Christian faith books? As someone who has been reading since before I read ( read that funny story here ), this is a question I've pondered. I love books. They give us a way to have adventures that we couldn't otherwise have. They allow us to learn from the experience and wisdom of others. They teach us new things about ourselves and the world we live in.
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As a Christian woman, I quickly learned there were many more books than there were good things.
I will share with you some of the Christian faith books I read during the year and some of the lessons I learned. I also invited some of my blogger friends to share their favorite Christian faith books. They shared books that impacted their faith this year. Hope you will be able to read some of these books and that they will increase your knowledge of God, or help you know yourself and run your race.
Christian faith books will be divided into three categories:
Books to help you know God - these books will point you to study and know God's character.
Books to help you know yourself - introspective thinking while pointing us to a study of God's character. Because, remember, we can't really know who we are unless we know who God is.
Books that help you run your race and be yourself. Stop looking at what other people are doing and be the person God created you to be.
Without any more chatter, here are two Christian faith books in no particular order.
Being Confident of This by Jen Stults
Our entire perception of God changes as we carry it through the trials in our lives. We may feel like we have a crisis of faith because everything we thought about God is challenged on this situation we're in.
Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths That Comfort, Sustain, And Redeem In Tragedy By Cameron Cole
When we do things we need to remember that it doesn't change the character of God. It is not a reflection on His greatness. God is good. Full stop. Too often we try to do things in our own strength. We have to ask for help. More so, we need to ask God for help. Time should be spent in the good times and not so bad time studying God's words so that if our worst happens we can stand on God's words.
Living Your Faith: A Journey through James by Elizabeth George
It's not too late or too early for your child to learn to live their faith. As your tween learns about the character of God, here motivations and actions are up against His. Through this comparison, she learns more about herself. Teach them to focus on learning from God while studying His word. As your two uncovers what God expects from here, she also learns about the character of God.
In His Image by Jen Wilkin
Agape is the word Jesus uses to teach his disciples about those who hate them: for he is ungrateful and evil. ”(Luke 6:35)
This concept gave me a moment or pause. If I am to love my enemies in an agape child of way, then I am to love them in a way that does not make sense. It's a love that goes at all costs and has no boundaries. At the same time, that's the love that someone who gets me their enemy ought to have for me.
When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey
"We must go back and ask," What is the purpose of mercy? "Do I extend mercy to get a response? Are results the point? Not of results (v. 35) Jesus never promises to change our enemies (the extreme case that encompasses all cases) What he has in view for us is a loving relationship with our Father in heaven who will ever eclipse any hateful or hurtful actions against us. "
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
Why do you attend church? This book is an invitation to inspect the reason for your inclusion in the body of Christ? Readers are encouraged to go beyond just attending church, we should be the church. Our gifts are used for the work of God. But before we use our gifts, we have to know what they are.
Enough: Silencing the Lies That Steal Your Confidence by Sharon Jaynes
As women we start collecting and believing a number of lies about ourselves. Worthless. Unloved. Ugly. Stupid. Unacceptable. Unforgivable. Dirty. Unhappy. Failure. Not good enough. Positive self-affirmations are often enough to reprogram the hateful things we say to ourselves. We should instead employ a three-part strategy for breaking the power that lies over us.
Once we learn that we can start walking boldly in the identity that Christ has created for each of His children.
It's Momplicated: Hope and Healing for Imperfect Daughters of Imperfect Mothers by Debbie Alsdorf and Joan Edwards Kay
You may be surprised to find that there are scars you received from your mother. Every woman's mother story is different. Our mothers leave different impressions on our lives and the way we respond to them will be unique. We have to walk enough to walk the path we are given. We have to be good enough to seek the healing that we need. True healing comes from our Heavenly Father so seek Him during the healing process.
Woman Living Well by Courtney Joseph
This book literally transformed my life. I adapted several of Courtney's plans and ideas. I especially loved her prayer walk through the house. Every morning I try to prayer walk my house. As I make my kids beds I pray for them. As I make our bed I pray for my husband's day, but I also pray for the Lord to show me how I can be a better help mate for him. As I walk down the stairs, I pray and thank God for my house. I thank him for my dirty dishes because we have food to eat.
I thank Him for piles of laundry that means we have clothes to wear. I continue to walk through my house and thank Him for every little thing that I think of. I love the way it feels like I bring Him into my house and He showers it with peace and joy. I also took from her the idea of lighting a candle every day in the kitchen and praying for peace and love to surround your house and everyone who enters. I can really tell the difference when I take the time to show gratitude and pray for my home and family. It just makes the day align with God and His will. I recommend this book to all my friends.
Battle Ready by Kelly Balarie
This book challenged me to see the entire picture. When I'm tempted to think the worst, I need to remember to ask God to help me see things through his eyes. God's spirit will always lead me to the truth. And with the truth fresh in my mind I'll be able to start translating things from a life-giving, truth-seeking perspective.
How to Find Your Gratitude Attitude by Aminata Coote
Having a gratitude attitude is a choice. This book offers an invitation to change the way you look at your life in its current state. Instead of focusing on what you don't have, remind yourself to be grateful for the good things in your life.
Each day of the 21-day devotional looks at different things which can affect your gratitude attitude: loneliness, envy, forgetfulness and many more. Choose gratitude with intention because a life of thankfulness in Christ will banish ingratitude so you can live your best life now.
Hope for the Hurting Wife by Rebekah Hallberg and Jen Stults
Whether you're newly married, or if you've been married to decades, you will find hope in these pages. You may be experiencing frustration or an all-out battle for your marriage. We've been there, too, and we want to share the hope God has placed in our hearts.
This is not an exhaustive list, but if you read one book a month you have enough material for a year. If you want more suggestions check out the book review menu . Finally, while Christian faith books are a good way to improve your walk with God, they are not a substitute for reading the Bible. Spend time every day getting into God's word for yourself.
What was your favorite Christian faith book for 2018? Share it along with the lesson you learned in the comments.