Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Recommended Reading

So Much More, by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin

Written by two sisters and including interviews with their father, this book describes the wonderful relationship that should exist between fathers and daughters. It is a very helpful and encouraging book that addresses the subject of life purpose. It clearly describes our role as women and reveals feminism for what it truly is.

Emotional Purity: An Affair of the Heart, by Heather Arnel Paulsen

Emotional Purity
deals with an issue that is commonly glossed over or ignored in Christian society today. It clearly and coherently reveals the dangers and pitfalls of dating and encourages us to not only remain physically pure, but also to remain emotionally pure until marriage.

Home-Making, by J.R. Miller

Don't let the title fool you. This book is not about cooking, sewing, and knitting - although these may be important. Home-Making is an inspiring book that describes how the members of a biblical family should interact with one another, and reveals what a blissful haven a Christian home can be. In short, it addresses the topic of family relations: the marriage relationship, the parent-child relationship, the brother-sister relationship. Home-Making is a wonderful book written for - believe it or not - men and women alike.

Stepping Heavenward, by Elizabeth Prentiss

Written in the form of a personal journal, this is truly a unique work of fiction. Although the story takes place in the 1800's, the main character, Katherine Mortimer, faces many of the same issues that young ladies face today: honoring her parents, loving God, controlling a quick temper, keeping her emotions in check, honoring her husband, loving her children, applying God's Word to every area of life, trusting God through difficulties, and surrendering to God's will. Kate's "journal" chronicles her struggles, triumphs, discoveries, losses, and joys, from her sixteenth birthday through her forty-third year. When I finished the last page of this book, I felt almost as if I had lost my best friend. I say almost, because the lessons learned from this friend are valuable, inspiring, personal, and - I hope - lasting.

"According to Elisabeth Elliot, Kay Arthur, and Joni Eareckson Tada, Stepping Heavenward will encourage, inspire, and challenge your walk with Jesus Christ in a dimension that few have entered" (from the Testimony, by editor Mark Hamby, at the beginning of the book).

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