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09/23/2016 - Author: Jennifer

Pile of booksSo, I never did consider myself a reader or a real lover of books. However, as I was talking to some ladies about ideas for their next study, I found myself having opinions. Maybe I am a reader after all.

Yes, I have read some other popular ones, but if I did not like them, they are not listed. Yes, there are ones that I still need to read, but I will not recommend them unless I like them. Also, I kept it to Non-fiction only to keep the list short. So…here, in my humble opinion, is a list of suggestions for various reasons, listed in alphabetical order by title. Happy reading friends.

If you need a devotional or Bible Study:

  • 21 Days to Finding Purpose in Pain by Stacy Williams
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young–short and to the point. She writes it like Jesus is speaking.
  • Lord, Change My Additude Before It’s Too Late by James MacDonald–I am still reading this one with my group of ladies and it.is.good.
  • One More Step by Rachel Wojo–this can be read alone, but can also be done as a study.
  • Trust Without Borders by Arabah Joy.
  • Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst
  • What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst.
  • Wives After God(12 week group study) or Wife After God(30-day devo) by Jennifer Smith. If you are like me and a fan of the blog Unveiled Wife and have followed her story, then you will grow doing her study.
  • Women of the Bible by Jean E Syswerda. I like how this breaks it up over 5 days per woman that you study.

For the Gals

  • For The Love by Jen Hatmaker–You will laugh. You will think. She is just that good.
  • For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhehan. I found this helpful as a wife, but really, if you want help in understanding the men in your life, read this. As a side note, she has A LOT of books for various life stages that you should check out. I haven’t read all of them, but if they are like the ones I have read, then they will be helpful.
  • Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey–girl, this can make you rethink your position in church. I was raised in a legalistic way, so this was just nice.  Good stuff and I just love her and would love to meet her this side of Heaven.
  • The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst.

For the Wives

  • The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
  • The Unveiled Wife by Jennifer Smith
  • Through A Man’s Eyes by Shaunti Feldhahan and Craig Gross (Husbands will appreciate you reading this. Can also be helpful for boymoms). I have had the privilege of hearing them speak and they know their stuff. This book is helpful about how guys think
  • To Walk or Stay by Lara Williams. Even if you have not had the trauma of an affair, this is such a good read.

For the Men

  • For Men Only by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn–ok guys. This will help you with the gals in your life.
  • Husband After God by Aaron and Jennifer Smith. I admit that I have not read this, but I like them so…….

For Couples

  • The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage by Stormie Omartian. OK, I honestly do not remember much about this book. I forgot that I had it, but I don’t believe it can hurt.
  • The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldhahn–what do happy couples do? Some of it is hard, some you may find easy or you are already doing.

For Parents

  • How Do You Tuck In A Superhero? by Rachel Balducci. This was especially helpful for this boymom. I loved it.
  • Praying Circles Around your Children by Mark Batterson
  • The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. This one might be helpful for child care providers or teachers as well as parents.  (A confession–I have not read the one for marriages. Maybe 1 day).

Just Because/Make you Think

  • Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker–you will think.
  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • Radical by David Platt–good perspective
  • Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle–fun read about her parenting journey.
  • The Antelope in the Room by Melanie Shankle–then she wrote one about marriage
  • The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson–pray big people. Pray big.

Now, I am sure that there are some that I have missed, but I am only human. I could talk more about some of the books and the authors, but I don’t want to ramble.

Tell me what you think. Better yet, tell the author if you like the books and spread the word to your friends.

Be blessed 🙂

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The Unveiled Wife book giveaway

03/23/2015 - Author: Jennifer

 

There are bloggers who really want to help others and tell you about God, but there are few that are so transparent and vulnerable and helpful as Unveiled Wife. People, she and her husband over at Husband Revolution are honest, and frankly, needed. I need to read about real life, not just generic marriage statement that marriage is hard. I am also tired of reading that if you work at it and have God in the center/above all, it will work out. I am not going to say that this isn’t true, but I find you relatable if you tell me what you endured — not fluff it up — and how God healed your marriage. When you are honest about the ugly, then I can believe that God has made your marriage beautiful. When you tell me what your struggles are/were and how you are healing/healed/still being refined, well, honestly, God is more believable. It is easier to believe that God can restore. Your belief in God is more real. This blogger does it and she wrote a book. Unveiled Wife is raw and honest, but not oversharing. I appreciate her not skimming over the hard and ugly stuff.

