Bookshelf

I love good book recommendations!  If you do, too, here are some books that I’ve been reading. Have you read any good books lately?

New additions to the list are in bold.

Devotionals:

Studies:

  • Breaking Free From Fear by Kay Arthur: Part of her 40-minute Bible Studies series, this book allows groups to do in-depth Bible study without homework.  All assignments are done together.  It’s a truly flexible format and easily adapts to any group’s strengths or interests.  You can read my full review here.
  • Daniel, Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy by Beth Moore: What a powerful study!  Beth Moore covers both the historical and end-times sections of Daniel.  It’s academic, it’s weighty, and it’s challenging—but oh so worth it.  You may have heard the flannel board stories about the fiery furnace, the lion’s den and the writing on the wall, but you’ve probably never thought about them in quite this way!
  • Faithful, Abundant, True by Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore:  This dynamic trio teamed up for another conference sponsored by Lifeway and this is the study guide that resulted.  I’m not a big fan of Kay Arthur’s teaching style, but Priscilla Shirer knocked my socks off in this study!  The accompanying video with her teaching is well worth watching.
  • James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore: Another great in-depth study.  I love the format of studying a book of the Bible one chapter at a time.  This study does even more, giving you a look at James, the half-brother of Jesus, in the Gospels, Acts and more.  For a practical Biblical writer, whose book is full of both wisdom and challenges to our Christian walk, it’s wonderful to have the reminder that “Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
  • Knowing God By Name by Mary Kassian:  This is a beautiful study where you spend seven weeks just focused on the names of God as they display His character and His attributes.  Right from the start, I feel I know Him better, love Him more, and marvel at who He is.
  • Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore: This study on Galatians and, more particularly, the fruit of the spirit is a reminder to live a Spirit-filled life—the only way we can be truly fruitful.
  • Me, Myself and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild: This is the companion study guide to her book Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. It’s essentially about “taking every thought captive” and making sure that our thoughts are matching up with the truth of Scripture.
  • Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break by Kelly Minter: What a beautiful and challenging study on finding your purpose and passion and overcoming obstacles to obey God’s plan for you.  The study even includes fun recipes to try out at home or share with friends.
  • One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer: An in-depth look at the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness between Egypt and the Promised Land.  I did the accompanying study and loved it because I learned a lot and was also challenged to apply it to my life.
  • The Patriarchs by Beth Moore: Walk with this great teacher through Genesis and the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.
  • To Live is Christ by Beth Moore: I did this study while actually reading through Acts and Romans a little bit at a time.  It was a great match and the chance to learn so much more about Paul’s life and ministry.

Prayer Books:

I love guided prayer and here are two of my favorites.  I try my best to pray a daily prayer from each of these books for my husband and my kids at least 5 days a week.  With the prompts from these books, I am able to cover my family in prayer.

Books:

