Looking For A Book? My Favorites of 2018

Time for a confession...

I like to read.

It’s been a hobby since I was young. I enjoy stories, I enjoy learning, I enjoy entering into the perspective of another. I read a lot more this year, after discovering the #vtreadingchallenge, and also in participating in the Arrow Leadership program; this led me to venture into different topics, like biographies, leadership and church history. I found it challenging and also refreshing. If you are looking for something to pick up, (and I would encourage you to!) here is a list of my favorites from 2018.

Bible Study

The Quest by Beth Moore

I love the metaphor of a journey, and this Bible study by Beth Moore was really refreshing. I enjoyed the different style she took with this study, with a bigger emphasis on journaling. She proposed 5 questions, as we reflect on our quest: Where are you? Who told you that? What are you seeking? Why are you afraid? and How much more? It was a study that I needed for the season I was in!

In His Image by Jen Wilkin

In this study, Wilkin presents 10 ways we are called into the character of God. It challenged me to reflect on my own sanctification, to my own character and the ways I can grow and become more like Christ.

Christian Living

Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Phil Ryken

Jesus loves me, this I know. I am afraid that the simplicity of our childhood song sometimes prevents us from entering into the depth and sacrifice of Jesus’ love. This study on the love of Jesus impacted me in a deep way. It opened my eyes to see more of how He loves, then challenged me in the way to love more like Him.

Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcey

This was a popular book published this year, an excellent and timely read. Pearcey has written to teach believers how to approach issues of culture. This book specifically looks at issues of sexuality; pornography, abortion, homosexuality and transgender, to apply her philosophy of worldview. I found that she helped me to better understand these issues, and gave me words to explain what I believe.

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Wilkin writes to encourage women to study the Bible. For different reasons, women may tend to shy away from serious study of scripture, so she presents her passion to see women be diligent and equipped in their study of the word. She writes “the heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” This challenged me to view my bible study as pursuing a deeper love for Christ, not just ‘head-knowledge’.

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

I appreciate the honesty with which he shares about how life just gets busy. He presents 3 danger to avoid, 7 diagnoses that you are too busy, and the one thing that you must do! Intrigued? Grab this quick read to help you reflect on the Crazy-Busy life!

Healing Care, Healing Prayer by Terry Wardle

This is a package of wisdom written for the Christian who wants to grow in their ministry of healing prayer. More than practical tips, he writes to challenge those in ministry to their first ministry in taking care of their own walk with the Lord. It seems weird to share something like that, surely the Christian leader is always abiding in the Lord and continually in prayer and study of scripture...right? Yet people are people, and particularly in the ministry of healing prayer, there is much to be said for growing and developing our own relationship with God. The practical knowledge presented, challenged me to really sink into my understanding of my own emotions, my own wounded-ness, and brought me to a deeper journey with the Lord discovering it.