Some Book Recommendations for Thanksgiving

Since a lot of you will be in that I-just-want-to-sit-on-the-couch-and-read tryptophan fog, I thought I’d publish the reviews of a couple of faith-centred books I read recently. Both books were provided to me gratis by their publishers.

The first book is The Most Important Women of the Bible: Remarkable Stories of God’s Love and Redemption written by Aaron and Elaina Sharp and published by Bethany House. I love stories of women in the Bible, particularly since there is a subset of Christians who seem to like to discount our role in the Kingdom. The authors start the book with the claim that “It is impossible to tell the story of redemption without telling the story of women.” Amen to that. This is an accessible guide to the key women in scripture and if – as a woman – you are feeling discouraged in your faith, I recommend this book as encouragement. It’s a short and easy read.

The second book is Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry by Leigh Powers, published by FaithWords. It’s on forgiveness, which is one of my favourite subjects since it can be so very hard. This book is written from the perspective of someone in ministry who has been hurt by the church and when I heard that this book was being published next week, I asked for an advanced copy since it resonated with me so much. While this book is perfect for those in traditional ministry, media ministry, or church outreach, the lessons can apply to anyone who has ever been hurt by anyone. As Powers walks through a season of forgiveness, she imparts valuable lessons in accessible, bite-sized chapters titled things like “Lord, I still want to get even” and “But, God, she owes me.” My copy is filled with highlights and if you are struggling with forgiveness, this book is a great place to start.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and the family behaves. No matter how fraught with peril tomorrow might be, Friday is all about bargains and leftovers. And that’s worth being thankful for!

XO

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