3 Books Meant to Uplift, Encourage, and Grow Your Walk

   I really hope this post is finding you having a wonderful 4th of July weekend!! 

  Mine is going great simply because my A/C is on and my family is all together. I honestly couldn't ask for anything more!

  I've got a few questions for you. When you think about your walk with the Lord, do you feel shame? Do you feel like you're just trying to keep up appearances? Do you feel distant from the very people you're supposed to be ministering to?

  Well, let me tell you-I've felt all of these things and more. We are bombarded daily with so much, that the Holy Spirit's comforting voice gets drowned out. We look in the mirror and hate who we see, hate who've we become, and refuse to acknowledge our true identities in Christ. 

  Here, I bring you three books to help combat that (not to ever be replaced by the power of the Bible itself!). Each of these have ministered to my spirit and are now treasures in my library. I hope that you'll check them out and see the worth and value in each!

   Shame is everywhere.

  Whether it's related to relationships, body image, work difficulties, or a secret sin, we all experience shame at some point in our lives. While shame can manifest itself in different ways—fear, regret, and anger—it ultimately points us to our most fundamental need as human beings: redemption.
  Shame never disappears in solitude, and Heather Davis Nelson invites us to not only be healed of our own shame but also be a part of healing for others. She shines the life-giving light of the gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, giving us courage us to walk out of shame’s shadows and offering hope for our bondage to brokenness. Through the gospel, we discover the only real and lasting antidote to shame: exchanging our shame for the righteousness of Christ alongside others on this same journey.

  If you're dealing with any kind of shame-this is the book you need to invest in. Heather does an amazing job at reminding us about our value in Christ. This book is filled with all the scripture one needs to speak over their life to be free from shame; that may be body image shame, past or current sin shame, or just the flat out lie kind of shame that the enemy uses.

  Not only does this book address our own shame-but brings to light the our ability to pass on shame to others. Heather even tackles "shame-free parenting" which is a chapter that I'm planning on reviewing again...and probably again.

  Over all-I feel blessed to have this. Unashamed is the guide to "...heal our brokenness and find freedom from shame."

(Btw, I am giving away a copy on my FB page! Check it out!)

  We like to pretend that hidden agendas are just for self-important bosses or egotistical politicians, but we all have them. Deep down, we all have a secret plan for getting from where we are to where we want to be, even if we refuse to admit it to ourselves.

  And if our hidden agendas aren't enough, we wear masks to obscure the truth even more. We put on these masks---like religion, appearance, power, politics, or protection---to drive our agendas. But all of this leaves us feeling phony, ashamed, guilty, and afraid. It's killing us and hurting those we love. But for most of us, it will be a cold day in a hot place before we will be fully honest with anyone else.

  There is so much more to life than hiding, pretending, and never being loved. In fact, there is already one person who sees behind the masks we wear and the hidden agendas that drive us. It does no good to tell God that you're sick when you're drunk, that you love him when you don't, or that you didn't steal and eat an apple (with apple juice dripping down your chin). God always recognizes and loves the "you" behind the mask.

  So what can we do about the hidden agendas we have and the masks we wear? How can we gather the courage to be real? "Being real" has to start with your relationship with your heavenly Father. God already knows you inside and out. But God doesn't know you in order to "out" you to your friends. His unconditional love for his own is reason we can pray to our Father without fear of rejection or judgment. Knowing God's love, knowing that your heavenly Father is for you not against you is the only reason to give up your masks and develop the type of authentic relationships you never thought you could have.

  Going along with being free from shame, we have Hidden Agendas by Steve Brown. Steve touches on a lot of subjects that go along with themes in Unashamed

  Touching again on the shame and guilt we carry as Christians, Brown gets pretty down and dirty. Each chapter also comes with discussion questions (which would be great for a group study). He tackles topics about what we believe is being good compared to what the Lord things is good (spoiler:We aren't good). It talks about who we are in public compared to the person who weeps before the Lord at night. (another spoiler: THAT is the person we need to be sharing).

  This book is a highly realistic view of some things that are wrong in the church as a whole. We've gotta quit with the phoniness. There are a few knit picky things I don't like about this book, but there are more good points (and some pretty convicting ones) that makes this worth the read.

 Finally, this sweet book, Between Us Girls by Trish Donohue.

  You feel more than mommy guilt. You feel a deep and growing conviction that you must do something to disciple your daughter. But what? How can a busy mom make sure that her daughter learns about the most important things in life: what Jesus did for her on the cross and how to be faithful to him in this broken world?

  I have one little girl, and each day I feel shame and guilt that I'm not raising her to love Jesus the way I should. I get angry because I honestly don't know how, most of the time.

  My momma became a Christian when I was much older, so this is very new territory. Trish Donohue gets this.

  She's created a gem of a book to help assist in this area. Her book is a literal transcript to go by! Each chapter is a "talk" for moms and daughters to have with one another. Moms have questions to ask, as well as daughters. It's beautifully written in a way to get to the deep stuff together

  I can't wait to do this with my little girl. She's only 7, but I still think this would be a good age to start this with. Ideally, it would be good to start once reading is no issue-but I still think we can make it work.

  This goes beyond a devotion, this is book made to inspire deep intimacy between mom and her precious girl. 

  I needed this.

  I really hope that you enjoy these reads! If you're facing any issues of guilt and shame is any area of your lift-go to the Word first. Then, check these works out. Also, make sure you go visit the author's pages and show them some love as well!

What are some of your favorite uplifting reads?

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  1. Thanks for the book suggestions! I've been looking for a good book to read.

    1. So glad I could help!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Interesting books which I know a friend will love - going to recommend them to her. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Dominique! Nice to e-meet you! I've never heard of any of this books, but I definitely plan on exploring further. Have you ever heard of Brene' Brown? She's written several incredible books that sound like they would be up your alley. I've read "I thought it was just me," but plan to read her others soon. Thanks for the recommendations and I look forward to coming back here again soon! :)

    1. Oooo! I'll have to check her out! Thanks for the suggestions! It was nice meeting you too, Krista!

  4. Love how detailed you got with these recommendations! I love thoughtful book recommendations.

    1. Me too! Thanks so much for your encouragement!


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