I have a friend named Gail Macdonald. She is an amazing woman of God. She is also a Pastor’s wife, and has been down the road way ahead of me in her walk with Jesus. I had the opportunity to meet Gail a few years ago when Lori Salierno invited a group of women to join her on a trip to Gail’s house in New Hampshire. Lori talked about Gail, and how something stirred inside of her when Gail spoke. I knew I needed to meet her. It took me all of 5 seconds to fall in love with Gail. We had an amazing weekend retreat with Gail that lead to a friendship that I treasure deeply today.
This is a photo of me and Gail from the women’s retreat in April 2006. Gail is so nice to me. I am always asking her questions, emailing her with my dilemmas and the drama of my life. I enjoy probing her (incredibly intelligent) brain for what’s next as far as books and learning go for me. When I asked Gail what books she thought I should recommend to people who are followers of Christ, she gave me a great list. It is by far NOT an all-inclusive list, but for people who are trying to follow Jesus, these books are tried and true, and pretty core to what a Christ-follower’s path of learning should follow. So, here’s the list:
My Utmost for His Highest Oswald Chambers;
The Celebration of Disciplines– Richard Foster;
The Knowledge of the Holy– A. W. Tozer;
Where is God When it Hurts– Philip Yancey
Ordering Your Private World – Gordon MacDonald (Gail and Gordon are married) 🙂
I am so thankful for Gail’s friendship. My hope is that everyone can find a "Gail"..someone who is down the road just a bit farther than they are. Someone who can be a guide, a friend and a mentor.