Morning Mercies

A friend recently posted about this book on facebook. I know she’s struggled with fertility-related issues in the past, and I think she referenced them in her post. Regardless, even though I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I’ll pass her recommendation on to you! She said she’s been reading this devotional each morning for about a year now, and recommends it,

For anyone who has experienced hardship and wants a devotional that isn’t full of sappy Christianese… This book is a great option. Tripp’s ability to point us to Gospel truth in light of living in a broken world is phenomenal.

New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp

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Suggested books on prayer

In followup to yesterday’s post on growing our prayer lives, I wanted to give some suggested reading. But really, guys, please don’t over-think it. As I told you yesterday and in posts past, Jesus gave us really clear instruction for prayer, so we don’t need to read a bunch of books before diving in.

I have read some of these, and some I’ve had suggested to me by trusted friends. Please comment if you have any to add, or to give your review of any of these books!

Prayer by Philip Yancey

The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels

These haven’t been recommended to me yet, but in my searching I came across them and they looked good. I have read other writings by their authors, so I expect them to be biblical and trustworthy, and hope to read them in the future.

Prayer: The Ultimate Conversation by Charles Stanley

Does Prayer Change Things? by R.C. Sproul (the Kindle edition is currently free!)

The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul (the Kindle edition is currently free!)

Lord, Teach me to Pray in 28 Days by Kay Arthur

A  Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper

When I took the prayer class, these were the required books:

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala

The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Some books for in the meantime – Non-Infertility

If you are getting serious about using this time of waiting to grow in Christ, or if you just want something to distract you from the ocean of infertility information and meditation, here are some books I recommend, all in the genre of Christian growth, and none directly related to infertility.

“The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer

tozerThis is one of my favorite books ever, and the first time I read it it changed so much about my life. It’s considered a Christian classic, and even if you’ve read it in the past, I recommend a second read. It’s based upon this key point: “To have found God and still pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.” It’s not a long book, either, so it should just take a few days, though there is so much to meditate on, it will undoubtably take longer to digest.

Knowing God” by J.I. Packer

packerThis excellent modern classic challenges the reader to go deeper in his or her reading of the Bible, and to meditate more fully on who God really is and how that affects us. It focuses on God’s attributes and the absolute truths of this world. It’s a medium-length book that will keep your mind engaged. Continue reading “Some books for in the meantime – Non-Infertility”

More books to consider – Infertility

I’ve been researching books you may be blessed by. As I’ve said before, books related to infertility are really not my cup of tea, but I respect that they can really benefit most people, so I’ve found a couple more to share.

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The first is a devotional book, which I thought was pretty unique. One Amazon reviewer wrote:

I love this book! It has provided comfort many times through our infertility journey. It let me know I was not the only one questioning God at times. I have read this book from cover to cover multiple times. In fact, I pulled it out at the doctor’s office today while waiting for more testing. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is having difficulty conceiving. It is appropriate for wherever you are in your journey.

Another person added:

This book of devotions has been full of wonderful blessings. My husband and I read the book together and it helped to open the line of communication about this difficult time in our lives. We were able to talk about how infertility if affecting both of us. The book was so good I bought it for a friend and now she and her husband are in the process of reading it!

The book is called Longing for a Child: Devotions of Hope for your Journey Through Infertility, by Kathe Wunnenberg. It’s available on Amazon and other booksellers.

The other book, Water from the Rock: Finding God’s Comfort in the Midst of Infertility, focuses on how to depend on the Lord in this trial. It also has several great reviews; here’s one: water from the rock

The best way to succinctly describe this book is as a “How-To” manual for dealing with the grief of infertility. Each of the three authors have walked this journey and they combine their experiences and expertise (they are professional ministers and a professional counselor) to walk along side the reader through the ins and outs of grief.
The book is divided into 2 sections. The first section deals with identifying the stages of grief and how it manifests specifically in infertility grief. Each chapter identifies a new stage and offers constructive, biblically sound suggestions on navigating it.
The second section focuses more specifically on overall coping and healing, rather than stage specific exercises. It concentrates on the wounded woman’s possible necessity to reconcile with herself and her identity in Christ, with God, with her spouse, her family and/or her friends. The authors challenge the reader to reach beyond her grief out to others around her and encourage the reader to really internalize that God’s plan for her life is not limited by infertility.

I thought this sounded like an original and beneficial read. You can also purchase it at Amazon.

Have you read either of these, or do you have a similar book to recommend? Please comment! 

Book – “The Infertility Companion”

I have not personally read this book, but it has been recommended by many. If you are the type who would be encouraged by a Biblically-sound book written especially for you, pick it up!

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You can go to here to read a very helpful review: Liana Berrus: Life, Theology, Books

Book – “Hannah’s Hope”

This post isn’t about the real Hannah (we’ll talk about her soon, of course), but about a book that often gets recommended to me, Hannah’s Hope by Jennifer Saake. I’m personally not big on reading books about infertility, but that’s just my personality. I know many women would be encouraged by some biblical, pointed books (though I remind you of the dangers of obsessing and encourage you to limit yourself as is best for you). If you’re interested, you should check out this review and see if this is a good one for you: Two Cats, One Dog, and a Baby.

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