A Bibliophile’s Path Forward in March

Time marches on…

See what I did there? 🤪

March was another quick month filled with a lot of reading, but not a lot to blog about since many books are still in progress. If you’ve read my prior blog posts, you may have found out that I gave up fiction for Lent. That being said, this month is purely nonfiction that I tend to read at a slower pace. 🙂

Check out what I did finish though!


Church: Living Faithfully as the People of God – Collected Insights from A W Tozer

2/23/2023-3/4/2023

One of those books I’ve had for a little while, but I neglected picking up.

I love Tozer. If you didn’t already know.

This book was great! I mean, it pretty much backed up my current beliefs with scripture and Tozer’s explanations, stories and wit, but I did come across things that I was like oh, wow, hadn’t thought of that but it totally makes sense! He also asks questions that are relevant today – seeing as how Tozer write these thoughts decades ago. The years have changed and culture may have changed, but there is nothing new under the sun and Christ’s work in the church is still unfinished.

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished.

Titus 1:5

I find that more organization is usually an indication of lack of spirituality. A certain amount of organization is necessary to control life. But when life goes out, then we try to make up by organization what we lack in life.

A. W. Tozer, Mere Christianity

The temperate man is the man who is in right relation to himself. The holy man is one who is in right relation to God. And the just man is one who is in right relation to every man.

A. W. Tozer, Mere Christianity

The church ought never take on the complexion of the neighborhood, never should take on the moral complexion of the age in which it lives.

A. W. Tozer, Mere Christianity

You cannot take away the people and still have the church. The church takes two: Jesus Christ in the midst, and the people in whose midst He is.

A. W. Tozer, Mere Christianity

+ a lot more great quotes 😄


The Servant Leader by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges

3/18/2023

I got this book at an estate sale for less than a $1! Bargain. Read it that same day too!

This was a great find not only because it was an easy, quick read, but because it was actually written with good information, backed up with scripture, and it was applicable! As a leader in my career in accounting, I sometimes struggle with that aspect of my job. Though I’ve always had a servant mindset, sometimes leading well is just hard and it’s a struggle for everyone, not just people like me. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to lead well in any capacity.

As you consider the heart issues of leadership, a primary question you will continue to have to ask yourself is: “Am I a servant leader or a self-serving leader?” It is a question that, when answered with brutal honesty, will go to the core of your intention or motivation as a leader.

The Servant Leader

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

Servant leadership begins with a clear and compelling vision of the future that excites passion in the leader and commitment in those who follow.

The Servant Leader

Women of Courage: Florence Nightingale: Compassionate Care for People Who Need it Most

3/1/2023-3/22/2023

Maybe this is part fiction, but I read it as a biography so that’s where I am on it 🤣

I didn’t know much about Florence Nightingale (nothing) and so this was cool to read! I learned a lot about her and her life in nursing and revolutionizing things. Her faith was so strong and pushed her to do these great things. She was successful because God was with her, not because of her own works. I think that’s a huge takeaway from this – how she depended on God, His urging and His call on her life.

Mother Santa Colomba told her she must accept failure. God knew she had failed. She must be as joyous in failure as she was in success. It all came from God. Being anxious or miserable pleased no one. Should Flo expect more “success” than the Lord? He was thwarted by everyone in His earthly mission. Even His own apostles understood little of who He was before the Resurrection. And finally, the nun told Flo she had prayed about her many times. She was sure that God was not calling her to become Catholic. But Flo must turn her whole heart to God so that she would be ready to do His will.

Florence Nightingale, page 112

When Flo’s family wrote to tell her of all the praise she was receiving in England, she protested, “Praise good God! He knows what a situation He has put upon me. For His sake, I bear it willingly, but not for the sake of Praise. The cup which my Father bath given me, shall I not drink it?” In spite of all her past metaphysical cogitation, she always lapses into orthodox Christianity for comfort in the grim present and for hope in the uncertain future.

Florence Nightingale, page 154

The British was machine in the Crimea was slowly disassembled. The sick and the wounded were the last to leave – along with the nurses. To one of her nurses, who was departing in April 1856, Flo revealed her true Christian feeling: “It matters little, provided we spend our lives to God, whether like our Blessed Lord’s, they are concluded in three and thirty years, or whether they are prolonged to old age.”

Florence Nightingale, page 174

United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia J Newbell

3/11/2023-3/28/2023

I bought this book in a book sale online maybe a year or so ago, among others like Bloodlines by John Piper that Newbell actually mentions in her book!

I enjoyed her insight into her struggles and feelings of belonging/not belonging and finding a place in the church, living out diversity and being intentional as much as you can to be there for those who aren’t like you.

Diversity can look different and there are barriers to think about when it comes to racial diversity within the church, which she outlines reasonably in her writing.

A big topic discussed is race, but it’s not in a way that directly points to whites, rather at the racial divide that society is merely recovering from and moving forward through. As Christians, it’s our responsibility as a whole, no matter what race or background, to be a shining light as we move forward in this society and work together to bring positive, Kingdom impact.

Her writing is great and I will probably read her books in the future! I would also recommend this book to any Christian looking to learn more about diversity in light of God’s vision for His church.

God chooses us based purely on His mercy and love.

Trillia J Newbell, United

By building into diverse relationships, we display the reconciliation and redemption of Christ to a world that is broken and divided.

Trillia J Newbell, United

Diversity displays a true understanding of the grace of God.

Trillia J Newbell, United

Diversity in the church isn’t about quotas or filling a gap but about serving and loving others.

Trillia J Newbell, United

How can we fulfill the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations if we all week only churches in which we are comfortable? Does Gos call me to be comfortable and fulfill all my needs?

Trillia J Newbell, United

Even though I only finished 4 books, I still managed to get over 1000 words in this blog post, LOL. Thanks for reading and share your March reads in the comments!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. These all sound like amazing books! Thank you for sharing. But you make me add more books to my TBR list. LOL 🙂
    In March I read:
    – The Last Chance Cowboy by Jody Hedlund. One of the best books in this series!
    – Empty Out the Negative by Joel Osteen. Very encouraging and a good reminder to stay optimistic.
    – Let it Be Me by Becky Wade. My favorite in the Misty River series!
    – You and Me by Becky Wade. One of the novellas in the Misty River series. I liked that it was Christmas and the plot could totally be a Hallmark movie.
    – When Strivings Cease by Ruth Chou Simons. A good reminder that we don’t have to strive. We need to just walk in God’s grace.
    – Reckless Love by Cory Asbury. Awesome devotional!

    1. Summer says:

      Lol! What are reading friends for? 😅
      I NEED TO GET BACK TO THAT SERIES BY JODY HEDLUND 😭 ugh, I’m behind. I will eventually finish that series!
      The Becky Wades – so glad you enjoyed those!!
      The others sound good too!!

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