Books That Change Lives

Mary - posted on 10/29/2008 ( 49 moms have responded )

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I love to read, and I wanted to see what books other ladies were reading that had a life-changing effect on their lives. I'll start with my own 2 favorites.

"Captivating"by John and Stasi Eldredge -- incredible book that opened my eyes to the power and purpose that God designed women for

"Loving People" by John Townsend -- great book that challenged me to examine how well I was loving people and to be a better lover of people, from my husband to the store cashier



I really look forward hearing from others and getting some titles that I haven't read yet!

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Elizabeth - posted on 11/10/2008

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Hinds Feet on High Places is an amazing book. One of my all time favorites!

Devon - posted on 11/10/2008

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I just thought of another one that I really enjoyed: He Still Moves Stones by Max Lucado. Also, I know it was mentioned already, but Hinds Feet on High Places is a fantastic book!

Amanda - posted on 11/09/2008

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I am currently reading "the way home" by mary pride and it deffinitly makes you think. I recomend it, if for nothing else a different perspective of women than that of which we live with day to day. And for fiction I'm also I'm a huge fan of Ted Dekker. His Circle triology (Black,White,and Red)is where you should start I think if you've never read anything by him. It gives you a good perspective on the dual realities in which we live(spiritual and physical)

Hope - posted on 11/09/2008

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i have actually read redeeming love, great book!!! i am one of the leaders in our youth group and we just went through the book captivatin with our girls, awesome book!!!

Elisha - posted on 11/09/2008

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I know Francine Rivers (Redeeming Love) has been mentioned, but she is awesome. Her Mark of the Lion series is amazing. You wont be able to put it down. And I recommend going ahead and buying all 3. You'll be sad if you don't have the next one on hand. Also, I have been reading a book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It is one of those life changing books that really convict you about your walk with Christ. Francis Chan is amazing. A must read!!

Hope - posted on 11/09/2008

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I am not a big reader but I like to read series but I never know who is good b/c I just don't read all that often or have much time for it. Got any suggestions by the way? Christian authors of course! thanks!!!

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The most important book Iv'e read is The Power of a Praying parent bt Stormie omarian, It gave me such peace when it came to my kids health and safety. I gave it as a gift to most of the christian mothers that I know. We always strive to be better parents, this book is wonderful!!

Katie - posted on 11/09/2008

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Redeeming love by Francine Rivers is amazing, I can read it over and over again. Captivating and Wild at Heart by John and Stasi Eldridge are great for understanding your own heart as well your husband's. And Cure for the Common life is a great one too that helps apprieciate every day life. Love them all!

Berline - posted on 11/08/2008

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It is funny that I was just about to type in Redeeming Love when I saw that Misty already posted that. I really really recommend that book, I read it last week and I have been thinking about it everyday. I am even contemplating on reading it again (something I never do). That book really changed my perspective on so many different areas of my life, great read.

Elissa - posted on 11/08/2008

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I am just finishing "Wild Goose Chase" by Mark Batterson. It's amazing...but be ready to challenge yourself in relation to who God wants you to be. It has taken me a while to read because it needs to be processed. GREAT!!

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Hi! I'm new here, but the books that changed my life were, Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul--(very heavy theology, but it changed my life), Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp, and Don't Make me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman, also Babywise. I recommend the last three books to every new Christian mom I meet. Also The Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers is Excellent!

Erin - posted on 11/06/2008

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Wow! Almost all of my very favorite (and life-changing) books have already been mentioned in your post: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Trip, The Shack by W. Paul Young. I also really went through a time of decision in my walk with the Lord, and Dannah Gresch's book, The Secret of the Lord, helped me much during that time. Dr. Dobson's The (New) Strong-willed Child was super helpful, especially now that I have one going through the terrific twos!:) I read it along with Shepherding a Child's Heart, and it was a good balance.

Oh! And if you want super good deals on books go to www.half.com. It's a site that is underwritten by eBay (not an auction site) where people sell there used (& unused) books, music, video games, and movies. I find all kinds of books here dirt cheap, some in brand-new condition. I learned about it when I was still in college; 'bought & sold all my textbooks there. Now I order my scrapbooking books there. One of the last books I bought was $1.75, and it was $22.00 in stores!!

'Just thought that may be helpful if you're like me and try to pinch your pennies!!

Lindy - posted on 11/06/2008

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"Every Man's Battle"by Stephen Arterbun and Fred Stoeker is a book that changed my way of thinking. This book is generally recommend for men, but I found it very helpful to better understand the way a man thinks and the struggles he is up against every single minute in this world.



"He Chose the Nails" byu Max Lucado is one of my favorite books. It helped me understand that Jesus chose the nails and the cross for me.



"Meditations for Mothers" by Elisa Morgan is a daily devotional that I am reading now. It gives me great simple thoughts to meditate on every day.

