Here are 3 books I think you would really enjoy:
- Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel
“Most people have prayed for something or someone in earnest, seeking God’s will, only to be left confused by God’s response. Sometimes we ask, “Why would a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” In Amazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk. When the prophet Habakkuk prayed that God would bring change to the backsliding nation of Israel, this issue came to the forefront. Habakkuk begged God for revival and that He would turn the hearts of faithless people back to Him. God’s answer to Habakkuk was, “Take a look at the nations and watch what happens! You will be shocked and amazed” (1:5, The Voice). The vision God gave Habakkuk was one of warfare and exile. How do you respond when God answers your prayers in a way that seems out of line with his character and promises? Amazed and Confused proceeds systematically through the book of Habakkuk, exploring the prophet’s prayer, God’s response, and the prophet’s journey from confusion to worship. This interactive Bible study is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers.”
Erich’s note: Heather is the discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC, where she oversees small groups, directs leadership development training, and serves on the weekend teaching team. She is an amazing communicator. We were blessed to have her last weekend at our Embrace Conference for Women at The Hills Church in the DFW area. You can keep up with Heather via her blog.
- The Road to Becoming by Jenny Simmons
“The Road to Becoming is a spiritual memoir and laugh-out-loud, compassionate guide for anyone walking through a season of heartbreak, change and waiting. The debut book from acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jenny Simmons, chronicles her final, painful days as the lead singer of the band Addison Road and her subsequent journey through the seasons of change, lostness and finding new life. Inspired by the responses she received from her blog-readers, a spiritual director-doctor, a complete meltdown in the spaghetti aisle and the stories of God showing up in deserts throughout scripture, Jenny began to chronicle her time in the wilderness. The result is a painfully vulnerable, honest, hopeful and humorous guide to some of life’s most uncertain seasons. The Road to Becoming will invite you to view your own Road to Becoming as a holy season and will challenge you to re-think happily-ever-after.”
Erich’s note: Jenny is a dynamic storyteller and lover of people who see’s God redemptive hand in the world around her. She was the lead singer of the former band Addison Road. She was part of Embrace Conference for Women in 2013. This book will be available soon (I’ve been reading an advance copy, really good!). Her new album, To Be Well, is available now! You can keep up with Jenny via her blog.
- 1 Samuel For You by Tim Chester
1 Samuel is a book of barrenness and battles, kings and schemes, shepherds and giants. It recounts the history of Israel as it moved from no king, to the king it demanded, to the king God knew his people needed. But its greatest excitement lies not in the events and characters, but in the person they all point to. 1 Samuel presents us with a wonderful picture of Jesus. Seeing him in and through this Old Testament book enables us to see him with fresh colour and texture, and see afresh what it means for us to follow him today as our Ruler and Rescuer. 1 Samuel is a book about ancient times, that speaks directly into ours.
Erich’s note: this is another excellent book in the God’s Word For You series. I have read the previous 4 (great for personal or group Bible study). The first 3 in the series were written by Timothy Keller. You can find out more about them here.
Your turn… What are some other books people should check out?