Featuring books, magazines and studies that build faith, infuse hope and compel us to keep focused on the one and only Life Giver, Jesus Christ!
Below is a list of suggested books to encourage, empower and grow you in your faith. Just click the + to open the tab for each book. Links for purchasing E-Reader and Hard Copy versions are at the bottom of each section.
If the Bible can be thought of as the grand story of God, many of its main characters are passionate and even desperate men and women. Jo Kadlecek introduces us to eight biblical women driven by their passion and desperation to seek out Jesus. She explores their stories in their cultural context, then draws out the lessons they hold for contemporary readers who are willing to let an encounter with Jesus change their lives. In studying these eight characters, readers will find new insights into the central character of God’s great story Jesus and how he can transform their desperation and their passions and bring their lives new hope.
Women comprise at least half the world, and usually more than half the church. The loudest voices speaking into women’s lives in the twenty-first century thus far come from either fundamentalist Islam or radical feminism. And neither can be allowed to carry the day. Furthermore, the plight of women in the Majority World demands a Christian response, a holistic embrace of all that God calls women and men to be in his world. Carolyn encourages readers with a positive, kingdom approach to the changes, challenges, and opportunities facng women throughout the world today. Everyone should read this book.
“It’s never too late to cultivate a spirit of true gratitude in your home.”
Author and blogger (We are THAT family) Kristen Welch shares the ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who will love God, serve others, and grow into hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.
Each chapter includes practical implementation tips for parents. This book would make a great small group study.
A must-do Bible study!! And it is completely FREE! Wesleyan Women has produced this great study, written by our own Marian Green. Marian has a profound way of bringing deep Biblical truths to life. You will find yourself embarking on a study through the book of Colossians, chapter by chapter, in expectation and wrestling with themes such as: How do we thrive in our faith and in everyday life when we feel that we are either too much or not enough? How do we thrive in Christ when our understanding of Him seems so inadequate?
“Sometimes he wrings the worship from our hearts.”
There are times when worship overflows easily and effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. Yet, there are other times when God seems far and we
feel we have nothing left to offer. We are tired, or thirsty, or imprisoned in our own chains through our own devices, or caught in the waves of a tumultuous sea.
This is when God shows us His steadfast love. He wraps His eternally powerful, ultimately creative, nail-scarred hands around our hearts and squeezes with appropriate might—yielding an honest plea for Him to save us and deliver us from our circumstances, fears, and self control. And He does. He initiates with His steadfast love, and responds with the same.
Walk with Lauren, Worship Leader and mother of three, as she shares what she has learned of the steadfast love of the Lord during one of the most challenging journeys of her life, beginning with the November 2009 discovery of a malignant brain tumor in her husband, Matt, Lead Pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. Lauren and her family have been given a deeper trust in clinging to the Lord and His cross during this appointed season of valleys and storms.
“Be quick to listen, slow to speak.” —James 1:19
How would our lives change if we approached every experience with the intention of listening first?
In this noisy, distracting world, it is difficult to truly hear. People talk past each other, eager to be heard but somehow deaf to what is being said. Listening is an essential skill for healthy relationships, both with God and with other people. But it is more than that: listening is a way of life.
Adam McHugh places listening at the heart of our spirituality,our relationships and our mission in the world. God himself is the God who hears, and we too can learn to hear what God may be saying through creation, through Scripture, through people. By cultivating a posture of listening, we become more attentive and engaged with those around us. Listening shapes us and equips us to be more attuned to people in pain and more able to minister to those in distress.
Our lives are qualitatively different—indeed, better—when we become listeners. Heed the call to the listening life, and hear what God is doing in you and the world.
We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? What we need is a clear sense of direction.
If anyone knows the roadmap to reconciliation, it is Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil. This road is familiar to her. She has walked it, preached on it, and has built multicultural relationships of love and partnership on this road. From her experience she guides us through the common topics of discussion and past the bumpy social terrain and political boundaries that will arise. In these pages she voices her call to all believers:
“It’s time for the followers of Jesus to embark on the prophetic journey that leads to reconciliation and transformation around the world. Many of us may already be aware of the need for reconciliation in our own backyards. . . . We cannot ignore the plight of the people around us and as globalization continues its relentless march onward, we cannot turn a blind eye to the world at large either. We have to face the realities here at home and we must also embrace the stories of people all around the world.”
Each chapter lays out the next step in the journey. With reflection questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, it’s ideal to read together with your church or organization. If you are ready to take the next step into unity, wholeness and justice, then this is the book for you. It isn’t just your “next book” to read, it will be a valuable resource for years to come.