We’re Booked! 3 Picks by Brenna D’Ambrosio of Chicago Mama

Today’s book picks are by Brenna D’Ambrosio of the blog Chicago Mama.

As a mom of three young children, my book reading can sometimes become utilitarian, so when I can find books that move me and help shape me, that’s a win.

Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community by Enuma Okoro

I think it is safe to say that this is currently my favorite memoir. While her story is so completely specific to her, she has a way of weaving her story that makes you feel a part of it.

This was the fastest I have read a book since having children and it completely rekindled my appetite for reading.

Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

I was given this book over twelve years ago. It sat collecting dust, but over the past couple of years this has been my guidebook as I have shifted from my more legalistic church background to one that embraces the radical grace of our God. It has led me on a journey of tears of repentance to the beginnings of understanding how amazing grace truly is. It changed everything for me.

It sits prominently on my dining room shelf for quick reference along with my Bible, a collection of Madeleine L’Engle poetry and…..

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro

I’m probably the last person to catch on to the Book of Common Prayer, but liturgy was never part of my faith background and was looked down upon. But during a period of difficulty, I grabbed it and it has been a part of my prayer life since then. The feeling of connection to the Saints around the world and throughout time helps me feel closer to God. It comforts me in the times when my own feeble prayers aren’t enough.

These are my three favorite faith shaping books that I keep close at all times. Although, if there were an honorable mention, Madeleine L’Engle’s The Ordering of Love would surely be that. Reading her poetry is like reading a prayer, sweet and pleasing.

I’d love to know what you think of these choices and which books shaped your faith.

Check out Brenna’s blog Chicago Mama.

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