From My Bookshelf

If you're looking for a great read, have I got some fantastic recommendations for you! Whether you're looking for a new Bible resource, some encouragement for Christian Living, or your next fiction read, the titles listed below are some of my all-time favorites. Order a copy by clicking the link or the image.

**This page contains affiliate links.**

bible study 2

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Bible

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible bridges that gap by bringing the ancient world of the Bible to life- every page is packed with study notes containing expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforce your confidence and bring difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

CSB She Reads Truth Bible

The She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of "Women in the Word of God every day." The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.

NLT One Year Chronological Bible

A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year—in only fifteen minutes per day! Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. The One Year Chronological Bible arranges the entire Bible text—books, chapters, and even verses—in the order the events actually happened.

A Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Take an excursion into the life of David (shepherd, refugee, King of Israel) with Bible teacher, Beth Moore. Now in paperback, each of the 52 chapters in A Heart Like His, explores his relationship with God, from the most virtuous to the most heinous. You will discover that there is no sin that is too great for God to forgive and that you can experience a growing relationship with God despite your circumstances - just as David did. Perfect for personal reflections.

The Girl's Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs

Walk with Ruth as she journeys to Bethlehem, certain of her calling, yet uncertain of her future with her mother-in-law. Bringing this rags-to-riches story alive with her novel approach to Bible study, Higgs helps you see how God works to redeem each loss and disappointment in Ruth and Naomi's lives - and yours! Includes discussion questions and a study guide.

The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of all is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. From Noah, to Moses, to the great King David---every story points to him. He is the missing piece to the puzzle---the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle.

Every story whispers his name. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation--and at the center of their own story too! (This isn't just for children!)
_Christian Living 2

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

When his land was drought-stricken in ancient times, Honi ha-M'agel drew a circle in the sand, stepped inside it, and wouldn't budge until God answered his petition for rain. What impossible dream are you praying about? Sharing new insights and personal stories, Batterson's bestseller will help you achieve your desires through audacious prayer.

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to everyday amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of experiencing the constant presence of God that will bring you deep and lasting joy. There is purity in simplicity and a breathtaking beauty that can be found even in life's slightest details and heartbreaking moments. Ann Voskamp welcomes you in to explore her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting, and writing, and encourages you to live a life filled with gratitude, no matter where you are.

Let's All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs

Author, blogger, and speaker Annie F. Downs admits she's not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She's never jumped out of a plane, and she still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents' home in Georgia. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she's on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging you to do the same. Annie calls you to step into those places that require you to be brave, and she gives you the next step forward...even when it's scary.

It's Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

What if Jesus came to help people restore the world---not escape it? Telling the story of Christianity anew, Bethke presents God's truth from the Old and New Testaments as the challenging and compelling epic it is---a grand narrative with God at the center. A timely reminder of the world-changing message that Jesus brought!

Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson

Are you dreaming big enough? In this compelling manifesto featuring stories from Scripture and real life, Batterson challenges you to follow God's leading, act boldly on your audacious goals, and bravely plan for what comes after accomplishment. Inspired by the story in Second Samuel of Benaiah, who became King David's bodyguard and the leader of Israel's army, Chase the Lion will inspire you to see your problems as opportunities and seize the moment, showing God's power.

Restless by Jennie Allen

Our hearts yearn for more, to know that we're fulfilling the purpose we've been put on this planet to accomplish. Jennie Allen felt like her life was missing something too, and in Restless, she shares how God helped her discover and embrace her calling. In turn, she gives practical advice on how to identify your gifts and passions, even your suffering, to uncover the divinely placed threads in your story.

Chasing God by Angie Smith

You pray, attend church, and read your Bible - but are you following God or trying to catch up with him? The distinction is subtle, but it makes a big difference! Drawing from Scripture and her own experience, Smith explains how to exchange rules, requirements, and misplaced guilt for spiritual freedom and authentic progress.

fiction

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

Enter the world of the Hebrews and follow their trek from their slavery in Egypt toward freedom as told through the eyes of Miriam, the sister of Moses.  At eighty-six, after a life of faithful service to El Shaddai, Miriam’s world will be rocked by the news her brother brings, that God will now be known as Yahweh and that God has a plan to set the Israelites free from bondage.  What role will Miriam play in this plan?

