Let’s Talk Books!

If you’ve been visiting my blog for the past year or two, you know that every now and then I like to talk books. I couldn’t resist revisiting the topic today because last week I finished reading a book that blew me away. You know what I mean. One of those books that captures you heart and soul and keeps your spirit saying, “Wow!” as you read.

I’d been wanting to read Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore for quite awhile because I’d heard so many good things about it, and let me just say that it surpassed any expectations I might have had. This true story of unlikely friendship grants us glimpses into pieces of history and subcultures that most of us will never gain first-hand knowledge of ourselves (the mid-1900s South, the homeless, the wealthy, the art world…). As the story unfolds, it quietly burns heart wrenching truths and lessons into our hearts and minds. If you haven’t read it yet, put it at the top of your “must-read” list and let it rock your world.

Beth Moore is someone else who can rock your world with her down-home, straight to the heart of the matter approach to Bible study and other topics related to our spiritual lives. I’m reading her latest release, So Long, Insecurity, as part of an online book club on her LPM blog right now. Since I’ve never participated in a book club before (shocking, right?!), I thought it might be fun but also knew I could stand a little help in the getting rid of insecurity department. Anyone else? Don’t worry, if you’re too insecure to say so, I completely understand :)

On the writing front, I’m currently reading (and ever so slowly because I’m trying to read too many books at once!) Rebecca McClanahan’s Word Painting. She’s already helping me look at description in new ways. Her book offers writing exercises with each chapter so hopefully these will help me apply what I’m learning.

The last book I’ll mention is a book that’s blown me away time and again. In fact, I read it all the time. I guess you could say it’s captured my heart and soul and keeps my spirit saying, “Wow!” as I read. Let me encourage you to put the Bible at the top of your “must-read” list and let it rock your world, too…

“For the word of God is living and active…” Hebrews 4:12

**What are you reading right now? What book has blown you away? Are you currently reading a specific book in the Bible? (I’m in Acts.) Let’s talk books!


  1. I need a good writing book, Cheryl. Thanks for the mention here. I’ll look into it. I haven’t read anything stunning as of late; haven’t had time. But God’s Word, as you said, never ceases to stun me. I love reading truth!

    Have a great week.


  2. I’m so glad you liked “Same Kind of Different!” I’m doing the new Beth Moore study on Revelation and am reading Brennan Manning’s “Raggamuffin Gospel.” Both are great!

  3. Doing John in BSF so kind of lingering there. : ) Reading Layers by Sandi Patty and Lysa Terkeurst’s new one too. Have wanted to read Same Kind of Different as Me for a long time. It has been summer reading for some kids here and I kept thinking it would end up as assigned reading, but I guess we missed the boat on that one. I’ve only heard good things about it.

  4. I recently enjoyed and was greatly encouraged by a book by Jerry Jenkins (Left Behind) called “Writing for the Soul.”

    I am reading through the Old Testament and have been longing for the grace of the New Testament all along the way, and now I am in Second Samuel.

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