Gems for January

Happy New Year!   January’s a great time for clean slates and fresh starts.  Here are some outstanding titles to help you do both.  Don’t forget to comment.  See you at month’s end!

The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson.

 Meet Ordinary, a Nobody who leaves the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. Once the Dream Giver convinces him to escape his Comfort Zone, Ordinary begins the journey of his life — overcoming Border Bullies, navigating the Wasteland, and battling the fierce Giants in the Land. This modern-day parable will get you started on your own daring adventure with God.

Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson.

Explore John 15 and learn how Jesus is the Vine of life as well as four levels of “fruit bearing” (doing the good work of God).  Opens readers’ eyes to the Lord’s hand in their lives and uncovers surprising insights that will point them to a new path of consequence for God’s glory.

When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg.

 The material rewards of “winning” at life’s game can be thrilling, but do they last?  Eventually everything goes back into the box, and what ultimately matters is whether we’ve played according to God’s rules.  In his witty, winsome tome, John Ortberg shows us how.

Captivating: Unveiling the Mysteries of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge. 

For anyone who’s tired of the worn-out, anemic approach to femininity and what it means to be a Christian woman, Captivating: Unveiling the Mysteries of a Woman’s Soul (Nelson Books, 2005) is a breath of fresh air.  Captivating is NOT a “Bible study,” Christian apologetic, or a theological treatise, nor does it pretend to be.  Instead, it is an intelligent, eloquent and well-illustrated articulation of what many Christian women have felt for a long time: a yearning to be understood, nurtured, and valued  beyond “the Proverbs 31 woman.” 

See Book Reviews on my Side Bar for more.

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Next up:

Born to Follow? – exposing some churchy stereotypes, Titus 2 and You, or Do Years Alone Make a Teacher/Leader?, and Nuggets and Nudges – Ideas for Women’s Ministry.

Also in the pipeline: Is it Dead (lack of punctuation intentional).  A novella in serial form exploring what happened to a friendship between women, why it withered and what we can learn from it.

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