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6 Must Read Books for 2017

By: Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird

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We want to share with you 6 books that have helped the two of us tremendously in our walk with God.

These books have helped the two of us get our eyes off of ourselves and onto Christ instead. In a nutshell, these books have helped to radically change our lives.

We can’t recommend them enough.

1. Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both our Hearts and our Minds 

We all know it’s important to study God’s Word.

But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. How can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible?

Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart. (MORE INFO) 

2. Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships: God’s Prescription for Enhancing Your Love Life 

Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships, helps readers walk a path to true love that is more fulfilling than they ever imagined. ‘There’s a better way to find love, stay in love, and grow in intimacy for a lifetime,’ says Chip Ingram. It’s God’s way.

Whether single or married, happy or searching for hope, readers will discover that by following God’s prescription, they can create a love that lasts. A love that can be enjoyed. (MORE INFO) 

3. Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World 

This resource uncovers the presence of worldliness and helps believers learn to relate to the world while resisting its influence in their lives.

People today are saturated in technology and prosperity. They are bombarded with endless luxuries: clothes to wear, cars to buy, vacations to take, entertainment to enjoy. Yet this world, which offers so many pleasures, is actively opposed to God and the truth of His Word. How, then, is the believer to relate to the world in which he or she lives?

As readers learn to identify the presence of worldliness in the areas of media, modesty, music, and material possessions, they can begin to resist its influence in their lives and instead pursue eternal godliness. (MORE INFO) 

4. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars 

Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: “Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it” (2 Samuel 23:20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within!

What if the life you really want, and the future God wants for you, is hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure…your greatest fear? (MORE INFO) 

5. Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness: A Revive our Hearts Trilogy 

BROKENNESS
Nancy DeMoss has discovered an irrefutable spiritual principle: before every great movement of God there is always a time of deep repentance. Here is her moving, true account of how God created that brokenness in others—and the astonishing revival that followed.

SURRENDER
For a Christian, waving the white flag doesn’t mean, “I give up!” It means, “Victory at last!”
Struggling with stubborn habits? Secret sin? Spiritual strongholds? The key isn’t how committed you are to the battle—it’s how surrendered you are to God. Here is the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for—the first step towards a deeper, richer, victorious spiritual life.

HOLINESS
Your fullest experience of God will only come when your life is holy and your heart is pure.
If you’re longing for a deeper connection with God, you must first answer His call to holiness. Here Nancy Leigh DeMoss shares practical principles for having a life that is set apart—and a heart is set on fire. (MORE INFO) 

6. Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity 

In a culture where airbrushed models and career-driven women define beauty and success, it’s no wonder we have a distorted view of femininity. Our impossible standards place an incredible burden of stress on the backs of women and girls of all ages, resulting in anxiety, eating disorders, and depression. One question we often forget to ask is this: What is God’s design for womanhood?

In Girl Defined, sisters and popular bloggers Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird offer women a countercultural view of beauty, femininity, and self-worth. Based firmly in God’s design for their lives, this book helps women rethink what true success and beauty look like. It invites them on a liberating journey toward a radically better vision for femininity that ends with the discovery of the kind of hope, purpose, and fulfillment they’ve been yearning for. (MORE INFO) 

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