From dusty highways to airport runways, our family will be logging some miles crossing the U.S. this summer. And you can bet that my book bag will be my number one travel accessory.
So, here’s a sneak peak at three books I’ve packed in my summer travel bag:
My Summer Book Bag
Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture by Steven W. Smith
I bought this book because I want to become a better text-driven Bible study teacher. Although it’s written primarily for a male audience, every believer needs instruction in how to rightly divide God’s Word while being faithful to the author’s original intent in writing.
Author Steven W. Smith emphasizes that faithful Bible teachers need not “draw points out of Scripture,” but rather “show the text as it is,” especially considering the genre of a book. In this way, teachers of the Word are able to recapture the voice of God in both tone and meaning.
So far, I have already underlined and highlighted almost every paragraph in the first chapter of this technical book. Considering the lack of similar tools written by female Bible study teachers, I look forward to the day when more conservative publishers release titles such as these explicitly geared to equip women teach other women how to study the Scriptures.
Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids! by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
Most moms I know struggle with anger. I’m certainly no exception. So, when a friend told me she was reading this book I ordered it on Amazon right away. As with all the Turansky and Miller books, Good and Angry, is a helpful tool for implementing wise parenting strategies to combat issues like yelling, discipline, and dishonesty.
In the book, the authors outline a five-step plan for teaching children to follow instructions and accept the word “no.”
And while Good and Angry is no substitute for the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of you and your child, it offers practical advice targeting key heart issues that plague most children (and parents).
Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission by J.D. Payne
Last fall, I attended a Global Think Tank on mobilizing women for missions hosted by the International Mission Board. This book was among the resources shared at the event. Written by Southern Seminary professor J.D. Payne, the book guides readers through the changing global landscape and how it impacts the Great Commission.
Our Pittsburgh church plant is situated in a region that is considered both ethnically diverse and ‘unreached’ with the gospel. So, Payne’s global research provided encouragement and a challenge to engage unreached peoples migrating to the West including students, refugees, and migrant workers.
Strangers Next Door is a book for any mission-minded woman who seriously desires to see the nations in her community come to Christ.
My New Summer Study
Looking to fill your own summer book bag? This month, I’m publishing a five-week discipleship tool for small groups. Crowned: Created for Glory, Called by His Name outlines a woman’s identity in Christ looking at five key aspects of salvation. Each lesson in the study asks two primary worldview questions: “Who am I?” and “Who is God?”
But this book is more than a simple Bible study! Crowned is the first in a series of three books following the discipleship strategy I developed for the women’s ministry for our NAMB church plant in Pittsburgh. Each book will tackle one of the three components comprising our strategy to produce fully formed replicating disciples: worldview, biblical literacy, and missional living.
Written with new believers in mind, these books will help a women’s ministry or discipleship leader train biblically-literate disciples capable of reproducing themselves.
So, be on the lookout for the release of the first component, Crowned, in the coming weeks!