The Nightstand

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.

Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge // Mark Batterson

Whether you are a beginner ar prayer or an expert looking for fresh inspiration, this book is for you.  It's so, so good.  It is inspired by Mark Batterson's book The Circle Make and shares inspiring stories of God's answers to prayer, daily scriptures, and prayer prompts, to stir you to pray and keep praying like never before. Draw the Circle shares 40 true, faith-building stories of God’s answers to prayer, along with daily scriptures and prayer prompts. It could be the way to finding a lifetime of watching God work and believing in the God who can do all things, whether you are a beginner at prayer or an expert looking for fresh inspiration and encouragement.  It's worthy of reading again and again.
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Jesus Over Everything: Uncomplicating the Daily Struggle to Put Jesus First // Lisa Whittle

I think we all want to live simpler lives and to put Jesus first, but we all can struggle to do both.  In Jesus Over Everything, Lisa shares eight statements of choice to help us grow in our understanding of what it means to put Jesus first amid the craziness of our days. Discover the joy of choosing things like... commitment over mood, real over pretty, steady over hype, holiness over freedom, service over spotlight, and more.  This book gives us a practical picture of what we crave ad yet struggle to define as we seek to give God a place in our everyday lives.

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Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage // Beth and Jeff McCord

Both Kirstin and I have found the enneagram helpful in understanding more about how our husbands are wired and how we can use that information to positively impact our marriages.  This book "Becoming Us" pulls back the curtain on marriage and weaves the Enneagram through the lens of the Gospel to reveal why you and your spouse behave in different ways. Beth and Jeff guide you through the Enneagram and transform your marriage into the powerful relationship that God intended. If you enjoy the enneagram, you will love this book and its practical impact.  
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The Meaning of Marriage // Timothy Keller

This book by Timothy Keller is for everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged— and offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage.  Whether you are a Christian, skeptic, single, longtime married person, or about to be engaged.  His thoughts will leave an impact and show you the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.
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