He who finds a good wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22). And he who finds a reading, wife, surely gains an extra blessing! In local church ministry (even church planting) a faithful and mature wife is a grand source of wisdom and help. Living with and assisting a ministry-minded husband is a difficult task, and even the strongest of wives will benefit greatly from the blessings of gospel-centered reading. Whether the books cover the topics of ministry, parenting, or Christian growth, wise and winsome reading material is a must. So we asked the wives who are serving a crucial role around our new and established churches to provide a list of suggested reading. Here is the first post in an on-going series, The Lady Pages.
The List - Each Book is Linked to Amazon for Easy Purchase
About: In The Church Planting Wife, Hoover explores and encourages the hearts of her readers while teaching what it means to have heart prepared for this unique
ministry. As the wife of a church planter, she knows well the highs and lows; glories and despairs. Christine speaks with clarity and poignancy to the reader about what it looks like to be part of the church planting ministry and to grow a heart that wholly reflects Jesus.
About: For every one of the major life issues covered in the book, you'll find clear biblical advice along with consistently practical guidelines for bringing about true change. Counsel that is based on God's Word is more powerful than we can ever imagine. God created us and knows us completely, and only He can provide us with true freedom, peace, and joy. A powerful resource for every woman who desires to counsel--whether a caring sister in Christ or a trained professional!
About: In Life Together, Bonhoeffer outlines how the Christian community should establish and experience an intimate fellowship saturated in the love of Jesus.
About: I didn’t write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn’t. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement because I do too. This is not a tender reminiscence from someone who had children so long ago that she only remembers the sweet parts. At the time of writing this, I have three children in diapers, and I can recognize the sound of hundreds of toothpicks being dumped out in the hall. This is a small collection of thoughts on mothering young children—for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain old tired. The opportunities for growth abound here—but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.
Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson.
About: In Give Them Grace, parents will learn how to connect the benefits of the cross—especially regeneration, adoption, and justification—to their children’s daily lives. Chapters address topics such as our inability to follow the law perfectly, God’s forgiveness and love displayed at the cross, and what true heart obedience looks like. Fitzpatrick and Thompson also discuss discipline, dealing with popular culture, and evangelism as a way of life. Parents will find this book a great resource for raising grace-filled, Jesus-loving kids.
About: 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.
About: InPeacemaking Women, Tara Klena Barthel and Judy Dabler offer a meaningful, lasting message to lead women out of conflict to a state of peace where they can live as representatives of Christ to one another and well as unbelievers. With advice that is firmly rooted in Scripture, the authors bring sound, practical help for women who want to know what the Bible says about conflict resolution and how to achieve peace in their relationships with God, self, and others.