There's a quote that says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” These are some of the books that have changed my life and influenced who I am. Believing they would have a positive affect on every woman's life, I'm recommending them to you.
A Distinguishing Mark of Leadership by Dr. Don Meyers
"This was a very interesting and helpful book. When I was finished reading it, I could list at least 10 things that I learned about leadership and could practically put into practice right away. I highly recommend it!---Adessa
In The Distinguishing Mark of Leadership, Don Meyer presents 10 questions leaders should ask repeatedly on their leadership journey. Why focus on questions? Our questions help challenge our current thinking. They form a bridge between a new idea and how it applies to us. They help us to be honest with ourselves. Our questions will distinguish us, set us apart, and define us as leaders. May Meyer's words inspire and guide you on your own leadership journey.
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson
“I started reading this book over Christmas this year. Before long, I knew that every time I sat down to read it, I’d better have a journal close to write down key lessons or the words the Holy Spirit would challenge me with as we read through each chapter. Honestly, this book has revolutionized the way I think about my life, my ministry, and prayer. Probably most importantly, it’s sparked a new ability to dream in my life and pray like God will actually make those dreams come true.”---Adessa
In The Circle Maker, Pastor Mark Batterson shares powerful insights from the true legend of Honi the circle maker, a first-century Jewish sage whose bold prayer ended a drought and saved a generation. Drawing inspiration from his own experiences as a circle maker, Batterson will teach you how to pray in a new way by drawing prayer circles around your dreams, your family, your problems, and, most importantly, God’s promises. In the process, you’ll discover this simple yet life-changing truth: God Honors Bold Prayers and Bold Prayers Honor God
Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman
"This was one of the best books I’ve read in years. It’s challenging and inspiring. A straight talk discussion on what it really means to be a follower of Christ. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to read this book on their own or work through it together as a group. If you want to move past “being a fan” into “being a disciple” then this book is for you. "---Adessa
Are you a follower of Jesus? Don’t answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a “Define the Relationship” conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let Him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period. In any case, don’t take the question—Are you a follower of Jesus?—lightly.
“Some people don’t know what they’ve said yes to and other people don’t realize what they’ve said no to,” says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship He wants with His followers. Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way He loved, pray the way He prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave His all for you.
All in by Mark Batterson
"Reading this book was a game-changer for me. From the very first chapter which talks about "packing your coffins" until the last word in the book, this book will challenge your definition of what it means to be "All In" for Jesus. I highly recommend that every woman read this book with journal in hand ready to hear from the Holy Spirit.” ----Adessa
The message of All In is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all. It’s all or nothing. It’s now or never. Kneeling at the foot of the cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King. It’s also an act of disowning yourself. Nothing belongs to you. Not even you. - See more at: http://www.markbatterson.com/books/all-in/#sthash.Em1i34V4.dpuf
gods at war by Kyle Idleman
“For several months, my friends were telling me, “You’ve got to read this book.” Now I’m repeating their message.
This is book is a must-read for all Christians. Addressing the topics of spiritual warfare and modern day idolatry from a very practical standpoint, this book will help you recognize any idols in your life and show you the steps necessary to overcome the things that are holding you in captivity. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!” ---Adessa
In gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliott
Very few books on dating have stood the test of time like Passion and Purity. Its much-needed message remains strong and hopeful in an age when doing whatever "feels right" is common practice. Using her own life as an example, Elisabeth Elliot guides singles of both genders and of any age on how to put their love lives under the authority of Jesus Christ.
Passion and Purity covers dating issues such as:
•how to know which person is the right one to marry
•loving passionately while remaining sexually pure
•the man's and woman's role in relationships •putting God's desires ahead of personal desires
•how far is too far, physically.
In a culture obsessed with dating, sex, and intimacy, the need for Elliot's freeing message is greater than ever.
