50 BOOKS THAT IMPACTED MY LIFE

50 BOOKS THAT IMPACTED MY LIFE

"I LOVE TO READ"

“I LOVE TO READ”

I am an avid reader.

I love to read.

In fact my mother told me that as a baby, she would give me cloth books to read and would lay in my crib “reading”, never once holding any upside down.

In primary school I recall feeling restricted by the library’s policy that only two books could be borrowed at a time because I would usually finish reading them very quickly and want to borrow more…….okay, I confess that sometimes I would sneak out more than two books, but I did make sure to return them.

I often bought books from the school’s book shop and borrowed them from the public libraries.

I often visited bookstores (and still do) just to see what books were available that I’d like to buy and read, or that the Lord directed me to buy and read.

As early as I can remember, I travelled with one or more books wherever I went; even as a corporate manager, I carried a stash of books to work in my brief case, for when I got a chance to read during lunch or after hours before going home.

In 1987 when I re-dedicated my life to the Lord, He told me to focus my reading on books that would edify my spiritual life and deepen my relationship with Him; not that I could not read others, but He made it clear that the majority of the books I read from that point on needed to be of that genre.

Some 26 years and well over 1000 books later, I am glad that I obeyed the Lord’s instruction because I came to realize that in doing so, He “enrolled” me in a “spiritual university” of sorts that fostered a great deal of spiritual knowledge, understanding and growth in my life and I truly thank Him for that. 

Of course the most important, influential and only constant book in this journey has been, still is, and will always be the Bible, the greatest book of all and because it is God’s Truth, I sift all other writings, including those of fellow Believers in Christ, through the grid of its teachings, principles and standards for nothing transcends God’s Word. His Word is Truth (John 17:17), it will always stand (Isaiah 40:8), and is forever settled in the heavens (Psalms 119:89).

Having said this, today I want to share a list of 50 of the books I’ve read that have made a significant impact on my life.

It is definitely not an all-inclusive list, but comprises books that I believe stand out above the others because they come to the forefront of my mind as do this exercise.

So, in no particular order, here’s the list:-

1)   “Make Me Like You Lord” – Colleen Townsend

2)   “Going Places” – Elizabeth Goldsmith

3)   “God Chasers” – Tommy Tenny

4)   “Good Morning Holy Spirit” – Benny Hinn

5)   “The Anointing” – Benny Hinn

6)   “Jesus Freaks” – D. C. Talk & The Voice of the Martyrs

7)   “Practicing God’s Presence” – Brother Lawrence

8)   “Audience of One” – Jeremy & Connie Sinnott

9)   “In Pursuit of Purpose”- Dr. Myles Munroe

10)  “Understanding Your Potential” – Dr. Myles Munroe

11)  “Releasing Your Potential” – Dr. Myles Munroe

12)  “Maximizing Your Potential” – Dr. Myles Munroe

13)  “Rediscovering the Kingdom” – Dr. Myles Munroe

14)  “The Most Important Person on the Earth” – Dr. Myles Munroe

15)  “The Purpose and Power of Vision” – Dr. Myles Munroe

16)  “The Purpose and Power of Authority” – Dr. Myles Munroe

17)  “The Principles and Purpose of Change” – Dr. Myles Munroe

18)  “I Quit” – Gerri Scazzero

19)  “The Spiritual Man” – Watchman Nee

20)  “The Character of God’s Workman” – Watchman Nee

21)  “Sit, Walk, Stand” – Watchman Nee

22)  “Let Your Life Speak” – Parker Palmer

23)  “The Day of the Saints” – Dr. Bill Hammon

24)  “Anointed for Business” – Ed Silvoso

25)  “God at Work” – Rich Marshall

26)  “Dealing with the Rejection and Praise of Man” – Bob Sorge

27)  “Women of Destiny” – Cindy Jacobs

28)  “Possessing the Gates of the Enemy” – Cindy Jacobs

29)  “The Power of a Praying Wife” – Stormie Omartian

30)  “The Power of a Praying Parent” – Stormie Ormartian

31)  “Commanding the Morning” – Cindy Trimm

32)  “Prayer Rain” – Dr. D. K. Olukoya

33)  “Intercessory Prayer” – Dutch Sheets

34)  “Divine Nobodies” – Jim  Palmer

35)  “Wide Open Spaces” – Jim Palmer

36)  “The Point of No Return” – Rick Renner

37)  “Dream Thieves” – Rick Renner

38)  “Dressed to Kill” – Rick Renner

39)  “The Making of a Leader” – Frank Damazio

40)  “Purpose Driven life” – Rick Warren

41)  “Secrets of the Vine” – David Wilkerson

42)  “The Prayer of Jabez” – David Wilkerson

43)  “Reposition Yourself'” – T. D. Jakes

44)  “The Assignment Series” – Mike Murdock

45)  “Radical” – David Platt

46)  “He Came to Set the Captives Free” – Rebecca Brown

47)  “Boundaries” – Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

48)  “The Hidden Power of a Believer’s touch” – Mahesh Chavada

49)  “Battle Field of the Mind” – Joyce Meyer

50)  “Pigs in the Parlor” – Frank & Ida Mae Hammon

These 50 books have definitely blessed me and I believe if the Lord directs you to read any of them, they will bless you too.

