Recently, I had a special little house guest for an extended weekend. He became ill the second day at my home and had a quick 24-hour recovery but then I caught it. Unfortunately, I’m not as resilient in my sixth decade as a child in their first. I had four days with a fever leading to a long week of recuperation.

On the bright side, I got some extra “reading” time in while convalescing. Most libraries offer downloadable audiobooks and eBooks or streaming service access without leaving your home. I felt so awful though I didn’t have the mental stamina to read. But with today’s technology, I could rest while listening to books—hooray!

You too can add Christian literature to broaden your study of Bible theology and learn more about God, by this simple means. Here’s a sampling of a few I’ve listened to and recommend:

Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
Finding God in Hidden Places by Joni Eareckson Tada
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
The Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

Dear Reader, there’s great news; being sick is not a requirement to access these services. They can be played on most smartphones, tablets, and laptops. You can listen to a favorite author/book while walking, at the gym, doing meal prep, crafting, or resting. Do you use this service or have you tried it? If so, what’s your favorite thing about it?

A prayer by A. W. Tozer:
“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.”

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I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About page if you want to read more of my story.

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28 thoughts on “Recuperating

  1. The little ones have a way of “spreading the love”. My 3 year old granddaughter is just starting to build her immunity levels; until then we have taken to calling her “Patient Zero”. The entire family is down with something to one degree or another.
    I wish you well and hope you are back on your feet in no time!

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  2. Thank you for the book recommendations, Manette Kay. I’ve read a couple of the ones by Tozer and Lewis, but not Erickson-Tada. The third author, Joni, is uniquely talented qualified to write about walking with God through suffering, as I’ve seen the movie about how she became a quadriplegic.

    The good news is, now I have more good devotional material to read during Lent! As a musician, I am primarily an audio learner, so listening makes sense. Maybe I can double the fun by reading along as I hear the words!

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. Thank you for always sharing something valuable, and biblical, for your readers. God’s best to you!

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    1. David, I’m excited for you to try them. Since being introduced to the service, I almost always have an audio book I’m “reading” in addition to my Bible and a real hold-in-your-hands book. One of my favorite times for the audiobook is while working in the kitchen during meal prep or cleaning. Yehovah bless you.

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  3. I am sad to hear you have been unwell Manette, but rejoice in your recovery sister – praise God! It is good how He can use all our situations to guide and teach us in other ways. I see some great reading/listening in your list, especially the Tozer books. I remember a time when I said I would never read e-books, but time marches on…and now I do much of my reading on pdf on two apps on my tablet. The bonus is that a lot of what I read is free. I do listen/watch content too mostly via Spotify (which has more audio books/sermons than you would think) and also YouTube. Another great free resource is Sermon Audio.
    May our Father God continue to guide you in your recovery sister. 🙏

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    1. Alan, I’ve not joined the love of eBooks yet. I still prefer a real hold-in-your-hands book for reading but I find pleasure in listening to audiobooks done by good readers. Adding this additional method more than doubled the number of books I consume in a year’s time. Yehovah bless you.

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  4. Thank you for the book recommendations. I have read a couple of them, the list looks really good. Glad you are feeling better and I know the feeling of little ones gladly passing along what they get.

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  5. Manette, first, I’m glad you’re recuperating. The picture is darling. It gave me ideas. I have many of the books you mentioned! You’re such a blessing and encouragement! God bless you, my friend. Prayers for strength and renewal! 💕🙏🏻

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  6. Glad you’re feeling better Manette and thankyou for that list of recommendations! I used to be an avid reader, but these days in between studying my Masters I will only read something if it’s worth my time reading. I love Tozer, and look forward to finding these other titles to read or listen to during semester break.

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  7. Manette, I’m glad to hear you are on the upswing of the bug that got you down. Thank you for sharing your book list. You certainly listened to a treasure chest of writers. I appreciate your tip on using time to convalesce to listen to books. A year ago I took a nasty tumble while walking the dogs. Other than 5 stitches in the chin and a slight concussion all was well. I didn’t mind the 48 hour concussion protocol of no no technology so much but the no reading mandate was a hard pill to swallow. I never even thought of audio books. I am tucking that one into the back of my mind for future reference.

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    1. Beth, I’m sorry to hear of your fall but grateful the LORD sustained you. FYI: My list includes favorites from the past year not just the past week. I routinely listen to audiobooks (see reply to David above). I did listen to three books during the past week. Last night, I got a great start on another while making a large pot of soup. If I had listened to it earlier it would have made the list. “The Attributes of GOD: A Journey Into the Father’s Heart” by A. W. Tozer. I really like his writing and teachings they are so foundational to the Christian faith.

      I also listen to audiobooks anytime I have a drive more than an hour. If I have grandchildren in the car, we will listen to things like “The Chronicles of Narnia” or other age-appropriate literature on CDs. Focus on the Family Radio Theatre produces some great ones.

      Yehovah bless you.

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  8. I cannot imagine a life without books, I have read all those you mentioned. Thank God you are getting well. I am laid up too with an over stretched leg muscle that is going to need lots of rest to heal. Blessings.

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  9. Great list of books! I have read mere Christianity and the pursuit of God, great books! Would love to read the rest. God bless 🥰

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  10. I’m glad you were able to listen to audiobooks while recovering. Thank you for sharing this with us, I used to enjoy taking our children to the library, but when we moved farther away I stopped and was unaware of the other options they have remotely. I also appreciate you sharing the book titles with us. I’ve read a couple of those. Hopefully, I can read some of the others as well. Thank you for your encouraging blog!

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