Books for women

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  1. Spinach

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    Men, what book(s) (if any) has helped your wife, whether it be a help to her to be a better wife, better mother, or more devoted in her Christian walk?

    Women, what books have you read that have helped you with all of the above?

    Pastors, what books would you recommend to women in your church for all of the above?

    I love books and would like to add to my library but thought I'd get recommendations first. My most recent book was Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. I enjoyed most of it.

    I put this in the debate forum so that, well, it can be debated. If you think a particular book is stinky, please say so :laugh:
     
  2. Sakuras

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    Hello,

    I have two books in mind that helped my wife "How to scrub a toilet" and "Staying silent during T.V."

    I'm kidding of course. I have no idea since my wife isn't a Christian :(

    I hear those "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books are good. They have Christian ones, try those :)
     
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    Elizabeth George has written several books that have helped me become a better wife and mother and more devoted to the Lord. Her book "Loving God with All Your Mind" has been of the most help to me, because I'm prone to negativity and the book addresses how we can bring our thoughts captive. I highly recommend it, especially if one is prone to depression or has experienced great heartache resulting in feelings of anger or hopelessness.

    Her book "A Woman's High Calling" addresses the woman's role as wife and mother and child of God. But, you do not have to be a wife or mother to read the book, as she addresses single women, widows, and just women in general.

    I think these two books (besides the Bible) have changed my life the most.
     
  4. Peggy

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    Turn the tables. What books have you read that make you a better husband or father?
     
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    Peggy, serious question.. Are you on a crusade against men? Maybe I have miss-interpreted, do tell.
     
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    My wife read "The Excellent Wife" by Martha Peace, and God used it in a mighty way to revolutionize our marriage.
     
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    Be careful of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Sakuras. The editors are New Agers. Although the Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul has some essays by Christians, it also has stuff in it by New Agers and Mormons.

    I suggest books and articles by Elizabeth Elliott.
     
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    Anything from Beth Moore

    Joyce Rogers(Widow of Dr. Adrian Rogers) has put out a few --- one titled The Wise Woman
     
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    Of course I am not on a crusade against men. How silly. But if there are books on how to be a good wife and mother, there should be books on how to be a good husband and father, eh?
     
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    Peggy, I wasn't sure because your very first two posts seemed to be directed against men. My apologies if I'm wrong.

    Maybe you just like me, and this is how you show it. ;)
     
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    I've heard of the book Womanly Dominion by Mark Chanski and that it's good, but I haven't read it myself.

    I don't necessarily read a lot of books on being a mom or wife, to be really honest. I read a lot of books on being a child of God. Crazy Love by Frances Chan will be my next book. I just finished The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies and it was really good. I'm also looking forward to Josh Harris's new book Dug Down Deep. You can read the first chapter here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/21019814/Dug-Down-Deep-Chapter-1-by-Joshua-Harris
     
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    Cool. I just started the Challies book and it seems very good! I also just signed us up for the breakout session that Josh Harris is doing on Dug Deep Down at T4G. Still almost 6 months away, but I can hardly wait!
     
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    I am not impressed with Beth Moore for many reasons. She teaches men; she is very emotional and seems to use emotions a lot to make points. In one of her studies she states that God gave her the words, and she's on board with mystical Quaker Richard Foster and his mystical prayer movement.
     
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    Thanks Marcia. I thought I was the only one who didn't care for her. I know of many ladies who really like her and if they get a blessing, that's fine with me, but I just can't get into the word with her the way I can Elizabeth George.

    When I'm reading a book for women, I also like to read something a woman wrote. Personally I feel that since men aren't wives and mothers, I'd rather be instucted in those areas by someone who has actually been there, done that. Same thing with books on child-rearing.
     
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    I thought I was the only one who didn't like Beth Moore. :laugh:

    I took one of her studies offered at my church several years ago and I learned very little. She just talks way too much for me. After awhile all I heard was bla, bla, bla.........(it was a video study)

    Her books are the same way. :sleeping_2:

    I prefer male teachers.
     
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    Uh, there are several reasons to not be impressed with Beth Moore. But that's not one of them.
     
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    Why not? What do you mean? The Bible clearly tells us that it's not for a woman to teach or usurp authority over a man. Please explain.
     
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    My wife is reading "Created to be His Help Meet" which she says is fantastic. She previously read "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands". We both read "The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage" before that.

    I highly recommend the last two.
     
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    Nope........
     
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    If that's the case, then Christian women violate the verse when they become municipal judges, councilpersons, college professors, police officers, and so on. Given that Priscilla taught Appollos (Acts 18:26), Phoebe held a leadership position (Romans 16:1), and Debora was a Judge (Judges 4), this isn't consistent with what Paul is referring to.

    Good question. In actuality, the greek words "gunh" and "aner" used in the passages are referring to men and women in the family role (ie, husband and wife). Not in the church role, not in a secular role, and not even in a public role. An example in the passage is v8, which reads "men pray everywhere". It literally means men, not people in general. But again, the Greek word is referring to men who have families. That context of the Greek word is lost in translation from Koine Greek to English.

    That said, I'm not a Beth Moore fan. But "she teaches men" isn't a reason in and of itself to be in opposition.
     
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