Recommended Reads

Standing Strong: A Woman’s guide to Overcoming Adversity and Living with Confidence by Alli Worthington

This book is a MUST read for women. Alli Worthington magnificently calls us to partner with God in order to stand strong no matter what season of life we find ourselves in. This book is not your typical ‘pull yourself up’ or ‘you go girl’ manifesto. Standing Strong is about reminding us who we are as daughters of an almighty, loving God and how we can stand strong and get out of our own way to let Him work in and through us. Alli brilliantly weaves her personal narrative with reminders of who God says we are through Biblical teachings. I personally loved the takeaways, discussion questions, and action steps at the end of every chapter, it made me continue to focus on stepping confidently into my future. Standing Strong is a great book to share with friends, families, colleagues, but most importantly, your daughters and your sisters in Christ. Alli’s words will stand the test of time and can reach any woman, no matter where they are in their life, it is a gift that will be treasured for years to come.

https://alliworthington.com/standingstrong

https://alliworthington.com/

If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free by Jamie Ivey

The first time I heard of Jamie Ivey was by stumbling across her podcast, “The Happy Hour”. I was hooked, then I heard her mention the re-release of her autobiographical book and I knew I had to order it. When I read her story, I laughed, I cried, and I was moved. Her story is so much like my own. I felt like someone had unlocked my own past and put it on paper. But, it became very clear from the first page, that if God can forgive her and set her free, than He has already done the same for me. This book taught me not only how to love myself, but to also not be afraid to open up about my past and my sins. Doing so will only set us free and bring us closer to God. ~Jill

“For so long, my greatest fear was what you might think of me. It’s exhausting, this guarding of our stories and struggles…I was unintentionally blocking the beauty of God’s grace…My journey to real freedom began when I quit running from my mess and started trusting, Jesus to make something beautiful of it.” ~ Jamie Ivey

https://jamieivey.com/

https://ifyouonlyknewbook.net/

Called to Create by Jordan Raynor

The first time I was introduced to Called to Create by Jordan Raynor was in the YouVersion Bible app. The short plan talked directly to my spirit. I was in a writing slump and was facing yet another year of not finishing anything that I began to write. I questioned why God would give me all these wonderful ideas if I couldn’t get even one of them through the valley to the promised land or in this case, the promised page. I was struggling with the biggest question that Jordan tackles in this book, “who am I writing this story for?” Once it became clear that the reason I was struggling with my writing was that I was doing it for all the wrong reasons, the words began to flow again. So if you struggle with your entrepreneurial business or your writing or anything that requires divine creativeness, get this book. It shifts your mindset into realizing that God was the first creative. He is the first entrepreneur. He is the creator of all creatives. And if someone ever asks, “why do we it?” After reading this book, your response will be very clear….“Following the call to create means that we no longer work to make a name for ourselves; we work for the glory of the One who has called us.” ~Denise

www.jordanraynor.com

www.calledtocreate.org  

The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

First, let me say that Ephesians is one of my favorite books of the New Testament. This devotional is powerful. It is making me dig deeper into Ephesians and other books in the Bible, to identify the enemy, then arm myself to recognize and defeat Satan’s army that wages war against me every day. It accomplishes this through daily readings, activities, and actionable items (some of which took me more than one day to complete). This devotional is different from others I have read in that it is an interactive book. In the introduction, Priscilla tells us that this book should be “noticeably disfigured from heartfelt use. War-torn. An impossible option for regifting at Christmas time.” Let me tell you, I am only a couple of chapters into the Bible study,  and my book looks very different from when I unwrapped it on day one. But, so am I. I can’t wait to see how changed I will be by the time I finish it. Powerful. Detailed. Essential to any woman who wants to equip themselves with the armor of God. ~Jill

https://www.lifeway.com/en/product-family/armor-of-god?vid=armorofgod

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1430040270/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0