Opened Books

“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” — Charles Spurgeon

This page is a list of my “opened books,” books that are currently nearest my oversized and comfy reading chair. These works are inspiring me in my creative walk.

Opened Books for the week of April 27th


Genesis: Sometimes I follow a strict course through the Bible, other times I gravitate to the books I feel moved to read.  This week I am back in the book of Genesis, and I believe I will continue through book by book as it has been a few years since I’ve read through the Bible start to finish.  I’m already in chapter 15: As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him. Then the Lord said to Abram,“You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years’ — NLT, 15:12-13.

Pretty inside and out:  

I love to have a book that is a gift to the eyes and mind.  This week I highlight Love Heals by Becca Stevens.  Reflections, poetry, and images make this one I often pull out to display and read: “Water can move rocks, and thistles can break through boulders to bloom.  If water and flowers can move stones, surely love can.” 

 — Quoted from page 103 of Love Heals by Becca Stevens.  

Workbook/ journal:  

I love books that ask questions and require me to participate.  I mentioned this one last week, and I am still working through it: Battle Ready by Kelly Balarie.  This one does a great job of engaging though questions, lists, and other activities.  I highlighted this portion today: “From the perspective of a mind vacation, what might God be nudging you to stop repeating, rehashing, or reliving even if you’ve always believed it to be true?  How might doing this help you experience God’s love afresh?” 

— Quoted from page. 46 of Battle Ready by Kelly Balarie.

New on my Kindle: Adorning the Dark, by Andrew Peterson.  The subtitle explains why this book attracted my attention, Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making.  This is a book about his journey as an artist and Christian.

Bonus this week: 

Current Playlist: Chris Renzema’s I’ll be the Branches.  I’ve been streaming this album all weekend after a friend recommended it. Love it!  Lyrical and lovely.  His voice will make you want to listen again and again.  

Unless otherwise indicated, all content, including writing and images, are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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