There are books which are “nice,” and then there are books which are life-changing. Let me introduce a few that have impacted my own life, and which I think might do so for yours, too. These books cover topics that I often write about on my blog.
Just released in November of 2016, Head Covering: The Book is close to everything on headcovering in one place. It is thorough, it is biblical, and it is convincing. Jeremy Gardiner does a great job of presenting a positive case for headcovering in an easy-to-understand manner while doing the topic the justice it deserves; near the end, he also addresses some of the most common objections. This is not another pamphlet on headcovering; this is an actual full-length book. It’s the first of its kind, as far as I can tell, and I’m really excited. I have read several pamphlets and short books, all of which have been good; but having a more-in depth treatment of the topic is so helpful. To read headcovering testimonies and articles, watch videos, or listen to sermons, go to the Head Covering Movement site. If you’re on the fence about this, or even if you’re a veteran head-coverer, I strongly recommend this book!
Being a godly wife, mother, and homemaker:
Created to be His Help Meet. This is another “I love it” book! Yes, there are a few points I disagree with (which I may tackle in future posts). However, the overall message is, I believe, right on with what the Bible teaches about wives being helpers for their husbands (not the other way around). The author, Debi Pearl, is blunt and doesn’t mess around; she drives the point straight home, which is what most of us probably need. Feminism has done its damage, proving it doesn’t really work if we want to have happy marriages and families. However, for those of us who want a truly heavenly marriage, we need to do things the way our Creator says we need to do things; He should know, He made us. You can buy it on Amazon, or go directly to Michael and Debi Pearl’s website, No Greater Joy, to order.
Parenting God’s way:
Another great book from No Greater Joy written by Michael and Debi Pearl; To Train Up a Child challenged my views on child raising. The main point of the book is that training and disciplining are two different (though related) things: if we train our children the right way, we won’t need to discipline them; and if it is ever necessary to discipline them, if done in a consistent manner, we won’t need to do it often. Clear boundaries and consistent consequences are important if we want our children to be happy and well adjusted. Just as important is keeping heart-strings tied; children need our love just as much as they need our training. I didn’t regret buying this book; in fact, I plan on re-reading it many more times. It helped me see more clearly than ever the need for consistency in my parenting, and that if my children have trouble with self-control, it is often the result of poor child training on my end; however, children flourish with clearly defined boundaries, and consequences that remain the same, every time. Order from their website, or from Amazon. I don’t agree with them in every particular (for example: potty training babies several months old), but I did benefit from the general principles set forth in the book.
The blessing of children (leaving family planning in God’s hands):
I’ve read several books against birth control, but so far, this one by Nancy Campbell is my favorite:
Be Fruitful and Multiply was one of those books that literally changed my life! You will find Bible verses in abundance that support the view that children are blessings to be received with openness and thanksgiving, not burdens or “responsibilities” to be controlled by family planning methods. I don’t know how anyone with an open mind and a soft heart toward the things of God could read this book, look up the Bible verses for themselves, and still think birth control is fine. One thing that was great about this book was its positive and gentle approach. Instead of saying “don’t use birth control,” the author presents a positive case for a life without birth control by emphasizing, “accept the blessing of children.” If I could recommend one book more than any other, it would be this one. Though it’s not uncommon for churches to teach on biblical roles and parenting, it’s not as likely that they will teach on this subject, though it’s in the Bible. Therefore, it’s all the more important for individuals to educate themselves on what their churches are probably not teaching. Buy it from the Above Rubies website, or on Amazon.
Finally, I suggest this informative book by Jeff Pollard: Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America. Do you know the history of how our society went from dressing in modest attire that covered the whole body to accepting tank tops and mini skirts? It has much to do with the swimsuit industry. More and more skin became acceptable for everyday wear because the boundaries were already being drastically pushed by worldly fashion designers for swimwear. This book gives a short review of that change, and defines what “modest” actually is, from the Bible. Another life-altering book! Order from Amazon.
If you have read these books, I would love to discuss what you thought about them! Please do share! If you have any other book suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!