Amy - posted on 11/06/2008

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I'm reading The Shack right now, and also Hind's Feet on High Places. Both are good and have a great message, as well as provoke some thinking. Both are an easy read, though Hind's is so symbolic sometimes I lose track of the meaning LOL.

Angie - posted on 11/06/2008

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First I'd like to say I can't wait to check out some of these books!! They sound wonderful. I love to read as well...and thought I would add a few more recommendations to these mentioned here...Anything by Francine Rivers is amazing. She is the author of Redeeming Love which is mentioned frequently on this post. The Last Sin Eater is also an awesome book by her. For marriages... I recommend His Needs Her Needs by Willard Harley and Boundaries by John Townsend. For Finances...Check out Financial Peace and The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Hope these help change someone's life...they have all been a blessing to me!

Cyndi - posted on 11/06/2008

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I love to read too. I recently finished reading "The Shack" by Wm, Paul Young. It was so good. I would like to read "Captivating" but haven't yet. My favorite authors are Max Lucado and Frank Peretti.

Christy - posted on 11/06/2008

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I went to the Women of Faith conference in Atlanta recently...it was awesome! I highly recommend it to every woman..you will be Blessed if you get the opportunity to go..while there I purchased the book by Sandi Patty...Layers....I am still reading it but so far it is very good! There were a lot of other good books for sale that I plan to purchase soon too. You can go to the womenoffaith website and order the books and read about the presenters and the locations of the conference if interested! Hope this helps.

Shirley - posted on 11/05/2008

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Love many of the books listed here...currently reading The Shack...wow is all I have to say! Also on my list of favorites is anything by Francine Rivers (Redeeming Love .... absolutely love it!), Karen Kingsbury (even though fiction has some great messages). Also love, love, love, Beth Moore's books...Captivating was a fantastic book!

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I just finished Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. If you have any interest in persecuted churches, or not, this was life changing for me. My church is extremely active in missions and this convicted me to be a zealous sender. It is shocking what is going on in China. It is a novel, so easy to read, but well researched!

Maisha - posted on 11/05/2008

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Right now as others have said my womens bible study group is reading The lies women belies and the truth that sets them free by Nancy Demoss. It is really good. Some other good ones that I have read recently; Raising Godly Tomatoes by Elizabeth Krueger, Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel, The christian Mom's idea book by Ellen Banks Elwell, The End of the Spear By Steve Saint, The Mother at home by John S.C. Abbott, and Created to be His Helpmeet By Debi Pearl. All these books have helped me in my walk with Christ and in being a wife and mother.

Karen - posted on 11/05/2008

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The most recent book I have read that changed my life is "The Shack". It is truely amazing and inspiring. When I started reading it, I was thinking it would be sad, but it was quite an amazing read. You really should check it out. I purchased it on Amazon for 1/2 the price. I think I saw it in Target for 12.95.

Candise - posted on 11/05/2008

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I just joined this group and seen your post, I dont know how life changing this book is but I really enjoyed it. I could not put it down, I loved it, and to think about I may read it again, it has been almost year since I read it. But anyways it is call "The Chosen Path" by Deborah Johnson Joyner , here is the link at Amazon so you can check it out!



http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-Foreword-Jo...

Amy - posted on 11/05/2008

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I second, third and fourth :) Redeeming Love. Amazing. Also the Love and Respect books that were mentioned are excellent!

Jennifer - posted on 11/05/2008

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Over the summer I did an awesome bible study called The Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It was awesome and it really challenged me, I loved it! I hope to do that study again sometime. I am so blessed that I was invited to do this study w/ a small group of 4. You could read the book alone or even better w/ at least one other person, and get the workbook that goes w/ it. Hugs!!!

Summer - posted on 11/04/2008

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Redeeming Love is one of my all time favorites! I think I've read it at least 7 or 8 times in the past 8 years. I also love The Shack... it changed my relationship with God in a radical way. I carry extra copies around in my car to give to people! Another amazing book is Same Kind of Different as Me... It is an incredibly touching true story (my mom keeps copies in her car to give away!) The Ragamuffin Gospel is really great, too! All of these books have changed my life, so enjoy!

Donna - posted on 11/04/2008

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Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs changed my marriage - for the better. Hubby (who is not usually reading these kinds of books) would agree!

Gender Matters by Dr. Robert Sax opened my eyes to why and how boys and girls are different. It's just common sense, but now there's science to prove it. Even the tissue that makes up our bodies is different in boys and girls!

Tara - posted on 11/03/2008

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Let me share with a book that didn't necessarily change my life but it did change how I share my time with God. The book is called praying in color. Have you ever started praying and then all of a sudden you realize your praying got sidetracked into your to do list? I have on MANY ocassions. This book shows you how to pray with crayons markers pens and to pray as you draw. It does not take an ounce of drawing ability, it just takes a desire to want to interact with God. Here is a link to the author's site http://www.prayingincolor.com/

Amanda - posted on 11/01/2008

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Hi. At my church we are reading Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World at the Womens bible study group. Its great women. Its by Joanna Weaver. It has a bible study and everything in the back.

