My top 10 non-fiction books

So I am finally getting around to sharing my list of top non-fiction books that have most influenced me. Many of these were books I read back in high-school, but had significant influence in my spiritual and emotional growth as a young adult. A few are from later on. It is really is hard to choose my top ten because I have read so many good books over the years, but I am going to force myself to choose.

September reflections

I spent two, maybe three hours, last week writing on a blog. It just didn’t turn out, which is why nothing was posted last week. So this is attempt number #2 and its Monday. I am not sure where the time goes. Its already September and I am 24 weeks into this pregnancy. Over half way there. Its basically still summer here in Norway, but the days are getting colder and rainier. No frost yet, so the flowers are still blooming and there is still a few apples on the trees and berries on the bushes. The kids boots are crusted with mud each day after school and dripping rain suits hang in our entry hall. We still sleep with our windows open at night, but all snuggled under our down Norwegian duvet comforters.

Why I am no longer afraid to share the gospel

Growing up as Christian, one of the scariest things in my mind was sharing the gospel. It was so awkward talking about heaven and hell with strangers on the street and passing out those little black and white tracks that you basically just dictated to the blinking, mostly nice strangers who stared at you apologetically.

If you don’t give up you win

Each morning I’ve begun to wake up with more joy and energy than the last. I’ve started to dream again, to do things with a boldness and strength I haven’t felt in a long time. I thrive on consistency. I realized I’ve got to stop feeling guilty for this.

Why I will always hold fast to community

It’s not just about who you want to be with, but about who you are suppose to be with. There is certain fire and strength you get from surrounding yourself with people who are like-minded, but there is also beauty and wildness you miss out if you don’t venture out beyond this. Some of the deepest joys I have known have been living life with people I never expected to. You get to see pieces of Jesus’s heart you never would have seen otherwise.

Embracing a new culture.

I know things have changed when I sit back and think of myself a year ago and I realize I am a completely different person. I barely recognize myself from a year ago. I haven’t posted anything in while, because it’s so hard to describe. I’ve been sitting here for a couple months trying to…