Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus
This was my first time reading a book by Mary DeMuth and after finishing it I added all her other books to my list. She went through some horrible experiences: abuse, foreclosure, church planters in an area where the locals bullied her kids. And it brought her into a surrender spirit, allowed God to fill up those painful places. I was so encouraged reading this book, here are some of my favorite quotes.
"God's nearness and the growth that happens in His light come from the very things we desire to flee.
-We grow when the walls press in.
-We grow when life steals our control.
-We grow in darkness."
"Instead of obeying in the moment and experiencing powerful spiritual growth, we wander around in circles chasing ease, trusting in ourselves to solve our problems, living a Godless life."
"He created us for adventure, not ease."
"When the world careens out of control, we can rest in the fact that God spun this world with a single word. Matter from emptiness. Beauty from void. Community from chaos. Remembering God as Creator reminds us that God is in the growth business."
"Jesus beckons us not to a program, not to do stuff for the sake of being radical, but to Himself. Yes, He's scary. Yes He's untamed. Yes, He's more interested in heart than rule."
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
This was our book club pick for the month of May and all 5 mamas loooooved it. This book is perfect for the food lover in all of us. Each chapter tells the story of Eva through dishes and quirky characters. Eva through various relationships becomes the start chef of an exclusive supper club. This book was such a fun, delicious read. I'm posting one of the character's dishes for Foodie Friday, so come back for that delicious treat! Hint: it involves peanut butter, now go add this book to your list ASAP!
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards
I'm pretty sure we can all agree, Jen Hatmaker can do no wrong. She's normal, down to earth, and she loves Jesus. All her books are on my list and I'm slowly making my way through them as I snatch them up at used bookstores. Reading a Hatmaker book is like sharing a coke on the back porch with the coolest lady at your church, she's so real to what's going on in the world and knows how real we have to be to bring Jesus to those we need His grace.
The Rebel Belle Series: Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, and Lady Renegades
This was a fun young adult series that I snatched up when I saw the library had the whole set. Harper Price is a small town Southern belle who while awaiting the Prom Queen title is turned into a Paladin, called to protect David Stark the Oracle and hipster of their high school. This was a fun, fluffy series and I laughed out loud several times. Like many series, it probably would've been fine as just one long book. I loved Harper but the books really became fun when he ex boyfriend gets involved and her Aunt Jewel!
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
DO NOT LET THE TITLE SCARE YOU. For whatever reason the title Feminist can make some church goers cringe. Sarah Bessey makes a valid argument at how much Jesus is FOR women and shares her experience of Him making a feminist out of her. Some of my favorite quotes:
"Leonard Cohen writes that there is a crack in everything-that's how the light gets in. And hallelujah, I also think it's how the light gets out."
"Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man- there never has been another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized, who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them as "the women, God help us!" or "The ladies, God bless them!"; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously, who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to feminine or jeered at them for being female, who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as He found them and was completely unselfconscious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that furrows its pungency from female perversity, nobody could guess from the words and deeds of Jesus that there was anything "funny" about women's nature." - Dorothy Sayers
"Let us be women who love.
Let us be women who carry each other.
Let us be a sanctuary where God may dwell.
Let us rise to the questions of our time.
Let us listen from those who have been silenced.
Let us be women who are savvy, smart, and wise.
Let us be women who love in spite of fear." (there's way more to the poem, but you'll have to by the book to read it!)
"I want to be outside with the misfits, with the rebels,the dreamers, second chance givers, the radical grace lavishers, the ones with arms wide open, the courageously vulnerable, and among even- or maybe especially- the ones rejected by The Table as not worthy enough or right enough."
Happy reading friends!
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