Women's Ministries Summer Reading Picks

June 6, 2014 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

Posted in: First Free Women

Guess what, ladies?! Our church library has some brand new books lined up just for you. Following Pastor Matt’s blog series on reading with discernment, these new books will be a great way to engage what you’ve learned. Check out some new picks by current female authors below! These books are all labeled as a "Women's Ministries Pick" and were added to the library this week.

KruegerThe Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa B. Kruger
What is covetousness? Perhaps you’re tempted to say, “wanting something someone else has” with a “no big deal” shrug of the shoulders. But as Kruger explores, coveting reveals deep problems in our hearts and ultimately leads us into other sins. Kruger identifies a “pattern of coveting” (See, Covet, Take, and Hide) in order to help us work through sinful coveting vs. desiring rightly and longing for godly things. The chapters covering specific areas of potential covetousness are worth some prayerful introspection. –Lindsey Ayres

McCulleyThe Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work and the Home by Carolyn McCulley
McCulley’s goal in this book is to remove the “one size fits all” boxes that women often try to squeeze themselves into. She surveys first a history of work and then a biblical theology of work in an attempt to root out some of our unhelpful inherited ideas about womanhood and work and replace them with a biblical picture of successful womanhood. This is not a book about whether you should get married or not or whether you should be a stay-at-home-mom or not. This is a book about regaining a biblical perspective on productivity, success, and purpose in the midst of whatever vocation or life stage God has you walking. – Lindsey Ayres

ButterfieldThe Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Butterfield
This is Rosaria's story of coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. A former feminist advocate and lesbian, Rosaria describes her life before God, and her life after he called her to his family. As she says, she was one of the least likely people to become a follower of Christ. This book is an intelligent, honest, and hopeful testimony of faith to encourage all believers. – Jane Schaible

WardTogether: Growing Appetites for God's Word by Carrie Ward
Ward describes herself as "an everyday mama" who struggled with reading the Bible. This short little book is her story of God growing not only her desire for the Word of God, but her children's as well, as they began day by day reading through the Bible together. This is a simple, encouraging book for moms who struggle with reading, who want to be in the Word, and who want their children to be as well. – Jane Schaible

NewbellUnited: Captured By God’s Vision For Diversity by Trillia J. Newbell
Newbell encourages her readers to develop a theology of diversity where diversity is viewed as a gift of God’s grace for the benefit of all people as it applies to the church, displays the last days, demonstrates the power of the gospel, and glorifies God. Readers are encouraged to celebrate diversity by cultivating a love for people---a radical, wholehearted, grace-motivated love for others. She challenges all Christians to work toward her dream where diversity is seen in our churches, celebrating both our differences and unity in God’s family. – Jo Coltrain

MarshallNow and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century by Jennifer A. Marshall
Marshall writes, "At times, the weight of cultural assumptions, concern about others' perceptions or misperceptions, and the force of our own feelings about singleness can build up like a perfect storm, leaving us disoriented about where we should be heading in life right now" (p. 6). After an honest look at some of the unique challenges single women commonly face today, Marshall shows how focusing on God's individual callings (distinct from Christians' primary call of the pursuit of God) can lead to contentment and fulfillment, and bring glory to God. The book closes with some specific suggestions for navigating the single life---making the most of the time between the now and the not yet. – Julie Egy 

These books from recent Tuesday Connection studies are also available in the library:

Found In Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Holiness: The Heart God Purifies by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick
A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul Miller

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