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I love to read, but there was a time when my children were young that it felt like I never read anything above a preschool level. Listed below are some books I have enjoyed reading. There is no rhyme or reason to my selections. Fiction and non-fiction books are included. If you would like to recommend any books, please let me know. I hope to update this list frequently. Send an email with a book recommendation to: Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com If you wanted to purchase any of these books, I provided a link to www.christianbookdistributors.com as well.

You can click on the banner to the right to purchase my book The Voices of Christian Working Moms that includes a Bible study. Find out the results of a survey of over 2100 CWMS.

You will also find below the books a list of recommended websites as well.

Non-Fiction

Women's Issues

Girl on a Swing

527290: Girl on a Swing Girl on a Swing
By Nancy Kennedy / Multnomah

Imagine a girl on a swing: leaning backward, pumping her legs, eyes closed as the wind blows through her hair. She is safe, secure, free, and forgiven. Kennedy shows how believers can experience similar joy, as we come to understand God's unconditional love and our freedom in Christ. Learn how you can soar!

Get Out of That Pit

455529: Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk about God's Deliverance from a Former Pit-Dweller Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk about God's Deliverance from a Former Pit-Dweller
By Beth Moore / Thomas Nelson

Beth Moore wants readers to know if God could lift her out of the pit, He can get anyone out! She admits she wasn't just a visitor; she was a pit-dweller in need of deliverance from acres of life-accumulated dirt and mind-numbing confusion. She shares the permanent lessons of hope she learned in this very personal book. While empathizing with the hows and whys of life in the pit, she continually points readers to the deliverance that awaits.


The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules
 
263913: The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the   Rules The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules
By Carolyn Custis James / Zondervan

From the author of Lost Women of the Bible! Drilling deep into the familiar story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, Carolyn Custis James uncovers radical levels of love and sacrifice---as well as gutsy risk-taking and rule-breaking. Discover God's calling for your life and learn how to become a courageous daughter of his kingdom.

This is a Biblical study in celebration of Ruth, a notable woman of the Old Testament who carries a message of hope and renewal for women today. James is quick to point out that God is the hero of her story and our story as well. The Gospel of Ruth is a must read for both men and women alike with a fresh look at a commonly known narrative.

Carolyn Curtin James (MA, biblical studies) travels extensively as a popular speak for women's conferences, churches, colleges, seminaries, and other Christian organizations. Her ministry organization, WhitbyForum, promotes thoughtful biblical discussion to help men and women serve God together. She is a consulting editor for Zondervan's Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament and author of When Life and Beliefs Collide and Lost Women of the Bible.

 

Lost Women of the Bible

 
63903: Lost Women of the Bible: Finding Strength & Significance through Their Stories Lost Women of the Bible: Finding Strength & Significance through Their Stories
By Carolyn Custis James / Zondervan Corp.

The women of the Bible have a strong, relevant message for women today that has been lost underneath layers of traditional interpretations and the expectation that God does his most important work through men. Crucial dimensions of their lives have been muted, forgotten, or passed over. Their strong voices are silent at a time when women are searching for answers that will hold up under the pressures and challenges confronting them today.

Building on solid scholarship and a determination to wrestle honestly with perplexing questions, Carolyn Custis James sheds new light on ancient stories that brings the women of the Bible into the twenty-first century. This fresh look at the women in the Bible unearths surprising new insights and a powerful message that will leave women feeling challenged, encouraged, and deeply valued. Rediscover and be inspired by Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Tamar, Hannah, Esther, Mary, and others.

When Life and Beliefs Collide: How Knowing God Makes a Difference
When Life and Beliefs Collide: How Knowing God Makes a Difference
By Carolyn Custis James / Zondervan Corp.

This book raises a long-overdue call for us to think seriously about what we believe about God. With passion, brilliance, and eloquence, Carolyn Custis James weaves stories of contemporary women with episodes from the life of Mary of Bethany to illustrate the practical benefits of knowing God deeply. Examining the misperceptions and abuses that discourage women from pursuing a deeper understanding of God, this insightful book demonstrates how practical and down to earth knowing God can be.
The Myth of the Perfect Mother: Rethinking the Spirituality of Women
The Myth of the Perfect Mother: Rethinking the Spirituality of Women
By Carla Barnhill / Baker

