No, this post actually has nothing to do with one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ll create a blog catered to musical theatre some day, but not today. I just (mentally) celebrated 2 years of reckless abandonment to Christ about a month ago and wanted to share some of my favorite books (outside of the Bible – which of course is what really shook me) that have guided me over the past few years!
1. A Jewel in His Crown – Priscilla Shirer
I can’t begin to comprehend how much this book (and this woman of God) challenged, yet encouraged me to have a genuine walk with God. If you ever hear me tell my testimony this book will be mentioned! It’s about discovering your worth and value as a woman of excellence – a daughter of King Jesus. I actually read this book 3 times (between 2010-2011) and discovered more about my worth each time! It’ll take more than a blog post to explain how much of an impact Priscilla Shirer has had on my life, so I’ll just leave you with one question from the book that really challenged my view of relationships. This came right on time as I was talking to a guy that, though he had communicated did not want to commit to any relationship, I tried to hold onto so tightly. When trying to give her, then 7 year old, niece a dime when her niece so badly wanted a nickel Priscilla writes:
“I tried my best to explain to her that the dime was worth twice as much as a nickel. I told her that even though it looked smaller and less expensive, it actually had a higher value. Kariss looked at the dime very closely and then threw it to the ground. She was determined to have a nickel. She cried and begged me for something that was not worth as much as what I’d offered her, unable to understand that she was asking for something of less value. How many times have you cried and fought for a nickel when God wanted to give you a dime?”
2. Lady in Waiting – Jackie Kendall & Debby Jones
This was another great read that also helped me 1) Discover my worth and 2) Discover how much I was lacking. Kendall and Jones charge women who long to one day experience the fairytale of their knight in shining armor coming to sweep them off their feet to not waste time while we wait. Whether or not Mr. Right comes is not the major cause, what matters most is developing godly characteristics as they pertain to biblical womanhood while you are waiting for 1) Your possible earthly groom (Because not all will experience marriage) 2) Your heavenly groom, Christ or 3) Both!
The book travels through many characteristics of a godly woman and challenges women to ask God to work on such things like being a lady of: Diligence, Devotion, Security, Contentment, Conviction and Patience. This was a book that challenged me and proved that I was NOT ready to be anybody’s wife. It’s not to say that you must have everything together before entering a marriage, but at the time I think I wanted to be married for companionship as opposed to married to glorify God and be an example, with my husband, of His love for Christ and the Church. Great read if you’re a woman who has a burning desire to get married.
3. Crazy Love – Francis Chan
This book right here? Almost made me want to quit school and go be a missionary in China expecting to die for the Gospel. I was that much on fire and convicted that I was entirely too comfortable with my relationship with Christ. I don’t think I truly grasped the meaning of His love. Honestly, I don’t want to say more than that it is an amazing book that (cliché alert!) will change your life! You’ll have to read it for yourself to understand what I mean.
4. Captivating – John and Stasi Eldredge
I’ll be honest, I have things that grind my gears about this book, but I’m not necessarily wanting to offer a review just a testimony so I’ll stick to the good 🙂
This book has helped greatly with my battle of the feminist movement vs. being a true woman of God. The feminist movement can often give a more egalitarian (men and women being no different and therefore able to take on the same roles) view of male and female – something I’ll discuss in a future post 🙂 Instead, this book provides distinct reasons as why God created woman and how we reflect his image in a feminine way! Stasi writes, “To be told…’you can do anything a man can do’ isn’t helpful either. I didn’t want to be a man. What does it mean to be a woman?“
The book challenges both, the feminist view of womanhood but also the often tired-looking, entirely crazy busy, doormat woman that others may believe is the example of womanhood in the Church. Like I said, I still have my critiques of this book, but nonetheless found it to be a very enjoyable read and very encouraging for my daily walk to live out biblical womanhood.
….These are just a few of my favorite things (or books!) 🙂 Check out below some of the other books I’m reading. Hopefully, they’ll make it on this list as well. Please share some books or speakers who have had major impacts of your walk as well!
– Radical – David Platt
– Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild – Mary Kassian
– Desiring God – John Piper