what i read in 2009

Here's the BOOKS I read in 2009 that YOU might enjoy in 2010...

1. Adopted for Life by Dr. Russell D. Moore

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. Competent to Counsel by Jay Adams

4. Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp

5. Teaching to Observe by Jay Adams

6. According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy

7. Seeing With New Eyes by David Powlison

8. Sermon on the Mount by Daniel Doriani

9. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown by Andreas J. Kostenberge, L. Scott Kellum, and Charles Quarles

10. When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

I know there were more, but this is all I can remember. My favorite two books off of this list are "Adopted for Life" and "When the Darkness Will Not Lift."

You can read my post on "Adopted for Life" here. It explains my deep affection for this piece of work.

And as for "When the Darkness Will Not Lift," I must be brutally honest here. I struggled with a lot of things the few months before Mat and I got married. Mat was precious to me during those hard times, and I thank God he was present in my life then. As my sidebar says, "[Mat], more than anyone except my Jesus, knows how to pull me out of a deep pit." He was vital to me in more than a thousand ways. For Valentine's Day, Mat gave me this book, and oh how I wish I had read this book when I was dealing with all of those things.

The description of the book from DesiringGod.org's Web site says,

"Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of sin, satanic assault, distressing circumstances, or hereditary and other physical causes. This book, which is an expansion of a chapter in When I Don't Desire God, aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness."

(You can actually download and print off the book (or read it on your desktop) for FREE here at DesiringGod.org.)

God used this book in mighty ways in my heart and life when I read it. It's so short (I think it's less than 75 pages), but it is truth and full of Scripture. It is powerful.

It was a good year of reading, and I've already started this year by purchasing a couple of new books. My goal is to read a book a month this year. And with that, I'm off to finish up my New Year's Goals List.

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