A while back, I promised to give you some reviews of the books I read during my time away from Burning Bushes. Well, here’s another.
I’ve had A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George sitting on my bookshelf for the past five years. The cover itself (a bit too Pepto Bismol pink for my taste) and the title just didn’t seem to thrill me. I mean, I do want to have a heart that is following God, but it just sounded a bit cheesy, don’t you think?
Anyway, I finally got over myself and picked it up. The book was written in 1997 so it’s not the latest thing off the Bestseller’s list. But, the author was full of thoughts and encouragements that felt very current for me.
The book is divided into three major sections:
- The Pursuit of God
- The Pursuit of God’s Priorities
- The Practice of God’s Priorities
Section 2 was further divided into five smaller sections:
- Her Husband
- Her Children
- Her Home
- Her Self
- Her Ministry
This book is not the Bible, for sure. So, it’s not perfect. But, the book gave me a great gift as I moved through the chapters. It set me free to focus and concentrate on the major responsibilities God has already given me-namely my spiritual life with Christ, my husband, my children, and my home. Though she does talk about ministry outside of the home (and is obviously engaged in outside ministries herself), Elizabeth George sets forth the challenge to care for the ones closest to you FIRST.
Her writing encouraged me to find my fulfillment and worth in abiding in Christ and then to step forward each day with an attitude of a selfless servant. She increased my vision of the impact that’s possible, over time, when one family is centered on Christ and His character–with priorities correctly aligned as God has instructed.
If you’re like me and sometimes feel like you’re extremely busy but not quite sure if anything you’re doing is making a bit of difference, this book just might be a great encouragement to you as well.
What about you? What books have been helpful to you over the past few months? And, by the way, when do you find time to read?