I love to read a good biography or a good auto-biography.
I’m kind-of a history junkie if I’m reading a well-written, interesting book. I’m in my element this year as I get to teach Ancient History in our little school. When I went to college to be an elementary teacher, I had to pick a minor. I could have picked just about any subject as I had to have 12 credits in almost every major subject as an elementary education major. However, I chose to minor in History as that was the only subject I could see myself enjoying teaching all day if I were to teach junior high or high school students.
The only thing that scared me about teaching History is the fact that I believe a History teacher should research outside of the textbook and be able to share interesting and fun tidbits of information that the students do not already know or have not read for homework. This takes a lot of time! But it is so rewarding to read about people who have gone before us and to learn from their lives.
For fun, I have been reading 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith by Warren Wiersbe. What a terrific and inspiring read! Just reading it makes me want to be a better Christian and to follow in the footsteps of these men and women who have gone before me. It also makes me want to read more about these different giants of the faith. Warren Wiersbe shares which additional books could be read to learn more about each person that he shares just a few pages about. He is such a well-read man! (He has a personal library of over 10,000 books.)
The last chapter I read from 50 People Every Christian Should Know was the chapter about Matthew Henry. I was very impressed with his work ethic. He was in his study before 5:00 a.m. each day; he took a break for breakfast where he lead his family in worship; then he returned to his study until afternoon. Before dinner he would visit his people; and then after the evening meal, he would again lead his family in worship. Sometimes then he would study a few more hours before going to bed. He warned fellow pastors to “take heed of growing remiss in your work,” and Warren Wiersbe adds the thought of how he wonders “what Matthew Henry would think of those ministers who rush about all week, wasting time, and then ‘borrow’ another man’s sermon for the Lord’s Day.”
I like to read about other pastors and their households, as my husband is a pastor. As I read about Matthew Henry, I wondered what his second wife was like. His first wife passed away in childbirth. Their baby girl survived, and Matthew Henry remarried and they had 9 more children, six who lived past infancy. His next wife, therefore, had to raise seven children. They also raised four of his brother’s children after he died, but I could not figure out if those four children were included in the nine children or if they were in addition to the nine children. I’m sure most of the child-rearing was on her shoulders as he sometimes preached seven times a week fresh and practical sermons. We do know that Matthew Henry is the one that said, “The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”
The quote that Wiersbe shared at the end of the chapter shows the richness of a life well spent for his Savior. He shares how Matthew Henry said to a friend, ” You have been asked to take notice of the sayings of dying men–this is mine: that a life spent in the service of God and communion with Him is the most pleasant life that anyone can live in this world.”
My next book that I have just started (even though I haven’t finished the other two Giants of the Faith books that I have started) is a book called Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman behind the World’s Bestselling Devotional. I am on the book launch team for this delightful book, but I have only been able to read about 1-2 chapters due to having to teach much more than normal the past couple of weeks. It is very well-written by Michelle Ule and printed by Baker House. I can’t wait to read it in full, and I will be able to offer a copy as a giveaway as well! I will offer the giveaway soon. It can be pre-ordered right now, and it’s release date is October 17.
Here are some posts I enjoyed reading from last week’s party:
- Mothering Failures Don’t Make You a Failure at Motherhood from Sarah E Koontz
- Ten Ways To Tell If Your Relationship Is Healthy Or Toxic from Lisa Murray
- Personal Finance Tips to Get Newlyweds Started on the Right Track from Frugal Family Adventures
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