Enrich Your Spiritual Life With a Good Book — 14 Comments

  1. You hit several of my favorites! There is such meat in those books, and Hannah Smith’s book is so very practical for today, despite how old it is. And in times of stress or major challenges, the old classics are great comfort. I loved Hannah’s GOD OF ALL COMFORT too. Very good.

    Praying for you and Charles during this Christmas season, which must be such a bittersweet mixture for you. Hugs to you both, Karen.

    • Kristi, thanks so much for your continued prayers and for loving Hannah’s writing as much as I do. I’m going to buy her GOD OF ALL COMFORT. I hadn’t heard of that title before. Sounds like a good fit for me right now. Have a most blessed Christmas with your dear family.

  2. Karen, these were some of the classics I stumbled onto–a few over 30 years ago! Love Smith, Tozer, Bro. Lawrence,and Murray. They made such an impact in my Christian life. Great books!

    • I agree. These are the great authors that impacted my early Christian experience and I find I’m going back to them in my older years. Such solid wisdom and comfort.

  3. I love Tozer’s writings.I’m going to add some of these titles to my “to read” list for 2015. Thank you for taking the time to compile this list and your comments for each one. One of my favorite devotional books is “Joy and Strength,” compiled my Mary Tileston Wilder. She includes excerpts from many of the spiritual greats, many of the names you mentioned here. What graat post! Thank you!

    • Thanks, Michele. It seems the wisdom of the ages is contained in many of these books. Thanks for adding the title you suggested.

  4. What a joy to read how these books have impacted your life, Karen, as they have mine. So many dear friends recommended them to me early on. I found one I had not read, and several I want to reread. Hudson Taylor’s “spiritual secret” is simple and true: God will never ask me to do anything that He will not also give me the grace to do. As we face trials of many kinds, even today, that is the Truth I need. Love you, friend.

    • Yes, I need that reminder that God will always give us the grace to get through whatever challenge we face. I’m finding that to be true during this current trial. Thanks for your enduring friendship and care.

  5. Karen, this is more than serendipitous that I should read this today! Last night in my Bach rehearsal, when the conductor was rehearsing other voice parts, I pulled out my Nook and began to read Smith’s The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life. It was probably the second book that I read as a new Christian, oh so many years ago, and it profoundly influenced me. I had such a yearning to read it again, and I had also pulled out Tozer’s Pursuit of God. It’s setting on my kitchen table right now! Funny you should mention him, too, because Ravi Zacharias introduces a new Tozer devotional of some of his until-now unpublished writing. I think I’m going to go back to the bookstore tomorrow, and get it. I had purchased FIVE books, and needed to stop. See how you are inspiring me?! Mike will kill you! He says our basement is sinking because of all my books. Interesting, too, that you should mention Brother Lawrence. I alluded to him in a recent guest blog. If you go to my Facebook page, I linked that post to it today. After numerous years of walking with the Lord, I am finding that I want to go back to the basics. I’m not sure what that says about my maturity level….or maybe just a longing to focus on Him, alone, as these beloved authors did.I’m really sleepy, so I won’t suggest other books right now….other than to say I love Streams in the Desert, in its original somewhat archaic language. I know you are enduring a very difficult trial, and this book would minister to you. There is a journal version so you can respond to each day’s reading. Please know that you are in my prayers, Karen, and I think the Lord is blessing you with a return to these books which will comfort and strengthen you.
    All my love,
    Your heartner, Lynni

    • Lynni, thanks for posting and letting me know that you, just as I am, are returning to the writing of some of the classic authors. I’m happy to know we are ‘on the same page,’so to speak, although I don’t want my suggestions to cause havoc with Mike!! Charles and I just unloaded two boxes of books but always keep the titles that we know we will return to.

  6. Dear Karen,

    Thank you so very much for the timely list. I need to read great inspiring Christian books.

    I’m glad to see Brother Lawrence on the list.

    How I love reading Brother Lawrence’s Practice of Presence of God. It’s simple but with profound meaning and goes straight to my mind, soul and heart. – I have you to thank to because you once mentioned it in one of your writings before and I took the hint and found it on Amazon.

    Karen, you’re a greatest guiding light angel.

    May God bless you.


    • Thank you, Jing. You are such a faithful follower. I’m happy to hear you also love the writing of Brother Lawrence.

  7. Hi Karen, some good sounding titles here. I like C. S. Lewis and his stories. I like his biblically sound story telling. He tells stories that have a biblical truth and theme. Of course he’s not from the same era as your titles listed but still good. Your titles should give you many hours of reading enjoyment. GBY as you read.

    • I agree about C.S. Lewis. Charles and I toured his home in Oxford when we were there last fall. Such a privilege. I have loved his writing.

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