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I am constantly on the hunt for new books that challenge me in my walk. Every once in a while I come across one that causes a complete shift in my thinking. Is  it possible for a book to change a life? Yep. Every time I am challenged with new insight, my perspective shifts; my thoughts and behavior follow suit. Below are some of the books I’ve read over the years that have instructed, challenged, and made me wiser in my walk. I’ll add to this list continually – mainly because I can’t stop reading.

Wealth, Riches, & Money by Craig Hill & Earl Pitts

The market is flooded with all kinds of books on finance. But this book is like none of them. If you want to understand the spiritual principles behind money, the influence of Mammon, and why we are God’s managers, then be sure to read this insightful, meaningful explanation of God’s principles of finance. Order your copy though https://www.familyfoundations-store.com/

Culture Making by Andy Crouch

As believers we are called to do more than simply critique, consume, copy, and condemn culture. We are called to create. In this insightful work, Andy Crouch breaks down the responsibilities believers have to  influence culture instead of withdrawing from it. He challenges every person who has ever wanted to make a difference, to consider the method and the person of Greatest Culture Maker of All, Jesus Christ. Trust me, it’s not what you think. Pick up your copy – pretty much anywhere.

No Perfect People Allowed by John Burke

Feeling stifled in your attempt to reach a hostile world with the good news of the gospel? According to John Burke, the problem is likely you. No Perfect People Allowed challenges everything you ever thought you knew about building a “church without walls”, where non-believers, cynics, atheists, and agnostics feel accepted enough to investigate Christ. Lots of churches claim that a “come as you are” culture is what they’re about, but anyone who has ever been ostracized or abused at the hands of so-called believers, knows that many churches don’t live up to the hype. I caution you, read this book only if you want to be called out on your hypocrisy and start examining the log in your eye – both of them. It’s a painfully honest read, but like any nasty tasting medicine, it’s good for ya’!  I found copies for sale on Amazon.com

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Everybody say it with me, “I hate Martha Peace!” Okay, maybe I don’t hate her hate her? But I am not happy with Mrs. Peace. Before she came along with this sanctified work, I just knew I was a pretty good wife. Well, sister girl shattered all of my delusions. I learned after just getting through the first chapter that not only am I NOT a fabulous wife, but I stink at it.  I would even go so far as to say that I kick rocks, Y’all. But hey, all growth is painful, right? The good news is that now that I know just how much I stink, I have hope of improving. Of course I can’t do anything lasting in the name of Sheeri, but in Jesus’ name, I am on my way. This book is best read with a group of women as opposed to just by yourself. I say this because, you will need to talk to other women about how much you, too, hate Martha Peace. And I guess the accountability factor is a good reason to share the experience with a group.  Then again – perhaps misery just loves company. If you’re a real masochist, get the study guide, too. The Excellent Wife is only for big girls though. If you’re playing house, then you might want to leave this one on the shelf. But if you’re serious about being the wife God wants you to become, then study this book. Mrs. Peace will really jack you up. Order your copy via Amazon.com or through any retailer.

Word: For Everybody Who Thought Christianity Was For Suckas by Mykel Mitchell

Naturally, I could not compile a list of books that I love without including one from my absolute favorite author in the world, Mykel Mitchell. Aside from the fact that Mr. Mitchell is my husband of 14 years, I enjoy his book because his is a really compelling testimony. He went from drug trafficking on the streets of Oakland, living a totally carnal lifestyle to serving as a deacon, an elder, a mentor, and teacher in the body. The positions, however, are not nearly as important to him as the God who put him in them. His is a very touching explanation of why he turned away from the Church at an early age, and how the Holy Spirit won him back to Christ. He is a man of integrity with a great sense of humor, always ready to laugh first at himself. His candid and warm personality comes across well in print, as he readily reveals areas of vulnerability and struggle alongside amazing insights and triumphs. If you have ever wondered how to reach the hip hop generation with the Good News, Word might offer some timely insight. Copies are available on Amazon.com.

Until next time, be blessed Family!

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