Return to Me by Lynn Austin

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo's prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God's chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain. Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon. But he soon begins to hear the voice of God, encouraging him to return to the land given to his forefathers.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Sold into prostitution in childhood, Angel is a bitter woman who trusts no man. But when God tells Michael Hosea to marry her, she learns to love---until fear overwhelms her and she returns to her former life. Can she be redeemed? A skillful retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis' classic series is now available in an attractive streamlined paperback volume that includes the complete text of all seven books. A Pauline Baynes illustrations pulled from the original 1950s editions graces each chapter, and the unabridged text, presented in C.S. Lewis' original spelling and punctuation, is also used. Now adults can enjoy the entire series as much as the next generation.

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury

When Ellie and Nolan were kids, they put letters they had written to each other in a metal box, buried it beneath an oak tree, and vowed to return 11 years later. Now Ellie is a struggling single mom, and Nolan is an NBA star. Will their reunion heal their hearts---and restore their faith?

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

Debut novel will bring a different kind of message about identiy & worth. We follow Carrington Hale a woman raised in a society where a womans worth is based on being chosen as a bride. When Carrington is not chosen, her dreams are crushed. She is cast from society and begins a journey to find to find the answers to the questions, "who am i and what am I worth?" Along the way she meets fun characters who help her discover her true self and worth through her father.

 

A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker

A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine. A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all. The story of Jesus in a way you have never experienced it.Step back in time to the year of our Lord, Anno Domini, 30.

Esther by Angela Hunt

When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Respectable, comfort-loving Bilbo Baggins has no use for adventures---until Gandalf the Wizard "volunteers" him to lead a dragon-defying, cross-country treasure hunt! The beloved prequel to The Lord of the Rings.

young women 2

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle

Most newlyweds tend to view "happily ever after" through rose-colored glasses---but reality intrudes when (for instance) one of them decides it's a good idea to hang a giant antelope head on the living room wall! In this funny, insightful memoir, Shankle explores the blessings and challenges that come when two people commit to share one life.

Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn

What if you could see what God sees---in the present and for your future? Would you still worry? Offering her own story of being a grateful "victim" of God's love, Gunn unpacks her deepest fears and questions about life. She highlights the lives of women in the Bible, revealing how they accepted grace---and you can, too!

Wild and Free by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan

Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan is an anthem of freedom and a call to bold action, for the modern Christian woman, who is held captive by the belief that she is both too much and never enough.

Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy

Now updated! Refreshingly candid and hopeful, Ludy challenges young women ages 18 to 32 to rise above culture's mediocre expectations and reclaim the feminine mystique as God designed it.

Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn & Alyssa Joy Bethke

In this era of "selfies" and tweets, teen girls often wonder how and where they fit in. But instead of measuring themselves by who "friend" them on social media, Gunn and Bethke encourage young women to find their true worth as daughters who are loved, pursued, and cherished by their heavenly Father. Includes discussion questions.

Twenty-Two by Allison Trowbridge

Over the course of twenty-two letters, Trowbridge addresses a wide range of practical issues and ties them to larger concerns such as identity, loss, social impact as a lifestyle, wisdom in the ordinary moments, and the profound way God’s work is realized in how we live every day. Subtly weaving in today’s pressing social concerns—from poverty in our neighborhoods to human trafficking across the globe—Twenty-Two will inspire a greater sense of mission and a passion to live more fully as young women embark on their own remarkable journeys.

Praying For Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn & Tracia Goyer

Are you intentional about seeking God's desire for your future? Then pray for your husband-to-be! Sharing personal stories, insightful reflections, practical applications, relevant Scripture, and heartfelt petitions, Gunn and Goyer encourage you to begin your loving relationship with your spouse by supporting him in prayer---even if you haven't met him yet.

