The Bookshelf

Kirstin is an Audible gal while Melissa loves to hold beautiful books in her hands. Whatever your fancy, when there is so much to read, where do you start?  Here are some of our favorites that we believe may feed your soul, inspire your kids, and stretch your thinking.

I Am Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God // Diana Stortz

It can be challenging to figure out ways to talk about God to your children without a guide or devotional.  This book can be a helpful way to help children learn to trust God in everything as they learn about the names and character of God in the Am Devotional. Through 100 devotions, children will see how God’s names reflect His love, strength, and trustworthiness. Things they will continue to hold on to as they continue growing in their relationship with Jesus.
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Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts // Jennie Allen

Get Out of Your Head inspires and equips us to transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. Our enemy is determined to get in our heads to make us feel helpless, overwhelmed, and incapable of making a difference for the kingdom of God. But when we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways.
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Dugout Devotions: Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best (Stars of the Faith) // Del Duduit

If you have a sports-loving kiddo, this book is a great one to leave on their nightstand. It takes an inside look at several popular Major League Baseball players and their successes both on and off the diamond. Recounting personal stories about their walk with Jesus, these superstars serve God and provide a great counterbalance to the negative stories about athletes. The book can be used for daily devotions and help your kid walk through processing big ideas such as where they find their own identity.  It's a great way to transition from a family devotional book to your kid learning to read and process God's word on their own.  I highly suggest it!
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Becoming Us

Becoming UsIf I was created to live life with my God as His child, then when I choose to live life on my own, I am choosing the life of an orphan, of one who has been abandoned. But I am not abandoned, my God calls me His child.  On my son’s birthday, what if he looked at his gifts and refused them, saying, "No, I'm an orphan." As his mom, it would grieve my heart, but even more than that, it would hurt his. He would be self inflicting wounds because, in fact, he is not an orphan, and neither are we. Just like I love my kids, our God loves us. He gives us gifts and we can trust Him enough to take them. In her book Becoming Us, Beth McCord writes of our three basic needs:
  • Core Desire - What you are always striving for and believe will bring you complete fulfillment in your life.
  • Core Weakness - The core issue you are always struggling with and will remain an issue until you get to Heaven.
  • Core Longing - The central message your heart is always longing to hear.
Using the Enneagram, she writes about each type, their central messages to the three needs above, and God's gift in meeting those central messages.   It's a great marriage's even a great friendship book...but more than that, it shows us how we can lean into our God and choose not to live orphaned anymore. We would want to receive the gifts He has for us.  This book has refined the way I see the Enneagram, and I believe it can help us be better versions of ourselves, because when we appropriately rely on our God, we become children who can live free, and people who can love and be loved well. It's one more step into Becoming Us.   This is the free life. This is the life I never knew I always wanted.  Take your free enneagram test here!