Hey, It’s Authors Day!! I couldn’t decide on my top favorite author, so I decided to share with you some of my favorite nonfiction authors who inspire hope in different ways. In most of these books, you’ll find laughter, tears, growth opportunities, plenty to think about and learn from.
We often struggle with hope. Losing It, Finding it, Knowing if it’s even possible. And yet, God offers us Hope.
A Joyful Expectation, Confident that He is Faithful.
We can claim hope along with so many other gifts God freely gives us. Lets explore these few authors and their books. Most of them don’t claim to offer hope, but it’s there just the same! Hope that will connect you with your Identity, your Purpose, your Savior, and your Family.
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Hope for Reclaiming Your Identity
Stasi Eldridge is the author of many books, alone and with her husband John. They have several marriage books, Love and War, among others.
Stasi has 2 books in particular Captivating-(which I have not had the opportunity to read yet) and Becoming Myself, (which I am currently reading for the second time) that are for women in most any life stage. What I’ve gotten from Becoming Myself, is becoming the person God dreamed up before the beginning of time.
It’s about recognizing the woman God sees, as well as the woman life has created. The people and the circumstances that built our reflex responses and inner recordings that replay.
If we can truly see these pictures, we can make strides, becoming, joining the process of moving towards that first Identity. By Depending on God. Doesn’t that sound like Hope to you?
Hope For Reclaiming Your Life
Lysa TerKeurst has written several books and Bible studies. The 2 I’ve participated in so far have been fantastic!
I first read The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands about a year ago, and was very impressed. This one helps you reclaim control of your time, talents and treasures. Regain control from any demands that are not of God.
She helped me see the difference between Good and Best, evaluating ALL of the costs before committing to something (mental, physical, financial, time, etc) and more.
Very helpful, enlightening, and definitely encouraging, that there’s hope, we don’t have to be driven by circumstances, we can choose! And if we choose wisely, we can teach the next generation to make wise choices, from our example.
Uninvited, now that doesn’t really sound hopeful, but listen, you’d be surprised. Lysa shares some hard truths, eye opening experiences, and purposeful scriptures that weave together to create hope.
If I look at my dreams, desires, and hopes for the future as coming from a place of scarcity, and the world’s limited supply, it will constantly feed the notion that someone else’s success is a threat to mine. In other words, this person getting opportunities means less opportunity for me…….That’s not Wisdom. That’s Fear. That’s not how we are to process life. We are to process life by looking up to the Lord and INTO HIS WORD for wisdom. Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst
It both surprises me and doesn’t surprise me at all, how easily we let our fears control us. I do it far more than I’d like to admit. Especially after “Fear Not, For I am with the, Be not dismayed for I am thy God!”
If our God is with us, for us, honestly, who can be against us? And yet. That nagging voice telling us we’re not loved, we don’t matter, etc. There is Hope. Lysa offers some heartfelt hope, simple suggestions, scarcity turned into abundance!
Check out the full title of this book: Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. Yes, It’s Possible! I’ve tasted it. I’m not successful always, but sometimes 🙂
Hope in the Holy Spirit’s Guidance
I am currently in the middle of Catherine Marshall’s The Helper and Wow! This is a book about the Holy Spirit, His purpose (hint, it’s not about us, and yet it is) and the changed life.
He is available to us today. It’s easy enough to say Of course He’s available now, but do we act like we believe it?
Our Actions Declare our Beliefs.
The Spirit cannot guide us however, as long as we insist on finding our own way. It is as if we, groping along in the dark, are offered a powerful lantern to light our path, but refuse it, preferring to stumble along striking one flickering match after the other.
Instead, first we have to ask the Spirit to lead us, Then by an act of will place our life situations and our future in His hands; and then trust that He will get his Instructions through to us.The Helper, by Catherine Marshall
The Helper is both an examination of the Holy Spirit’s job description and actions, and a guide for drawing closer. She explains things very clearly, has scripture for you to read, that helps you fit together the verses about the Holy Spirit, and really grasp a better picture.
I’m very excited to be reading this book, and sharing it with you!
Parenting Hope with Practical Applications
Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller have written a few parenting books, and honestly, since Heart, and Communication are high on the focus list, they could almost double as marriage books, too 😊
We are currently reading The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart Based Strategies for All The Stages of Your Child’s Life together, aiming at 1 chapter per week, as part of our date night. My husband often says something along the lines of “Hmm, I’d never thought of it like that before! That makes a lot of sense”
The focus on reaching and training the heart instead of behavior modification is BIG. And these guys do an excellent job of not just getting the message through, but also giving really good strategies including examples of how to apply things to different age groups.
Children, just like adults, need practice in order to properly interpret the internal messages in the heart.
That’s part of what it means to grow in the Christian life, but the sooner children learn to become aware of those promptings, the faster that growth can take place.
God wants to speak to, teach, lead, and comfort your child. By talking about spiritual things and by discussing the interactive role of God in your own life, Kids begin to experience that reality in their hearts as well.Motivate Your Child, Turanski & Miller
Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Without Being Told, is another one that has been very helpful. Getting the understanding into me, so that I can teach more usefully. One of my favorite quotes in this one (above) points out the practice necessary for all of us!
BONUS: 3 Hope Filled Devotionals
Finding Hope Together
If you need a fresh dose of Hope, why not try one of these books. Whatever is going on, God’s Got It! I think you’ll find more hope than you thought possible, and more than just hope: encouragement, inspiration, and practical ideas as well!
What’s your favorite book or verse for when you need a boost of hope? Please comment below, I’d love to hear it, and add it to my reading list!