3 Best College Reads

In Features, Latest News by Hannah Preston

Some students are avid readers while others try to write essays on books they haven’t even read. Whether you love reading or are just try to get through these words, these three books are some of the easiest, yet profound reads, that you might appreciate having on hand during your college years.

1.       Love Does by Bob Goff

“Simply put: love does” (Bob Goff, Love Does). Listed as number one on this list because it is a book everyone needs to have in their back pocket. Goff in “Love Does” tells personal stories of when a person truly loves something, you will stop saying and start doing. According to his website for this ministry, “[Goff] is a New York Times best selling author and was a recognized lawyer for over 25 years. In 2001 he saw a need in India and founded what is now known as Love Does,” and he also teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU Faculty Directory). If you are looking to not just make it through life, if you want to read about love and acceptance instead of a book on advice, and if you’re looking to not put a book down until you’re finished, this is for you.

“That’s what love does – it pursues blindly, unflinchingly, and without end. When you go after something you love, you’ll do anything it takes to get it, even if it costs everything” (Love Does).

2.  Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

Do you find yourself listening a little too much to the “chatterbox” in your head? Maybe it’s deceiving you into believing you’re a failure, or making you feel guilt or shame. Crash the Chatterbox is a profound read for anyone wanting to know how to hear God’s voice above anyone else’s. It focuses on four key areas where negative thoughts crash people the most: insecurity, fear, condemnation and discouragement (Crash the Chatterbox). The author, Steven Furtick, is a Pastor in Charlotte, North Carolina and is also a New York Times best-selling author.

“If this God has chosen you while totally knowing even the worst parts of you, then you no longer have to live up to anything. Instead, you are now empowered to live out of an awareness of divine acceptance. This is the antidote to insecurity” (Crash the Chatterbox).

3. Loveology by John Mark Comer

“In the beginning, God created Adam. Then he made Eve. And ever since we’ve been picking up the pieces” (Loveology). The book is broken into five sections: love, marriage, sex, romance and male and female. Whether you’re single, married or engaged, this book speaks to everyone no matter what part of life you’re in.

John Mark Comer, a Pastor at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon, initiates the first step of breaking down walls: speaking truth and bringing light to situations that people might be silent about. He does this by explaining what the bible says about God’s Love—how love serves, and is a noun while also being a verb.

“Because to Jesus, love is serving. It’s cleaning the garbage of his feet. It’s wiping the grime from between her toes. It’s choosing—choosing of your own free will—to play the role of the servant, the least important person in the room. And that is not easy to do” (Loveology).

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