Fight: Are You Willing to Pick a Fight with Evil? by Kenny Luck
Okay, I know that this book was originally meant for men; however, the way the author clearly and practically explains spiritual warfare should put this book on the top of every Christian’s “must-read” list. Personally, reading this book changed my life. It helped me see situations in my life from a spiritual perspective, which enabled me to respond in a spiritually appropriate manner gaining victory in areas where I’d previously been defeated. Rather than making “spiritual warfare” something to be feared, this book explains how a Christian can and should “fight” to win the battles in which they are already engaged. It’s an amazing book and I wholeheartedly recommend that every woman read it---Adessa
The Three Battlegrounds by Francis Frangipane
"A few months after I graduated from Bible College, my pastor recommended that I read “The Three Battlegrounds” by Francis Frangipane. Starting with the first few chapters on Peter, this book helped me look at myself and my commitment to following Christ from a whole new perspective. For the first time, this book helped me understand my personal responsibility to overcome the generational iniquities that wanted to keep me from becoming the woman God wanted me to be. I will always be grateful to the pastor who recommended this book---that’s why I’m passing the recommendation onto you. If you’re struggling with the same old things over and over again, and it seems you’re simply unable to break free, then read this book. It will change your life!"---Adessa
This book explores the three arenas of spiritual warfare that the maturing Christian will face: the mind, the church and the heavenly places. It provides a foundation of insight, wisdom and discernment on the nature of the battle and the keys to victory.
Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley
"Have you ever found yourself thinking, “There has to be more to church and Christianity than what I’m currently experiencing”? Perhaps we all have those questions from time to time. At a time in my life when I found that I was seeking “more”, the Holy Spirit connected us with a pastor who was preaching a series from this book. On their recommendation, I purchased the book and the adventure began.
Why do I recommend that you read this book? Because it will challenge the way you think about church—especially the church’s responsibility to reach people who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Even if you don’t agree with all of the techniques employed by the church in this book, reading this book will challenge the way you’ve always done things and make you question, “Could we be more effective in carrying out the Great Commission?” That’s a question every church and individual should ask themselves from time to time."---Adessa
With surprising candor and transparency pastor Andy Stanley explains how one of America’s largest churches began with a high-profile divorce and a church split. But that’s just the beginning…Deep and Wide provides church leaders with an in-depth look into North Point Community Church and its strategy for creating churches unchurched people absolutely love to attend.
A Tale of 3 Kings
"Recently, I was given a copy of this book. So far I’ve read it twice, because there are so many nuggets of truth hidden within each chapter that I didn’t want to miss a thing. It’s not a long book, and it’s very easy to read. Written like a play, “A Tale of Three Kings” studies the life of David and his interactions with both King Saul and his son, Absalom.
It’s an honest book. It’s a challenging book. It’s a practical book because it teaches each of us how we are to respond to those in authority over us (whether that authority is easy or difficult to work under) and how we should respond when someone rebels against our leadership. I guarantee that you will not regret the few hours you’ll spend learning these important life lessons. I’m sincerely glad that someone recommended it to me, so I’m passing it along to you!"
This best-selling tale is based on the biblical figures of David, Saul, and Absalom. For the many Christians who have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing, and hope. Christian leaders and directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. You will want to join the thousands who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story.
Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary by Barker and Kohlenberger
"Both the Old Testament and New Testament (volumes 1 & 2) make up an amazing commentary set. If you’re looking for a reliable commentary to help you develop the spiritual discipline of Bible Study, you will not regret the investment!"---Adessa
The Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary is an abridgment of the award-winning Expositor's Bible Commentary. It retains all the essential information and insights of the original twelve-volume set, but without unnecessary technical details.
Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
"This is one of my all-time favorite books! Written as an allegory describing the Christian life, this book is poignant, inspiring, and challenging. It would work great as a daily devotional."---Adessa
Here is the allegorical tale of Much-Afraid, an every-woman searching for guidance from God to lead her to a higher place.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
“If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.”
Build up your money muscles with America’s favorite finance coach.
With The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition, you’ll be able to:
- Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt—meaning cars, houses, everything
- Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you)
- Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!
In His Steps by Charles Monroe Sheldon
One of the bestselling books of all time, Sheldon’s 1897 classic was the first book to coin and popularize the famous question, “What would Jesus do?” The novel tells the story of a small town whose residents are compelled by the local pastor to ask this question before their every action. The challenge ultimately transforms the lives of these residents as they discover the unexpected consequences of aspiring to live like Christ and do well unto others.
Intimate Moments with the Savior by Ken Gire
This is a great devotional book! Ken Gire delicately weaves events, emotions, thoughts, and faces into a moving depiction of the life of Christ that takes you on a step-by-step journey with the Lord. Woven with threads of humanity and divinity, Moments with the Savior reveals the Lord Who calls you to a more intimate relationship with Him.