As a younger ministry wife and mom I didn’t really seem to have time to read! I had the desire, but the time seemed to slip away each day and I would fall into bed exhausted! Anytime I picked up a book to read I would fall asleep! I know many of you all can relate! I was good to squeeze in my Bible reading for the day, know what I mean?
However, two years ago I felt the urge to purposefully make time to read once again. Since my time to read is somewhat limited, I wanted to choose books that would help me in my Christian walk. I LOVE books that help point me back to the Lord, books that help me grow as a Christian woman, teach me things I need to be taught, or better yet reminded of!
Here are a few of the books I have worked my way through in the past few months. Now I don’t have a lot of time, but I have learned to couple my devotional Bible reading with some other reading.
Okay ladies, how many of us are willing to admit that our tongues can oftentimes get us into trouble? Um. Can you see my hand held up over here? I start my day completely intending to tame that tongue, but find myself by days end having had to apologize or really regretting that tone of frustration that came out. This book hit me right between the eyes. It has such practical truths in it! It is a book I recommend for every.single.woman. whether we think we have an issue with our tongue or not, this book is full of wisdom! I absolutely LOVE how Lysa writes. She doesn’t use flowery or over zealous words. Have you ever read a book and while reading you think, “Why didn’t they just use a word I understand?! I don’t have time to flip through the dictionary too!” Lysa writes as if she was sitting on the couch next to you and I love it! If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend running out and getting it!
So many who are avid readers have exclaimed their disappointment once they reach the end of a great book. The story has swept them away, carried them right into the story with the characters. The end of a good book seemingly means the end of a new friendship! This is exactly the way I feel about this book, Becoming More!
I have sat on the corner of my couch for several weeks now, soaking in and gleaning from this wonderful book. Conviction has swept over me, encouragement has helped lift me, truly God has used this book the challenge my heart to become more…. for Him!
When I finished this book I found myself wishing it were just a bit longer, it was just that good! Once again practical applications that could be used in our every day personal Bible study. Though I recently finished this book it was so good it makes me want to just start reading it all over again! This is a great read that will really challenge you to pursue God more than you ever have before. Not just reading His Word to check it off your list, but to read it because you want it to become alive and you want to grow closer to Him than you ever thought possible!
This next read is just a little bit different. A couple of months ago I was invited to attend a ladies Bible study at another local church. This book is a seven week Bible study with a daily devotional each week. I have been so challenged and yet completely encouraged by this study. We have so much in Christ, friend! This Bible study not only teaches you about putting on the entire armor of God and what that looks like on a daily basis, but also to use the weapon of prayer! The author has pointed out that as a child of God we have an enemy and whether we choose to engage him or not, as a child of God we are already in open war with our enemy. He has strategies he uses against us simply to try and make us stumble and become useless and feel worthless. This book will encourage and help equip you to fight back and to be more on the offensive than the defensive. All we have to do is look around us and we can see that the enemy has gained waaaay to much ground in our families, our churches, our communities, even our country! It is time to fight back! It is time to go to war! Can you sense the passion this book helps instill in your heart? Oh, I cannot emphasize enough, this is such a great Bible study!
Last but certainly not least is a book my husband recently got me for my birthday. After going through the Bible study above I knew I wanted to read this book! I have just begun to dig into it but I know it is going to be a great read and I cannot wait to tell you about it when I am done! Listen, if you all haven’t seen the movie War Room, it is a must see! We cannot recommend it enough! It is worth having in your library of movies! Our country and our world may be in trouble, but we need to remind our enemy that greater is HE that is in us than he that is in the world! Christ has won the victory! Let’s take back the ground we have handed over to our enemy! Let’s get a serious prayer life! It isn’t a cliche, there really is power in prayer!
Alright, I’m done, for now! I’m curious what you have been reading though! What books have you been reading that are challenging you in your Christian walk? I am always eager to learn about more great reads! These are just a few from my nightstand!
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