Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:3-5)
You may think recommending the Bible seems obvious, but the truth is that many Christ followers do not spend time in the Word. My pastor once wisely said, “You cannot say you’re ‘hearing from God’ if his Word isn’t opened.” God directly speaks to us through the Bible, so why aren’t you reading it?! Friend, let me tell you: Opening God’s Word and immersing myself in it drastically transformed and is transforming my life.
I use and recommend a Quest Study Bible — and I love it because every page has cultural, historical, clarifying questions and truths to help guide your walk with Christ. It’s designed for the inquisitive reader who seeks solid truth. I recommend the NIV or ESV for today’s believer.
You can’t help but want to connect on a deeper level with the Lord after reading this practical, relatable application. I thought the book would be all about prayer, and while that’s the central focus, it’s more about who we are connecting with and why. It was one of the first books that truly took my walk with the Lord to a new level.
After I read A Praying Life, I had to see what other books Miller wrote! I ordered Love Walked Among Us, and was equally, if not more, struck by this book. Miller invites us to get to know Jesus, to observe his life and love as they unfold in the Gospel. Christ’s life exemplifies the full potential of what we were intended to be — and the better we know him, the more we will be drawn to follow his perfect example. I truly feel like my heart has been softened to love others more deeply!
My lay pastor and dear friend recommended this piece to me, and like my other recommendations, this book changed my life. Fitzpatrick is a biblical counselor, and she shows how a genuine identity transformation leads to a transformation of our daily lives. Those who struggle with legalism or lawlessness will find encouragement to return to God’s love, the source of authentic and lasting change! It warms my heart!
I walked through this book in a class at my church, and wow, did it open my eyes to why I respond to life’s circumstances in the manner I do! This book/study challenged me and equipped me to truly live out the Gospel. I’ve been able to recognize how my underlying motivations and long-standing patterns of behavior have shaped my relationships and walk with Christ. I can honestly say I’ve learned to love deeper, think twice before reacting in sinfulness, and lavish grace on others. This book can be read individually, but I was truly impacted by walking through this book in a community setting. Be prepared to really get real with yourself!
A woman I connected with through my It’s Positive! Instagram community sent this book to me out of the generosity of her heart. I couldn’t put it down once I opened the cover! Betsy Childs Howard has brought me to a beautiful understanding of what it means to wait in the Lord, no matter what season of life it is. She covers infertility, singleness, waiting for a prodigal, waiting for a home, among many other applicable topics. Rich in Gospel truths, this book will open your eyes to the Lord’s goodness and sovereignty.
My sister-in-law kindly recommended this book to me while I was experiencing a season of intense anxiety and depression; it was recommended to her by a woman who was battling cancer at the time. I heard how this book had so strongly impacted this woman nearing the end of her life, and I grabbed a copy for myself. Whether or not you have an anxiety disorder, or are just worried about a certain situation, Linda Dillow displays how we can be content in our circumstances and free ourselves from worry. It’s a practical application to extinguish the “what ifs” of life by offering them to the Lord. She uses plenty of Scripture promises of calmness and contentment.
Finally, a book about Christian suffering that isn’t filled with fluffy, canned, half-truth Christian jargon! Hope When It Hurts is drenched in gospel-rich, Christ-exalting, biblically sound meditations. Sarah and Kristen warmly invite women to see how God is caring for them, growing them, and using them in seasons of suffering. They do not shy away about the hurt we experience in our earthly lives; however, this is not a book of complaining, commiserating, and self-focus. These women continually point us back to the only true source of hope: Jesus.
Sarah and Kristen bring the readers hope in two ways — First, gospel hope for life in and among suffering. Second, gospel hope for life beyond suffering. They have thoughtfully included biblical reflections, questions and prayers, along with space for journaling with each chapter. Read more in my full book review of “Hope When It Hurts.”
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