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4 Books That Will Impact Your Life

As a writer, I love to read.

I love losing track of time by getting lost in a good fiction story; even more, I love a good faith-based non-fiction book that challenges me to grow in my faith.

Books that have a tendency to stay with me in the years that follow.

These four books are on my bookshelf and every now and then I pull them off the shelf to re-read the truth that is in them. Simply put, these books have pointed me to Jesus.

I highly recommend them.

1. Fitted: The Christian Checklist

By Alan Clark

In Fitted, Alan shares his story of finding himself in need of a warrior-like prayer life.

In the midst of family illness and an adoption, Alan knew he needed to take the words in Ephesians 6 and apply the Armor of God to his prayer life. This prayer allowed him to battle the doubts and thoughts that were fighting for his mind and keep God as the authority in his life.

Alan and his wife, Kim, are the real deal when it comes to a pastor’s family. Alan pastors Gateway Community Church in Franklin, TN where my family calls home. Four years ago, after a google search led me to Pastor Alan’s adoption blog, we walked through the Gateway doors and we’ve been loved on ever since.

Alan’s book came out while our family was in the adoption process. I quickly ordered a copy of this book and began praying the Armor of God over my life. Like Alan, I needed a warrior-like prayer life.

It became further proof that God always gives me a way out when I am tempted to doubt or let unhealthy or negative thoughts fill my mind. Whenever I feel a battle begin to brew, I grab my Bible and pull this book off the bookshelf to remind myself that God’s already fitted me with the armor I need to fight every battle I face.

2. Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard

By Jennie Allen

In Nothing to Prove, Jennie keeps it simple (and I love simple!).

We have nothing to prove because we have Jesus. We busy ourselves with noble, Godly tasks but somewhere in the midst of it all, we begin striving for Him instead of doing the work with Him.