As I’ve said before, the reason I use our Caleb Zone blog sometimes to make book recommendations is to encourage all of us to keep growing. I’m convinced that God still has LOTS to teach us, and reading is a great way to learn and grow.
So with that in mind, let me tell you briefly about 2 books I’ve read recently which I would recommend to you:
1. Creating An Intimate Marriage, by Jim Burns: Kathy and I have been married for 35 years. Some of you have been married lots longer than that. We’ve got a GREAT marriage…and I want it to keep getting greater and greater as the years go by. This book has some really good observations and suggestions about communication, handling conflict, meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs of your spouse…some I have heard before and some I had never thought of before. I have to admit that I got bogged down a few times as I read along, but it was WELL worth pressing through. Lord willing, I’ll be a better spouse in the days and years to come. Maybe you will, too. Give the book a shot! (And while we’re on the subject of marriage, if you haven’t yet gone through the Love & Respect class at ACC, you really should consider it. The next class will begin on January 29 at 10:15 and will run for 6 weeks…more info coming!)
2. UNBROKEN: a World War II story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand: Wow. This is some book. It is not a Christian book, per se. In fact, I hesitated to even recommend it because of it’s graphic description of Japanese POW camps, the occasional profanities used by the military men. It’s definitely not for everybody. But this true story about the life of Louie Zamperini…his wild youth, his experience as part of the 1936 US Olympic team, his weeks spent floating on a life raft in the Pacific after his plane went down, and his years in Japanese POW camps…is inspiring in that God clearly had his hand on Louie. After the war, his encounter with Jesus through a Billy Graham crusade TOTALLY changed his life. I sort of got the feeling that the author didn’t know exactly how to describe his conversion experience, but she did a good job of revealing the completely new life that Louie (now in his 90’s) continues to live. For me at least, this was a very faith-building book…reassuring us that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do!
OK…that’s about it for today. HUGE blessings on you all, and remember, keep moving forward and growing in Jesus!