Here is a list of the books I read in 2016. Feel free to ask questions about any of them, especially if you are looking for a new book to start!
Loving the Little Years is a bestselling book of thoughts for mothering young children. It’s written by a mom, for you moms — for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain old tired.
When you’re a mom, the opportunities for growth of character, maturity, and enjoyment abound — but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble of mothering, even when you’re waist deep in the trenches of unfolded laundry and sick kids and no sleep. Here’s encouragement and advice fromLoving the the Little Years: As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.
The True Story of One Woman’s Triumph of Faith
Newlywed American missionary Darlene Deibler Rose survived four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp set deep in the jungles of New Guinea during World War II. Thinking she was never to see her husband again, Darlene Rose was forced to sign a false confession and face the executioner’s sword, only to be miraculously spared.
Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moment,” A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: “Nothing will shake a man — or at any rate a man like me — out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.” This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.
The Lord has numbered each of our days. But few parents expect that their days will be longer than their child’s. When a child is buried, parents also bury the hopes and dreams, the joys and experiences that won’t be shared.
James Bruce and his wife walked through the darkest trial of their faith when their infant son died. They found some comfort in the words of others who had walked the same path. The list of great men and women of the faith who shed tears over a departed child is long.
Bruce has gathered together short accounts of how believers like John Calvin, Charles Spugeon and John Bunyan wept–and yet were comforted by the Father of mercies. Their pain, peace and hope is also shared through the beauty and eloquence of their poetry. It is Bruce’s prayer that these accounts and words will help mourning parents journey through the valley of weeping to the path that leads to glory while considering the work of God.
In this uplifting and often humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors’ wives a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance—whether it’s late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations about how they spend their time, or complaints about their husbands’ preaching.
Filled with life-giving truth from God’s Word, this book will help pastors’ wives joyfully treasure their Savior, love their husbands, and serve their churches.
Humans are hardwired for awe.
Our hearts are always captured by something—that’s how God made us. But sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our Creator. All too often, we stand in awe of everything but God.
Uncovering the lies we believe about all the earthly things that promise us peace, life, and contentment, Paul Tripp redirects our gaze to God’s awe-inducing glory—showing how such a vision has the potential to impact our every thought, word, and deed.
Apathy is killing the Church. Many who claim to know Jesus live unchanged lives and divide their affections among worthless idols. Passion Cry reveals a holy God who is unashamedly jealous for the love of His people, and He will not let this dispassion toward Him remain.
The Church has suffered too long from the pressure to conform to a dull, disinterested, lukewarm, and detached approach to Christ. The tide must turn. In the face of societal pressure, cultural and moral revolution, and an anti-Christ flavor that increases every day, Pastor Robbie Symons calls the people of God to rise up and take their stand. As the persecution upon Christ-followers goes from subtle to unmistakable, the current generation of believers is about to find out where their passions truly lie.
“I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up.” – Isaiah 6:1
Scripture records a number of instances in which God visibly revealed himself to his people, offering a glimpse of his stunning beauty and overwhelming glory. These awe-inspiring manifestations of God’s presence—known as “theophanies”—give us wonderful insights into his character, will, and salvation.
In this collection of biblical expositions, eight prominent Bible teachers explore key passages in which God displayed himself in a spectacular revelation.
From the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai to Christ’s glorious transfiguration, the passages examined in this book challenge us to look afresh at our God—that we might truly know, love, and serve him.
A small group study inviting every member in your church into deeper fellowship with God and others. Geared toward small groups, the one another mandates of Scripture are taught in a way that brings clarity on how to live out authentic fellowship.
What’s in It:
Each chapter focuses on specific Scriptures and drives application of those truths to everyday life.
Session 1 – You Are Not an Island: The dangers of isolation and the power of community.
Session 2 – Love One Another: Grow in your understanding of biblical love and practically apply this to your daily lives.
Session 3 – Forgive One Another: Learn the importance of forgiveness for lasting,healthy, and biblical relationships.
Session 4 – Serve One Another: Serving is about “You before me.” What does this look like in the context of small groups?
Session 5 – Submit to One Another: Learn how humility fosters unity and how you can live this out in small groups.
Session 6 – Encourage One Another: Grow in your ability to both give and receive encouragement.
Session 7 – Be Devoted to One Another: See the power of belonging to the family of God and find your place in it.
Through this study we hope you will find a renewed passion for loving, serving, encouraging, forgiving, and other actions involved in belonging to one another and the body of Christ. It is our prayer that will only be the beginning, as we start experiencing community in its richest and most uncommon form.
Everyone wants to be blessed. We want to be blessed in life, blessed in death, and blessed in eternity. In the Beatitudes, the Son of God tells us about the life that is blessed and about the people who are blessed. But Jesus does more than just describe a blessed life, He gives us a way to actually pursue it.
If you want to make strides in overcoming sin, growing in godliness, abounding in good works, and enjoying intimacy with the Lord, this book is for you. And if you have lost hope that any of these things are possible, this book is especially for you. You can make progress, starting today.
We want to say or do something that helps our grieving friend. But what?
When someone we know is grieving, we want to help. But sometimes we stay away or stay silent, afraid that we will do or say the wrong thing, that we will hurt instead of help.
In this straightforward and practical book, Nancy Guthrie provides us with the insight we need to confidently interact with grieving people. Drawing upon the input of hundreds of grieving people, as well as her own experience of grief, Nancy offers specifics on what to say and what not to say, and what to do and what to avoid. Tackling touchy topics like talking about heaven, navigating interactions on social media, and more, this book will equip readers to support those who are grieving with wisdom and love.