One of the questions I get asked a lot is regarding what books I recommend. I compiled a list of books I think every Christian woman should read but before we get too far into January, I thought to share a few selections for the new year.
Some of these books I’ve already read and want to re-read; others I hope to enjoy for the first time. Still others are ones I’ve read and simply want to share with you because they are too good not to. I hope you’ll find something that resonates with you!
Without further ado, here are 12 Books for 2017:
Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengston
I’ve learned that when God gives us a message to share, He allows it to be tested. That’s certainly the case with Dr. Michelle Bengston. Michelle wrote this book from her years of experience as a Neuropsychologist and shortly after the book released, Michelle’s husband received a cancer diagnosis.
It’s been a very difficult journey they’ve walked the past few months and I’ve watched Michelle respond over and over again with one default reaction: HOPE. Though salted with fire, the message of Michelle’s book has endured strong and true: Hope Prevails.
I Am by Michele Cushatt
I’m reading this book now, as part of Michele’s (not to be confused with the Michelle mentioned above!) book launch team. A full review will come later this month, but what I love about Michele Cushatt is her depth and insight. Not only is she a gifted communicator, she writes from a deep, rich place that’s been tempered and tested through fire as well. In I Am, she offers her readers solid, biblical truth about identity. We are created in the image of God and are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. This 60-Day journey in book form is recommended especially for those who struggle with insecurity or shame.
Frequently, someone will email and ask what resource I recommend for learning how to study the Bible and this book is what I share every time. It’s more like a handbook or reference guide that you’ll use over and over again. In each of the 12 chapters, Rick outlines a different way to study the Bible, including the topical bible study method, the book survey method, the biographical method, and 9 more. He walks you step by step through each method and provides examples to show exactly what it looks like. I have referenced this book for years and hope to use it for a long time :)
Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
This book releases next month and is on my to-read list. Nancy takes a look at the Titus 2 model of older women living out the gospel alongside younger women in a way that is mutually strengthening, glorifies God, and makes His truth believable to our world.
Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
Jim Cymbala’s stories of God at work and calls to personal revival are not only inspiring, they’re convicting. Why is there so much mediocrity in our churches, homes, and personal lives? How can we once again come out and be separate as God’s people, walking in step with His Spirit? I read this book years ago and am reading it again now as it ties in with my word for 2017. If you are hungry for an outpouring of God in your life, this book will feed your soul.
Momentum: Pursuing God’s Blessings Through the Beatitudes by Colin Smith
This month I’m memorizing Matthew 5 (or I should say re-memorizing it, heh. My brain isn’t what it used to be.) I don’t know about you, but my heart needs frequent reminders of the upside-down way of living Jesus teaches. When I heard of this book on the radio a few weeks ago, I immediately put it on my to-read list because Pastor Colin Smith dives deep and practical into the beatitudes. He fleshes out what it looks like to live the upside down lifestyle…and the blessings of doing so. I’m definitely looking forward to diving into this one.
Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies
Books on productivity sort of seem counter productive to me but it’s because I probably need them, lol! This book made my list because 1. It is God-centered and 2. It’s short. Enough said.
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp
So. Parenting books exhaust me. They heap burden upon burden on my already overwhelmed, failing shoulders. For this reason, I stopped reading them years ago but this book? Is different. It isn’t about what we need to do and how we’re messing our kids up if we don’t. It’s about solid gospel principles we can know and meditate on that will transform us… and our parenting… from the inside out. Ah, sigh of relief!
All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth
Since I’ve had the opportunity to meet Edie in person, this book is one I’m especially looking forward to. Edie grew up in a poverty-stricken world where getting out seemed impossible. Where the grownups ate while the children went hungry. Nevertheless, against all odds, Edie “made doctor,” achieving everything that had once seemed beyond her reach. But her past caught up with her—and it would take her whole life burning down around her for Edie to be finally able to face the truth about herself, her family, and her relationship with God.
Whole 30 and the Whole 30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig
After the holidays, Whole30 is a life raft. I’m starting my third Whole30 tomorrow and these books will be good friends for the next month :) For those wanting to improve eating habits and dietary choices, this plan is the one I prefer. It’s simple to follow (but not necessarily easy!) and physically energizing.
Unseen by Priscilla Shirer
My oldest has read two of the Prince Warriors fiction books by Shirer and loved them. Since this devotional focuses on the armor of God and is for kids we decided to read through it together at the dinner table each night. It’s prompted great discussions already!
Of course I saved the best for last. In fact, this is the ONLY book you absolutely MUST read every day! Fortunately, God’s word is freely available to us… quite simply, we are foolish not to read it regularly and systematically. I love the One Year Bibles because your daily reading is laid out for you. So easy! This is the version I’m reading through this year.
How about you? What books do you plan on reading this year?
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