The church places many expectations on modern Christian women, especially when it comes to motherhood. Often women are discouraged and frustrated, feeling they can never measure up. Carla Barnhill asserts in this book that much of what we understand to be God's ideal is actually based on secular culture. Barnhill addresses several mothers struggle with, including homeschooling, spanking, working vs. staying home, depression, and social isolation, and offers a positive view of motherhood based on biblical principles. This book provides encouragement for women who face the realities of motherhood and need to be reminded that their ultimate worth lies in their relationship with God. It also provides valuable insight for pastors and counselors who minister to women and families.
The Myth of the Submissive Christian Woman: Walking with God without Being Stepped On by Others
The Myth of the Submissive Christian Woman: Walking with God without Being Stepped On by Others
By Brenda Waggoner / Tyndale House

Many women have been lured into the mythical version of biblical submission. They appear authentic on the outside, but on the inside they're chained by distortions of truth, which skew their priorities and cause them to doubt themselves. This book is about living a life surrendered to Jesus--embracing God's gifts, offering them back to Him, and passing them on to others. This book is about living truthfully and freely the abundant life promised us as Christians.
Your Home a Place of Grace
Your Home a Place of Grace
By Susan Hunt / Crossway Books

Does your home sometimes seem more like a battlefield than a sanctuary? Hunt warns us that society's quest for individualism is contrary to God's design for a covenant family that also includes grandparents and your church. By examining Bible characters and life stories, you'll learn how to transform your home with grace. Brimming with practical applications! 256 pages, softcover from Crossway Books.
Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
By John & Stasi Eldredge / Thomas Nelson / W

Every little girl has dreams of being rescued by her hero, of being swept away into a great adventure, of being the beautiful princess. Sadly, when women grow up, they are taught to be tough, efficient, and independent. Many Christian women are tired, struggling under the weight of the pressure to be a "good servant," a nurturing caregiver, passionate lover, or capable home manager. What Wild at Heart did for men, this book can do for women.
013220: Women of Faith® Audio Devotions for Women on the Go Women of Faith® Audio Devotions for Women on the Go
By Thomas Nelson

Busy women of all ages will be inspired by these inspiring devotions by the Women of Faith. team. Forty 4 minute or less audio devotions provide two months of soul care, with a collection ofScripture selections, and devotions from the Women of Faith®Devotional Bible that are combined with anecdotes, live quotes from conferences, and inspiring background music. Packaged in soft mint green case with easy-carry strap loop, this go-everywhere set keeps your faith fortified. 2 CD set in case with room for 12 CDs.

Marriage and Relationships

Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy

Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy
By Gary Thomas / Zondervan Corp.

Is happiness the ultimate goal of marriage, or is there a greater purpose? Thomas helps you understand the Lord's intention for matrimony-for husband and wife to reflect the character of Christ. See how God wants to use your marriage as a spiritual discipline to draw you closer to Him, who is happiness.
Sacred Influence
47401: Sacred Influence: What a Man Needs from His Wife to Be the Husband She Wants Sacred Influence: What a Man Needs from His Wife to Be the Husband She Wants
By Gary Thomas / Zondervan Corp.

You've pleaded, badgered and nagged, but your husband still won't listen to you. How can you help him become the man God intends him to be? Applying the concepts from his bestseller Sacred Marriage, Thomas gives you a man's eye view of how to positively motivate your spouse and cultivate a deep and true relationship with him.
Boundaries in Marriage
Boundaries in Marriage
By Dr. Henry Cloud / Zondervan Corp.

They're at the forefront of today's Christian counseling movement, and now Drs. Cloud and Townsend help guide couples. Recommending boundaries even in marriage, they show how respecting a spouse's personal "territory" actually strengthens a relationship, how to safeguard marriage from intruders such as idols, affairs, and well-meaning parents.
Safe People
Safe People
By Dr. Henry Cloud / Zondervan Corp.

Do your "people connections" lift you up or drag you down? If you often make "wrong" choices in love, work, or friendships, you can learn to find people who are good for you! Cloud and Townsend identify traits of untrustworthy people, offer practical strategies for forming healthy associations, and reveal things about yourself that jeopardize relationships. 208 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

Love and Respect

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs
By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs / Thomas Nelson

Discover the secret that cracks the communication code between husbands and wives and reap the benefits of marriage as God intended. Citing extensive biblical and psychological research, Eggerichs shows that harmony and happiness in relationships is not achieved by love alone, but by building on both parts of the Ephesians 5:33 equation: love and respect.

Power of a Praying Wife

75772: The Power of a Praying Wife The Power of a Praying Wife
By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

What is strong enough to transform a troubled marriage into a loving relationship? The prayers of a godly wife! Sharing examples from her marriage, Omartian encourages every wife to pray for all areas of her husband's life. Her poignant insights, along with empowering Scripture verses and prayers, will assure you of God's promises of restoration and renewal. 203 pages, softcover from Harvest.

