Books – Kindred Grace grace-filled conversations among kindred spirits Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Books – Kindred Grace 32 32 Ultimate List of Free Kindle Books for Christian Readers Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:00:18 +0000 Ultimate List of Free Kindle Books for Christian Readers

How does a booklover pack for an extended out of state trip without going over the weight limit or leaving her beloved stack of books behind?

I’m the girl who never left the house–even for a grocery run–without a book in my bag. Packing for my first long trip posed a unique challenge. When it came down to deciding between clothing and books, books won. Who needs an extra pair of shoes when it means leaving out a favorite title that was beckoning from the bookshelf just feet away? I may have not been the most stylish girl that DC ever saw, but I did get to sit under a beautiful shade tree by the Potomac River and read a few lines from an old favorite while I rested my feet. I sometimes regretted not packing a second pair of shoes or a few extra shirts, but I never regretted having my books with me.

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Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:43 +0000 Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline

Forget meditating (I can’t remember what I’m looking for in the fridge, much less what I read three days ago), fasting (I’ve been pregnant or nursing or both for the past six years), or silence (does that even exist anymore? I’ve forgotten). As much as I miss spiritual disciplines, I just . . . can’t. Not right now. I’m trying to survive. I have three children ages five and under, and life is a bit of a blur.

Spiritual disciplines as the mother of young children often look less than impressive, at least for me. My most heartfelt prayers are often, “Please, Lord, please please PLEASE let the baby stay asleep,” or “Lord, please help me find the toddler’s other shoe before we completely miss church.” Bible study is generally interrupted by, “She took my toy,” or “Mommy, come wipe me!”

But somewhere, in the depths of my soul, I want those things.

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Making Time to Read Again Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:17 +0000 Making Time to Read Again

Someone once asked me if I thought I read too much.

Indignant but compassionate, I replied, “I don’t think that’s possible. Do you think you read too little?”

We laughed.

And I still laugh about that short interaction, though it took place during my teen years when I could (and did!) devour whole books in the space of a few short days. Now, consuming a single title takes me weeks, if not months. I blame my decreased reading time on a new life stage, marriage, and work. I used to fit reading into every day. Lately, I have to work to block off times to read every week–and sometimes I only succeed when I put on an audiobook while I’m folding laundry.

But there’s nothing quite like a good book, so I still invest in the struggle to find time to read.

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6 Books to Grow Your Faith Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:00:55 +0000 6 Books to Grow Your Faith

“That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.”
(Louisa May Alcott)

Did you ever sit on a phone book as a kid? Maybe you were too short to reach the table at grandma’s house and the latest, hefty edition of The Yellow Pages was commissioned as a sort of “booster.” Well, though phone books are quite endangered these days, books can always be a booster, a stepping stone or a staircase to new heights. Books can lift your spirit, raise your I.Q., and give the soul a hand up during trying times. Basically, books are elevators.

Literature has filled many roles for me throughout my life, including that of friend, fun, and faith-builder. This list focuses on that last role: these are the books that grew my faith.

1. Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Starting out with quite the whopper, Tortured for Christ is definitely worth a mention.

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Real-Life Love Stories to Give You Hope While You Wait Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Real-Life Love Stories to Give You Hope While You Wait

Why do I love reading love stories that really happened? Is it the part of me that enjoys real butter, homemade bread, chicken soup from scratch . . . or the fact that a little suffering creates a great big desire for authenticity? Most of all, I think it’s the fact that true stories show me another facet of our Heavenly Father. They help me glimpse how He works, and Who He is.

A year ago, my dad’s baby sister – the aunt who’s a lot like the big sister I never had – was diagnosed with cancer. She’s the bubbly one; her quiet husband has little to say. But in the last year, he has said a lot with his actions. He cooks and does the shopping, and plugs away at a difficult job – so she can have the care she needs. He has laid down his life by lying down on the living room floor, or on a hard hospital couch, ready to jump up a dozen times a night to help her.

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5 Books Every Storyteller Needs to Read Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:00:50 +0000 5 Books Every Storyteller Needs to Read

She comes up to me at church almost every Sunday, notebook in hand. “I have a new chapter for you to read!” I eagerly flip through the pages right then and there to discover what new sentences await in the story she’s penning. She’s half my age and reminds me of who I was in middle school: a storyteller in the making.

Are you a storyteller, too?

Whether you enthrall family and friends with your tales or shadow your skill of story-weaving while in public, you probably want to learn how to fuel and train your inner artist. These five books for fiction writers will help you hone your talent, through all the many steps of writing fiction!

5 Books for Fiction Writers
Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

K.M. Weiland runs the popular writing blog, Helping Writers Become Authors.

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Silver Spoons and Grains of Sand Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:23:59 +0000 Silver Spoons and Grains of Sand

A friend and mentor once told me that when you’re trying to get going again with Bible reading, you can always start by just reading the Proverb that coincides with the day of the month. That is precisely how I wound up reading Proverbs 30 one dreary morning before work. My breath caught in my throat, for though I had seen it before, I had never realized how applicable it was to myself.

“Do not make me rich, but give me each day what I need; for if I have too much, I might forget You are the One who provides, saying, “Who is the Eternal One?” (Proverbs 30:8-9, The Voice)

The next verse talks about the risks of being poor, but I have never been poor. I have always been much more at risk of having too much. Though my family would be called “middle class” and I had to share my things with eight siblings in a big, old house, I was born with a silver–no, golden–spoon in my mouth.

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