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Kristin’s Book List | November 2013

I know that the month isn’t over yet, but since we will be spending time with family for Thanksgiving I figured I might not have a chance to get this post in before the end of the month. So while vacation time may give me some extra time to read, I will have to make up for it with Decembers post.

Mended | Angie Smith

I loved the fact that the book is written as revised blog posts that Angie had posted on her blog. It broke the chapters into short little nuggets that I could read throughout the day when I had a spare minute. The little chapters were so full of things that Angie had learned about God from life, and from her children. She talks alot about her story of going through her pregnancy knowing that her little girl would not survive, and how much she learned through that situation. Such an encouraging read, especially for a Mom.

Strange Fire | John MacArthur

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review and I was excited to dive into it. I had never read much of John MacArthur, but had heard lots of good things about him, so I thought this would be a great place to start. The book discusses the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the Charismatic movement, and the prosperity gospel. Definitely a heavier topic that a lot of the books that I often read and review, but I was excited for the change. Jeremy said that it seemed right up my alley because it discussed history and theology which are two of my favorite things. I loved how much history was in the book and how well researched the topic was. The author discusses what the Holy Spirit does and doesn’t do and the dangers of twisting our thinking on probably the most misunderstood part of the Trinity. Though I always knew that I did not agree with the charismatic movement and the prosperity gospel the book was eye opening to what the dangers of the movement are and how it can distort the true Gospel. Though the authors viewpoints are strong, I feel he handled the material very well and also addressed those who are unsure of what the Holy Spirit’s role is today.  I have been thinking alot recently about what “illumination” is and how God speaks to us as believers through His Word, and I loved this quote. “To be filled with the Spirit, then, is to yield our hearts to the authority of Christ, allowing His Word to dominate our attitudes and actions, His thoughts become the object of our meditation, His standards become our highest pursuit, and His will becomes our greatest desire. As we submit to God’s truth, the Spirit leads us to live in a way that honors the Lord.”  So powerful.

A Woman’s Guide To Making Right Choices | Elizabeth George

When I was about 12 years old I borrowed Elizabeth George’s book “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” from my mom. It was one of the first books about being a Christian woman that I can ever remember reading. I remember soaking in the content. I was thrilled to get to meet Elizabeth a few weeks ago at a ladies conference and get to hear her speak. I picked up this book at the conference because it seemed like such a practical topic. I will admit that when I started reading it I was hoping for a magic formula that would help me make some big decisions. That isn’t what I found, but I still loved the book. Elizabeth is so practical and talks so much about how the biggest thing for us to do when we are trying to make decisions is to stay in God’s Word. How can we make decisions on the things that are impacting our lives if we aren’t immersed in God’s Word. She covered many other aspects in our lives of how we can make sure we have the right influences coming in so that we will make wise decisions. Such a great read, even if you don’t feel like you have a big decision to make.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode | Crystal Paine

I am pretty sure that every woman and especially every mom has felt before like they were in Survival mode, just going through the motions and the daily routine. I was excited when I got the opportunity to receive a free copy of this book to review because I have been following Crystal’s blog Money Saving Mom for several years (even before I was a mom), and she always has great tips, so I knew that her book would be helpful as well. She talked so well about how we as women feel the pressure to do it all, and then we end up overwhelming ourselves because we have so much on our plates. The book is full of practical tips on how to set goals that are realistic and achievable as well as how to be more disciplined to get it done. She uses personal stories on how she gets things done, and how she knows when she needs to say no to something. She talks about setting priorities which has been something that I have realized recently is so important. I love how she talks about figuring out what is really important and doing those things instead of overwhelming ourselves with to many things that we think we are supposed to be doing. I took away from the book that if I want to do things well I need to make sure that I am not committing myself to too many things, and especially to too many things that are not important just because I think that it is what I am supposed to be doing. If you are looking for practical tips on how to maximize your time and be intentional with your life, I think you would love this book. Crystal is down to earth and so real, and the book reads as if you are chatting with a good friend over coffee.

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