Have I mentioned before that I love reading?
During the last month, I have had the privilege to read four Bible studies/devotionals for reviewing and I'm excited to share them with you:
A Beautiful Life by Kerry Clarensau
Published September 6, 2014 by Assemblies of God
The subtitle of this book is “Discovering the Freedom of Selfless Love.” And that is exactly what this book is about. Through stories, Scriptures and personal experiences, Kerry helps readers discover how to grow love in their lives.
I especially liked that the first parts of this book focused on how we were created for love, and how God is love and thus the One who defines love. Having this foundation of truth is essential to building relationships in love.
Messages to Myself by Helen B. McIntosh
Published May 15, 2009 by Nazarene Publishing House
In this book, Helen addresses the need to deal with harmful and destructive thoughts. Through her experiences as a counselor, she teaches how to identify these thoughts, and replace them with God's truth to “overcome a distorted self-image”.
I greatly appreciated that Helen focuses on the truth and power of Jesus to overcome damaging thought patterns, not just positive thinking.
What Am I Supposed to Do with My Life? by Johnnie Moore
Published November 4, 2014 by Thomas Nelson – W Publishing
This book is all about “demystifying” God's will. The author writes that a big lie Christians fall for is the lie that God's will for their life is hard to find.
Throughout the book, Mr. Moore uses stories, experiences and Scriptures to teach that God's will is more about who a person is rather than what they do; that God has created each person with gifts, desires and passions that can guide them in His will; that the decision-making and planning for one's life is to be a partnership with God.
I greatly enjoyed this book and found it encouraging, challenging and thought-provoking. If you're asking the question, “What am I supposed to do with my life?”, I would definitely recommend this book.
Truth, Lies and Single Women by Allison Flexer
Published September 7, 2014 by Nazarene Publishing House
In this book, Allison teaches from God's Word to dispel 10 common lies that single women combat, such as, “There must be something wrong with me”, “God has forgotten me”, and “I'm not beautiful”.
As a single gal with the deep desire to be married, I can say that Allison hit the nail on the head in this book. Not just in identifying the lies, but also in refuting them using Scriptural truths and looking to the character of God. She also shares advice from other women, both single and married.
I highly recommend this book to women, and even teen girls, whether they are dating or not, because this book brings to light a lot of truth about not being defined by a boyfriend or lack of, a person's worth, trusting God, and sexual purity.
Please share any good Bible studies (or other books!) you've read!