  • 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart by Robert Morgan: Have you ever wanted to embark on a Scripture memory plan, but didn’t know where to start?  This is the place.  Morgan begins the book with reminders of the powerful benefits and importance of hiding God’s Word in our hearts.  He then presents each of the 100 verses with an explanation, some context, and even some memory hints.
  • A Heart Like His: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David by Beth Moore: This is the first Beth Moore book I ever read and I was instantly hooked!  She provides an in-depth study of David’s life, including matching up his Psalms with his biography whenever possible.  But it’s more than just head-knowledge; Beth relentlessly provides practical life application and spiritual challenges.  You can read my full book review here!
  • A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson: This is a meaty study of the Psalms of Ascent, the series of songs sung by the Hebrews as they journeyed up to Jerusalem for the Holy Days in their year.  It’s a reminder that we aren’t called to be tourists in our Christian life—just interested in the highlights.  We are called to be pilgrims, journeying closer to God, whether that’s on our journey “up to Jerusalem” or in the daily disciplines of the faith in between the times of celebration.
  • A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More by Sharon Jaynes: This is a beautiful reminder that God longs for relationship with us and is less interested in what we do for Him as He is in what He can do in us and through us.  If you are longing for something more, if you’re stuck in the mundane, if you’re desperately aching for glimpses of God, this is a great book.  You can read my full review here.
  • Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen: Two years ago, Jennie and her husband prayed and told God they would do anything He asked. This is the book about her journey in obedience and finding that real faith involves taking risks and reordering priorities. I loved this book. I liked it better than Radical and Crazy Love and every other book of its kind. It’s powerful and applicable to any and all of us. You can read my full review here.
  • Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh: Sheila nailed the problem that many of us have in our walk with God—trust.  Do we actually trust Him to take care of us, to lead us, to heal us?  She walks through the lives of people in both the Old and New Testament and shows how they learned some powerful lessons of trust while sharing some from her own journey through clinical depression.
  • Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids by Tracey Eyster: None of us our perfect moms and mostly we fall into a few of the same bad habits or pits over and over again.  Eyster’s book offers great reminders, encouragement, challenges, practical tips and more to help us overcome the attitude traps that hinder us from being ever better moms.  You can read my full review here.
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas: One of the most famous theologians of all time and author of classic works such as The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer served as a pastor and spiritual leader in Nazi Germany, standing against Hitler and participating in an assassination plot against the dictator.  Shortly before the end of the war, Bonhoeffer was executed for his faith.
  • Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough by Kay Warren: I didn’t know what to expect with this book. I thought maybe it’d be the same old-same old thing—joy doesn’t depend on circumstances; happiness does.  Blah, blah, blah.  I expected Kay Warren to be perky and cheerful and annoyingly oblivious to pain and suffering.  I was so terribly wrong.  The book redefines my perspective on joy and Kay Warren tells you right from the beginning she’s a natural pessimist who struggles with joy.  But God’s been teaching her about it and that’s what she’s sharing with us.
  • Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Willis Wyma: This mother of five discovered that her kids didn’t know how to clean, cook, shop for groceries, do yard work or fix things around the house.  They expected her to do all that for them.  She engaged in a 12-month “Experiment” as a result, adding in one new skill each month for her kids to master.  You can read my full review here.
  • The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist by Craig Groeschel: It’s a book that packs a powerful punch without feeling condemning because the author is honest about his own struggles in several areas of life.  The bottom line is even those of us who confess belief in Christ still often have areas that aren’t submitted to His Lordship.  It may be living with shame or not believing in the power of prayer.  It’s different for us as individuals, but the bottom line is the same—we believe in God, but we don’t necessarily believe God.
  • Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks by Priscilla Shirer
  • Doing Life Differently: The Art of Living With Imagination by Luci Swindoll: Successful Women of Faith speaker shares her life adventures, beginning with her childhood and including her adult travels all over the world.  She gives lessons in developing friendships, setting goals, and thinking outside the box.  At the end of each section is room to journal with some thought-provoking writing prompts.
  • Do You Know Who I Am? And Other Questions Women Ask by Angela Thomas: Exploring issues of identity, Thomas searches out what God has to say about us by answering questions most women ask at some time:  Do you know I am broken?  Lonely?  Undisciplined?  Ordinary?  Her writing is so personal and inviting, her teaching is both challenging and encouraging.  A great read.
