With a long extended trip to visit family in December I was able to squeeze in a couple of great books along the way.
The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books by Nancy Guthrie: I have been absolutely amazed with this Bible Study. This 10 week study covers the historical books of the Bible which include Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. I have been blown away by Guthrie’s ability to help me see Jesus in the Old Testament. Each chapter covers one of the historical books and includes a personal bible study, teaching section, and teaching chapter. The book is written to be used within a group or alone. I have been using this book by myself but I do think that it would be a great Bible Study for women who are serious about learning God’s Word. Guthrie does a nice job of using charts to compare an Old Testament figure and Jesus. For example she compares Boaz as our Redeemer and then Jesus as our Redeemer side by side. I have been familiar with the concept of Jesus in the Old Testament for a couple of years but this book has really helped solidify seeing Jesus throughout the pages of the Old Testament. The only thing that I wish the author had done differently was to divide up the Personal Bible Study section into days. I did find that I spent over a week on each chapter which might make this a little challenging if I were to study it in a group setting. I understand that there is also an accompanying DVD which can be used with this study but I did not have access to it. Please note that I did receive a complimentary copy from Crossway in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. This book does not come bound but I spent the extra money to have mine bound. :)
The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp: This Christmas devotional book was wonderful. It includes 25 devotions for the Advent season to help you prepare your heart for Christmas. It was a delight to work through this book this past Advent. At the end of each devotion the author asks three questions and also provides space for the reader to answer the questions. I think this added so much to the book! Voskamp also includes a practical idea each day of applying the truths that are studied. She also includes a link on her website to make an ornament for your Jesse Tree. I had a newborn this past Christmas so I wasn’t able to have a Jesse Tree and honestly I did not do many of the suggested application ideas. I am looking forward to working through this book again next year. If you are looking for a gift next Christmas I think this book would make a wonderful gift but you would probably want to give it to the receiver at Thanksgiving.
Building Her House by Nancy Wilson: I was thrilled to receive this book as a Christmas gift. Each section includes a short 3 page essay on a given topic that relates to Christian service, relationships, marriage, mothering, and attitudes. I really appreciated Wilson’s down to earth attitude and the wisdom that is contained within the pages of this book. I found myself challenged on a few different areas including my opinions on children playing sports. This is a great book for any woman but I think women who believe they are too busy to read would really benefit since each section is only a few pages.
Sex and the Single Christian Girl by Marian Ellis: I really enjoyed reading this book although I am no longer a single Christian girl. I am blessed with a number of friends who are in this season of life which is why I wanted to read this book. Throughout this book Ellis shares the pitfalls of giving in to temptation and the blessings of God’s best by waiting. I loved the practical advice that was shared throughout this book and wish that Ellis had written it sooner! The book also includes a discussion guide in the back to be used by a group studying the book. I think this book would be great to use in an older young women’s bible study. My only complaint with the book is that I don’t believe Ellis spoke enough about same-sex attraction or masturbation. From my counseling studies I realize that both of these issues are becoming even more rampant throughout the church today. Overall I believe this book is an excellent resource for single Christian women and also for those who work with women in this season of life. Please note that I did receive a complimentary copy from Bethany House in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis: When I am looking for a nice, light, fiction read I often turn to Beverly Lewis. Despite having written numerous Christian Amish Fiction books I always enjoy each one of her books. This book did not disappoint and I look forward to reading the next book that she writes.
The Nursing Mother’s Herbal by Sheila Humphrey: I find myself very interested in the art of breastfeeding and natural health so this was a great book to read. While nursing I do want to be cautious that I am not ingesting anything that has the potential to have a negative impact on my baby or my milk supply. (I am also a breast milk donor for premature babies so I have to be very cautious.) This book was great! It is very thorough and even includes various recipes for different herbal concoctions.
Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman-Hale: This was a delightful sewing book filled with various projects that are all “zakka style”. Although I do like the Zakka Style I do not find myself often sewing with linen. It just seems difficult (since it wrinkles) and expensive. Thankfully many of these projects could be adapted to using regular cotton fabric. Honestly I am too busy to sew any of these items at this time but I would love to sew the house zippered pouch for Eva when she gets older.