Put Your Warrior Boots On // Lisa Whittle

Hello there! I hope you’ve had a good today. I have another book for you guys! I absolutely loved reading this, and I think you’d enjoy it too!

A few months ago, I read a book called Put On Your Warrior Boots by Lisa Whittle. I received this as an advanced reader’s copy. I was so excited to start it, and it didn’t disappoint. This book blew me away.

This book is about overcoming the fear that seems to surround us and becoming the warriors God has called us to be. This book was such an encouragement to me. As a missionary, most people think I’m “fearless” when that couldn’t be further from the truth. I deal with fear just as much as anyone else. Lisa talks about how to develop a warrior spirit and how to avoid being overcome by fear. Y’all, I highlighted so much of this book. There is so much wisdom in it, and I really feel like it’s a timely book. Everywhere we look, people are terrified but not many are fighting. She talks about being prepared even to the point of death to follow Jesus, warrior boots on. Because we’re constantly in a battle whether we know it or not. If you struggle with fear, you need to go to the store or the library and get this book right now. I hope that when y’all do, that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

You can buy this book on Amazon here.

Iscariot // Tosca Lee

Iscariot

 

So I’m not sure how many of you know this, but I love books. So much. I’m always reading at least 2 books at a time (or more like I am right now…) and read all types. I thought it would be neat to every so often post reviews of books that have deeply impacted my life, whether they be fiction or nonfiction. That way you can also find some new books to add to your reading list.

We’re starting out with a fiction book called Iscariot by Tosca Lee.

Have you ever wondered what the events of Jesus looked like through Judas’ eyes? What if we didn’t see him as the villain he’s painted to be? What if… He was human?

That’s exactly what Lee does in her book “Iscariot”.

The book was written on this question: Judas was the only disciple Jesus ever called “friend”… Why? Why call your betrayer friend? This is a question I pondered for so long, so when I found a book based on it… I had to pick it up. I had to see what her perspective was.

What I read surprised me. Lee painted a fuller picture of his life and made him real.

We have this idea that he was pure evil and barely human. That’s not the case. He was a real person with feelings just like us, which Lee expresses so well in this book. She brings him to life, gives him depth… The last thing we want. Because in making him real, she made him relatable. And no one wants to relate to Judas, the man whose name is synonymous with traitor.

This book broke my heart because you knew that Judas would betray Jesus. And you knew that Jesus. Yet, He loved him. One line shattered me was when Judas said “No, He did not need me. But I desperately needed Him.” How many times have I said this and then turned around and betrayed Him? It reminded me of so many times where I was like him. One minute saying I love Him, then the next breaking His heart.

Judas was a person. Just. Like. Us. And that’s what Lee brilliantly and heartbreakingly shows us in Iscariot. We are no better. But in the midst of the tears, a hope was found.

That even though I fail, He can still love me. Even though I sin, I hurt Him, I shatter His heart over and over and over… I am still loved by Him. I can still draw near to Him. I can still depend on Him when I’m in need. But more than that…

I can still be His friend.