From My Bookshelf

If you're looking for a great read, have I got some fantastic recommendations for you! Whether you're looking for a new Bible resource, some encouragement for Christian Living, or your next fiction read, the titles listed below are some of my all-time favorites. Order a copy by clicking the link or the image.

**This page contains affiliate links.**

bible study 2

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Bible

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible bridges that gap by bringing the ancient world of the Bible to life- every page is packed with study notes containing expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforce your confidence and bring difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

CSB She Reads Truth Bible

The She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of "Women in the Word of God every day." The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.

NLT One Year Chronological Bible

A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year—in only fifteen minutes per day! Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. The One Year Chronological Bible arranges the entire Bible text—books, chapters, and even verses—in the order the events actually happened.

A Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Take an excursion into the life of David (shepherd, refugee, King of Israel) with Bible teacher, Beth Moore. Now in paperback, each of the 52 chapters in A Heart Like His, explores his relationship with God, from the most virtuous to the most heinous. You will discover that there is no sin that is too great for God to forgive and that you can experience a growing relationship with God despite your circumstances - just as David did. Perfect for personal reflections.

The Girl's Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs

Walk with Ruth as she journeys to Bethlehem, certain of her calling, yet uncertain of her future with her mother-in-law. Bringing this rags-to-riches story alive with her novel approach to Bible study, Higgs helps you see how God works to redeem each loss and disappointment in Ruth and Naomi's lives - and yours! Includes discussion questions and a study guide.

Every story whispers his name. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation--and at the center of their own story too! (This isn't just for children!)

The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of all is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. From Noah, to Moses, to the great King David---every story points to him. He is the missing piece to the puzzle---the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle.

_Christian Living 2

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

When his land was drought-stricken in ancient times, Honi ha-M'agel drew a circle in the sand, stepped inside it, and wouldn't budge until God answered his petition for rain. What impossible dream are you praying about? Sharing new insights and personal stories, Batterson's bestseller will help you achieve your desires through audacious prayer.

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to everyday amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of experiencing the constant presence of God that will bring you deep and lasting joy. There is purity in simplicity and a breathtaking beauty that can be found even in life's slightest details and heartbreaking moments. Ann Voskamp welcomes you in to explore her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting, and writing, and encourages you to live a life filled with gratitude, no matter where you are.

Let's All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs

Author, blogger, and speaker Annie F. Downs admits she's not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She's never jumped out of a plane, and she still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents' home in Georgia. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she's on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging you to do the same. Annie calls you to step into those places that require you to be brave, and she gives you the next step forward...even when it's scary.

It's Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

What if Jesus came to help people restore the world---not escape it? Telling the story of Christianity anew, Bethke presents God's truth from the Old and New Testaments as the challenging and compelling epic it is---a grand narrative with God at the center. A timely reminder of the world-changing message that Jesus brought!

Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson

Are you dreaming big enough? In this compelling manifesto featuring stories from Scripture and real life, Batterson challenges you to follow God's leading, act boldly on your audacious goals, and bravely plan for what comes after accomplishment. Inspired by the story in Second Samuel of Benaiah, who became King David's bodyguard and the leader of Israel's army, Chase the Lion will inspire you to see your problems as opportunities and seize the moment, showing God's power.

Restless by Jennie Allen

Our hearts yearn for more, to know that we're fulfilling the purpose we've been put on this planet to accomplish. Jennie Allen felt like her life was missing something too, and in Restless, she shares how God helped her discover and embrace her calling. In turn, she gives practical advice on how to identify your gifts and passions, even your suffering, to uncover the divinely placed threads in your story.

Chasing God by Angie Smith

You pray, attend church, and read your Bible - but are you following God or trying to catch up with him? The distinction is subtle, but it makes a big difference! Drawing from Scripture and her own experience, Smith explains how to exchange rules, requirements, and misplaced guilt for spiritual freedom and authentic progress.

fiction

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

Enter the world of the Hebrews and follow their trek from their slavery in Egypt toward freedom as told through the eyes of Miriam, the sister of Moses.  At eighty-six, after a life of faithful service to El Shaddai, Miriam’s world will be rocked by the news her brother brings, that God will now be known as Yahweh and that God has a plan to set the Israelites free from bondage.  What role will Miriam play in this plan?

