Confession: I buy books. I buy books about how to be a better mother/wife/christian and then I don't read them. I get tired of being the way I am so I rush out to our local used bookstore and find some book that I just KNOW will be the turning point in my life, bring it home, read a chapter or two and then set it down until the next time I'm particularly disgusted with myself.
It's been a long time since I've actually finished anything.
BUT, I have JUST finished reading What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst. You know when you're talking to someone and they say something and you instantly know that you're kindred spirits because they've just said the very thing you haven't been able to put into words? Or they explain something that you've been frustrated about and it totally makes sense?
The only other book I've read by Lysa TerKeurst is Made to Crave. Actually, that's a lie. I didn't READ it, I got it for free from Audible for signing up for a free month. So technically, I listened to it. Anyway, I do subscribe to her daily email devotions.
This book is directed toward women who want to grow and walk in a deeper level of faith. Lysa bases the book on what she refers to as "five phases of faith" which are
"1. Leaving: In order to go to a new level of faith with God, you've got to leave the old behind.
2. Famine: In this new place, you'll realize your comfort zone is gone, and you'll learn to depend on God like never before.
3. Believing: You've always want to really believe God, but now your experience of Him becomes too real to deny.
4. Death: Coming to the end of your ability to make things happen seems like death to you. But to God, this is the only way to new life with Him.
5. Resurrection: In a way only He could, God makes your dream come true. Only then do you understand that real joy isn't in the dream itself but rather in the richer faith you acquired along the way." (pgs 9-10)
She uses biblical examples and personal narratives to support her ideas. My favorite of the biblical examples is her comparison of the leadership of Moses and Joshua and the very different responses of the Israelites based on those differences. At the end of each chapter there is a little study guide, with scripture references and, sometimes, assignments.
I got this book from the library but I can definitely see myself purchasing it so that I can read it and refer to it over and over again. It speaks to my spirit and hits the spot only kindred spirits can find.