Looking for resources that will help you grow? You've come to the right place.
First, check out my 2017 Christmas Gift Guide for Presence Seekers here.
Also, I've listed some of the resources below that have shaped my life. I will continually add to this page, so check back periodically. These resources will mess you up for a good, long while. 🙂
What are you looking for?
Bibles & Books:
The most amazing Bible I've ever seen, one which I believe I'll use and keep the rest of my life–is this leatherbound ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition.
This Bible is patterned after the Bible that my hero, Jonathan Edwards, had made for himself. Edwards took a Bible apart and had it rebound, with a blank page sewn in between every page, so he could write study notes directly in his Bible with ease.
I've dreamed about having a Bible like this for years, but I had never heard of one being printed. I was actually considering contacting a custom book binding company and having them take a Bible apart for me and re-sew it with the blank pages.
But on February 29, 2016, THIS Bible was released. Two weeks later, I found it in a store, fell in love, bought it immediately (for more than Amazon charges, unfortunately). 🙂
This Bible is covered with genuine, natural leather, held together with a leather strap. You close the cover by wrapping the strap around the Bible several times and then tucking it through itself. The leather is soft and pliable. This Bible smells good. It feels good. It's reasonably heavy (but worth it to me; just keep in mind that it's not a thinline Bible). The pages are cream-colored and are thicker than normal, thin onion-skin Bible pages. And there is a blank page in between every single page of Scripture.
You can write notes on your blank pages. You can draw or record prayers. If you're a songwriter who mines Scripture for the best lyrics of all time, you can write down the songs the Lord gives you. Whatever.
A word about the ESV: I've always been a NKJV girl, and I still am. However, the ESV is also a word-for-word translation (the most accurate translation method), and I am finding it very similar to the NKJV. In places where I miss a particular phrasing from the NKJV, I simply plan to write it in. 🙂
I plan to use this Bible the rest of my life. It's well-made, durable, and is, in my opinion, of heirloom quality. Click here to grab the Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition on Amazon!
The one best book:
The one best book: if you could only read one book the rest of your life–just one, other than the Bible–it should be The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life.
See my review here. This book, written by one of my heroes, will propel you into the manifest presence of God. You will get a whole new outlook on life, and your faith will be strengthened like never before. Why? Because this book is all about the attributes of God. It covers who God is, one characteristic at a time, as much as He has revealed Himself to man.
As you read through this short book, you will seriously have to take breaks just so you can lay on your face awhile and cry before a holy, loving, righteous God.
I can't say it enough: READ THIS BOOK.
Books about prayer:
I read Rees Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb right after I got saved. It's the story of a great intercessor-revivalist-missionary who saw both the Welsh Revival and a great revival in Africa in the early 1900s. I began reading this book when I knew nothing about intercession. But by the time I was done, the Holy Spirit had gripped my heart with a call to intercede that has literally shaped my entire life since then.
Rees Howells: Intercessor is a story–but it's a story that will pull you in and make you beg God for more. Seriously, don't go on another day without reading this book.
Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds is the second book on prayer I read that changed my life. Bounds wrote in a way that makes you think you're sitting in the theater of eternity, staring directly at the Father's face. Someone gave me this book shortly after I got saved. When I read it, the Holy Spirit touched me with fire. I wept through the pages. God used this book to light my heart on fire, giving me a passion for prayer that has never been extinguished.
“Power through Prayer” is really short, but it will mess you up forever if you'll let it. 🙂
If you want to know how to dominate in prayer–how to pray the prayer of faith that shakes both heaven and earth–read Power, Passion, And Prayer by Charles Finney.
Finney was the great revivalist preacher of the Second Great Awakening in the mid-1800s. He's the one that rode through towns on a train, never stopping, and revival broke out in the town. He's the one who walked into a woolen mill and the factory workers, without a word from Finney, broke down in tears and turned to God because of the sheer Presence of the Holy Spirit that he carried.
And this is how he prayed. ‘Nuff said.
I probably learned more about how to pray with authority from this book than from any other resource, ever. Go get it.
The book that taught me to pray confidently and without ceasing for God's intervention in difficult, unjust situations–from Jesus' example, no less–is Unrelenting Prayer by Bob Sorge. This book is awesome. Check it out and grab a copy (paperback or Kindle) on Amazon here.
