What Are You Reading?
Updated: Jul 7
Today, (July 6, 2020) I am also reading Experiencing The Depths of Jesus Christ by Jeanne Guyon. Now, if I can figure out how to flow a thread here I want to be able to share with you insights from her book. But, till then, just a few thoughts. Jeanne Guyon was a Catholic nun and penned this book in the 1800"s. Stop rolling your eyes! LOL How she speaks and what she explains and how she explains will catch you totally of guard! It is said that this is one of the most influential spiritual books ever written. How did I not know about this book? I just finished the 2nd chapter. At the end she writes this, "The Lord's chief desire is to reveal Himself to you and, in order for Him to do that, He gives you the experience of enjoying His presence." Let that sink a bit. Ask your questions about it to God. Then, be still. Wait and listen for the Holy Spirit to answer as you enter the presence of the Lord.
This may not be the most exciting beginning for this blog thread for some of you. But I do love research. And I have discovered that I like Biblical research better than educational research because, at least so far, I don't have to deal with measurements! And I have just purchased some new books that can help me better understand what I read in the Bible and how to apply it to my life. I have discovered that I need a bigger understanding in my writings of God's Word than my little brain has. So, I went in search of research, specifically good commentary and concordance books. OMG! There are so many out there! How does one choose? Well, I asked a lot of people, and I began comparing them side by side with verses. So these are what I have so far, and I am loving them!!! The Parallel New Testament Commentary by Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, and Matthew Henry, and a whole Bible commentary book by Matthew Henry. Hey, you really can't go wrong with those guys, right? I also am using a Life Applications New Testament Commentary. I may know my application for the scriptures I use, but this will help me see other points of view and understand the scripture better. I chose The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible by James Strong. How did I ever get through my discipleship class without this book?! I can just get lost in studying a single verse in these books. I also have various translations of the Bible including The Message, but I am really a New King James Version person myself.
What books do you use to help you better understand the Word of God?