Recommended Resources for Ladies

Books:

 

  • Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word by Kathleen Nielson
    Rather than being a Bible study, this book is about Bible study. It asks us to step back and remember just what this Bible is, and then to consider the implications for how we should study it. It's available now, from P&R or from the main online vendors.

 

  • Different by Design by Carrie Sandom
    Created in the image of God, man and woman are designed to reflect God's own nature and being. At the very heart of the Godhead-Father, Son and Spirit-we see the qualities that form the basis of our design as men and women. In the Godhead, there is perfect equality, diversity, unity and order, and it is these characteristics that shape our differences as well.
    Carrie Sandom, along with a rising tide of like-minded Christians, is concerned about the growth of feminism in our society, our families and our churches-and the detriment this poses to all three. She clearly presents the problem and leads readers along the path to restore God's design to its rightful place.
    Just as relationships in the Godhead are equal yet diverse, working together in unity and order, so are these characteristics to be reflected in the way men and women relate to one another. Scripturally grounded, Different by Design presents a biblical context for roles of men and women in marriage, the church and the workplace, with present-day implications for each.

 

  • Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes
    For many of us, the word alone evokes dread. It's not that we don't want to be disciplined physically, mentally, and spiritually. The challenge seems too hard, and the motivation more about duty than desire. When it comes to our Christian walk, we don't want to be legalistic and just follow some set of rules. That's not what it's all about, right?

    Barbara Hughes answers with this encouraging reality: The true heart of spiritual discipline is a relationship with God. As you grow in that relationship, embracing your heavenly Father and his ways, you discover that discipline is your lifeline to him. It is how he gives meaningful shape to all the days of your life.

 

  • Elizabeth Prentiss: More Love to Thee by Sharon James
    This is the first full-scale biography of Elizabeth Prentiss, since the Memoir written by her husband in 1882. Sharon James tells the story of a fascinating, gifted, and godly woman, who exercised a wide influence in America and beyond through her novels and other writings. Through various tragedies in her own life, Elizabeth came to the conviction that suffering is 'Christ's school' whereby we learn more of the love of God. Her various writings vividly communicate the joy of surrendering every detail of life to God, and the liberation of fully embracing his sovereignty. Sharon James effectively takes readers into Elizabeth's world, offering insights into some of the realities of life for women in the nineteenth century. She also helpfully places Elizabeth in the context of her time. This was the century during which the ideal of 'true womanhood' was promoted- it was also the era when theology suffered a down-grade due to the so-called 'sentimentalisation' of culture. This biography is not merely of historical interest. The longing of Elizabeth's life was summed up in her best-known hymn:'More love, O Christ, to Thee'. Her story demonstrates that every Christian can grow in love to God- both through obedience in the duties of everyday life, and through the tragedies which most of us will, at some point, confront.

 

  • Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
    These are the stories of five ordinary women-Sarah Edwards, Lilias Trotter, Gladys Aylward, Esther Ahn Kim, and Helen Roseveare-who trusted in their extraordinary God as he led them to do great things for his kingdom. Noël Piper holds up their lives and deeds as examples of what it means to be truly faithful. Learning about these women will challenge readers to make a difference for Christ in their families, in the church, and throughout the world.

 

  • Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
    In this book Elyse and Jessica apply the beautiful declarations of the gospel to parenting in practical yet paradigm-shifting ways. Get readys to be dazzled by the love of Jesus yourself…and freed from the covenant of works that most parents suffer under. The gospel is for children, too!

 

  • In Trouble and in Joy by Sharon James
    In this book you will meet four remarkable women:

    Margaret Baxter (1639–1681), a rebellious, glamorous teenager who ended up falling in love with and marrying a Puritan minister twice her age.

    Sarah Edwards (1710–1758) whose spiritual experience during a time of revival has gone down as one of the most profound in church history.

    Anne Steele (1717–1778) who refused several offers of marriage, preferring to maintain her independence, and who had a significant ministry writing hymns.

    Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879) who was one of the most well known Christians in Victorian England because of her prolific writing of books, hymns, tracts and devotionals. Her hymn ‘Take my life and let it be’ is one of the most popular of all time.

 

  • My Heart in His Hands by Sharon James
    In October 1810 a twenty-year-old girl in the quiet New England town of Bradford wrote the following words in her journal: 'If nothing in providence appears to prevent, I must spend my days in a heathen land. I am a creature of God, and he has un undoubted right to do with me, as seems good in his sight...

    He has my heart in his hands, and when I am called to face danger, to pass through scenes of terror and distress, he can inspire me with fortitude, and enable me to trust in him. Jesus is faithful; his promises are precious. Were it not for these considerations, I should sink down with despair. Ann Hasseltine had received a proposal of marriage from Adoniram Judson, who was shortly to leave for Asia as one of America's first overseas missionaries. And thus commenced one of the great dramas of church history--a saga of love, courage, suffering and perseverance.

 

  • The Organized Heart by Staci Easton
    The fight against chaos is universal, whether it be the outward chaos of disorder and frenzy or the inward chaos of fear and self-criticism. Even if we already know how to do better, something falls apart between our good intentions and getting it done.

    Most books on organization just add more rules to your life, whether it be another plan, another calendar, or another method. This book will show you a different, better way that is grounded in the grace of God.

    Jesus taught that true change doesn’t come by the addition of more rules, but from the inside out, with a change of the heart that only the gospel can bring. When you identify the heart problems behind the chaos in your life, lasting change can happen. This will not only reduce the stress in your life, but help you be more effective in your service to God.

 

  • Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper
    God is the treasure of our lives. He is part of everything we do, think, act, and say-literally, he is a part of us. This precious heirloom of Christ himself must be passed on to future generations. But how?

    Treasuring God in Our Traditions presents the importance of passing along Christ-centered traditions and a Bible-saturated legacy in Christ to future generations. Noël Piper helps her readers recognize how the "everyday" routines of life and the "especially" celebrations of holidays and dates can be practically passed down to future generations. When parents and grandparents seek to pass along the treasure of God to their children and grandchildren, they will develop and deepen their love for him.

    When family traditions are rooted in the Bible, the next generations will see that the greatest treasure that anyone can have is the treasure of God.

 

Bible Studies:

 

  • Studies by Kathleen Nielson
    Nielson introduces different books of the bible and guides the reader through detailed study of it. Careful attention to textual form and content combines with personal meditation and application. A diverse selection illumines the book's beauty and breadth, encouraging further use of it in study, prayer, and worship.
    www.kathleennielson.com

 

  • Joy! A Bible Study on Philippians for Women by Keri Folmar
    “Keri’s Bible study will not only bring the truths of Philippians to bear upon your life, but will also train you up for better, more effective study of any book of the Bible with her consistent use of the three questions needed in all good Bible study: Observation, Interpretation, and Application.” Connie Dever

 

  • No Other Gospel: A Study in the Book of Galatians by Monica Paterson
    "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:8). With these words Paul launched a systematic explanation to his Galatian hearers to help them understand that to add anything to the pure gospel was to believe another gospel. This message is timeless, and you can learn much from Paul's letter to ensure that the gospel you believe is pure and leads to a saving faith. This is an inductive study wriiten for ladies, that will guide the reader into a deeper and richer understanding of the text.

 

 

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