Last week, I went through some of my favorite fiction series. This week, I wanted to focus on books that can help us ladies in regards to spiritual growth. I have come across a ton of books in my lifetime and at first, when I switched churches, I was very wary about the books I would read. So when I would consider buying a new book, I took to the interwebs and researched the author’s bio to see what they are about, and what they believe. The books I decided to share today, I have either read or began to read, and I think they would be helpful in your walk with Christ.
Women of the Word
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I decided to start the list with one of my favorite female Christian authors, Jen Wilkin. She is known for leading Bible studies and has published numerous books, which I would also recommend but for now, I chose Women of the Word. Why? It is a great book that teaches women how they can study God’s word. Jen gives different ways in which you can become more active in your bible studies. She also provides tips and templates on how to properly examine the word. I found this book to be exceptionally helpful in my study as well as practical, and I love practicality.
A Woman’s Wisdom
A Woman’s Wisdom. This is another practical book by another one of my favorite authors. Have you ever found yourself intimidated by the woman described in the book of Proverbs chapter 31? I know I have. In this book, Lydia Brownback labors through the book of Proverbs and applies each of its themes and concepts to women in our day and age. She goes through the whole book presenting the various ways in which we can grow wiser in our walk. She also goes deep into what the Proverbs 31 women is all about and what she represents. After reading the book, I felt less intimidated by is ideal woman and left with a more meaningful understanding of what the bible says about her. Anyhow, I do not wish to spoil anything so I will just recommend the book to you. You won’t regret it!.
Lies Women Believe and the Truth that sets them Free
I first read Lies Women Believe and the Truth that sets them Free a few years ago, and as I was reading I came across some pervasive deception that I found to have been believing myself -deception of which I was not even remotely aware. I had heard many people speaking well of this book and, by the time I was halfway through it, I could clearly see why. Not only does Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth reveal the lies this world is eagerly leading us woman to believe, but she explains, through scripture, why they are lies and how we can fight them off with the truth. Some versions of this book also contain an additional study guide. Needless to say, it is definitely work checking out.
The Excellent Wife
I first heard of The Excellent Wife while attending a ladies bible study at my church. The sister leading the study read an excerpt from its complimentary work; The Exemplary Husband and later mentioned that there was another book following the same theme for women. I was so moved by the excerpt read that I knew I simply had to get my hands on this ladies version of the book.
Time could not have further been of the essence either, as shortly after that study, my husband and I were engaged and planning our wedding. I added both books to our wedding registry in hopes that someone might obtain the set for us as a gift. It just so happened to be, that the same sister who had initially read the excerpt during her study, also bought us the set. I am so grateful for her. However, although I have begun to read the book, I am not quite finished with it yet. Even still, in what I have read, it has personally been one of those reads that challenge, convicts, and encourages my soul.
My primary takeaway is this: Once you enter into a marriage, should that be your desire, life will no longer be about you alone. Therefore, if you are a married woman or plan on becoming so soon, I highly recommend this book.
Let me be a Woman
This book is very sweet and I truly enjoyed reading through it. Let me be a Woman is a series of letters written by Elisabeth Elliot to her daughter Valerie as a wedding gift. If you are in a reading challenge or have set personal goals (such as to the amount of books you intend to read in 2019) this title not a very long read. Nonetheless, it will positively reinforce the reality of femininity; indeed a gift that each of us woman was endowed with by God.
Elliot underscores the fact that this gift is something we ought not to take for granted. She points out that, as difficult as it may be in our modern era to embrace, where women are desperately fighting for equality, we (woman of the God) must always remember we are the daughters of the King, and that no title nor public standing on earth can ever change that. I want you to be encouraged by this book and stand firm in what the Bible teaches us regarding how to be a faithful “Woman of God”. Elizabeth Elliot was an exceptional woman and God used her mightily. I was saddened by her passing, as were countless others, however, I know she is with Christ in Glory.
And there you have it, this week’s book recommendations. I hope you stick around for my next few book review posts, as I have so many more good reads I’d love to share with you all!
Until next time,
SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”