Written by Robert Pop

What I’m Reading This Month

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. (John Green)

So I thought I’ll start sharing my monthly list of books I’m about to read. Here’s the list for February. I’ve already started reading these books and I highly recommend them to anyone, and to make it easier for someone to see whether one of these books might seem interesting, I also added a quote from each book, as well as a link to the ebook version on Amazon.

20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves — Kelli & Peter Worrall

Despite what many think, our twenties aren’t that dead space between youth and real life. Done right, they can be among our most important years.

In 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves, Peter and Kelli Worrall look back on it all — the good, the bad, and the miserable — to give you the best of what they’ve learned. With humility, warmth, and brilliant storytelling, they invite you not only into their wisdom but into their very lives, sharing about marriage, faith, drawn-out adoptions, dark nights of the soul, and the God who’s in it all.

Embrace grace. Accept it with open arms and open heart. Hold it tight until it soaks into your soul. Then release it. Give it away. To your family, to your friends, to your church. When I was a twentysomething, my church was falling apart. The pastor left. The leadership couldn’t agree. And the congregation was about to split. I was disillusioned and critical. Sitting in judgment over all of them. Looking down my nose with disgust. But that posture helps no one, and it is not your place. Instead, be a conduit for grace. (Kelli & Peter Worrall)

The Love Revolution — Joyce Meyer

The book is a revolutionaries’ manual, a hands-on primer for bringing the Golden Rule to life in the twenty-first century. Meyer starts out by giving some stunning statistics. Right now… 210,000 children will die this week because of poverty; 640 million children do not have adequate shelter; every day, 3,000 children are abducted into the sex-trafficking industry; every day, 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. She goes on to say that although crisis is global, the solution is local. We can’t solve the world’s problems, but that isn’t a reason to remain idle.

The Love Revolution focuses on personal behavior on the local scale. It’s not just a call to action; it is a call to being: being the person who goes out of your way to encourage someone who’s out of hope; being the one who smiles at a stranger; being the one who is willing to do something for nothing. The paradox: when we do something for nothing, what we often get is something far greater.

I feel such a passion rising up inside of me — this is really one book to open your eyes and light up a fire in your spirit for the helpless, the poor, the sick and the suffering!

My purpose in life is to do right and to glorify God. (Joyce Meyer, The Love Revolution)

Good Or God? — John Bevere

John Bevere has caught my interest several years ago with his book entitled The Bait Of Satan and soon after that I watched some of his video teachings online. I think he’s a spiritually & emotionally healthy writer & teacher and his insights are really inspiring and eye-opening. This book’s been on my reading list ever since the day John announced that he’s publishing a new book — I instantly loved the subject in it and the title as well.

These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. Generosity, humility, justice — good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty — evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? Good or God? isn’t another self-help message. This book will do more than ask you to change your behavior. It will empower you to engage with God on a level that will change every aspect of your life.

True worship is revealed by who we obey, not who we sing to. (John Bevere, Good Or God?)

Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose — T. D. Jakes

I won this book via an Instagram contest offered by FatihWords publishing. I don’t consider myself a T. D. Jakes fan, but I did read one book written by him in the past and I found it pretty good and useful. Also, I thought some of his Bible teachings to be very motivating and true, so I decided to start reading this book in February.

We all have a destiny. Finding the courage to drive past the challenges, pains, and even the shortcuts of life to the deeper purpose of living is to thrive in one s divine destiny. Most people have sensed destiny pulling them to just the right place or person. Whether it is the spouse you meet, the children you bear, or the promotion you receive, everyone has a purpose to pursue. Sometimes it is understanding our destiny that helps us accept what on the surface appears to be failure. In Destiny, T. D. Jakes shares insight to help listeners play the roles they were designed for. Expanding on his #1 bestseller Instinct, Jakes reveals that instinct is the first step to the destiny that awaits.

Destiny is not for comfort seekers. Destiny is for the daring and determined who are willing to endure some discomfort, delay gratification, and go where Destiny leads. (T. D. Jakes, Destiny)

Originally published at robertpop.com on February 1, 2016.

Thanks for reading!

I’m Robert Pop, author of A Millennial’s Handbook For Life and founder of The Relentless Me.

I write weekly at RobertPop.com, where I use tested methods and frameworks to share ideas for overcoming procrastination, improving productivity, and achieving more.

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