I have a couple more books to tell you about. The One Year Through the Bible Devotional, by David R. Veerman. If you have always wanted to read through the Bible in a year but just reading the Bible is hard because you are not sure about all you are reading, then this book will be a huge help. It gives you the long version so that you read the entire Bible in a year or a shorter version to get the main stories. Then it has a devotional to go with it so you can understand what you are reading and apply it better to your own life. I set up a yahoo group for some of my church friends and we are going to read through the Bible this year. I am super excited about it. This will be my third year to do this but I have never had anyone to talk to about it so now I will have other travelers on this journey with me. YEA!
This is another new book that I got this week. Journaling As A Spiritual Practice by Helen Cepero. I have started through it and it is really good. The author says, "All spiritual disciplines and practices, including journaling, are about learning to be aware and awake, open to God, ourselves and the world around us". She also says, "Our journal writing begins with our willingness to let God accompany us from the very beginning as we dip our journal sifters into the running streams of our own lives." She was describing how when you mine for gold you go below the surface to find nuggets of gold hidden in the river bottom and journaling is like that too.
I think 2009 is going to be a good year of reading and writing and discovering.