I was talking to a friend the other day and she confessed that she wasn't sure if she liked memoirs or not. "I love them," I shared. "Such a cool thing to me to see God moving in other peoples' lives."
I hadn't realized that was what I loved about them until I said it.
I love to see Romans 8:28 played out in another person's tragedy. I love to see people find joy in spite of circumstances they once thought would render them forever joyless. I love to see perseverance change lives. I love to see the amazing things God can and does do for us--and often in spite of us--gently rolled out through the pages of a good book.
To me, this is what life is. Life is just this long (or short, really) winding path where we're all (hopefully) trying hard to make the world a better place than it was when we got here. You know when you get necklaces tangled up together and you spend wayyyyy to much time untangling them? I sometimes feel like that's how we view our lives. We think God's plans are like a tangled part of our necklace and we work way too hard trying to separate his plans out of our lives. But really, in the end, it wasn't like that at all. His plans are what made the hard parts of the story beautiful in the first place.
I like all kinds of memoirs, but Christian memoirs are my favorites. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order...
The Vow // Nourished // Chasing Slow // Kisses from Katie // The Lucky Few // 7 // Unreasonable Hope // Miracles from Heaven // Undone // A Different Beautiful // Riley Unlikely // Through the Eyes of Hope // Anchored // and for your kids (although Ryan and I both liked it quite a lot too), Lost on a Mountain in Maine
If you have any to recommend, I'd love your suggestions!