Spiritual Biographies

It's been awhile since I've updated the blog - sorry about that! But I'm back at it now and will try to be more consistent in the weeks to come.

Hebrews 12:1-3 says this:

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

I tremendously enjoy reading! But not just anything will do ... whatever I'm reading has to capture my attention and hold it. The best books also nurture my spirit and build into my faith. Among these are the many spiritual autobiographies that fill my bookshelves. Real life stories of people who have wrestled with their faith, who have frequently been through extraordinarily difficult times - people whose faith has been refined in the crucible as it were. To me it is a tremendous encouragement to my own walk to see how faithful God has been in the midst of the trials of others. It's a reminder that I'll find Him faithful in mine as well. That's a part of the wonder of the Bible too - it's the story of real people - the good, the bad, and the ugly! - who strive to live out their faith (or not) - and the God who speaks into our lives.

I've just finished reading "A Dangerous Faith," edited by James Lund and Peb Jackson. It's a collection of ten stories each one focusing on an incident in the life a different individual. True life stories of people trying to make sense of their faith when their world is falling apart - from inside the Pentagon on 9/11 to a plane crash off the coast of Alaska; from Iraq to Columbia, from mountain tops to sea level, the reader discovers God at work in remarkable places.

Why do books like this excite me and fuel my faith? Because I think to myself, "That could have been me!" (Well, maybe not the mountain climbing adventure - but you get the idea!) These aren't "heroes of the faith" - they are merely faithful people who struggle at times with their own mortality but who persevere in their faith and in doing so experience the presence of the Lord in powerful ways.

How about you? Whose story has touched your life? Let me know ... I'm always looking for another good read!