Choosing Wise Influences

Contributed by Laura Reynolds and Lauren Thomas

Last week, we shared some questions to ask yourself when looking for wise influence in Bible studies, books, or teachers. This week, Laura and Lauren are sharing some of the resources they have found helpful in their own spiritual formation – resources we have personally used and know to be faithful to God’s word and wise influences as we try to grow in godliness. We hope these might be a good starting point for you!

Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher we have both learned from and who is a prolific author of studies aimed at women. These studies can be done on your own or with a group, and many are offered online for free! Other studies and books for purchase. One of the things we love about Jen’s teaching style is that through her studies, she also equips women with study methods to apply on their own later. Lauren highly recommends the God of Creation study – it was a game changer in helping her see how the foundation of God’s creation and plan in Genesis sets the stage for the rest of God’s redemptive story. 

Laura has found writer and speaker Paige Benton Brown’s work helpful. Find an accumulation of Paige’s writings here!

For the more auditorily-inclined, podcasts are a great option! The Journeywomen Podcast and Help Me Teach the Bible are two favorites. Journeywomen is a gospel-rich, topically-based podcast that helps women grow in understanding how the Gospel shapes various aspects of their life, such as technology, humor, and body image, and how they can honor God in those areas. Although Help Me Teach the Bible was created for Bible teachers, it discusses thematic overviews of books of the Bible that are great even if you aren’t a teacher and teaching in certain contexts, such as their episode on Teaching Theology to Kids. Lauren has found that podcasts are a great way to redeem her drive to work and her runs so that time can still be used to soak in the Gospel.

She Reads Truth is a resource that many are probably familiar with. They provide free online studies as well as study guides that can be purchased separately. This is a great resource for women who are short on time but still see their need to be in God’s word daily.

Two sites we have found useful for specific topics are Desiring God and the Gospel Coalition. Both offer topically-based articles that do a good job at staying up-to-date on current issues in order to offer a Biblical perspective and response. Looking for a place to start? Check out this article on Women, Insecurity, and the Self-Help Gospel.

 

There are so many books to mention that we have listed them below by author.

 

Wendy Alsup

  • By His Wounds You are Healed: How the Message of Ephesians Transforms a Woman’s Identity
  • The Gospel-Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood through the Lens of the Gospel
  • Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives

Ellen Dykas

  • Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Sexual and Relational Brokeness  

Elyse Fitzpatrick

  • Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus (Non-moms, Lauren still found this helpful for serving in CTK Kids!)

Gloria Furman

  • Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms
  • Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God
  • Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home

Rachel Jankovic

  • Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches
  • Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem and the Joys of Motherhood

Carolyn McCulley

  • Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World
  • The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home

Jen Wilkin

  • Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds 

Have you used any of these resources? What did God teach you through them?

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