We finally finished yesterday. The Christmas shopping is complete. (More or less.)
The packages are on the way from Amazon. The gifts that have arrived are being wrapped. The miniature tree looks even smaller because we’ve actually put some presents under it… As a result, I’ve got one less thing on my mind, which is really nice. I can read a little more, maybe finish up another writing project, or even get a bit of sleep.
But what I’ve actually been thinking about with that little bit of extra time has been my spiritual health plans for the coming year. I shared last week about if I’m healthier this year that last (and I think yes). But how do I want to keep that going into the coming year?
Maybe you’re thinking about this, too. Maybe you’ve had a good year in this area. You’re reading the Bible regularly, praying frequently, and pursuing obedience to Christ in your community. But where are you being challenged to grow? Where are you seeing a need for greater consistency? Or where is there an opportunity to just remain steadfast and faithful in what you’re already doing?
That almost always comes back to reading for me, especially balancing my enjoyment of books in general with my enjoyment of reading the Bible. And if you’re like me, you might need some good recommendations. Today, I’m going to do one better, though. Rather than just making recommendations, I’ve teamed up with my friends at Crossway for the second of three Christmas giveaways to give one of you a set of resources to help you grow in Christ in the coming year.
Here’s what one individual will receive:
- The ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set
- None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
- Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman
- Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting by Dave Furman
- Conscience by Andy Naselli and JD Crowley
Each book on this list has something important to offer you as a reader. The first is the Word itself, beautifully presented. None Like Him is a strong encouragement to remember that God really is different from us (and that’s a good thing). Missional Motherhood helps us all remember the great value mothers have in the body of Christ, not simply as parents but as disciple makers (something that is easy for some to downplay or forget). Being There offers guidance for how to love and serve those who are suffering. And Conscience challenges us to think Christianly—to train our consciences to recognize the distinctions between what is good and godly, and what will damage us.
To enter this giveaway, use the handy-dandy Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday. Winners will be notified within 48 hours.