Parenting

The Power of a Praying Parent, Deluxe Edition

The Power of a Praying Parent, Deluxe Edition
By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

Parents often feel that much of what happens in their children's lives is beyond their control. But a child's life shouldn't be left up to chance when parents can turn to the expert parent of all time--the heavenly Father--for help. As Stormie explains, it's not being a "perfect parent" that matters, it's being a praying parent that makes the difference.

Sacred Parenting

64516: Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
By Gary L. Thomas / Zondervan Corp.

Instead of the typical instruction manual on child rearing, Thomas's inspiring and affirming book demonstrates how God uses kids to profoundly change their parents. Through scriptural insights and encouraging real-life stories, you'll learn how others handled difficulties and challenges---and how it transformed their walk with God. Discover the spiritual potential in your parent-child relationships! 231 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

Parenting Bringing Up Boys

Bringing Up Boys
By Dr. James Dobson / Tyndale House

With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it's no wonder so many parents and teachers are a loss about how to bring up boys. Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, boys are suffering. Parents, teachers and others involved in shaping the character of boys have lots of questions. In Bringing Up Boys, Dr. James Dobson, America's most trusted expert on family issues, tackles these questions - and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of Biblical principles. A must-read book for parents, teachers, social workers, youth leaders, counselors - anyone involved in the challenge of turning boys into good men.

Growing Strong Daughters

Growing Strong Daughters
By Lisa Graham McMinn / Baker

How can you shape your daughter to be confident and gracious, empowered to become the woman she was meant to be? This intelligent, well-researched book is filled with strategies and personal insights to guide you in growing a strong, capable child. Among many topics, McMinn discusses how you can teach your daughter to be independent as well as interdependent, develop strong relationships with boys, a future mate and both parents; and have a healthy perspective toward her body and sexuality; and more.

Sex Education Resources

The Story Of Me (Ages 3-5)

The Story Of Me (Ages 3-5)
By Stan Jones / Nav Press

This is the first book in the God's Design For Sex series, written to be read to children ages 3-5. With candid, age-appropriate language and realistic illustrations, The Story of Me explains: God's love and the goodness of all He has made, the nurturing family as God's context for love, why God wants each baby to have both a mommy and a daddy, pregnancy as God's way to care for a baby until birth, the specialness of being made a boy or a girl, proper names for private body parts.
Before I Was Born (Ages 5-8)
Before I Was Born (Ages 5-8)
By Carolyn Nystrom / Nav Press

If you are looking for a trusted resource to use in explaining sexuality to children 5 to 8 years old you will find this gently illustrated book an asset. From a biblical viewpoint you can explain sexuality, human reproduction, and the growth of a child inside the mother's body, with understandable yet straightforward text. Children will develop an appreciation for God's marvelous gift of their bodies, including their sexual organs, and begin to understand the concept of families as God's intended framework for their own nurture andgrowth.

This is Book Two in the God's Design for Sex series, with over 250,000 copies in print. It will allow you as the parent to be your child's primary sex educator, teaching what God's design for sex is all about, through marriage, pregnancy, and birth.

What's The Big Deal? (Ages 8-11)
What's The Big Deal? (Ages 8-11)
By Stan Jones / Nav Press

You know what sex is. You've heard other kids joking about it, and maybe you've seen actors talking about it on TV. But you probably still have some questions, and that's great. What's the Big Deal explains the basic facts about sex and such related issues as:

Why God made adults so that they want to have sex

Why God designed sex to be shared only within marriage

What God actually says about sex in the Bible

The amazing changes ahead of you during puberty

How to respond when you feel sexual pressure from peers, TV shows, movies, and magazines

Your parents will read this book with you or discuss it with you as you read it on your own. They'll answer any leftover questions you might have and help you understand what a beautiful and exciting gift from God you sexuality is meant to be.

Gold Medallion Book Award Winner. Book #3 in the God's Design for Sex series

Facing The Facts (Ages 11-14)
Facing The Facts (Ages 11-14)
By Stan Jones / Nav Press

"God's Design for Sex book four is written to the 11-to-14 year-old, providing answers about puberty, sexuality, exactly how a woman gets pregnant and gives birth, why God wants you to save sex for marriage, and other tough issues.

Text discusses emotional and physical changes that occur, and gives biblical insight into God's design, as well as discussing the sexual pressures in life.

Black and white graphic illustrations combine with a sensitive handling of these intimate issues by two godly authors.


General

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No To Take Control of Your Life

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No To Take Control of Your Life
By Dr. Henry Cloud / Zondervan Corp.

