This summer, my reading list has been dictated by the fact that I’m back in school with plenty of assigned reading by my professors. But for those who have more liberty with their choice of reading materials (or who will try to squeeze a non-school read in like me), here’s a few that I recommend. And let me point out that two of them are by women WHO ARE MEMBERS OF BROOK HILLS!
- I Don’t Wait Anymore by Grace Thornton (Author from Brook Hills)
- Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson (Author from Brook Hills)
- Side by Side by Ed Welch
- Habits of Grace by David Mathis
- 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask about Love, Sex, and Intimacy by Dr. Juli Slattery
- Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman
I Don’t Wait Anymore is currently on my nightstand, and Grace does a great job weaving personal stories together to communicate truth about God and how we reconcile trusting Him when what we want for our lives doesn’t happen (or happen in our time frame). Watch this quick video to hear Grace tell about the book.
Giddy Up, Eunice releases Tuesday, June 7, and in her Southern style, Sophie urges as as women not to limit their relationships to women who are just like us. You can also follow Sophie’s blog and learn more about her other two books, which are also delightful and fun summer reads.
As believers, we are intended to walk alongside each other, and Side by Side helps us think through how to practically do just that - how to actually be friends with our fellow believers. I echo Tim Challies’ comment about this book: “If we all just did these things, the church would be so much better.”
This semester, my college small group studied a different spiritual discipline each week, and one of the books on spiritual disciplines that I read as I prepared was Habits of Grace. It’s easy to read with short chapters, but it helps us think through different ways that we can grow and deepen our relationship with God.
Our Women’s Ministry is a fan of the books Dr. Juli Slattery has written, and her book on 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask about Love, Sex, and Intimacy does not disappoint! Each chapter focuses on a different question (What if I want sex more than my husband? Is ______ okay in the bedroom? What do my temptations say about me? How do I get past my shame? How do I know he is the one? Is living together a good test run for marriage? Can I be godly and gay?) and provides thoughtful discussion on the questions from a biblical perspective.
Missional Motherhood is not just a book with a pretty cover; in it, Gloria looks at God’s plan for motherhood and God’s promises to mothers as they make disciples in their home, neighborhoods, and the world. There’s also a Bible study based on the book. To hear Gloria share about the role of missional living and motherhood, listen to this podcast from the 2014 Gospel Coalition National Women’s Conference.
Summer Bible Study Options
If you want some suggestions for a summer Bible study that you could do on your own or online as you’re in and out of town, here’s three that we recommend:
- The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer - a free online Bible study that teaches us how to prepare ourselves for spiritual battles
- Fear and Faith by Trillia Newbell – an online video Bible study through RightNow Media that invites women to explore their fears and how those fears impact their relationships, self-esteem, peace of mind, and walk with God. If you do not have RightNow Media, contact Ashley Chesnut.
- Open Your Bible by She Reads Truth – a book as well as a free online Bible study that is a great resource if you’ve not been studying the Bible in a while, if you’re not sure how or where to start studying the Bible, or if you’ve never studied the Bible
Let us know what you're reading this summer!