Hollie - posted on 11/01/2008

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I know Mom's have already told you about "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers, but I have read I can't tell you how many books, This one was by far my favorite. I have not been able to fine another book that even comes close to it. Hope you enjoy it.

Lindy - posted on 11/01/2008

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"Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World"! I've read it as a bible study twice and for my personal reflection a few times. It changed the way I think about my personal time with God and how I deal with situations in my life. Great book.

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The Shack was the very first book that I read this summer. That's how I was introduced to Redeeming Love. The Shack was a great book and I loved how he made the Trinity come to life as we know it. It was a great book!

Maurita - posted on 10/31/2008

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It's funny that I use to didn't consider myself a book reader but found out how much I learn from them. So, here's a lot of my favorites related to family and parenting especially: Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp (men would really be able to relate to his style) Don't Make Me Count To Three by Ginger Plowman (I hear is written more for a mom); For Parents Only by Shaunti Feldhahn & Lisa A. Rice is EXCELLENT for parenting teens or preparing for them; So You Want To Be A Teenager by Dennis & Barbara Rainey; America's Cheapest Family by Steve & Annette Economides is GREAT for being good steward of your money and passing it on to your children;The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace is PERFECT for being a woman of excellence in your role as a wife that spills into your role as a mom also.

Chrissy - posted on 10/31/2008

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I absolutely loved "Captivating." I have the journal that goes along with it and it really takes you a bit deeper than the book itself. I find that I see not only myself in a whole new light, but other women as well. The book that I want to suggest is called "Love and Respect" by Emmerson Eggerichs. It is a book on marriage, but it's not your "typical marriage book." My husband and I both read it and found it to be eye opening and helpful.

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When Godly People Do Ungodly Things, by Beth Moore. This book was so eye opening to me. Its been a long time since I read it, but I remember that it was great.

Amber - posted on 10/31/2008

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I've recently started a book called "Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. This is an awesome book, very convicting. Another good book is "As Silver Refined" by Kay Arthur. Of course, any of Kay Arthurs books are good, but that one was especially helpful as I was going through a really rough time when a friend gave it to me. I would definately recommend these books.

Norma - posted on 10/31/2008

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I love Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore. It is great! Captivating was a great read as well and how Jesus is the lover of our souls! Awesome! A couple of others that I really loved and were life changing are Every Thought Captive and He Speaks to Me. These are two great ones!

Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2008

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The Great Exchange by Jerry Bridges and Robert Bevington, The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman.

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2008

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Ok..incredible book that really makes you reflect and think. Just Give Me Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz



Awesome!

Kelly - posted on 10/30/2008

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Well, One of my favorite books is one i am doing in a bible study, it is called when sinners say i do. It is about building a healthy marraige in the Lord. Since reading it, i have learned to appreciate my husband even more. It is absolutely life altering.

Karla - posted on 10/30/2008

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Thanks for sharing these books. I've just made a list. I know a lot of my friends have suggested Redeeming Love, and The Messies Manual sounds like a book written for me - LOL. Right now, I'm reading The Shack. It has incredible revelation about relationship with God the father, the son and the holy spirit. It's really different, but really good.

Mandy - posted on 10/30/2008

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I'm not sure this falls into your catogory but, I just finished "It's all about Him" by Denise Jackson. It really inspired me to focus on how i'm being as a wife and mother. Most important it had me examining my relationship with the Lord and seeing if I put Him first in everything.

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A book thats a bit tongue in check but was a help to me was "The Messies Manual" by Sandra Felton. It helps you to understand that you cant do it all(perfect home,involved in everything, on top of everything) but with some practical helps along the way. easy to read.

Another is "The Five love Languages" by Gary Chapman - just when you thought you were expressing love to your partner(in this case but others in the series cover kids etc) you discover that they may not have been receiving it the same way. It also helps you show those around you how best to make you and others feel cared for. Not eveyone feels or shows love the same way.

Lynn - posted on 10/29/2008

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Oh my!!! I am about 4 chapters into an incredible book - "If You Want To Walk On Water You Have Got To Get Out Of The Boat" - just awesome! If you've ever pondered on what God's will is for your life and how to use your talents for His will - this book just might be for you!

Winnie - posted on 10/29/2008

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yes, I love that book, by John and Stasi!! In fact just finished it. My mother in law let me borrow it and I can't bring myself to send it back just yet!! It put things into a great perspective for me, where I felt I was at my wit's end. Plus it gave me a new understanding as a part of the Bride of Christ ~ very refreshing!! How exciting that you have just read that book too

Mary - posted on 10/29/2008

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I will definitely have to check that one out! I've been in the mood something like that. Thanks!

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Hi Mary...One of the first books I read was Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It absolutely brings the book of Hosea to light and really makes you appreciated your spouse. It's a page turner so don't expect to get anything done for 4 or 5 days...



Enjoy and let me know what you think...

Misty

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