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Recommended Reading

women

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One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
"This book created controversy among the women I know who read it. They either loved it, for its wordy poetic writing, or hated it for the same reason. While it certainly is not an academic read, which I usually prefer, it is a deep read. To see the deep beauty hidden in these pages it must be read, reread, and pondered. I think that is the point, this book raises deep questions. How do we find joy, give thanks in the mundane, amidst tragedy, and suffering? She takes us on her journey finding how grace, thanksgiving, and joy are intertwined and always available to us. She invites us to learn how to follow God’s invitation to give thanks in all things."

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Caryn Poloske, SRC Staff


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The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
"I enjoy extending hospitality and having people in my home. So, I was excited to read this book. Wow, did it challenge me. Do we really extend gospel hospitality to those with whom we are uncomfortable, strangers? Or are we more inclined to extend it to people who feel safe. This book challenged me to get out of my comfort zone. It will challenge you to rethink what our communities and the world would be like if we opened our hearts and homes to strangers who could become neighbors, and neighbors who could become family, part of God's family. "

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Caryn Poloske, SRC Staff


Loving the Little Years

Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic
"Did you always dream of having children? Now that dream has become reality, and you realize that parenting is hard! The little years are so physically demanding. Rachel Jankovic gives us a well-rounded, honest and Biblical paradigm to survive and thrive while parenting little ones."

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Miriam Hart, Staff


Liturgy of the Ordinary

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
"We go about our daily lives doing things like making our bed, sitting in traffic and brushing our teeth. Is there any spiritual significance in those mundane tasks? In The Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Warren shatters the idea that those tasks are simply ordinary. These liturgies of our lives have much significance. They are a reflection of our maker and are a part of redeeming the brokenness of this world!"

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Miriam Hart, Staff


The Envy of Eve

The Envy of Eve by Melissa Kruger
"So often in life we compare ourselves to others - how we look, what we own, what we’ve accomplished. Doing this we find ourselves coming up short and in turn, we often become filled with envy and discontentment. Whether it’s coveting others’ possessions, relationships, circumstances or gifts, this comparison leads to joyless living. In her book, The Envy of Eve, Melissa Kruger helps us to look at the root of our envy and to filter all of life through the Gospel of Jesus - looking to Him alone for our identity, finding contentment in the person of Jesus and a relationship with Him. This kind of life leads to true joy and is the only truly satisfying life."

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Robyn Shipes, Staff