Be encouraged to keep growing in your faith and relationship with God and to do whatever He instructs you to facilitate the process.

Shalom!

Kim

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30 POWER-BOOSTING NUGGETS FROM MY FIERY TRIAL – PART ONE (NUGGETS 1-5)

30 POWER-BOOSTING NUGGETS FROM MY FIERY TRIAL – PART ONE (1)

Nuggets 1-5

 

Fiery Trial

 

On March 3rd, 2009 I contracted a flu which took me from a place of being a healthy, active, person to a place of among other things:- 

  • having a multiplicity of unexplained symptoms in my body.
  • not having the strength to talk or walk for any normal length of time
  • not being able to travel in or drive a car without my body going ballistic
  • having doctors baffled and not sure exactly what to diagnose.
  • a visit to the valley of the shadow of death
  • a more than 2-year journey to recovery along a dark path fraught with physical, mental, and emotional suffering and up close and personal spiritual warfare

IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, I WOULD NOT BE HERE.

I truly thank and praise God firstly for who He is to me and secondly for what He has done for me.

I also thank Him for each person He worked through to help get me to where I am today and I thank those persons too.

My purpose is not to get into the nitty-gritty details of the fiery trial that I walked through, but to share some of the nuggets that I gleaned from that season of testing to encourage, comfort and strengthen those of you who are in a fiery trial, and to help prepare those of you who may encounter a fiery trial sometime in the future.

II Corinthians 1:3, 4 states:-

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),

Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.

The following are nuggets 1-5 that I gleaned from my fiery trial.

 

1)  Tests will come to everyone at some point in their walk with Christ and they are not necessarily a result of sin.

Job was a righteous man who eschewed evil yet look at the trial that he had to walk through (see Job 1).

With the help of the Holy Spirit, search your life and your heart and confess and repent of any revealed sin.

I John 1:9 states:-

“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].” (Amplified Bible)

Beware of who I call “Jobs friends”, i.e., people who do not understand what is happening in your life and therefore reason things like:-

  • You must have done something wrong
  • You must be doing something wrong
  • Sin must be present in your life
  • You don’t have enough faith to believe for change in your situation
  • There must be witchcraft in operation

Don’t get me wrong, it is good to investigate all of these potential causes, but once ruled out or spiritually taken care of, beware of persons who insist on presenting them to you as reasons why you are going through your situation.

2)  Know, believe, and hold fast to the Word of God (logos and rhema) because sometimes it is all you will have.

The logos word that was given to me at the beginning of my trial was the main part of Isaiah 30:15 which states:-

“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength;………”

The rhema word actually came to me about four years earlier when the Lord told me, “I will take you down a path that will give you a testimony. You are going to go through a time of sickness but it is not unto death.”

Holding fast to these words gave me much-needed strength to know I would pull through during times when things were extremely difficult.

3)  Listen to the Holy Spirit.

 John 10:27 states:-

“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.’ (Amplified Bible)

Many voices will come to you to try to advise you so it is important to discern which is of the Holy Spirit.

Only listen to His voice, not the voice of a stranger.

4)  No matter how hard it gets, know that God loves you.

The enemy will try to convince you that God does not love you, reasoning that if He did, you would not be going through what you are going through.

This is a lie.

John 3:16 states:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV 1984)

Ephesians 2:4, 5 states:

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”  (NIV 1984)

Jesus died for you to save you when you were still a sinner.

If someone gives their life for you, there is no need to ever question their love for you.

Psalms 34:19 states:

“The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” (NLT)

In John 16:33 Jesus states:-

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” (Amplified Bible)

Contrary to popular belief, God never promised that our walk with Christ would always be a bed of roses.

In fact He warns us that we will have trouble, trials and tribulations and the fact that He takes the time to issue this  warning is in and of itself an act of love toward you.

God loves you and can’t love you any more than He did when He gave His life for you.

A fiery trial does not mean that God does not love you.

5)  Fervently guard your mind.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 states:-

“For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),” (Amplified Bible)

Cast down every vain imagination and every high thing that exalts itself above the truth of the Word of God.

Take every thought captive unto Christ.

The mind is the battlefield.

I pray that nuggets 1-5 from the fire have in some way encouraged, comforted and strengthened you.

Be on the alert for nuggets 6-10.

Shalom!

Kim

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