First Friday Book Faves - July 2014

What are you reading?

That's the question we will be asking COF contributors and you, our readers, each month. Is there a book that you just can't seem to put down, that's teaching you a profound spiritual lesson, or making you laugh amid your struggles? We want to hear about it!

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Denise Trio

Undaunted by Christine Caine

I just started Undaunted by Christine Caine. Caine has recently become one of my favorite speakers and I enjoy listening to her podcasts, on which she promoted this book that she wrote a few years ago. I'm only a few chapters in, but already Caine, with her fiery wit and boldness in speaking truth, has captivated my attention and pricked my spirit. What would life look like if indeed we took the challenges, trials, setbacks, and difficulties that we encounter and not only grew from them, but used our testimonies to comfort and encourage others? Using her own story of being unnamed, unwanted, and unqualified as an adopted child turned into world-speaker, Caine encourages the reader to live a life undaunted.

Becky Crenshaw

Made to Crave by Lisa TerKeurst

I just finished Made To Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. It was such a refreshing and FREEING read for anyone who has struggled or is currently struggling with weight or food-related issues. Lysa is a mastermind of combining humor, vulnerability, and grounded Biblical application. I personally gleaned much from her perspective! I watched my mom struggle with her weight for years and have inherited much of her preoccupation with food. Lysa's book is enlightening that YES we ARE made to crave…but not food. We are created to crave a Living, Magnificent, Satisfying, Omnipresent, and All-Knowing God!! Food is needed for survival and enjoyment, but not worship. Loved it!!

Kimberly Ann Coyle

Wonder by RJ Palacio

I recently finished Wonder by RJ Palacio. It's technically a children's book, but it should be required reading for everyone who's ever loved a kid, taught a kid, or been a kid;) It tells the story of August, a child born with a severe facial deformity, and his first year at a "regular" school after years of homeschooling. It's about courage, friendship, and acceptance--lessons we all need to learn no matter what our age. You're never too old for a good story, and in this case, a great one!

Kimberly Amici

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

I am reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford. I picked this book up because of its whimsical cover plus I loved the tagline: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters. Boy, do I need that, especially with the summer here. It's an easy read filled with anecdotes from the author's family life, along with practical tips and encouragement for readers to begin there Hands Free journey. One of the suggestions that I have already started to do is to be present in the hellos and goodbyes; giving your little ones and your spouse a greeting that shows how much they mean to you. It really only takes a minute, but it speaks volumes to your loved ones.

Satin Pelfrey

Finding Spiritual White Space by Bonnie Gray

Her {courage} in going to the deepest, darkest places of her life, and allowing the healing touch of Jesus to saturate her every fiber is astounding!
Her {gentleness} while encouraging her readers to also go to the deepest, untouched places of their heart, is incredible.
Her {passion} for sharing God’s truth regarding rest is relentless, as she points her readers to Christ every step of the journey.
This book is like water to the weary soul: quenching the deepest desire for more rest & more Jesus. Finding Spiritual Whitespace is a must for every reader’s library! Pick it up and soak it up!!

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