“Praying God’s Promises: The Life-Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures” by Linda Evans Shepherd is the type of resource that you can return to again and again, obtaining different insight and wisdom from it during varying seasons of life. Published by Revell in the summer of 2018, this little volume is overflowing with Scripture-based prayer-starters, practical applications, inspiring bits of wisdom, and ideas for personal reflection to help readers learn how to pray through the promises that God has given us in His Word. Continue reading
I just finished reading a book that, upon completion, I promptly added to my personal list of most influential non-fiction books. “Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies” was published by Thomas Nelson and written by Alison Cook, PhD, and Kimberly Miller, MTh, LMFT. This book takes the complicated question of “Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions?” and breaks it down into understandable, do-able, and ultimately life-changing practices that will truly transform you from the inside out. Continue reading
For me, and I’m sure for many readers, it is always a bittersweet moment when you reach the final pages of a series that has worked its way deep into your heart and imagination. As one of my favorite authors, many of Michael Phillips’ series are very dear to me; but perhaps none quite so much as his latest work entitled “Secrets of the Shetlands”. Published by Bethany House in the summer of 2017, “The Legacy” is the final installment of the Shetland saga, and masterfully closes a narrative that weaves the past and present into a beautiful and unforgettable tale. Continue reading
While prayer is something we are all familiar with, I believe if we are honest with ourselves it is also something we often struggle with. A new book from Moody Publishers addresses this topic directly with a book by Bill Thrasher, entitled “A Journey to Victorious Praying: Finding Discipline and Delight in Your Prayer Life”. This book is for you “If you’ve ever felt too busy, confused, or unmotivated to pray”.
This little book makes an excellent month-long daily devotional because the content is divided into short chapters that are packed with advice, stories, insights, questions for thought and journaling, key Scripture verses, and more. Continue reading
Are you a Christian woman who desires to serve God to the best of your ability, and to align your life with God’s perfect design? If so, I want to share with you a new book that holds the ability to permanently transform your life from the inside out… “Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity” was written by sisters Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird, and published by BakerBooks in mid-2016. Because they explain it so well, I’ll let Kristen and Bethany give you a little background info: “The reason we wrote this book is to give you a radically better vision for what true womanhood is all about. The only hope we have as women is to stop defining ourselves according to other people’s standards and start defining it according to God’s Word. In order to become all God created you to be, you have to gain a vision for what true God-defined femininity is all about.” Continue reading
Have you ever read one of Jesus’ parables and wondered, “What did He mean to convey with this story? What was His purpose in choosing the specific time, place, and audience for that particular parable? And how does this story connect to other, similar examples?” If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, you will be delighted to discover a new book published by Thomas Nelson and written by bestselling author and pastor John MacArthur. It is entitled Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told. Continue reading
Isn’t it a delightful surprise when you decide to read a book you don’t know much about, by an author you’ve never heard of – and it turns out to be one of the best non-fiction books you’ve read in a long time? Well, that is exactly what happened to me when I picked up a little paperback from BakerBooks entitled Every Little Thing written by Deidra Riggs. As she explains on the back cover, Deidra’s story “calls you to accept God’s invitation to join him in making a difference right where you are, right now. She shows you that you were created with a purpose and with the capacities to fulfill that purpose.” Written in a warm, witty voice, Deidra weaves her thoughts into beautiful word-pictures that will touch your heart… And maybe even give it hope, too. Continue reading
We are all familiar with the wellspring of wisdom offered in the Biblical book of Proverbs. Many people, myself included, often read this book over the course of a month since it conveniently contains 31 chapters. Sometimes, however, it can be a little more difficult to actually incorporate that wisdom into our daily lives. If you seek to make the practical guidance of Proverbs a deeper part of your inner life, I am so excited to share a new, certain-to-be treasured book with you…
Proverbs Prayers: Praying the Wisdom of Proverbs for Your Life was written by minister, speaker, and best-selling author John Mason, and published by Revell in the fall of 2015. This little book contains the full text of Proverbs, divided chapter by chapter. What is the unique part, you ask? Why not just read the book in your Bible? Continue reading
“The fact that I survive, even grow and thrive in my desert season of lostness has little to do with my own ability to stay alive. It has everything to do with the fact that I am kept alive and sustained by the Giver of Life. It has everything to do with the truth that even when my life seems silent and barren, if there is a heartbeat, then the Great Comforter is present. Is a heartbeat not God’s most basic presence? How can the Giver of Life be non-present if life is present? If there is a heartbeat, there is a God. He dwells within us – who are created in His very image.”
This short excerpt is just one of many gems of wisdom you will find in Baker Publishing’s new release The Road to Becoming, by former Addison Road lead singer Jenny Simmons. Her heartfelt, whimsical writing pulls us in like a warm embrace from a long-lost friend, and she continues to hold our hand and walk with us every step of the way, gently encouraging us in our walk with the Lord, and guiding us on our own road to becoming with a depth of understanding that can only come from someone who has been there. Continue reading
With these words, best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries Lysa TerKeurst invites readers to join her on a journey of seeking wisdom in everyday choices. Using humor to enhance her warm and witty writing style, readers will feel as though they are sharing a cup of latte while chatting with Lysa, listening as she shares gentle gems of wisdom. Published by Thomas Nelson in the summer of 2014, The Best Yes is destined for a place of honor on the bookshelves of women around the world – women of all ages, circumstances, and walks of life.
The foundational concepts of The Best Yes focus on the power of two small words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’. As godly women, we often seem to believe that God wants us to say yes to everything that is asked of us… But Lysa reveals this simply isn’t true. Continue reading