What I Read During April

April 30, 2014

in the generous life

Tada! My friends and I finally finished Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero. It was a life changing experience for our weekly group. I have adopted a weekly Sabbath and a daily office. I’m growing up and learning what it looks like to be healthy. I’m learning to offer grace for the journey for myself and for others. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Awhile back I linked to a sale on No More Christian Nice Girl by Paul Coughlin and Jennifer D. Degler, PhD (sorry, sale is over). I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been strangled by the “be nice” messages in our Christian culture. There’s nothing wrong with being kind and generous, but there is a wisdom that needs to be applied and a Jesus-modeled goodness that rules. If you feel run over by life and those around you, this may be the book for you.

I am delighted to recommend Pulling Back the Shades by Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery. The call of erotica and pornography is strong in our culture. We can download “mommy porn” on our Kindles and view porn with the click of a mouse. It’s a growing issue for many women. Gresh and Slattery address the issue with biblical wisdom, gentle encouragement and deep insight. There is a way out of this bondage. (Even if this is not a problem for you, guaranteed it is for someone you know. The insight and encouragement in this book would be great tools for helping those you love.)

Gods at War by Kyle Idleman – this is another group discussion book for me. Idleman walks the reader through the concept of idolatry and what it looks like in our culture. He’s one of those authors who makes you laugh really, really hard and then says “gotcha” (’cause, believe me, we are all guilty of loving something more than God). It’s a time-to-grow-up book.

I explored a few new authors in the mystery genre, but nothing was earth shakingly good.

What are you reading that you would recommend to other generous wives?

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.  Dr. Seuss

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Lighten Up! And Laugh a Little about Sex  :)  <giggle>  bahahahaha!

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Darby Dugger: Sins of Omission in Marriage Do you regularly share your sins with your husband? How would this increase intimacy in your marriage? 

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Safe At Home: A Simple Action Can Soothe The Pain of Conflict Drop the rope.

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Cassie April 30, 2014 at 5:34 am

Thanks for sharing your reads! Been trying to decide what to read next. I will be looking into these titles more.

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Debbie April 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

My husband and I enjoy a daily commute to work together for the current season, and I’ve taken to reading Kindle books aloud in the car.

We recently finished “Between the Lines: God is Writing Your Story” by Bob Sorge. An excellent read, and highly recommended for anyone feeling discouraged or confused by life’s circumstances!

We just started reading “Radical: Taking Back Your Life from the American Dream” by David Platt. It is an eye-opener, and we have wondered why we don’t hear this kind of message more. The Americanized gospel puts self in the center, and God’s global plan as optional.

I had some time to myself recently, and I just started reading “Prayer Coach: For all who want to get off the bench and onto the praying field.” I can honestly say this just may be the key to creating a practical and easy (I know, I did just say “easy!”), consistent prayer habit. After over 40 years as a Christian, I still don’t have a consistent prayer habit. I would like to do a group study on this one! Who is truly satisfied with their prayer life? Not me, for sure.

Thank you for sharing your reads. I imagine a couple of my books were on your list last month…so now you know somebody is listening, right?

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