Who else loves snuggling up with a steamy mug of something creamy and a good book at this time of year? Here are the books I am currently reading, along with my thoughts about them. They may be just what you need on a winter afternoon. (Please note that I may not agree with the entirety of the authors’ views and ideas, but overall I thought the books were very helpful and/or worthwhile.)
Do you want to make 2023 the year you find peace, freedom, and purpose? The Intentional Year may be the book for you!
We struggle to keep up with the demands of life, but God invites us into freedom.
We feel anxious and overwhelmed, but God promises peace.
The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. We yearn for the freedom and peace of the gospel, but remain addicted to our technology, shackled by our screens, and exhausted by our routines. But because our habits are the water we swim in, they are almost invisible to us. What can we do about it?
I met Mary Marantz this past year when I was a guest on her podcast and she has grown to be one of my favorite people to follow on social media. This book, Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots, from her is so encouraging!
When gold stars, highlight reels, and seeking approval from strangers on the internet are not enough, Mary gives you permission to stop running. In this unique, powerful devotional filled with stunning photography, she shows you how to move from achieving, striving, and performing for your worth to the grace, freedom, and purpose that come from knowing your identity and calling are determined by God. Highly recommended. Click here to purchase.
In the past four years or so, due to losing many loved ones to death, I have had my fair share of weeping nights. Where do we find comfort when we lie awake worrying or weeping in the night? If you want a helpful resource for such times, Prayer in the Night is just the ticket.
This book was the ECPA Christian Book of the Year. In it, Tish Harrison Warren offers a prayerful and frank approach to the difficulties in our ordinary lives at work, at home, and in a world filled with uncertainty. It explores themes of human vulnerability, suffering, and God’s seeming absence. Click here to purchase.
I am often asked what resources I use when writing Bible studies or teaching to women’s groups or how I know the original Greek and Hebrew meanings of words. This Bible is one of my favorite tools! The Hebrew-Greek Key Word® Study Bible identifies the key words of the original languages and presents clear, precise explanations of their meaning and usage.
Those who love God’s Word will treasure this Bible, for it contains a whole library of biblical helps within its covers. It is a little pricey but totally worth it! Click here to purchase.