Books for Women
Because of these treasures, I think differently and see better than I did 20 years ago. Those that have stars are books we have read through in our Visionary Womanhood group. I will add to this page as time permits.
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs I spent almost 2 years of my life on bedrest. God gave this book to me toward the beginning of that journey…and it enabled me to wait with patience and joy…in bed. A marvelous little jewel of wisdom and encouragement.
Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss I took some women through a study of this book several years ago. It was challenging and life changing.
The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace Probably the most balanced, biblical book on wife-hood that I’ve ever read.
***Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From It’s Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey This book literally rocked my world. I read it…and re-read it. My copy is dog-eared and underlined from cover to cover. Every Christian needs to read this book. One of my top 10 life changing books.
Desiring God by John Piper I read this book in college and began my journey in becoming obsessed by God. This seed was planted…the tree grew…and my fervent hope is that my children will be the ripe fruit of human beings who love the diamond of Christ more than the shiny, plastic baubles of the world. The older ones who listen to my rants will tell you…this is my passion and my all-consuming prayer for them.
***Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham This is one of my favorite writers/speakers on the topics of living like REAL Christians in a post-modern age.
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic This girl is hilarious. She captures all the fun and foibles of raising littles. I love babies…and teenagers. It’s the in-between years that stump me. This was a very encouraging read that helped me laugh when I felt like crying.
***The Second Mayflower by Kevin Swanson Visionary with a capital V. Kevin takes a hard look at where we came from, where we are at right now, and where we are headed. You’ll either be on that boat, or you won’t. All our kids will be reading this in their teen years.
Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child by Kevin Swanson 10 Secrets…anyone can tap into them. A great book for every young parent to read as they contemplate the decision they must make about what kind of education they will provide for their children.
***When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul Jr. Education is about discipleship. Sproul casts vision for the future of your posterity as he inspires parents to rise up and be actively involved in the education/discipleship of their children through the golden opportunity of home education. I love every page in this book.
Trusting God Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges I read this book after losing our first baby, a little girl. Everything I believed was brought into question…and then answered by the simple truth that God is Sovereign over all things. Even tiny gravesides.
***Born Liberal, Raised Right: How to Rescue America From Decline, One Family at a Time by Reb Bradley A great book with an interesting analysis of the problem. Children are little liberals. They want everything THEIR way NOW. They can’t see past their own noses. If we coddle them and do not train them in noble character and self-sacrifice, they will grow up to be…LIBERALS. That’s the premise of the book…and it is a visionary read.
***So Much More by Elizabeth and Anna Sofia Botkin. This is another dog-eared book in my library that turned my world upside down. Want to rebel against the status quo? Read this book. It packs a power punch that will either transform your entire life…or leave you pig-biting mad.
***Passionate Housewives Desperate For God by Stacy McDonald and Jennie Chancey Feel discouraged by the feminists who insist, like rabid dogs, that women can’t possibly be fulfilled in the home? This book enables women to cast off the “box” that feminists put them in…and find freedom, passion, creativity and joy in Christ… in their own homes. I was inspired.
More Love to Thee: The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss. Words wouldn’t do this book justice. It is one of the richest treasures in my library. Her life has had a tremendous influence on mine through this book.
Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity and Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith by Larry Osborne. God used this book to bring me to my knees in repentance over my arrogant attitude of superiority toward other Christians. I’m still a work in progress.
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