Kyle Pettit

April Reads and Reviews

Kyle Pettit
April Reads and Reviews

What a month of reading it's been! Lot's of study and prep, but wow did I learn a lot. 

 

The Path Between Us by Suzanne Stabile

Rating: 4/5

The follow-up book to Stabile's famous enneagram book “the road back to you” This one deal with your Enneagram number and how that relates to other people and the world around us. Each chapter starts with a story that gives an insight of what it is like inside another person's head. Which is so valuable to help give us empathy and understanding in dealing with others. Read her first book first. And go all narcissist about yourself then couple it with this one to bring you back to relating to others. I’m excited to see what Suzanne has next for us.

Favorite quote: “perfection is like an ice sculpture: it lasts only as long as there’s no change in the atmosphere.”

 

Life Without Lack by Dallas Willard

Rating: 5/5

Dallas Willard. Everything he writes is gold. He takes a well known and well-loved psalm but takes us to places that we have never thought. Such a value book especially when it comes to the study of Psalm 23.

Favorite quote: "Human desire is infinte by it's nature, it cannot be satisfied... The cross means the acceptance of limination on desire"


 

The Lord Is My Shepherd by Harold S Kushner

Rating: 4/5

The only book on my list of study books for my psalm 23 series that wasn’t written by a Christian (I just started the series at Common room the last check it out here if you want to listen along- HERE) It was written by a Jewish rabbi> You have to show grace when he talks about Jesus just being a good man, but he does have some great insight into the Hebrew culture that would have been present during the time of David writing psalm 23. Would recommend if you want a challenge.

Favorite quote: “There will be dark days, days of loss and days of failure, but they will not last forever. The light will always return to chase away the darkness, the sun will always come out again after the rain, and the human spirit will always rise above failure. Fear will assault us, but we will not be afraid, “for Thou art with me.”

 

A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller

Rating: 4/5

The classic go-to book on Psalm 23. And its classic for a reason. The book tells of a real-life sheep farmer and what it means to be a shepherd. The parallels that David wrote about, what it is really like to be a sheep farmer and our human nature are astonishing. It makes me just want to be a sheep in the arms of a loving shepherd.

Favorite quote: "One of the outstanding marks of a Chritian should be a serene sense of gentle contentment."

 

The Lord Is My Shepherd by Robert J Morgan

Rating: 2/5

It was about as boring as watching your grandparents paint their house. And everything about it fell like it will sit well on a shelf in that room.

Favorite quote: "Martin Luther once said that the heart of Christianity os seen in its personal pronoun and Psalm 23 is full of them."

 

Everyone, Always by Bob Goff

Rating: 5/5

Anyone else wants to just pack up what you are doing move to somewhere new with the sole purpose of loving people.

I called Bob on the phone a couple days ago and he said “Love does is like getting a new puppy and all the excitement with it. Everyone always is about training that puppy.” And I think that summarizes it will. It's not all roses in butterflies in this one, and Bob has some deep insights that will challenge you in how good of a job you thought you were doing on loving others

Favorite quote: "I've concluded we can be correct and not right" // "God isn't always leading us to the safest route forward but to the one where we'll grow the most" (I would put 100 differnent favorite quotes...)

 

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Rating: 5/5

I’ve been really getting into biographies lately. And this one everyone should read. It is the autobiographical account of Corrie Ten Boom’s life. She hid Jews and other persecuted people from the Nazi in her house until she was caught and sent to a concentration camp herself. She survived by the grace of God. Showing love to even the Nazi guards then preached forgiveness all around Europe for the rest of her life. She is amazing

Favorite quote: (PLEASE READ THIS)

“It was at a church service in Munich that I saw him, a former S.S. man who had stood guard at the shower room door in the processing center at Ravensbruck. He was the first of our actual jailers that I had seen since that time. And suddenly it was all there – the roomful of mocking men, the heaps of clothing, Betsie's pain-blanched face.

He came up to me as the church was emptying, beaming and bowing. “How grateful I am for your message, Fraulein.” He said. “To think that, as you say, He has washed my sins away!” His hand was thrust out to shake mine. And I, who had preached so often to the people in Bloemendaal the need to forgive, kept my hand at my side.

Even as the angry, vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him. I tried to smile, I struggles to raise my hand. I could not. I felt nothing, not the slightest spark of warmth or charity. And so again I breathed a silent prayer. Jesus, I prayed, I cannot forgive him. Give me Your forgiveness.

As I took his hand the most incredible thing happened. From my shoulder along my arm and through my hand a current seemed to pass from me to him, while into my heart sprang a love for this stranger that almost overwhelmed me. And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself.” 

 

 

On to the next book! Let me know if you got any good recommendations!