Allegory of the Cave: A philosophical (hard to understand at first) reading by Plato published in his work Republic. This analyzes are reception of the world and social responsibility of helping those who haven’t experienced the “outside”.
God is Faithful: Beautiful blog excerpt from Elizabeth Hyndman that focuses on God and his plans for us even when we are facing the largest challenges.
The Myth of Sisyphus: A fundamental existentialist text by Albert Camus that describes how life is absurd and we have the choice to give it meaning or not.
Tuesdays with Morrie: Memoir by Mitch Albom describing the times with his old professor during his last months of life. It beautifully discusses how death is fleeting but what we learn from life is far more valuable.
God Has a Name: “This book is a simple, but profound guide to what God says about himself. In his signature conversational-but-smart style, John Mark Comer takes the reader line by line through Exodus 34v6-8—Yahweh’s self-revelation on Mount Sinai—called by some scholars the one most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible. In it, we see who God says he is.” I love this book because it is easy to read, conversational, and is informing in an interesting way for people who know and don’t know God.
Out of the Dust: Historical fiction work by Karen Hesse that tells the story of a girl named Billy Jo and the daily struggles she faces during the dust storms in a verse format. The trials she faces tests her relationship with her father and her wellbeing, but through community she finds her sense of belonging and purpose.
The Alchemist: A novel by Paulo Coelho that follows a boy traveling through the deserts to find his “personal legend”. In these moments he learns about himself and with the help of an alchemist he meets, he learns about the soul of the world.
Love Does: A nonfiction bestseller by Bob Goff that is full of short stories and times where Goff demonstrated love to others through his actions. He lives extravagantly in positive light and gives bits of wisdom to his readers, making the book easy to read and encouraging.