  • Empty Promises by Pete Wilson: We all feel empty at times.  There are desires we have that nothing on this earth will fill, and yet we try anyway, seeking satisfaction in internal idols like power, money, physical beauty, and more.  Pete Wilson reminds us that maturity in Christ is a lifelong process; we always need to be tossing down idols and look to Christ alone to fulfill us.  Here’s a link to my full book review.
  • Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from Emotions that Control You by Andy Stanley:  This book covers four of the major emotional strongholds that can hold back our Christian walk and prevent us from becoming more Christ-like—Anger, jealousy, greed, and guilt.  You may read over that list and think, “Nah, I don’t have a problem with any of those things.”  I challenge you to read this book first and then decide.  For those of us who honestly think at least one of those emotions is lurking in our hearts, Stanley provides practical advice on how to overcome and move forward.  You can read my complete review here.
  • Forgotten God by Francis Chan: I thought Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, was good.  But, Forgotten God I loved.  I’ve read it through twice, each in one sitting, with a pen in hand to underline and make comments in the margins.   It’s a great read for people in any denomination.  Chan basically put aside all of his assumptions and seminary-trained understanding of the Holy Spirit and read the whole Bible through seeking out what it actually says.
  • God Loves Broken People (And Those Who Pretend They’re Not) by Sheila Walsh: Sheila Walsh writes about her own story of brokenness and depression and how God has drawn her closer to Him through that and given her a heart for other hurting people.   This is a great study of how God doesn’t use us despite our brokenness, but because of it.  You can see my full review here.
  • Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time: Jay Milbrandt is the director of the Global Justice Program at Pepperdine University and has had the opportunity to travel extensively to Thailand and Africa.  He tells stories, not about changing the world, but how we can be changed when we reach out to a world in need.  You can read my full review here.
  • Godforsaken: Bad Things Happenby Dinesh D’Souza: Evil exists in the world.  People get hurt.  People hurt each other.  Atheists look at that and assume God doesn’t exist.  D’Souza argues articulately and convincingly for God’s existence and care for people even in a world with pain and sin.  I didn’t agree with all of his arguments, and yet some of his points were fresh and exciting.  You can check out my full review here.
  • Grace:More Than We Deserve; Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado: We’re too often forgetful of grace.  We overlook it, reject it, downplay it, and try to live without acknowledging it.  But we’ve been saved by grace—all of our testimonies are stories of God’s grace at work in us.  This is an inspirational work and full of Max Lucado’s powerful storytelling.  You can read my whole review here.
  • Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life by Steven Furtick: This study on Elisha’s life teaches about obedience to God in the big and small things of life.  You can read my full review here.
  • Here Am I, Lord …Send Somebody Else: How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things by Jill Briscoe: It’s a walk through Moses’s life and a spotlight on how he was ordinary—just like us—and when we yield to God even the smallest parts of us, He can do something beyond compare.
  • The Hour That Matters Most by Les & Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna.  Here’s my book review!
  • The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ by Patrick Reardon: This book changed my perspective on the Gospels like none another, making me appreciate even more the sacrifice Jesus made for us by coming to earth in human flesh and dying on the cross.  Check out my full review here.
  • The Knowledge of the Holy: by A.W. Tozer: This is Tozer’s study on the attributes of God–His omniscience, omnipotence, infinite nature, etc.  It’s something I read a chapter at a time and then stop to consider what is he saying, and what does that mean for my life?
  • Let Go: Live Free of the Burdens that All Women Know by Sheila Walsh.  This is a beautiful book by Sheila Walsh as it pinpoints many struggles that women have with trusting God and living freely as a result.
  • Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected by Priscilla Shirer: This is her companion book to her study on Jonah, which I did last fall.  I loved the study and the book so far.   We often write Jonah off as the “bad prophet” or “that guy who disobeyed,” but we can learn a lot from him.  We learn how to handle it when God interrupts our plans and leads us in a new direction and we learn what happens when we disobey and when we obey.
  • Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst: Lysa does such a great job in this book of linking greater intimacy with God to our pursuit of personal holiness and the practice of self-discipline.  This book is not just about food!  Food is not my struggle, but I still loved this book.  I think when we want to step towards God, we have to step away from other things.  That’s the bottom line of this book.
  • MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family by Jennifer Grant: Sometimes we just need another mom to be honest about what life is like with kids and what she’s done right and how she messed up and to encourage us not to be too self-critical or worried or judgmental.  This is that book.  You can read my full review here.
  • Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud:  Written primarily to folks in the business world, still this book has applicable suggestions for all of us when we linger in relationships and roles long after it’s time to move on.  Sometimes you have to say goodbye to the old before you can fully live in the here and now of God’s best.