Return to Me by Lynn Austin

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo's prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God's chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain. Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon. But he soon begins to hear the voice of God, encouraging him to return to the land given to his forefathers.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Sold into prostitution in childhood, Angel is a bitter woman who trusts no man. But when God tells Michael Hosea to marry her, she learns to love---until fear overwhelms her and she returns to her former life. Can she be redeemed? A skillful retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis' classic series is now available in an attractive streamlined paperback volume that includes the complete text of all seven books. A Pauline Baynes illustrations pulled from the original 1950s editions graces each chapter, and the unabridged text, presented in C.S. Lewis' original spelling and punctuation, is also used. Now adults can enjoy the entire series as much as the next generation.

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury

When Ellie and Nolan were kids, they put letters they had written to each other in a metal box, buried it beneath an oak tree, and vowed to return 11 years later. Now Ellie is a struggling single mom, and Nolan is an NBA star. Will their reunion heal their hearts---and restore their faith?

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

Debut novel will bring a different kind of message about identiy & worth. We follow Carrington Hale a woman raised in a society where a womans worth is based on being chosen as a bride. When Carrington is not chosen, her dreams are crushed. She is cast from society and begins a journey to find to find the answers to the questions, "who am i and what am I worth?" Along the way she meets fun characters who help her discover her true self and worth through her father.

A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker

A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine. A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all. The story of Jesus in a way you have never experienced it.Step back in time to the year of our Lord, Anno Domini, 30.

Esther by Angela Hunt

When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Respectable, comfort-loving Bilbo Baggins has no use for adventures---until Gandalf the Wizard "volunteers" him to lead a dragon-defying, cross-country treasure hunt! The beloved prequel to The Lord of the Rings.

young women 2

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle

Most newlyweds tend to view "happily ever after" through rose-colored glasses---but reality intrudes when (for instance) one of them decides it's a good idea to hang a giant antelope head on the living room wall! In this funny, insightful memoir, Shankle explores the blessings and challenges that come when two people commit to share one life.

Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn

What if you could see what God sees---in the present and for your future? Would you still worry? Offering her own story of being a grateful "victim" of God's love, Gunn unpacks her deepest fears and questions about life. She highlights the lives of women in the Bible, revealing how they accepted grace---and you can, too!

Wild and Free by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan

Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan is an anthem of freedom and a call to bold action, for the modern Christian woman, who is held captive by the belief that she is both too much and never enough.

Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy

Now updated! Refreshingly candid and hopeful, Ludy challenges young women ages 18 to 32 to rise above culture's mediocre expectations and reclaim the feminine mystique as God designed it.

Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn & Alyssa Joy Bethke

In this era of "selfies" and tweets, teen girls often wonder how and where they fit in. But instead of measuring themselves by who "friend" them on social media, Gunn and Bethke encourage young women to find their true worth as daughters who are loved, pursued, and cherished by their heavenly Father. Includes discussion questions.

Twenty-Two by Allison Trowbridge

Over the course of twenty-two letters, Trowbridge addresses a wide range of practical issues and ties them to larger concerns such as identity, loss, social impact as a lifestyle, wisdom in the ordinary moments, and the profound way God’s work is realized in how we live every day. Subtly weaving in today’s pressing social concerns—from poverty in our neighborhoods to human trafficking across the globe—Twenty-Two will inspire a greater sense of mission and a passion to live more fully as young women embark on their own remarkable journeys.

Praying For Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn & Tracia Goyer

Are you intentional about seeking God's desire for your future? Then pray for your husband-to-be! Sharing personal stories, insightful reflections, practical applications, relevant Scripture, and heartfelt petitions, Gunn and Goyer encourage you to begin your loving relationship with your spouse by supporting him in prayer---even if you haven't met him yet.