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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Book Suggestions?

My mom, Diane, is looking for advice regarding good womens' Bible Study materials:

A dear neighbor and I were talking yesterday about the privilege of being homemakers and the blessing of having husbands that enthusiastically support our efforts at home. Also, how society in general does little to encourage women who have chosen mothering and homemaking as their full-time career. My friend expressed an interest in pursuing further study on the spiritual / Biblical growth of women in such a position. Although I've read some great books on the topic in the past, I haven't perused the bookshelves recently to see what is available...

I would love to hear from you any input on what you consider the very best book for encouraging women in their role as: believer, wife, mother, friend...all from a strong / solid Biblical world view. (Preferably using alot of scripture throughout the book-or a Bible study that focuses on women) Thanks so much!!

If any of you have suggestions, she would love to hear them. (As would I and many others, I'm sure!) Thanks so much!

15 Comments:

Blogger Steve Hailstone said...

I recommend Carol Ruvolo's studies that are published by P&R. I have read "Before the Throne" on prayer, and was really encouraged. Although she writes for women, I thought it a great study. She has a new book out on Galatians.

6:59 PM, October 01, 2006  
Blogger Anne said...

I've done lots of Bible studies with the Elizabeth George books. Most of her books actually have a separate Bible study to help you with the book. My favorite book we just finished studying was "Life Management For Busy Women" and I found that I didn't always have time for it;). Her books are always fitting and applicable. Happy searching!

8:59 PM, October 01, 2006  
Anonymous Mrs. Huckabay said...

Nancy Leigh DeMoss has written some excellent books for women. Her first is 'Lies Women Believe, and the Truth that Sets Them Free'. It comes with a companion Bible Study. I can't remember the names of her other books, because my library doesn't carry them, so their on my wish list. I do know she wrote one specifically about Biblical womanhood in the home.

7:29 AM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really recommend the Bible study that I am doing with my group of young women. It's on different aspects of biblical womanhood. The different chapters include the Creation Mandate, Women and the Church, Women and Beauty, Women and their Brothers and Women as their Sisters.

The bible studies themselves are grounded in Scripture, and are a great basis for discussion.

I am loving spending time with the girls, looking at this important issue. I am sure that it would be equally appropriate for an older group.

For the link: http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/biblical-womanhood-bw_19/

3:21 PM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous AmyJane said...

Have you heard of _Created to be his Help Meet_? It's by Debi Pearl. Unflinchingly staightforward, but not... bossy.

Our sunday School teacher picked it out, sort of as a suplement to a straight bible study we've been doing based out of Titus 2. I've not read all of it, but in my bouncing around I've appriciated Pearl's "voice".

4:17 PM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Carrie said...

I would definitely recommend anything by Elizabeth George, as Anne mentioned above. She includes tons of Scripture throughout every book. Reading them feels like having a good talk over a cup of tea with a Titus 2 "older woman." :) I'd recommend starting with "Loving God with All Your Mind" unless you'd rather do one of the shorter Bible studies. Everything I've read by her is excellent!

9:08 PM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Becky Miller said...

"Created to Be His Helpmeet" is the best book I've ever read about being a Godly wife. I read it earlier this summer when I was transitioning to being home full time, and it literally transformed my marriage. Right now I am in a women's Sunday school class studying the book, and it's great to read it again and see it change other women's marriages as well!

Our young couples group just started "Love and Respect" by Emerson Eggerichs, and it is excellent as well. (Though it's geared toward both men and women, not just women)

12:04 PM, October 04, 2006  
Anonymous Kim in MI said...

Erin, some things not yet mentioned:

Let me recommend the magazine Above Rubies and the Bible Studies and books and things that have gone along with them. Nancy Campbell and her family are so encouraging and warm and also Biblically Grounded. I have never read their things without being inspired and encouraged to delight in my job as a wife and mother.

Also, Home is where the heart is is an audio CD of a talk given at a conference, but is very vision building and Biblically grounded on being a Titus 2 wife and mother, and focusing our heart and energy on our homes and families. There's a lot of encouraging and Biblically based things at Vision Forum.

:)
Kim

7:16 AM, October 05, 2006  
Blogger Becky Miller said...

I want to second Kim's suggestions. Above Rubies is excellent...I just read an issue, and it was awesome. And today I listened to a great tape from Doug Phillips at Vision Forum called "A Wise Woman's Guide to Blessing Her Husband's Vision," which was great.

I think that anything from those sources - Above Rubies/Nancy Campbell and Vision Forum - would probably be wonderful.

8:37 PM, October 05, 2006  
Blogger Bernadine said...

A few years ago I did a Bible Study, Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald. It totally changed my life. I highly reccommend it. She has an entire series but that one really helped me a lot. Some of the studies in the series are
Becoming a Woman of Grace
Becoming a Woman of Love
Becoming a woman of Purpose
Becoming a Woman of Prayer

8:17 PM, October 08, 2006  
Blogger Tami said...

I love Nancy Leigh DeMoss as well (The Lies Women Believe), and also Martha Peace. Martha has written Becoming a Titus 2 Woman, The Excellent Wife, and Attitude of a Transformed Heart). She is expressly biblical, giving lots of references for any point she is trying to make and also practical.
-Tami
www.hereatourhouse.blogspot.com

1:38 PM, October 09, 2006  
Blogger Mrs.B. said...

I know I'm coming to this a little late but I think the book "Are You Serious About Marriage?" found at www.keepersofthefaith.com is the best book on marriage and biblical womanhood I've ever read. (o:

Blessings,
~Mrs.B

11:20 AM, October 10, 2006  
Anonymous Shelby said...

I totally agree with the Elizabeth George suggestions. She writes with such a sweet spirit and everything is scripture based. I loved her Proverbs 31 bible study. Martha Peace's "the Excellent Wife" was good too. sorry I don't have anything original to add, looks like you've gotten some pretty good suggestions already. I've been kind of out of the blog loop for a couple of weeks, baby FINALLY came!

10:05 AM, October 12, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

Thank you all very much for the great suggestions! My mom's out of town currently for a few weeks, but I'm sure she'll appreciate seeing these when she returns:o) I'm going to make a list to keep for myself as well.

1:06 AM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Diane said...

Thank you Erin and readers for helping me to collect a book list for a ladies study group. Some of the authors suggested I am familar with and have enjoyed...but I also picked up some new ideas that I look forward to checking out. I will post an updated list of all the suggestions in the near future. Thanks again to everyone who posted!!

10:56 PM, November 01, 2006  

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