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5 Glorious Books to Inspire Reflection this Holy Week

May these books lead you closer to your true purpose in life.

This Holy Week, make sure to dig deeper and rediscover God and what He intends for you. Just like with any undertaking, there are certain tools that will help with the process, and books are some of them.

With that in mind, we list down five glorious reads for this season. May these books lead you closer to your true purpose in life. (Read: 3 Books to Feed Your Curiosity About Catholic Saints)

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love comes this book that encourages each and every one of us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. A balance between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, this book will surely jumpstart your creativity this Holy Week — whether you’re looking to write a book, embark on a dream, or simply just want to live a more mindful and passionate life every day.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is available on Fully Booked for P695.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon. When he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he decided to give his last lecture. However, The Last Lecture was not about dying. (Read: 4 Illuminating Books That Take You to Vatican)

Instead, it was about overcoming obstacles, seizing the moment, and enabling the dreams of others—basically, it was all about living! This New York Times bestseller is both humorous and inspiring and will make you ask yourself: What wisdom and legacy would I leave this world if it was my last chance?

The Last Lecture is available on Amazon for $18.60.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

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If you’ve been feeling exhausted, burned out, uninspired this Holy Week, pick up this book. Niequist’s collection of essays offers an honest account of what led her to live her new life of rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people who really matter to her. So stop pressuring yourself to be perfect and start living in the present.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living on Amazon for $14.49/ Kindle for $9.99.

Pray Like a Gourmet: Creative Ways to Feed Your Soul by David Brazzeal

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A lover of French dining, David Brazzeal will take you on a journey of innovative prayer practices, reinvigorating prayer experience, and food! A fun approach to living a life of faith— from confession to meditation, from observing to lamenting to praising— this book is a great introduction to entering a relationship with God.

If you ever need a refreshing take on your prayer time and good food metaphors this Holy Week, this is it! Available on Amazon for $18.99.

When I Pray What Does God Do? by David Wilkinson

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This book answers that question by giving the reader an overview of the Bible. It does not only deal with the theological concerns, but also provides a historical and political background— a solid foundation if you wish to know more about God. (Read: Have You Read These Books by the Popes Yet?)

But before you scoff at theology this Holy Week, Wilkinson— a scientist and a theologian— gives a thorough explanation of how God works in people’s lives. He presents old scientific theories on how people currently think God works, old scientific theories about how God uses science to work in people’s lives, and current scientific theories that reveal how God moves in our lives without bringing about flood and famine.

When I Pray What Does God Do? is available on Amazon for $14.62/Kindle for $9.99.

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