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears and Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson go together. I loved them both. They made me hungry. They brought me to tears. They inspired me to believe God for more, and pray bigger, than I ever had before.
I liked Draw the Circle even better than The Circle Maker, but I highly recommend you read The Circle Maker first. The Circle Maker teaches you how to pray big prayers and dream big dreams: prayers and dreams that are worthy of God. Draw the Circle takes you even deeper into miracle ground, teaching you how, through prayer, you can experience God like never before.
Mark Batterson is positively prophetic. I read Draw the Circle at a time when I needed a WORD from the Lord, and boy, did I ever get one. Batterson was reading my proverbial mail in both books, but especially in Draw the Circle.
These are easily two of the most inspiring books you will ever read. I suggest that you run, not walk, to buy them.
Books about spiritual warfare:
Everyone's Guide to Demons & Spiritual Warfare: Simple, Powerful Tools for Outmaneuvering Satan in Your Daily Life is a fantastic resource that will help you begin to understand how to win the battle you're in. This book was written by my pastor, who is also one of my spiritual dads. It contains a lifetime of knowledge and study in simple terms from this mighty man of God, who is one of the foremost authorities on spiritual warfare alive on the planet today. GET THIS BOOK. It will help you. 🙂
And a nice, large tallit:
If you like to pray with a prayer shawl, there are many fantastic choices out there for smaller tallits. I personally like to use a great big tallit, though, large enough to wrap up in. (It helps me feel more hidden; plus, they're warm, and I get cold easily.) One of my favorites is this large acrylic tallit (imitation wool) prayer shawl in blue and silver stripes. It measures 47″ tall and 67″ wide. Read here for my three favorite ways to use a tallit.
I'm very picky about my journals. If my journal doesn't look and feel beautiful, I don't get inspired to write in it. And writing notes in a journal is a huge key to spiritual growth.
I like to pick journals that are about the same size as my Bible, so I can hold them on my lap together. I prefer hardback, but will use spiral-bound if the design as a whole grips me. 🙂 And I never pick perforated pages, because I keep all my full journals and don't want to lose anything.
Here are some of my favorite journals I've used:
This Ellie Claire Blessingsjournal is a gorgeous journal with drawings in the background of the pages inside. It's one of my favorites ever. I've always been pleased by every Ellie Claire journal I've purchased.
Another Ellie Claire journal that I enjoyed: Delight Yourself in the Lord: A Woman's Journal is standard Ellie Claire style: hardback, beautiful interior design, and durable.
DaySpring Spiral Bound Hardcover Journal Diary Notebook, Birdwatcher: This is the journal I am currently using in 2016. It's beautiful and the pages are blue in the inside, with little drawings, quotes, etc inside. I love it.
Business & blogging resources:
- For my website, I use StudioPress Themes for WordPress with the Parallax Pro Theme. I love, love, love StudioPress themes and would not personally recommend anything else.
- I design graphics in Photoshop.
- I use Akismet for anti-spam protection and MailChimp for my amazing email provider.
- I use and recommend InMotion Hosting for website hosting.
- I have taken Ruth Soukup's Elite Blogging Academy course, and I'm still taking it. I definitely recommend it. It's easy to understand, very helpful, and contains awesome growth, branding, and monetizing tips.
Business books I recommend:
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin is one of the most awesome business books I have ever read. If you are an influencer, a leader, a businessman, an evangelist, a Christian, a forerunner, an intercessor, or ever want to be … or if you love people at all–YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.
“Tribes” talks about how every individual can gather and influence a “tribe” of people that are all committed to the same cause. This book is prophetic. It's written in a business context, but it applies more to discipleship than it does to business, in my opinion.
Tribes is very easy to read since it's full of stories. You will be captivated from the first couple of pages; I couldn't put it down.
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt is a one-stop, start-to-finish handbook for how to get your message out in this social media age.
Hyatt, the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, is a leadership/performance blogger with a huge blog/social media following. His book uses all his experience and teaches you how to build a blog and a social media platform so that your voice can be heard in today's marketplace.
Platform is full of practical tips that you can implement in just a few minutes each. Hyatt doesn't hold back his material to try to make you buy something else; he lays a roadmap out for you as plain as day.
I bought this book in 2012, and I still use it and haven't even begun to harness all the techniques it describes. Platform is a must if you are an entrepreneur, a speaker, an author, or a leader of any kind … or if you want to become any of those things.
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