This book presents a biblical treatment of boundaries, identifies how boundaries are developed, and how they become injured. It also shows Christian misconceptions of the function and purpose of boundaries, and provides a program for developing and maintaining healthy limits.

 

Knowing God: 20th Anniversary Edition
1650X: Knowing God: 20th Anniversary Edition Knowing God: 20th Anniversary Edition
By J.I. Packer / Inter-varsity Press

J. I. Packer's Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more---it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship. This 20th anniversary edition of Packer's classic has new Americanized text, reader-friendly type, and a new preface. Study guide not included.

The Ragamuffin Gospel

The Ragamuffin Gospel
By Brennan Manning / Multnomah Publishers Inc.

We live in a world that is constantly assigning values to people by using measurable standards. Whether it's students receiving academic grades for scholastic ability or athletes being ranked for physical talent, doctors being rated for best medical care or salespeople being rewarded for most sales, there is no way around the pressures of living in society today with its high, sometimes unattainable, goals. In his timeless book The Ragamuffin Gospel, bestselling author Brennan Manning points the way toward freedom for Christians who are tired of never measuring up, teaching them the full grace of God, who knows nothing of standards.

Newly repackaged with a fresh treatment, including a full appendix, study questions, and the author's own epilogue, "Ragamuffin Ten Years Later," The Ragamuffin Gospel dispels the myth that so many people have come to believe at a young age - that one must work to receive God's gift of grace and joy. Manning, who wrote the book after discovering firsthand what it means to live by grace instead of performance, peels away the layers of discontent and misunderstanding to reveal the true nature of God's grace, available to all who accept it.

For ten years, the transforming message of The Ragamuffin Gospel has touched the lives of many who felt stunted in their Christian growth, but who now revel in the comfort of a God who loves them for who they are - not for who they think they should be. With the release of this fresh take on the classic book, a whole new generation will relate to Manning's radical message of the unconditional life-changing love of God, and can come to accept their less-than-perfect identities as ragamuffins.

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart
By John Eldredge / Thomas Nelson / W

Dare to be the man God created you to be---passionate, adventurous, and free! In this provocative look at Christian manhood, Eldredge challenges you to actively pursue the dreams God has given you. Encouragement for every man who wants to walk the road least taken---and important insights for the woman who loves him! 224 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

 

Fiction

First Born Series

5393: The Firstborn Series - Volumes 1 & 2 The Firstborn Series - Volumes 1 & 2
By Karen Kingsbury / Tyndale House

Join Karen Kingsbury in the soul-stirring new Firstborn series from Karen KingsburyA series of hope, healing, and God's divine leading, even in the face of impossible circumstances.

Fame is the first book in the soul-stirring new Firstborn series from Karen Kingsbury. As Dayne Matthews returns to Hollywood after his shocking discovery in Karen's best-selling novel Reunion, he faces the dangerous world of fame and paparazzi. Meanwhile, Katy Hart receives the offer of a lifetime--starring opposite Dayne in a Hollywood film. Dayne and Jamie's choices will change their hearts and lives forever.

Forgiven

A-list Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews wrestles with the shocking information he learned about his past in Karen's best-selling novel Reunion. Now Dayne must come to terms with the reality of his situation and find both forgiveness and family along the way.

Last Jihad

9660: The Last Jihad/ The Last Days The Last Jihad/ The Last Days
By Joel C. Rosenberg / Tyndale House

Published months before the Iraq conflict began, The Last Jihad follows agents Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy in Jerusalem as the U.S. goes to war over weapons of mass destruction. And in The Last Days, Yasser Arafat is dead, Islamic radicals fight to control the West Bank, and Bennett wonders if he's witnessing the end times. Softcovers, from Tyndale.
The O'Malley Chronicles, Volume 1
By Dee Henderson / Sas & Associates

The first three books in Dee Henderson's best-selling O'Malley series are now available in a hardcover omnibus edition--just in time for the holiday season. The book contains one, two and three: The Negotiator, The Guardian, and The Truth Seeker. Hardcover.
The O'Malley Chronicles, Volume 2
The O'Malley Chronicles, Volume 2
By Dee Henderson / Sas & Associates

Three best-selling novels in one volume. The O'Malley Chronicles Volume 2 represents the final three stories of Dee Henderson's best-selling O'Malley series. The Protector, Book 4--When an arsonist begins targeting his district, his shift, his friends, firefighter Jack O'Malley faces the ultimate challenge: protecting the one lady who encountered the arsonist before she pays an even higher price. The Healer, Book 5--When a school shooting rips through her community, trauma psychologist Rachel O'Malley must find the child who saw the shooting...and locate the missing gun. The Rescuer, Book 6--Stephen O'Malley is a paramedic who has rescued people all his life. But he'll never forget this night: a kidnapping, a storm, and a race to rescue the woman he loves. Hardcover.
The Princess
The Princess
By Lori Wick / Harvest House Publishers

