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Recommended Reads

Books that have touched my heart, taught me about myself, God, and deepened my relationship with Him.  Click on the picture to find out how to buy.  If there are books meaningful to you, please email me and I will post them on this site.  Feel free to include a write up about how the book(s) have helped you.

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Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers I received this 450 page book from a good friend less than a week ago and just finished it this afternoon.  It is a fiction story about a man of God seeking a wife, and is called by God to marry a hard, broken prostitute.  The story not only makes us aware of the capacity of human unconditional love, but also the profound, immeasurable love of God--a love that keeps no record of wrongs, loves unceasingly, always forgives, always perseveres.  This is a foreign concept in a world where we're encouraged to go after what is good for us, and give up on things that cause us difficulty or don't seem suited to us as best as we'd imagined.  If you are in a difficult relationship where only the tug of God's hand urges you to love someone who is hurting, broken, and maybe even impossible to love, this book with make your heart overflow with love for them and encourage you with the possibilities that only "Redeeming Love" can bring.

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Streams in the Desert by Lettie Cowman is a 366-day devotional which deals with the deeper issues and struggles we face as Christians.  I found Streams a refreshing way to start each day, giving me new insight for troubles such as worrying and trials, and the importance of faith in God.  The devotions are short, but full of inspiration and like me, I'm sure you'll find yourself looking forward to each devotional each day. 

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I received this book as a gift and haven't stopped reading! Chambers devotions are deep and convicting, and sometimes I find myself re-reading the daily devotional to make the most of it.  I have made this a key part of my night time reading, before bed.  You can even preview the devotions at amazon.com by clicking on the picture.

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Every Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge
I wish that I had found this book years ago.  It has been the only thing that has helped me understand many women get involved in the wrong relationships and why it is so hard to get out.  I suffered a great amount of guilt and dislike for myself, not only for getting into the wrong relationship, but once I got feeling that I had been blind and weak.
 
If you find yourself falling for the wrong ones again and again this book will tell you why, how to avoid it, and most importantly, that you're not alone.  Even if you are married and find yourself comparing your spouse (and maybe even yourself) to others who are better looking, more fun to be with, and yes, are even stronger Christians this would be a great book for you.  Strongly recomended read for women of all ages, and all marital status.  You can also preview this book at amazon.com by clicking on the photo.
 
From the inside flap: When does an affair begin?  Not with the first forbidden touch…but with the first forbidden thought. Unexpectedly, you find yourself enjoying a powerful emotional bond with another man. You feel like you matter to someone again. And the door you thought was locked so firmly–the door to sexual infidelity–is suddenly ajar.
The only way women can survive the intense struggle for sexual integrity is by guarding not just your body, but your mind and heart as well. Every Woman’s Battle can help you learn to do that. Using real-life stories and examples from her own struggle, Shannon Ethridge helps women like you–whether married, engaged, or planning to marry someday.

 

More recommended reads coming soon...