If we could sit down and have coffee or tea with you to share our hearts and some encouragement, we would probably bring up something on this list. These are some of our favorite resources. We only recommend things we have personally read or used and love. When we find something new, we’ll add it to the list so you can always check back in the future for more great, tested resources.
Staying in Love Small Group Study by Andy Stanley – This Small group material is incredible! Pastor Andy provides excellent stories & object lessons in each DVD teaching. We recommend this for engaged couples and marriages in any season.
Sacred Marriage Small Group Study by Gary Thomas – This is great for all seasons of marriage, but especially applicable to couples who have been married a long time.
The 5 Love Languages Couples Profile by Dr. Gary Chapman – This is a free online quiz you and your spouse can take to better understand how each of you speak and hear love. This website also has parenting resources for learning your child’s love language.
MentorUs: An Online Marriage Course by Justin & Trisha Davis – This course is godly life coaching for your marriage from a couple who have experienced many different seasons. They address the heart of issues to encourage genuine change, rather than just behavioral change.
The Best of Us: A Spiritual Roadmap for Parents by Tim Ferguson – This book is a quick, easy read that helped us critically consider how we will parent Malachi.
Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson – This book is a quick, easy read that equips you practically and spiritually. It will challenge your faith and it is great for all parents, no matter your child’s age. Bonus: it’s very affordable!
Faith & Spirituality
God’s Armor Bearer Volumes 1 & 2 by Terry Nance – This is a fantastic set for anyone looking to serve in the local church. We read these books in a high school leadership class and are still greatly impacted by them today, particularly Volume 2, Bloom Where You Are Planted. They are both short, easy reads.
Just Like Jesus Devotional by Max Lucado – This 30-day devotional is one of Amanda’s favorites. It is available in Kindle but it leaves plenty of space to write so it was nice to have the hardcover version.
Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer – This is a timeless and in depth study on the nature of God for people who want a deeper theological study.
Under Cover by John Bevere – Similar to God’s Armor Bearer, this book addresses why we are blessed when we honor those in authority God has placed in our lives.
Grief & Loss
In Light of Eternity by Randy Alcorn – This book examines key scriptures about Heaven so you can understand it through God’s perspective.
I’ll Hold You in Heaven by Jack Hayford – This book biblically addresses parental loss of an infant through miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, or early infant death.
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