Happy Friday RM fam! Hope you all had a fab week!
Something me and Coco have in common is we love a good book.
As we are approaching the end of the summer, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to share some awesome reads I picked up!
Unashamed – Christine Caine
Ahh I FINALLY got round to reading this book, and so glad I did!
This has to be one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. There was so much gold within these pages, as well as being a topic that I believe is so important to be talked about. Caine covers the subject of feeling shame: how we can carry it throughout our lives, how it can paralyse us and withhold us of living our full God given potential. She counterattacks the subject with Gods truth – and through the word finding freedom and hope for the future.
The truth is Jesus died on the cross for all of our shame, for our past, our mistakes and old ways. We have been made new in Christ – we are free. We have been delivered from the chains of shame, and this book highlights this truth to the reader so that they may know what God has done for them.
We also find out a bit more about Christine and the work that A21 (which Christine is part of and an organisation that I support and admire greatly) has done in helping girls become free from slavery and heal from shame and hurt. This was for me quite a moving read. I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone who has had their life gripped by shame one way or another.
Sisterhood – Bobbie Houston
Oh how I love this woman! I’ve been following her on social media for a few years and some may know her as being the wife of Brian Houston (founder and lead global pastor of Hillsong Church). However Bobbie is also the founder of Sisterhood: which is a growing movement of everyday women who desire to make a difference and make the world a better place. The movement embodies the power of community and a collective spirit; two things I agree can make such a positive impact.
In these pages Houston goes into how the movement started and came about; we also get to know a bit more about Bobbie which I loved!
The ultimate message I got from reading this was that we as women coming together have the power to make significant change and be a part of something BIG with God. Many times especially as women we can underestimate ourselves – and we forget that we are daughters of the KING of Kings, the most high! This book was a sweet reminder of that. God wants us to be His vessel to do some AMAZING life changing impactful things; that leads others to HIM. This was an encouraging and uplifting read – inspiring the reader that she truly can initiate change in and around her life.
Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential – Dr Carol S.Dweck
I’ve done a whole post on this book it’s that good! So feel free to check that out if you want more insight. Dr Dweck is a well respected psychologist and has contributed a lot in her field, the reviews on this book were very high so I was super excited to pick this up.
Personally, I like reading a lot of topics but in particular I enjoy books that make me think. I’m all about learning the power of the mind and the different approaches we can have to situations all because of how our mind is programmed.
There are two mindset approaches: fixed and growth. In this book Dr Dweck explores the different approaches, their effects and the different ways we can change our mindset. As well as how to change our mindset, Dweck gives attention to the importance of maintaining that change. I know this book is common with psychology students however this is an engaging, easy read and I took a LOT from it. This is (literally) a thought provoking read – and I’d recommend to anyone.
Becoming a woman of the word – Karol Ladd
Karol Ladd is the author of 35 + books, this one being the first I’ve read from her. I liked how Ladd laid out the contents of this book, making it an easy to follow yet enjoyable read. The title initially caught my eye, encouraging the reader to rediscover their passion for the word and life with it. This book can also be used in a 6/8 week study group setting so would be great to read along with some girlfriends which I think is quite a cute idea! So why not grab some girls and dig through this book together?
There is a section near the end of the book called “Bonus help and information” where Ladd addresses common questions about different translations: how we got the bible, there is also an in depth overview of the old and new testament. I would say this book is ideal for women new in their walk with Christ (also think this book would be a good gift!).
I truly believe its so so soooo important to not only be a reader of the word but also a doer of the word – and this book highlights that very well. There is chapters on the different ways that we can memorise scripture, meditating on the word and the heart of worship. Basically there are a lot of golden nuggets within these pages!
Practical, informative and one that I will for sure re read a few more times in the years to come – I highly recommend!
What have you been reading over the summer? I’d love to know!
Have a great weekend!