In His Image

Jen Wilkin's most recent book, In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character, answers a question I didn't expect. It answers the question: What is God's will for my life?

He wills us to be like the very image of God. 

If you're anything like me, I asked this question for 15 years, and I connected it with wanting to know what God wanted me to do. I wanted to know what he wanted me to do when I grew up. I wanted to know what college he wanted me to go to. I wanted to know who he wanted me to marry. 

These are all good things to bring to God. We can look to his Word and discern what is good and acceptable to him so that we walk in a way worthy of our calling of faith. But Wilkin convinces us of a better question to ask which ultimately answers our first question. Instead of asking what God's will is for us, we should ask: Who Should we be?

Wilkin's book explores the attributes of God we should imitate unlike her former book, None Like Him, which explores the attributes of God we try to conform to but can't. God wills us to be like him, and in reading this book, he will ignite or strengthen our desire to be transformed more into his image. 

This book is great to study alongside a group of men or women and can be purchased below.

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

This book is hands down the BEST book I’ve ever read on Christian hospitality. It also fueled me to evangelize as much as the best books on evangelism or the nations.

If anyone has the credentials to write a book on this topic, it’s Rosaria Butterfield. The book traces moments in her life that shaped her, growing up in an atheist home full of hardship, taking on the feminist movement and a lesbian lifestyle of community. “If only Christian neighbors would have reached out,” she states often.

One pastor and his wife did reach out. The Lord saved her through constant fellowship with them in their home where she heard and saw the gospel. It’s obvious that she sees herself in the unbelievers she now lays down her life to serve.

Rosaria shares numerous stories of their hospitality—how hard it is, yet how the Lord blesses it. You will close this book ready to open your home, not because you have much but because Jesus is more than enough, despite what you have, despite who they are, despite your weakness.
*I received this book from @crosswaybooks for an honest review.

Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture

Piper follows his book, A Peculiar Glory, with this one. In my opinion, it is a slow read, as most of Piper's books are. This is not a bad thing, however, since it causes one to stop and contemplate exactly what he's meaning to say. This books ironically possesses numerous practical ways to read the Bible supernaturally. Each chapter he outlines his purpose step by step while he takes the time to speak to each implication.