My Desert Island Bookshelf

If you were being hustled off to a desert island and could only bring your Bible and one other book, what would you toss in your bag?  Don't run off to check your shelves, dig out your book journal, or spend a lot of time racking your memory.  Simply sit quietly for a minute and let God bring to mind that one special book that turned your life upside down & inside out.


Welcome back to THE BOOKBAG!  If it's mid-month and you're an avid reader, this is where you'll find us, gathering up our favorite reads, sharing our personal reviews and links, talking writing and bargains and anticipated titles from beloved authors.  All things bookish.  A special welcome to all you Modern Mrs. Darcy fans.  You are kindred spirits, indeed. 

A few weeks back, Christianity Today's Russell Moore asked his readers to share 5-12 Desert Island Bookshelf titles ... and I happily found my own picks in his next Moore to the Point Newsletter

Here's my list, complete with reviews.

  • Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence
    Ruth Haley Barton
    My oft' boring quiet time, my lackadaisical attitude toward intimacy with God, my uninformed thoughts about what meditating on His Word could truly look like were all transformed in the process of reading this slim guidebook.  'Be still and know that I am God' began to take on a whole new meaning in this, one of my favorite books.

  • Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture
    Adam McHugh
    If you love the Lord and His church with an introverted heart, this one's for you.  In the process of inhaling each chapter, I began to fully appreciate how God had wired me for life and ministry.  I stopped beating myself up, quit trying to morph into someone I wasn't, and gained a new freedom and a fresh delight in living and serving in my own skin.

  • The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction
    Adam McHugh 
    McHugh's the kind of guide you'd choose if you're taking a long, winding journey to someplace unknown.  He's wise, he's got a wry sense of humor, and he's the first to admit the mistakes he's made.  With the heart of a storyteller, his subject matter is deep, yet engaging and readable.  One of my favorite books of all time.

    Let's talk about your desert island picks!

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