Skip to main content

Resources

Some of my favorite books! Some I wish I had read much earlier in life.

FOR SINGLE LADIES:


Captivating
If you only ever read one book for the rest of your life,  Captivating should be it. An amazing journey into what makes us tick and why we long for certain things. We were made to offer our beauty to the world in a powerful way.



Lady in Waiting
   A beautiful book. One that is rare among its kind because it focuses on who God made us to be as women, instead of focusing on "catching" a man.


Product Details
This book explores what we can do before marriage to begin cultivating love and respect for the single men in our lives in purity and friendship.


Product Details
You can't spend the rest of your life loving someone else if you're not first secure in yourself and your purpose. This book gave me a lot of confidence and security in being who I am and doing what I love.  


Product Details
Womack is Joseph's favorite speaker and writer.  He is a no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is, don't-give-a-rip-about-the-status-quo, country boy. I love this little book because it's very practical and to the point.


Product Details
The caption on the front says it all:  "Discover a love your heavenly Father offers that an earthly father can't."  I didn't read this book until after I was married, but I have used it with several girls who have been abandoned, abused, or emotionally neglected by their fathers.  It took me ten years to learn about my Father the things that Jakes tells in this book. Great for the little girl in all of us.



ENGAGED OR NEWLY MARRIED:


Product Details

My mom bought me this book while I was still courting.  It brings the sacredness of the wedding day back into focus.  It opens up the emotional aspect of the wedding day as a rite of passage, as a new beginning, and it helped me clear away a lot of the insecurity I had about getting married.
There are pages for writing your thoughts as you approach the big day, there are practical charts for helping you get organized, and most of all it walks you through how to create a wedding day you'll actually enjoy and remember, instead of one you'll dread and suffer from financially.


Product Details
I received this book as an engaged woman by my mom-in-law and it is by far my favorite book on marriage.  It speaks of the great responsibility and privilege we have as wives and mothers.  


Product Details
I read this book a couple years before I met Joseph, and I'm glad I did. Delves into the heart of a married man in the areas of sex, respect, and insecurity.


Product Details
It seems that our culture knows a lot about sex, but very little about the actual beauty of the female body. I was also surprised to find out how little Christian women in particular, know about their reproductive organs, and how clueless we are about how pregnancy occurs or doesn't occur. It's time to debunk the myth that our "down there" parts are somehow dirty. I am a big advocate of natural remedies and taking as little medication as possible. So when I was thinking about getting married, I knew I didn't want to go on the Pill or other contraceptive. This book explains the cycle of a woman's body and how to work with it to promote or prevent pregnancy and keep our reproductive system healthy throughout our lives.



TO READ TOGETHER:

Product Details
Very practical book on the languages of the two spouses:  "the love she most desires, the respect he desperately needs."


Product Details
Before you and your husband even consider having kids, get to know the promises in Scripture regarding pregnancy and children. Jackie Mize is a woman who had several miscarriages and was told she could never have children.  She has since raised 4 children, all born naturally and without any medical interference or pain. She tells her story and shares the testimonies of women all around the world in this little book.



FOR EVERYDAY LIFE:

Product Details
For the organizational junkie in all of us who is just dying to come out. Inexpensive, time-saving, sanity-keeping tips for stuff around the house.


Product Details
Marla is warm and personal as she shows women how cleaning and organizing can be a way to bless our home.  Very encouraging when you don't know where to start.


Product Details
The only book I use every day, given to me by a dear friend and mentor.  Charts and pictures and definitions for the culinary items that stump us. Recipes and meal plans for two!



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

All in the Family

No matter what you may have seen in Disney movies or romantic films, Prince Charming does not carry off the Princess to live by themselves forever. When you marry your prince, you marry his family.  So choose wisely.

I was blessed to marry into Joseph's wondeful family.  He doesn't always see how great his family is, but let me tell you what I tell him about them. 

First there is my mom and dad in-law, who took me in as their daughter from the first time I went to visit them.  They have been married for over 25 years and still are very much in love with each other.  They have raised 7 boys. all home-schooled, and all incredibly smart, respectful young men.  They have an amazing ministry and an amazing life of testimony of God's goodness. And the best part is, for some reason, they genuinely like me!  Do we see eye to eye on everything? No. But I didn't expect that.  There are the differences of culture, geography, and age between us.  But they have been an immense sou…

Evening on the Dock

I remember sitting on the dock on the lake right after the last rays of the sun had set, chatting quietly with my friend and mentor while new counselors were being initiated by the giant zipline that crossed the lake. We chuckled as we heard the whoops and short bursts of screams as one by one the counselors leapt off the giant wall and zoomed across the lake, only one glow-stick shining where each of them was located.

As the evening went on, and stars came out one by one, our chat got more serious and more deep, as we talked about life, love, relationships, and future dreams. She was older than me by only 10 years, but she had 3 home-schooled children and a remarkable marriage. She was quiet and gentle, loving and graceful--every bit the woman I wanted to be. I often caught her disciplining her youngest in a very tender way, while I was shouting and impatient with my own campers. Even when her husband worked some long hours, she didn't demand he give her his attention. By doing s…

The One

"How did you know Joseph was the one?"

This is the question I get from my single girlfriends. The answer is both simple and complicated. 

One simple answer is "I didn't know." Nowhere in life do we get a 100% dud-free guarantee. Especially not in marriage. No woman ever knows if her beloved is going to be a completely different man after the wedding. 

The other simple answer is "I don't believe in 'The One'." Love is a choice, and I could have chosen to spend my life with any of half a dozen great guys. 

The more complicated answer is:

1.) He loved the Lord. And not in a lip-service way. He had had an encounter with Jesus that had changed his life and he loved telling people about it. 
2.) He loved his Mama, but not in a co-dependent, mama's boy way. He spoke well about her and shared his favorite memories of her. And my Mama always says that the way a man treats his mom is the way he will treat his future wife. 
3.) He had a steady job, owne…