Rainy days have been few and far between this year in Texas, but when the skies finally open, I enjoy the raindrops falling all around me.
For some reason, when I think of rain showers and delightfully overcast days, I think of Winnie the Pooh. Pooh Bear has always been one of my favorite book characters, along with the irrepressible Tigger and the humorously pessimistic Eeyore.
So today, as the liquid sunshine gently falls from the Texas sky, enjoy these bright and chipper quotes from the Hundred Acre Wood.
Lately, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to learn more about the persecuted church overseas. So far this year, I’ve had the wonderful experience of volunteering with Voice of the Martyrs, and through my time there, my eyes have been opened to the plight of my brothers and sisters overseas.
Another eye-opening experience for me was reading
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. This story of the persecuted church in China will not only tug at your heart, but bring you to your knees in prayer for the believers who are sacrificing their lives for Christ. I was blessed by this book, challenged by the story of its two main protagonists, and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!
Over the years, I have read several sports books and motivational/leadership books, but this was the first I have read that combines both these genres together in a Christ-centered way. I was inspired by Coach Dungy’s reflective story about his football journey and encouraged by his walk with the Lord. For football fans, this is a must-read of how a gentle giant helped lead one of the NFL’s strongest teams to the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Thanks to a recent television adaptation by British television, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell’s North and South has been rediscovered by literature aficionados. The protagonists in North and South hold striking similarities to those found in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but unlike Austen, Gaskell had a deeper agenda in mind than simply writing an entertaining novel.
Throughout Gaskell’s novels, she interspersed themes of social reform and improvement.
When it comes to reading fiction, I’m a big fan of novels written by Michael Phillips. Walk into my room and you’ll find a bookcase dedicated just to my collection. I have not managed to read or collect all of his books, but I currently have twenty-three of my favorites!
For about three years, I’ve been encouraged, fascinated, and even spiritually edified by many of his works. If you enjoy historical fiction, be sure to check out his books!