If I could name the current season of my life, I would call it “Becoming”. I am in a season of becoming and I just love the feeling of not knowing what’s next, but preparing for it anyway. This season of preparation has been filled with much planning and gleaning. For me, gleaning means taking in information from as many sources as possible: the example of godly women, sermons and YouTube videos, blog posts and, good old books. It feels so good to be reading for leisure again (as opposed to for examinations or work). So good in fact that I just can’t keep my books to myself. Check out the books on my bookshelf below.
(1) “Millennial Modesty” by Jennifer Spears
About the Book: In a world where it is popular for women to expose their bodies and get thousands of likes on social media and attention from people, God is raising up a generation of women that are showing that you can be modestly stylish and look fabulous. Though styles have changed from generation to generation, modesty is still what God intended it to be. In her book, Millennial Modesty, Jennifer goes deep into a woman’s journey to modesty. Modesty is more than a change of clothes, it is a change in your heart. This book will challenge you to surrender every area of your life that does not honor God. It will challenge you to be the woman that God has called you to be. Along with real-life illustrations, Jennifer also includes a practical guide on how to unlock the natural beauty that God has given you that reflects dignity and class.
(2) “The Deborah Anointing” by Michelle McClain-Walters
Note: This book also has an associated devotion on the Bible app YouVersion.
About the Book: The Old Testament describes Deborah as a mighty combination of judge, intercessor, prophetess, mother of Israel, and military strategist. Deborah broke outside of her culture—not out of rebellion, but in obedience to God to set her people free.
As in biblical times God is calling today’s women to a purpose greater than themselves. The Deborah Anointing shows you that although you may have been trapped in tradition and locked into captivity by cultural and gender prejudices, God desires for you to break through these barriers. Now is the time to embrace the fullness of your purpose!
Whatever your sphere of influence at work, at home, or at church—will you accept the challenge to be a modern-day Deborah, stand for God, and boldly lead others to Him?
(3) “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” by Cynathia Heald
About the Book: Society beckons us to succeed―to achieve excellence in our appearance, our earning power, our family life. God Himself also beckons us to be women of excellence. But what exactly is He asking? If you’re hungry for God’s perspective on success in a society that bombards you with conflicting demands, feed on the truths of God’s Word that you’ll discover in these pages. You will not only learn to “approve the things that are excellent” but will also experience the joy of becoming God’s woman of excellence. This bestselling topical Bible study has helped over one million women over the past 30 years, and is newly revised and updated so today’s women can discover who God designed them to be in this day and age. Written by Navigator author and Bible teacher Cynthia Heald, the 11 sessions in this Bible study explore what your identity in Christ is and how you can best serve Him.
(4) “Sexual Intimacy in Marriage” by William Cutrer & Sandra Glahn
Note: This book can also be read by singles or engaged couples. Though I was not a virgin before marriage, I was ill-informed about sex. This book has been helping to dispute myths and to understand myself and my husband more.
About the Book: Updated and revised, this highly acclaimed, medically and biblically accurate book covers all the bases about sex in marriage with a sensitivity and frankness that every married couple will appreciate.
(5) The Gospels.
This month I am dedicated to reading each of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) in order to refocus my mind on Jesus: His words, His works, His ways, His life. I alternate between the New King James Version (NKJV) and the New Living Translation (NLT).
Do you feel as if you are in a season of preparation? If so, what are you doing to prepare? What books are on your list?
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