In her book, The Unveiled Wife, she tells you about her struggles with pride, anger, doubt, insecurity, addiction, and other stuff. She wants to encourage you with her story of healing and refinement. She isn’t perfect and never will be, and she doesn’t try to tell you that she is. (See what I mean by relatable? I totally get her!).  There is no false hope of perfection. Just a story of how her marriage was hard and how she had to let go A LOT and let God work in her. Jennifer does not lie and say that she still doesn’t have some struggles, BUT she does have hope. She let’s us know that we are not alone. I take comfort in this. I need relatability (is that a word?) for you to be believable. Her story shows you there is a God who wants to heal and help, but it takes surrender.

This book of 30 chapters (don’t let that overwhelm you, they are easy to read) is fantastic! (I could probably write a blog post on each chapter because I so get her and you probably will too). Your struggles may not be identical, but you will definitely take something away from it.

So now–the giveaway! I have 2 copies of The Unveiled Wife book to giveaway. All you have to do is follow the instructions to be entered. 2 winners will be contacted by email if you are the winner.

Thanks for stopping by and be blessed 🙂

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The Unveiled Wife Book Review

03/02/2015 - Author: Jennifer

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If you have been around here, then you know I have had the privilege of stumbling across Jennifer’s blog Unveiled Wife. When I found it, I was looking for resources that focused on wives, not motherhood. Please do not misunderstand me–I enjoy being a mom and there are a lot of good resources out there, but as a new mom, I wanted something to help me focus on my most important relationship here on earth: my marriage. I did not want to neglect my husband like I see so many moms do, which usually leads to a decline in the marriage (or sadly, the end of the marriage). I did not want that to happen. So, when I did a search, Unveiled Wife was found and I have been following her blog since due to her honesty, vulnerability, encouragement, and how God uses her to help me be a better wife. Well, this has taken me on a journey I could not of expected! One of them is contributing some articles to Unveiled Wife in the hopes of helping other wives.

So, when I learned that she was writing a book, I wanted to help spread the word because I knew it was going to be good, especially after going through her devotional. I knew it was a story that needed to be shared. I knew that her story would help marriages just as her blog is doing. Here is what you get when you read The Unveiled Wife:

  • A love story between Aaron, Jennifer, and God who never gave up.
  • Bravery as she tells her story of the struggles she and her husband endured in the early years of their marriage.
  • Vulnerability as she opens herself up to us and admits where she needed to be “unveiled”.
  • Encouragement in the fact that you are not alone as a wife with struggles.
  • Hope because she shows you how God never left her or abandoned their marriage.

There are times that I felt like my heart was breaking for her. There are times when I cringed because I understood what she was saying. I related to how she felt lonely, isolated, ashamed, angry, frustrated, doubtful if their marriage should have happened, and questioning God, all while being a newlywed.  If we are honest, I believe that we have all walked those paths as humans, not just wives. I have questioned God’s existence, but like Jennifer experienced, He never stops pursing us.

The book is broken down into small chapters with questions at the end of each chapter. I honestly did not think that I would care about the chapters since I did not have her exact struggles, but I was wrong. Jennifer dares to ask tough questions that I challenge all wives to honestly answer. She asks what causes you to be “unveiled”? I never thought that this was an issue, but whoa….she has me thinking. The Unveiled Wife bravely tells her story of refinement and just how hard it is, but worth it. I believe that every wife, no matter how long you have been married or where you are in your marriage, can benefit. I encourage you to buy a copy of The Unveiled Wife, but until then, here is a preview–you can download the introduction and Chapter 1 for free!!!!!! Also, check back here soon because I will be hosting a giveaway of The Unveiled Wife. I hope you will stop by.

Be blessed 🙂

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