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The Disciplines of Grace: Jerry Bridges
I’m actually already half-way through this book, but according to my Goodreads, I started it in 2016. So one of my goals this year is to finish it. When I started going through this book I realized just how much was jam-packed into these 242 pages. This book takes on the challenge of explaining “God’s role and our role in the pursuit of holiness” which is hard. But I’ve found his explanations both easy to understand and also extremely comforting because we don’t have to be perfect and that is exactly why we should strive to be perfect.
“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” Jerry Bridges
Life Management for Busy Women: Elizabeth George
I think it’s pretty easy to say that we are all busy. From homemaking, school, work, and church activities all demanding our attention. How do we balance all of these things that seem to need our attention at this very moment?
My mom recommended this book to me a couple months ago and for those of you who know my mom personally, you’ll know that this is one high-quality book. For most of you who don’t know my mom, let’s just say that she is the busiest person I know, but also one of the most spiritually mature women that I know. So when she recommends a life management book to me, I listen. So I’m excited to start reading this book with you all in 2019.
A Woman’s Wisdom: Lydia Brownback
Just like “Alive in Him,” A Woman’s Wisdom is a sort of book study. God has given us so much wisdom in the book of Proverbs and this book really encourages you to delve deeper into this book.
“Improving our lives is not the objective of Proverbs, even though following it’s instructions will generally better our lot. The point of the book is to direct us to the Giver of wisdom…Wisdom is a person, and wise is what we become through our union with him. The outworkings of wisdom-it’s fruit-discussed in the following chapters are all rooted in this truth.” (p. 12)
Courageous Faith: Charles Stanley
This biography of Charles Stanley is next up on my list. I have loved reading biographies and have been so encouraged by them in the past so I’m very excited about this one. I read Stanley’s book “Success God’s Way” not that long ago and it has affected so much of my life.
Knowing God: J.I. Packer
Knowing our God who has saved us and loved us is probably one of the most important things we can do as Christians. When we really dig into the word it’s amazing how much we can know about our creator. And with that knowledge, it can bring so much joy and peace.
“Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.”
In this book Elizabeth George digs in who the Titus 2 woman really is. She helps you to apply this chapter into your daily life, whether it is your work or your husband. This book has some wonderful reviews and I hope it will be as encouraging as people say!
In His Image: Jen Wilkin
This book goes back to our roots, back to the reasons why we do what we do. All for His glory. Jen goes back to creation and how we were created ‘in His image.’ Our goal as Christian women is to be transformed into His image and I think this book will be extremely practical. When we see the reasons behind the goals in our lives it helps our transformation process.
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God: Noel Piper
This book is quick snippet 5 women’s lives who have incredible faith and trust in their God. These 5 stories of these women really show how much God can use us if we surrender ourselves to follow Him. I haven’t started this book yet, but I know when I do it will be both challenging and extremely encouraging.
Alive in Him: Gloria Furman
Alive in Him is a study of the book of Ephesians which I am really excited to get into this year. I do recommend reading the entire book of Ephesians before reading her book to help contextualize everything. Also reading it again little by little as you move through her book is also super helpful. I started reading this book as an audiobook in the summer, but I changed my mind later on because it’s just one of those books you need to highlight and write in. Growing up in the church we attend, the word in Ephesians 2:8-9 were often drilled into my head, but as I read it as an adult I can truly see the depth that has been in this book the entire time.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Do More Better: Tim Challies
This book is different than the ones that I usually read, but as I take on more projects with my blog and my home I really want to make sure that I don’t burn out. Because really we have to come back to the reason why. Tim Challies is a Christian author who has written some amazing blog posts. Here’s a link to one of my favorites that I’ve read so far. I’m not exactly sure all what he believes doctrinally, so take that with a grain of salt, but I am excited to read more about using our time in a productive manner.
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