Your Divine Design- Discover, Develop and Deploy Your Spiritual Gifts by Chip Ingram / Hope Wingate
I recently completed this group study with a group of ladies. I’ve done spiritual gift assessments before, but this study really teaches about the gifts in practical ways. My takeaway from the study was that learning about your spiritual gifts and even using them is not the goal. Becoming like Christ is the goal.
Chasing God by Angie Smith / Ginny Holcombe
Are you worn out spiritually? Does it seem like you are on a never-ending treadmill trying to “do” the right things to please God and to grow as a Christian? Chasing God by Angie Smith is a delightful and eye-opening account of God’s response when she cried out to Him in frustration and desperation concerning her spiritual condition. In her words, God told her to “Stop chasing the song, child, and let Me teach you to sing” (p. 7).
Reading this book is like having a conversation with your best friend. She’ll make you laugh, cry, groan, and nod your head in total agreement as she recounts how God changed everything for her. Hopefully, when you finish the last page and close the cover, your relationship with God will be deeper and sweeter than ever before. In fact, it’s been a while since I read it for the first time, so I’m going to read it again. If you want to stop “chasing God” and follow Him instead, this is the book for you.
Show Some Love: How to Be a Friend to Someone in Recovery by Daphne Tarango / Kellie Renfroe
This was a good book filled with both new information (to me) and reminders of the importance of walking in love beside those in recovery. I struggle most of the time knowing what to say and what to do. This book gave me confirmation and encouragement. A particular passage that spoke to my heart was that not all families / people will accept the changes. That has been hard for me personally — some relationships see walking away from their unhealthy lifestyle and confronting it as a personal attack upon them. Boundaries are important and needed and, although they hurt tremendously in the beginning, it’s worth it for continued healthy growth.
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