Israel, My Beloved by Kay Arthur – One of the greatest love stories ever told – God’s relationship with His chosen people. Arthur takes you on a beautiful, historical journey through the life of Sarah – the main character created to personify the nation of Israel. The story opens at the time of the Babylonian Captivity and takes you all the way to that future day when we will all be standing before His throne.
This book that you definitely want to read with your Bible close by! I was able to learn MUCH about the history and future of Israel. It has become one of my new all-time favorites! I’m looking forward to reading it again. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about God’s covenant relationship with His people.
What Women Fear by Angie Smith – Fear is the enemy of faith, yet it is something we all battle with. Can we struggle with fear and at the same time live to glorify the Lord? Using examples of people of the Bible and from personal experience, Smith highlights many of the fears that we as women often stumble across and how we can effectively conquer them. I recommend this book for any women facing giants of fear in their journey of faith.
Redefining Beautiful by Jenna Lucado Bishop – The author, Jenna, shares the same passion for writing and for the Lord as her dad, Max Lucado. She has a great way of engaging her readers that makes you feel like you are sitting with her at a coffee shop. In Re-defining Beautiful, she shares straight from her heart about what real beauty looks like in the eyes of God. At the end of each chapter she shares some of her ‘Beauty Tips’, which are some of her ideas in how to cultivate this true beauty that lives inside each of us. I recommend this book for any girl who may be struggling with understanding what true beauty is. Also, this would benefit any woman with a teenage girl under her influence who may be struggling to see the beauty God placed in her.
Unseduced and Unshaken by Rosalie De Rosset – “Dignity is a strong, chosen, deliberate way of life, the result of the totality of a person’s choices and worldview.” – Rosalie de Rosset.
A character marked by dignity is not coincidental. The world’s voice relentlessly attempts to seduce us with it’s invitations of pleasure and promises of happiness. Dignity is attained as we deny the world’s temptations and intentionally make our choices in accordance to the wisdom that God has laid out in His word. I recommend this book to any woman, young or old, who desires to live a dignified life for God.
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers – I love all of the Francine Rivers books I have read. Of them all, this one was probably the hardest to read.
From the moment she experienced her first breath, Abra’s life beat with a steady rhythm of abandonment. She was born and left to die by her mother under a bridge – leaving an open wound in her heart that will cause doubt and insecurity in her relationships for years to come. She eventually runs from her home in Haven with a handsome, charming and rich boy named Dylan who who uses, abuses and also eventually abandons her. She ends up in Hollywood with a new found fame and fortune. However, her name in lights and billboards is not everything she had thought and hoped it would be and her life goes from bad to worse. Now, all she wants is to go back to her home in Haven.
This is a beautiful, yet heart-wrenching story of how God’s love never abandons us. No matter how far we stray from the path He wants for us, His arms are always open and outstretched to welcome us home. I recommend this book for all women who have ever felt that they have run too far from the love and grace of God.