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Recommended Reading for Women

A 12 month reading program for personal growth as a … Woman of God, Wife, Mother

Woman of God

1st Month

Read: Becoming a Woman Who Listens to God (2004 by Sharon Jaynes)

Scripture: Hebrews 1:1 and 2:1

For those of us longing to hear God’s voice—not as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but on a daily basis. Sharon Jaynes shows us exactly how God does speak to us and how we might listen better! She fills the pages with humorous, yet poignant and insightful examples from her own life.

2nd Month

Read: Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free (2001 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss)

Scripture: John 8:31-32, I Peter 1:22-23

A timely and crucial book for all women as they identify and root out the deception that leads to emotional and relational bondage and find the pathway to freedom.

3rd Month

Read: Redefining the Strong-Willed Woman: How to Effectively Use Your Strong Will for God (1992 by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias)

Scripture: John 11:20-22

This book helps women understand that God Himself created and designed us before we were ever born. He gave us our personalities, our gifts, our learning styles, and our individual passions and desires. The book describes how to effectively use our strong will for God.

4th Month

Read: Out of Control and Loving It (1996 by Lisa Bevere)

Scripture: Matthew 10:39

When we seek control in the different aspects of our life, we really give away our control to those things. We became enslaved to them and we are robbed of true freedom. When we give over control of our lives to God, we can truly find the freedom that God intended us to have. This book will guide you in finding such true freedom.

5th Month

Read: Take Charge of the Change (2003 by Pamela M. Smith, R.D.)

Scripture: Ephesians 4:32, 5:1-2, 19-21

The information in this book embraces the whole woman: body, mind, and spirit—helping you improve the quality of your life before, during, and after menopause.


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WIFE

6th Month

Read: The Dance of Intimacy: A Woman’s Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships (1989 by Harriet Goldhor Lerner, Ph.D.)

Scripture: I Corinthians 13

Teaches about complex emotions our family and love relationship engender. Also contains practical ways to bring about needed change in relationships.

7th Month

Read: You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation (2001 by Deborah Tannen)

Scripture: I Peter 3:1-9

An analysis of the gender differences in conversational styles written by a sociolinguist. Insight into how to reconcile these different but equally valuable styles.

8th Month

Read: The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate (1995 by Gary Chapman)

Scripture: Do a word study, using a Concordance and a Bible Handbook, on “the heart” in scripture. What does the Bible say about yours and his?

Makes love less confusing. Practical and essential. Read and pass it on.

9th Month

Read: Men Are Like Waffles: Women Are Like Spaghetti (2001 by Bill and Pam Farrel)

Scripture: Meditate on Romans 6-9 and Colossians 2:8-15. What steps can you take to renew both your mind (how you think) and your heart (what you feel down deep)?

In this refreshing and humorous look at relationships, Bill and Pam Farrel explain why a man is like a waffle (each element of his life is in a separate box) why a woman is like a plate of spaghetti (everything in her life touches everything else) and how the differences can work for you in your own marriage.


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MOTHER

10th Month

Read: Soul Matters for Mothers: Wisdom & Inspiration for the Important Issues of Your Life (2005 No author)

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, I Samuel 2:1a and 8

In our mad dash, non-stop way of life, we too often forget about or blatantly ignore what matters most for our lives. This book tackles crucial life issues for mothers using a five minute format to overview a topic including a lesson for life, real life story, action step, and prayer. Take five minutes each day to help discover for yourself how to let your soul take flight and soar!

11th Month

Read: The Mom Factor (1998 by Henry Cloud and John Townsend)

Scripture: I Samuel 27-28, I Samuel 2:2 and 8, Mark 7:24-30

This book outlines the relationship between mothers and children, and how mothers have shaped and molded us. They give guidelines based on practical and Biblical concepts to healthier living despite extended dysfunctional relationships with our moms. This book can help you identify areas that need reshaping, to make positive choices for personal change, and to establish a mature relationship with mom today.

12th Month

Read: Praying God’s Will for Your . . . (Husband, Son, Daughter) (2002 by Lee Roberts)

Scripture: Before beginning to use this series in prayer, meditate on the following Psalms concerning prayer: Ps 9:10,12; Ps 10:17; Ps 32:6; Ps 34:15,17; Ps 37:4,5; Ps 38:15; Ps 56:9

For women who know the power of prayer, and women who want to know it. This series provides a blueprint for spot-on, Scripture-based prayer for each member of your family.

 

Book and Scripture choices made by Steven A. Hamon, Ph.D. and Howard Love, LCPC, CSAT, CMAT


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