i finally finished emily freeman’s grace for the good girl last week.
it only took me TWO STINKING YEARS.
(seriously, y’all. i preordered the book and i think i got it the day before it released.)
next on my list is annie downs’s speak love, first because i just need to read it for myself and second because high school girls press near on my heart and i want to learn how to speak into them well.
a few years ago i had a fight with christian nonfiction because i wondered, if we have the bible, why do we need ninety million other people telling us what’s what? why should we listen to anyone else if God’s already given us the book we need?
i’ve come to a few conclusions on that.
first, i just think we need to know another human gets it. i think it almost reinforces the fact that God understands to know another physical being knows where we’re at and can speak directly to that. (i think blogs fit right in with this, too.)
second, and probably more critical than the first, i think God has been using words as a divinely ordained vehicle of communication since creation and i don’t think He planned to stop just because a group of people put together a canon of His words and called it done.
i want to say some more words on this and bear with me if they’re not communicated well because i’m a recovering legalist, not a recovered one:
+ i think it’s important to read your bible regularly. yes, i realize i just pulled out one of the foremost southern baptist clichés and i am not sorry. but i think how this works is however you feel so led. if one major session works for you once a week and you’re able to continue meditating on the Word throughout the week as a result of that, then that’s what works for you. i am the kind of person who needs to be in it at least daily even though that rarely happens.
+ i think supplementary reading is necessary. this can be whatever you like. it can be Jesus calling, one of the titles mentioned above, another author whose words speak life into you, blogs, twitter, whatever. but, please, y’all, VET YOUR SOURCES. know scripture so when you run across contradictions, you will know them to be untruths. i can’t stress this enough.
+ i don’t think supplementary reading replaces the bible. that’s what it’s called supplementary.
+ i think reading forms virtual community. maybe this is why God uses words to communicate to us across the age: because reading others’ stories of faith bolsters our own. i’m learning so much about God’s character and faithfulness from the old testament lately and the stories y’all tell me every day. meredith shared a story on twitter sunday in praise of the Lord’s marvelous ability to transform and i’ve told amy more than once her story is a miraculous testimony to how the Lord redeems every last bit of our mess.
so keep writing. and keep reading. and keep tweeting. because the Lord is mightily using those words.