I really, truly hope and have prayed that the series I wrote throughout October, 31 Longings of a Girl’s Heart, was helpful and encouraging to some of you. I definitely learned a lot from it – not only the discipline of writing for 30 days straight on the same topic, but also about my own heart and its desires. Hopefully you gleaned something from it, too.
If you’d like to read the series or to find a specific post, you can find the full list of posts here!
Throughout the series, I referenced and quoted several books. Today, I thought I’d share those books in one post, so you can check them out if you’re interested. (Just a notice, these are affiliate links, so I might make a small commission from your purchase, at no extra cost to you.) Here they are!
1. Captivating – Unveiling the Mystery of Woman’s Soul, by John and Stasi Eldredge
I quoted this one at length several times through the series, and could probably say that it was part of what inspired the idea for the series. This book was quite eye-opening for me. My copy is full of pink highlighting, and I’m considering rereading it again soon. If you want deep insight on what it means to be a woman created in the image of God and living in this world today – including topics of our histories, our sin problems, our relationships with our parents, men, and other women, our cravings for beauty and romance – this is the book to read.
2. The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren
This is another book I should reread soon. When I was about 17 or 18, our church read this together as a group and the pastor preached a series on the topic. I remember it being a really thought-provoking book on the purpose of our lives on earth.
3. Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman, by Beth Moore
I love Beth Moore’s writing, especially her Bible studies. She takes me deep into Scripture, on a treasure hunt to find life-changing truths. This study on Esther focuses on courage and the ‘reversals of destiny’ that God often works in our stories.
4. A Million Little Ways, by Emily Freeman
I’m not quite done reading this one yet, but I’ve really loved it so far. Emily encourages readers to ‘uncover the art you were born to make and release the art you were made to live.’ And art isn’t just what we think of – painting or dancing or writing – it’s the unique and beautiful life God has called us to. It’s showing up and being alive in every moment. It’s life as art.
I hope these books encourage you as they have me!