Christianity

Christian books I plan to read

Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

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I got my boyfriend to read this book, but I haven’t actually read this book myself. Aside from the Chronicles of Narnia, this is probably the most famous of C.S. Lewis’s books and perhaps the one most blatantly centered on Christianity. It is actually adapted from a series of talks that Lewis gave between 1942 to 1944. I have read the first chapter or so of the book, but it is difficult to get through as he writes with an older more formal style and also very densely and precisely regarding apologetic Christianity. I’m looking forward to finally pressing on and finishing this over the summer.

The Reason for God – Timothy Keller

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My ministry fellow for Yale Faith and Action actually gave this book to me so that my boyfriend could read. I asked for it because I knew that my boyfriend is not the type to fall for the emotional side of Christianity so much as for straight logical arguments. Timothy Keller, a famous person in the Christian community, goes through in each chapter several of the most common and most difficult questions regarding Christianity and provides his answers for all of them. I decided I definitely had to read this book in order to resolve some of my own doubts regarding Christianity and also preview whether it was acceptable enough of a coherent argument to give my boyfriend to read as well. I have just finished reading the first chapter, There Can’t Be Just One True Religion, and I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with his eloquence and the stickied effect of his words on my heart.

The Sacred Search – Gary Thomas

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My ministry fellow gave me this book as well after I told her about my questions regarding dating someone who is not a Christian. She said that she had read The Sacred Heart, which is a similar book, except for people who are closer towards marriage. This one is more toned down for those who are dating and what it means to date with a Christian mentality.

The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel

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As you can see, I have been really delving into these types of logical arguments towards Christianity and what makes it different from so many of the other religions out there. This particular book is less scholarly and more casual in its writing style. A journalist goes out and talks to the most prominent and most dedicated Christians out there regarding some of the issues of Christianity. I read the first chapter or so of the book and I was not as impressed as I was for The Reason for God, but I definitely appreciate both the styles of writing in bringing me a wider perspective.

NIV Study Bible 

My brother got a study Bible when he got baptized so I stole it from him to read because I have never used one before! It’s definitely given me greater energy and passion for the Bible, though the process has slowed my reading of the Bible to only around 10 pages a night – for every two or three verses, the Study Bible goes into five or six paragraphs analyzing the text. Although tedious, I am really loving the extra insight that is incorporated into the reading and hopefully I will be able to get past Genesis pretty soon 😉

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Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

I’ve heard this quote in many different contexts. Strangely, I find it very satisfying and very comforting. 

changing phases of faith

from my religion class homework essay prompt excerpt…

“… At the same time,with my church doctrine considering it as a sin, I have been forced into a moral dilemma – to follow what I believe is right or to follow what others have figured from their analyzation of the Bible. After reading many articles about homosexuality and a couple controversial experiments that say that homosexuality is genetic rather than something that we can figure out by ourselves, I feel necessary to move away from the church in that sense to my own view. This, of course, brings into conflict with how should I go from here? What is my faith? I feel myself moving away from the general acceptance of everything that the church has taught me to feeling myself once again burdened with waves of doubt. Is it ever possible to truly, truly believe in God? Or am I only acting myself?…” 

 

Prayer Post

Too much to keep track (ugh)

– for health and recovery for a dear friend

– for peace, safety, and happiness in mi familia

– for school

– for my senior friends’ college apps

– for my brother’s many injuries

– and to everybody else, that you may be happy and feel blessed, to have your wounds healed and your tears wiped away, to see light in the darkness, and to know that God is watching over you and your loved ones. 🙂

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