  • No Greater Love by Levi Benkert with Candy Chand: An inspirational story of a family that moved to Ethiopia to help save and care for orphans there, it’s a quick, but touching read.  Here’s a link to my full book review.
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp: As I read, I am sometimes holding my breath at the exquisite power in the writing of this homeschooling mom of 6 kids and farmer’s wife.  Nothing so beautiful or so challenging.
  • The Pleasures of God by John Piper: This isn’t a book about us.  Shocking, I know.  It’s not about our spiritual gifts, the way we live our lives, what our faith should look like, how God loves us, how to overcome our personal struggles.  It’s about God, plain and simple and when you read it, you know Him better.  You can read my full review here.
  • The Seasons of God: How the Shifting Patterns of Your Life Reveal His Purposes for You by Richard Blackaby: God designed nature to follow a cyclical pattern of four seasons.  He often works in our lives the same way, in our relationships, our identity, our roles and our faith.  Blackaby’s book provides a lot of wisdom about life by considering how God works to achieve His purposes in us over time.  You can read my full review here.
  • The Shelter of God’s Promises by Sheila Walsh: Scripture is full of God’s promises to us, but Sheila Walsh chooses several that have been a blessing to her and shares them with the reader.  She writes with insight, knowledge and grace, sharing experiences with depression, the death of a parent, and more, all while reminding us what a safe cleft in the rock God has provided us through the promises in His Word.
  • The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken by Naomi Zacharias: This book was powerful and beautiful and sad and full of inexplicable hope.  I really urge you to read it.  Naomi Zacharias works with victims of human trafficking, prostitutes, war refugees and AIDS orphans.  Somehow, though, she manages to keep the book from being overwhelmingly sad by moving quickly from people she’s met in her work to her own personal life to challenges from God’s word.  And she ends with a powerful declaration of grace and hope.  It’s definitely my favorite read this summer.
  • Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont:  Read My Book Review Here!!
  • Stumbling Into Grace:Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman by Lisa Harper: Lisa is one of the new additions to the Women of Faith speaker team and she is a riot!  This book had me absolutely laughing aloud, but also identifying with the experiences of the author as she tries to understand grace and how it affects every aspect of life. She interweaves hilarious episodes from her own life with passages of Jesus’ life in the New Testament and then lessons we glean from that.  I love the personal reflection or small group questions at the end of each chapter to help you think more deeply about each topic.
  • The Truth About Forgiveness by John MacArthur: My least favorite in this three-part series by MacArthur on the doctrinal basics, this book seemed to follow too many tangents to be the great discussion of forgiveness I expected.  You can read my full review here.
  • The Truth About Grace by John MacArthur: This book covers some tough issues about grace—when is it cheap, when have we not counted the cost of discipleship, how we know we are saved, and why works don’t earn us salvation but they are the fruit of our faith.  Check out my complete review here.
  • The Truth About the Lordship of Christ by John MacArthur:  In another foundational work on doctrinal truth, MacArthur emphasizes that salvation requires more than just a repeated prayer; it must involve giving Jesus Christ His place as Lord of our lives.  You can read my full review here.
  • Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day by Garry R. Morgan: It’s no easy task to navigate the tricky distinctions between world religions.  To be honest, we don’t always really know what we believe ourselves.  Garry Morgan’s book is a great, accessible and informative resource to help us all engage with the world around us.  Here’s my full review.
  • Wait No More: One Family’s Amazing Adoption Journey by John and Kelly Rosati:The Rosatis share their story of adopting four kids from the foster care system in Hawaii.  Their story is powerful and of special interest to any families considering foster care or adoption. 
  • What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst: I’m quickly becoming Lysa’s biggest fan!  This book is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s a call to radical obedience.
  • {W}hole by Lisa WhittleRead My Book Review Here!
  • You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be by Holley Gerth:  Written by a counselor and life coach (as well as speaker and blogger), this book reflects its author’s heart.  It’s part grace and part life assessment, helping women discover their God’s given strengths, passions and the direction God is leading them.

Kids’ Books:

  • Princess Stories by Carolyn Larsen:  If you have any young princesses at home, this is a collection of Bible accounts you’ll want to have.  Carolyn presents the lives of women throughout the Bible and the virtue they represent.  She includes discussion questions to guide conversations with your daughter about being one of God’s princesses.  You can read my book review here!

Reference Materials:

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2 thoughts on “Bookshelf

  1. Lynn says:

    Heather, these are great books. The NBC library would love to have them when you finish them (unless you are one of those people that love to keep their books to read over and over. LOL)
    God bless you and your work.
    Lynn 🙂

    • Heather King says:

      Oh, Lynn, I am happy to pass along all of them that are physical books on my shelf, but the vast majority of these are downloaded onto my nook. You are so good at the library ministry, spotting potential books all the time. I’m thankful for you!!

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