Fans of Wick's historical bestsellers will love this tender, contemporary love story! Suspenseful to the end, it's the moving tale of an arranged royal marriage that begins in duty, yet awakens a surprising love. Will Prince Nicolai and his new bride reveal their feelings for one another before their hearts are walled off forever? 300 pages, softcover from Harvest.
Circle Trilogy Series, Vols 1-3
Circle Trilogy Series, Vols 1-3
By Ted Dekker / Thomas Nelson / W

Book 1: The Birth of Evil
Every time Thomas Hunter tries to sleep, he wakes up in another world. Soon he no longer knows which reality is real. Slowly he realizes that each reality dramatically impacts the other. In each world unspeakable evil is unleashed and millions of lives hang in the balance. The fate of two worlds depends on the actions of one man: Thomas Hunter.

Book 2: Heroic Rescue
With the devastating realization that he has unleashed death into both worlds, Thomas now must figure out how to undo this evil, while trying to save his true love. From meeting with world powers in one world to leading a small band of mighty warriors in the great forests of the other world, Thomas is determined to change the history of two realities,or sacrifice all in trying.

Book 3: The Great Pursuit in White
Thomas must race to stave off a war and a virus that are simultaneously ravaging two worlds' populations. As time runs out in their search for a cure, suddenly a possible solution is found. Yet its ramifications are far more crushing than anyone could ever imagine; a price that may be too high to pay in either world. This final installment will reward those who have taken the epic journey.

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia: 7-Volume Slipcased Softcover Set
By C.S. Lewis / Zondervan Corp.

This handsome set includes all 7 of the Chronicles of Narnia series: The Magician's Nephew The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Horse and His Boy Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Last Battle Book covers are beautifully designed and illustrated, and each book includes a color map of Narnia on the inside back cover. Includes the original text illustrations by Pauline Baynes.

Recommended Websites
Send any suggestions to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com

www.CareKards.com
A creative way to show you care. Small sized cards to support you in your hour of need or to remind you how much God cares. Your purchase of CareKards helps the McGee family serve the people of El Salvador.

www.freezermealsinminutes.com
You choose the recipes and Freezer Meals In Minutes will organize your entire assembly session. Save time, stress and money!

www.marysoutherland.com
Mary Southerland is the Stressbuster and Women's Ministry Motivator. She also offers an online Bible Study. Check our her website for encouragement as well.

sheilawraygregoire.com
Sheila provides practical advice for all the difficulties of daily life. I think you will enjoy her perspective. Need a break from dirty dishes, temper tantrums, the homework crunch, or never-ending laundry piles? Sign up for your FREE weekly Reality Check, a humorous and thought-provoking ezine for Christian moms who need a pick-me-up! sheilawraygregoire.com/columnsignupc37.php

www.workingmom.com
Workingmom.com is a working mother's place for spiritual replenishing and help. A working mom is a busy woman; busy juggling full-time motherhood with a career. But take heart! We're here to help. A source for the working mother on the go. You may also visit this website for free coupons.

www.family.org
This is the Focus on the Family website. I often check out there Plugged In section. FOF will review movies and let you know what is objectionable. My children often will say, “Mom, have you checked the movie, yet? Can we go?” By checking the site I avoid any unwanted surprises.

www.familylife.com
Family Life is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. They offer Marriage Enrichment weekends. I also like their Passport to Purity materials. You take your pre-teen or young teenager on a weekend and listen to tapes about staying pure until marriage. The weekend will make a lasting impression on your child.

www.worldmag.com
World Magazine is online. World is a Christian “Time” Magazine. You will find news analyzed from a Christian perspective.

www.themarriagebed.com
This website seeks to help couples build and maintain greater intimacy in their marriages. They strive to educate and encourage couples with information that is scripturally sound and scientifically accurate.

www.book22.com
This website is also a Christian website that sells items to enhance the intimacy in your marriage in a discreet manner.

www.christianheartspublishing.com
Christian Hearts Publishing offers scripturally-based, inspirational, and motivational reading. Capturing A Better Life: Practical Wisdom for the Mind, Inspiration for the Heart, Enrichment for the Soul & Spirit will have a total of 8 books in the series. We also offer fundraising opportunities.

 

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