Sunday, September 04, 2016

August Reading List

Usually July is our busiest month in the personnel office and then things slow down a bit in August.  But this year August has been as busy as July.  I'll write more about that in my next blog!  All of this business has been reflected in my lack of reading.  I read only two books this month, though I've got several I'm part way through.

The first is by Beth Moore and is called When Godly People Do Ungodly Things. We've all been stunned by the news of a well-known Christian leader embezzling money or having an affair with a woman on his staff.  Or perhaps the person is not well-known, but close to us.  She has been used greatly by God in your life and then all of a sudden she just walks out on her family.  And all of us who are honest have to admit there are times we wonder, "Where did THAT thought come from?" or "Why was I so tempted to do that?  I certainly know better."  Beth Moore deals with why and how the Evil One seduces Christians, and especially those who have had abuse in their backgrounds.  She encourages all believers to being fighting the spiritual battle that is necessary to stand our ground against Satan.  Perhaps most helpful of all, she shares how those who have fallen can and should be restored if they repent of their sin.  Personally, I find that Beth Moore is a better speaker than writer and it was sometimes a bit hard to track with her.  Also, she's so emotional, which I'm not.  But the section on restoration was extremely helpful.  I would especially recommend this book to those who are at a place of repentance, moving into restoration or to their pastors or loved ones.

The second book I read was Oswald Chambers -- Abandoned to God:  The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest.  I've read and been blessed by My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers ever since my parents gave me my first copy after my first year in college.  But I never knew much of his life other than that he was a Bible teacher. This is a fascinating and well-written biography about his life which also shows how the woman who stood beside him as his wife had a vital part in his ministry. As a young man Oswald Chambers went through a time of deep depression and struggle with God from which he emerged stronger. At the end of that time, he had what he described as a baptism of the Holy Ghost. He gave himself fully to God at that point and it seems that his struggle with depression was then a thing of the past. His wife, whom he nick-named Biddy, was a stenographer and trained secretary. She took short-hand notes of all of his messages and lectures. After his death as a fairly young man (only in his 40's), she made it her life work to type out all of his messages and lectures and to turn them into books. The most famous, of course, is My Utmost for His Highest. This was also the most difficult to compile as she took bits from many different messages and compiled them around a common theme for the day. Now that I know the story behind My Utmost for His Highest, a book that I've read through many times before, it has become even more dear to me.  In addition, we as a mission family talk a lot about how we have to first BE a disciple before we can MAKE disciples.  Oswald Chambers' life exemplified how to do that.

4 comments:

Beth said...

I had no idea that Oswald Chambers was so young when he died!

Anonymous said...

You said, “Beth Moore deals with why and how the Evil One seduces Christians, and especially those who have had abuse in their backgrounds.”
Does that mean those who were abused or those who abused others?
I had been sexually abused for 14 of my 18 years at home and mentally abused for 16 of my 18 years at home.
A review on Amazon said the book doesn’t deal with carnality? Isn’t carnality sexual abuse?
Did the book deal with when a person is horribly sexually abused?

Hannatu said...

Anonymous, I hope you will read this since I don't know how to contact you. Beth Moore is referring to those who have been abused, not to their abusers. I am not trained in counseling, so I don't know all the ways that abuse affects a person, but she believes that having been abused, because of the harm done to the child abused, then makes the abused very vulnerable in other ways. She herself was abused sexually which then made her vulnerable to inappropriate relationships that she chose to be involved in as a young adult. They were things that were not pleasing to our Father, but Satan was able to tempt her to sin in those ways. I would really encourage you to read this book and also to visit her website. I am cautious about being a "groupie" of anybody, including Beth Moore, but I think you will find her sensitive, understanding, and helpful to all who have been abused since she knows by experience what it is like and how to overcome it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for responding to my question. I'll check out her website.
Thank you again.