|Women’s Book Club Selections
A Voice in the Wind, by Francine Rivers
Number of pages:546 Group Facilitator: Denise Moroney
Don’t let the length of this Christian historical fiction book dissuade you – you won’t be able to put it down! It is a real page-turner! The first book in the bestselling Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget―Hadassah. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, this young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.
Eve’s Song, by Robin Weidner
Number of pages: 276 Group Facilitator: Cathy Morgado
Infused with scripture, poetry and sentiments from women of many backgrounds, Eve’s Song reaches into the deep places that we, too, are often afraid to go. You will surely find healing and hope as you uncover your own story embedded within the pages of this book!"
"Every woman who has experienced grief, regret or confusion will find hope and relief in this poetic portrayal of Eve's journey with God. I predict Eve’s Song will become a classic." — Linda Brumley, Author, My Beggar's Purse
The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom
Number of Pages: 272 Group Facilitator: Mikala Hammonds
Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.
Here is the riveting account of how Corrie and her family were able to save many of God's chosen people. For 35 years millions have seen that there is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still. Now The Hiding Place, repackaged for a new generation of readers, continues to declare that God's love will overcome, heal, and restore.
Hand in Hand with God – Finding Your Path to Forgiveness,
by Linda Brumley
Number of pages: 244 Group Facilitator: Maria Feuerstein
Hand in Hand with God: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness This book acknowledges that there is not one simple formula for forgiving. It offers no checklist to pursue freedom from bitterness or resentment. Nor does it rely on an ultimatum that God will not forgive you unless you forgive others. Instead, it encourages you to understand your own heart and the obstacles that make forgiveness difficult. Through exposition of Scripture and compelling real-life examples this book extends God's invitation for you to come to him. Bring him your burdened heart and take his powerful and loving hand. He will compassionately journey with you on a path that you find or construct with his help. It is a book about forgiveness, but it is also a book about trust and grace and hope for a closer walk with God. Some of the things that this book will teach you are how to: • See what forgiveness is and is not • Analyze an offense • Discern pettiness • Make amends • Respond to persistent offenses • Forgive the most profound hurts • Gain perspective • Confront your offender • Forgive yourself and God • and much more.
Loving Jesus More, by Phil Ryken
Number of pages: 176 Group Facilitator: Virginia Longo
Do you love Jesus more than your spouse? Your reputation? Your kids? Your health? Your job? Your money?
As Christians, we’re called to love Jesus more than anyone or anything else. But do we really do this? Emphasizing that God’s love for us is the source of our love for him, Phil Ryken challenges us to take Jesus’s words seriously and think carefully about where our affections truly lie.
Crazy Busy – A (Mercifully) Short Book About A (Really) Big Problem
By Kevin DeYoung
Number of pages: 124 Group Facilitator: Lisa Sharma
2014 Christian Book of the Year!
We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.
Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us that we know how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.
That’s why award-winning author Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in Crazy Busy – and not with the typical arsenal of time-management tips, but with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.
Follow Me, by David Platt
Number of pages: 245 Group Facilitator: Chantal Miller
Revealing a biblical picture of what it means to truly be a Christian, Follow Me explores the gravity of what we must forsake in this world, as well as the indescribable joy and deep satisfaction to be found when we live for Christ.
The call to follow Jesus is not simply an invitation to pray a prayer; it’s a summons to lose your life―and to find new life in him. This book will show you what such life actually looks like.
The Prodigal God, Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faithb,
by Timothy Keller
Number of pages: 156 Group Facilitator: Julie Cafasso
Newsweek called New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller a "C.S. Lewis for the twenty-first century" in a feature on his first book, The Reason for God. In that book, he offered a rational explanation for why we should believe in God. Now, in The Prodigal God, Keller takes his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity and uses the parable of the Prodigal Son to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation.
Within that parable, Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.
Made to Crave – Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food,
by Lysa TerKeurst
Number of pages: 218 Group Facilitator: Jennifer Allen
Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the “I’ll start again Monday” cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn’t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal – and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the "want to" in making healthy lifestyle choices.
To Live Is Christ – An Interactive Study of Philippians,
by Tom and Sheila Jones
Number of pages: 231 Group Facilitator: Carmen Magras
Husband-and-wife team, Tom and Sheila Jones, write 30 chapters to help you grasp the depth and beauty and challenge of this letter of Paul.
Spend a month with Paul and his letter to the Philippians, and you will be ready for a lifetime of challenge. Spend thirty days with this ancient letter, and you'll be ready for good days and tough days, for encouraging days and disappointing days, for days of great pleasure and days of great pain. Take the message here and store it in your heart, and you will become a person of impact who shines like a star in the universe. Once you learn that "to live is Christ and to die is gain," there is nothing that can take from you that deep sense of joy.
Pursuing Purity and Spiritual Beauty, by Virginia Lefler
Number of pages: 136 Group Facilitator: Ashley Brickhouse
Learning how to purify your thoughts, motives, heart and choices is a great blessing. Yet, in a world of declining standards, purity is seldom honored or pursued. In fact, many women believe that a worldly woman is strong and secure while a woman who strives for purity and strength from God is naive and vulnerable. Nothing could be further from the truth. A worldly woman is more hardened than strong, and her security depends mostly on the day's events. To find real strength and be secure in our world, we must know and embrace God's timeless standards for purity. Pursuing Purity and Spiritual Beauty is a beauty treatment for the soul of every woman, no matter her age, background or marital status. Discover for yourself the beauty, power and privilege of purity. Worksheets throughout the book make it especially useful as a personal or group study guide.
Mind Change- A Biblical Path to Overcoming Life's Challenges,
by Tom Jones
Number of pages: 127 Group Facilitator: Tammy Sperry
Life is full of challenges. Pain. Illness. Persistent sins. Misunderstanding. Insecurity. Disappointment. Abuse. Discouragement. Depression. Failure. Fear. Rejection. Opposition. Confusion. Death. God has a plan for us to overcome them all. This book is written to help readers see that challenges are not unusual, and God's plan for overcoming them will work powerfully for His children. In addition to the usual obstacles, author Thomas Jones lives daily with the challenge of multiple sclerosis. Mind Change grew out of his efforts to find God's power in his weakness and to discover the way to live a productive life of impact in spite of things that could hold him - and all of us - back.
Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas
Number of pages: 269 Group Facilitator: Carol Bright
Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy. . . but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?
Everything about your marriage--everything--is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christ's character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of lovemaking; the history you and your spouse build with one another--in these and other facets of your marriage, Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God's overarching purpose. This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you.
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions,
by Lysa TerKeurst
Number of pages: 200 Group Facilitator: Tina Macy
God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how. Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.
The Ministry of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson
Number of pages: 213 Group Facilitator: Meaghan Quist
Because Motherhood Isn’t Just a Job. It’s a Calling.
A mother’s day is packed with a multitude of tasks that require energy and time: preparing meals, washing clothes, straightening and cleaning the house, and caring for children. These jobs all are necessary and crucially important. But in the dailyness of providing for a child’ s physical, emotional, and social needs, vital opportunities for spiritual nurture and training can be overlooked. This doesn’t have to be the case. You can focus your energy on what matters most. Using biblical wisdom and practical teachings, Sally Clarkson shows how you can make a lasting difference in your child’s life by following the pattern Christ set with his own disciples–a model that will inspire and equip you to intentionally embrace the rewarding, desperately needed, and immeasurably valuable Ministry of Motherhood.