Book Haul for the Jesus Lover

Hello again, readers!

I recently acquired a few Christian books, and I’m so thankful to have them. I’m officially a regular reviewer for P&R Publishing, which is so exciting, and I just got back from a work conference (CCEF annual conference 2018), which means I brought a box full of books back with me.

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

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New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul Tripp

I finally purchased New Morning Mercies, which is a daily devotional I’ve been wanting to read for-ev-er.

Paul Tripp is a fantastic author—I was thrilled to be able to copyedit a foreword by him at work, and it was so wonderful to spend my day reading his words of biblical wisdom.

I’ve read a few of the devotionals, and they’re all wonderful, accessible, and just solid nuggets of #truth.

Streams of Mercy: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Barbara Duguid

Thank you to P&R Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I’m excited for this one, but I know it will be hard, too.

To seek God’s mercy, you have to admit how much you need it, and I don’t know about you, but dwelling on my need for forgiveness isn’t fun.

But oh, there is freedom and celebration in finding God’s grace and mercy, isn’t there?

I’m hoping this book will help me learn to pray God’s words back to him, to “consciously taste God’s mercy.” 

Trusting God’s Promises by Elyse Fitzpatrick 

Thank you to P&R Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. 

This is part of the “31-Day Devotionals for Your Life” series, and I’m so glad I picked this particular topic. This book isn’t just for people who feel as though they’re drowning in doubts.

It’s for those who feel strong in their faith, too—all of us will, eventually, feel deep discouragement at one point or another.

Each day’s devotional has two takeaway truths to memorize and write out, as well as space for personal reflection. I’m hoping this book will help me say, “I believe; help my unbelief,” in those seasons when doubt is most prevalent.

Journeys with Jesus: Every Path in the Bible Leads Us to Christ by Dennis Johnson

Thank you to P&R Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I’ll admit, I mostly picked this one up because of the foreword by Nancy Guthrie (I just love her!) and the endorsement by Sinclair Ferguson (he’s a gem!). But I just know there are going to be many treasures in this book.

Dennis Johnson takes readers through the Old and New Testaments, pointing to Jesus throughout the Bible as the fulfillment of God’s promises.

I’m excited to learn how to investigate Scripture, to pay attention in a new way, similar to CrossTalk by Mike Emlet (which is all about when life and Scripture meet).

90 Days in Judges, Galatians, Ephesians by Tim Keller and Richard Coekin

This devotional is taken from Explore Quarterly issues 55, 64, 65, and 76. I snatched this up at the CCEF conference right before it sold out!

This book equips readers who want to dig into Scripture, and the authors are with you every step of the way.

It also includes real-life application, responsive prayers, and journal space. I don’t know when I’ll get to this, but I hope it’s soon!

The Art of Rest: Faith to Hit Pause in a World that Never Stops by Adam Mabry

I will read any book on rest. I repeat: ANY book. To be honest, this is a topic I desperately need to study, and by God’s grace, I hope to rediscover again and again how God is the God of rest—and what that has to do with me.

Americans, especially, do not know how to rest.

Pushing against the glorification of constant “hustle” life can be so, so hard. But this book is for the weary.

This book is for the people who need to create margins in life, and I am truly one of those people.

Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney

I bought this book at CCEF because Joe Novenson mentioned it in his session on Praying Scripture.

It’s a small book, but I have a feeling it’s going to blow me away: simple, yet profound truths about prayer, Scripture, and the God who made it all.

I can’t wait to peel back this new layer—to enrich my prayer life by communing with God by praying his Word.

I really think the truths in this book will point me to the one who can transform my prayer life. 

Love Came Down at Christmas: Daily Readings for Advent by Sinclair Ferguson

Another book I snatched up at the CCEF conference! I’m really looking forward to entering into the Christmas season with this devotional.

This Advent guides readers to slow down amid the busyness and enjoy an even deeper, more thrilling Christmas love to celebrate love incarnate.

My only regret is that I couldn’t also get this in audio form. Sinclair Ferguson’s voice is my favorite. 

Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity’s Rebirth by Rebecca VanDoodewaard

Rebecca wrote another book I’ve loved called Uprooted, which is all about homesickness. I knew I’d love this one from her, too.

Few accessible books exist on the heroines of the Reformation. But this book will, Lord willing, take root in my heart an inspiration and challenge to see a whole new dimension of the church.

These women with diverse backgrounds have been raised up and used by God in an incredible way, and I’m eager to see how they uniquely served God.

Have you read any of these titles? Let me know so I can prioritize!

Happy Reading! x