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Ten Inspirational Books

15 May

 

Recently I began reading, Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living, by Rueben P. Job. The engaging, inspirational, small book of 77 pages posits three concepts for changing the world for good-by living a god-centered life. Those concepts are: Do No Harm; Do Good, and Love God. The Do No Harm spiritual discipline encapsulates the essence of the following Scriptures: Matthew 5:28; Philippians 4:8; Romans 12: 1-2, and I Corinthians 13: 4-7. It also inspires me to work on further developing my spiritual nature.

My initial reaction to the book was to read it through during a single sitting. However, about halfway through the first section I decided to spend time honing the Do No Harm discipline before reading the rest of the book. It has not been an easy task. When someone cuts me off in traffic, litters, doesn’t curb their dog, behaves rudely, or makes a mistake, etc.; I must consciously reject the negative thoughts about the person that come to my mind and resist the urge to say something mean about him/her. I do this by redirecting my thoughts to either I Corinthians 13:4-7 or Philippians 4:8. Since embarking upon the spiritual quest of doing no harm I cannot count the number of times in a day that I have had to redirect my thoughts. Consequently, my spiritual nature is developing.

As is often the case, at least with me, reading an inspirational book prompts me to think about many aspects of life. That is exactly what happened to me during the reading of   Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living.   I began to think about other books, aside from Scripture, that have profoundly impacted me. After prayer and meditation, I thought of making a list of those books to share with others. Such a list could consist of hundreds of books from multiple genres. But a long list would not be useful. Therefore, I have narrowed my list to ten books that have most profoundly impacted my ethical, moral, and spiritual development.

Most of the books highlight two simple truths. Christians are to proclaim the good news of the Gospel of Christ in accordance with Scripture: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son so that whosoever will shall be saved.” John 3:16   The veracity of Christian witness is reflected in the way Christians interact with and treat others. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7 & 8

Rabbi Harold Kushner’s book illustrates the universality of suffering and addresses the question that many ask, why do bad things happen to “good” people?

     Titles                                                                                                        Authors

  • My Utmost for His Highest                                                      Oswald Chambers
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People                            Rabbi Harold Kushner
  • The Cross and the Switchblade                                               David Wilkerson and others
  • Please Make Me Cry                                                               Cookie Rodriguez
  • In His Steps                                                                             Charles Sheldon
  • The Hiding Place                                                                     Corrie ten Boom
  • The Cost of Discipleship                                                          Dietrich Bonhoffer
  • The Desert Fathers
  • The 30-Day Experiment
  • Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living                     RuebenPhillip Job
  • (One of the books I am currently reading.)

     

 

 

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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Inspirational

 

One response to “Ten Inspirational Books

  1. arekexcelsior

    February 23, 2015 at 6:18 am

    In Buddhism, we’re taught that the development of that cultivated, loving mind isn’t just a religious requirement, it’s just smart.

    What you’ll find is that, as you keep focusing on being kind, that you become happier. You’re experiencing growth pains of the soul. As your soul grows, you’ll be more patient, more controlled, more gregarious, more giving, and more able to experience the heaven of love all around us.

    In particular, what you’ll find is that the poisons of this world don’t control you as much. You can refuse to let anger, hatred, jealousy, annoyance, and hurt diminish the generosity of your soul (a generosity that obviously pervades who you are). You’ll always experience annoyances. But they don’t have to control you. You can be in charge.

     

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