Of Bliss, Thoughts To Make You Smile
5. Inspiration For A Lifetime

Okay.  So what do all of these books have in common?  They all have short quotes, thoughts to inspire, thoughts to help you move forward.  I come to these books when I want to find something to write about.  I naturally have many resources I use for my blog but books still are at the top of my list.  Seeing that my day job is at my local library this should come as no surprise.

Other Books That Inspire:
The Ultimate Gift
My Name is Memory
Siddhartha
The Alchemist
Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Tunnel Vision

As you see, books inspire me in many ways.  They’ve always been an important part of my life and I read everything.  I’ve said it here before and it bears repeating:
I’m so fortunate to have been able to bring my love of books and reading into my career and I can only thank the Divine/God for guiding me to the career I so wanted.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Books as Inspiration

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