In my previous post, I mentioned three books that have helped me in my faith. Books that I treasure and have even read again and again.
Continuing on from there, here are two more books that have helped me – and continue to help me.
Now, this actually isn’t a book written about faith. It’s essentially a time management book. But I’ve listed it here because Emilie Barnes is definitely a Titus 2 older woman who is a font of wisdom. This book is bursting with so many useful tips and suggestions that you simply can’t read it quickly. It needs to be digested over time. It’s like an Encyclopedia of home management!
I picked up this book when I was in Barbados on holiday. I wasn’t married very long and Jo and I didn’t have any kids at this point. But I felt like I wasn’t glorifying God in my home. I felt overwhelmed (without kids! I almost want to laugh now!). And I felt lost in my role as a wife. I didn’t know what I was doing or what I should be doing. And in my first year of marriage, I suffered with depression.
This book has helped me in my faith by helping me to get my priorities straight. Emilie was the Titus 2 older woman who held my hand through that early stage of my marriage and helped me to just put one foot in front of the other. (When you’re coming out of a depression, sometimes you just need to deal with one day at a time). The Bible truly has the answer to all the problems I’ve ever faced, but this book was full of practical ‘how to’ guides that kept me moving forward when I felt bewildered and stuck.
I’ve written in it, dog-eared lots of pages, photocopied the appendices and made copious notes over the years. Definitely a book for any homemakers shelf!
5. The Bible
Last and certainly not least, the Bible is a book I know I couldn’t live without. It has a new revelation for me each time I open it. And it’s wisdom never grows old. It truly is a timeless book. So it’s not hard to see why it’s the most published book of all time in every language.
I once had this woman’s devotional bible which I loved. But unfortunately I lost it when I left it in my car (which I totalled and it got towed away)! So I’ve been using different bibles that we have in the house.
I really enjoy this parallel translation version which my mum got for me when I was studying Theology. And is now falling apart from overuse!
I also like the English Standard Version bible (ESV) for it’s more literal translation.
If you can, I highly recommend that you enhance your bible study by learning biblical Greek. Having studied Biblical Hebrew and Greek at university I thoroughly recommend getting even a basic knowledge of biblical Greek.
Furthermore, you will be amazed at the insight you will gain from understanding the subtleties different words have in their original form. And the process of translating the text from the original language has helped me tremendously in my understanding and appreciation of the whole bible and has consequently bolstered my faith.
So there you have it! Five books that have helped me in my faith and that I would highly recommend to others. If you haven’t read my previous post containing the first few books, you can read that here.
Tell me, what books have helped you in your faith? Are there any books that you love and would recommend? I love adding new books to my wish list on Amazon – I might get an unexpected surprise for my birthday or Christmas! 😉
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