6.) The one that took the sword of Scripture and slashed many of the lies I had so naively taken as truth, replacing them with the truth of God’s Word.
Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
“Regardless of the immediate source, anytime we receive input that is not consistent with the Word of God we can be sure Satan is trying to deceive and destroy us. What we read or hear may sound right, may feel right, may seem right – but if it is contrary to the Word of God, it isn’t right.”
7.) The one that confirmed to me and my husband the path which God seemed to be leading us down, encouraged us to continue, and comforted us in knowing that we weren’t the only ones starting things like family worship later in life.
Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham
“Family driven faith is about more than just being a better parent. This is a complete lifestyle and worldview overhaul. If we believe that God calls us to worship Him without rivals, build our homes on a foundation of biblical love, adopt a biblical worldview, teach the Word in our homes, mark our homes as God’s territory, and keep our prosperity in check, then we must also believe that God intends for the church to aid and not hinder families in this process.”
8.) The one that clearly verbalized the truths that God had been teaching me and my husband through our work in children’s ministry. The one that confirmed with Scripture the decisions we’d made for our family, sent our heads bobbing, and became a tool with which to more clearly share these truths with others.
A Weed in the Church by Scott Brown
“Oftentimes, we are so immersed in our own culture that we are unable to see how bad things really are. The question of Aristotle – Does the fish know he is wet? – is an appropriate question in times like these. I do not think we know how “wet” we really are. We cannot see where we are because it is all we have ever known.”
9.) The one I must read annually to maintain my focus on purposeful parenting. The one that reminds me not just to love my children, but to also make sure they know I love them by demonstrating my love in ways that they best understand it.
The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman
“The word encourage means ‘to instill courage.’ We are seeking to give children the courage to attempt more.”
10.) The one that launched my journey of learning how to really be a homemaker and helpmeet. I wasn’t raised nor trained for it, and this book paved the way for the radical personal change and growth God knew I needed in order to do the job I finally realized He was calling me to do.
Becoming a Woman Who Pleases God by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock
“Stability in her life [is] based upon a growing relationship with the Lord rather than circumstances, the ability to resist temptation, and dependability.”
Caveat: (though in my opinion I shouldn’t have to point this out) The Lord used the work of these authors in conjunction with His own Word to help me to grow in grace and truth. I do recommend them for your own reading. This does not mean that I affirm every belief of every author, nor every thought in every book, nor that there won’t be some “bones” to spit out when reading some of these books. I don’t believe in or agree with every conclusion reached by every author. I don’t share the same theology & beliefs in all areas with every author (as always, if you wonder where I stand, see my statement of faith). I do still think that these books are all worth reading, though. Please use discernment, and as with any book you’d read do so “with Bible in mind and on hand”. It should also go without saying that when you must choose between the Word of God and another book due to time constraints, the Word of God should always come first.