Seventh Giveaway: As Unto the Lord

As Unto The LordThis book was written for my own personal benefit (and indirectly for the benefit of my husband), because I need to be constantly called back to the standard to which God calls me as a wife.

There must be a few other wives out there who don’t have their roles mastered! This book is for you!

As Unto the Lord includes:

  • A short set of questions and relevant Scripture passages for daily review, to help wives prayerfully examine their attitudes and actions in the light of God’s Word.
  • An in-depth, expanded series of almost 200 questions, each followed by Scripture which explains what God has designed us to be as wives.
  • Suggested Bible study projects and helpful forms to aid a woman in a serious study of God’s calling for her life.

This book will help you:

  • Identify areas of sin and negligence
  • Memorize Scripture as a defense against the temptations unique to wives
  • Pray for God’s guidance and changing power in your life


To enter today’s giveaway:

Write one comment on this post, telling us about one of the most influential books (besides the Bible) that you have read.

One of the books that has greatly affected my life as a wife and mother is The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer. Mrs. Schaeffer’s ideas helped me see the beauty in homemaking, and has inspired me to take the gifts God has given me and use them to bless my family and others.

To qualify to win, you must also be a follower of this blog in some form (email subscription, RSS, or Google friend connect). All entries also count towards the final grand prize!

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  1. Managers of Their Homes by Steve & Terri Maxwell has helped me organize my day to get the most out of my time including cooking, homeschooling, cleaning, etc.

  2. Home Schooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Steve and Terri Maxwell helps me see so many areas in my life that I need to work on daily in this home school journey.

  3. Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney. This book has been so helpful to me in my walk as a wife and mom.

  4. I have really loved the books “Terrific Toddlers” (1 & 2) by Mel Hayde. Throughout the years when we were endeavouring to train our youngsters she gave such positive and simple suggestions to help encourage and motivate us. The first thing was to look at those years in a positive way i.e. terrific toddlers as opposed to terrible two’s. What a blessing these books were during those formative years!

  5. “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers helped me truly understand God’s love for me; how He pursues me relentlessly and holds me in the palm of His hand as the apple of His eye. That book solidified how much He adores me and how His affections for me are completely unconditional.

  6. Discipline (The Glad Surrender) by Elisabeth Elliot has helped me to focus my mind on Christ to be the best wife and mother. Something that she brings out that I find uplifting when I feel the drudgery of day-to-day life, is that there is no “Christian work” but that all work is Christian, whether it be cleaning house or raising children. God calls everything we do to be His work. The smallest or greatest thing we do is honoring Him when we do it as unto the Lord!

  7. Margin by Richard Swenson MD helped me understand that in order to serve God the way He wants, I must be able to say no to the things, people and activities that are not His will. This will allow me the physical, emotional and financial resources to follow God.

  8. Loving the Little Years

  9. My most influential book after the Bible is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It has helped me draw closer to my Savior.

  10. The Busy Mom’s Guide to Simple Living by Jackie Wellwood has been a good book to read with ideas to “keep it simple, stupid” as I balance being a mom, missionary and teacher.

  11. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas – challenged me to view marriage from God’s perspective and how He uses marriage to conform us more closely to His image.

  12. The Power of a Praying Wife was a great book for me to read shortly after we were married and had a huge impact on the way I viewed my new role. It helped me learn that praying for my husband is one of the most important things I can do for him on a daily basis.

  13. Praise Her in the Gates and The Fruit of Her Hands by Nancy Wilson reminded me that my endeavors as a Christian wife and mom are truly significant.

  14. Created to His Help Meet by Debi Pearl

  15. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

  16. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller showed me in a new way the intensity of God’s love for His people, showed me ways I fail to honor and love Him as I should, and gave me a new sense of the wonder of being a child of God.

  17. Created To Be His Helpmeet and To Train Up A Child by Michael and Debi Pearl have been helpful to me in my marriage and in raising my children.

  18. Created to Be His Helpmeet – Debbie Pearl but books by the Maxwells and Sally Clarkson are close behind. Tough choice!

  19. The Mother at Home by John S.C. Abbott is a great encouragement to me as I attempt to nurture and encourage my children.

  20. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. A fiction book, yes, but WOW did this book help me see the day to day walk of someone who truly wants to follow the Lord. Not perfect, but faithful.

  21. Becoming A Godly Wife
    By Gil & Dana Stieglitz

  22. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer has really helped me to put my life into perspective and make it a priority to seek God’s help first with every situation that I am face with in my life, homeschooling, raising my children and becoming a better wife to my husband. She is truly an inspiration to me.

  23. This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury. It brought me to my knees in gratitude for my Savior and his love.

  24. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller has most recently influenced me. It has helped me grasp my role as the “elder brother [or sister!!]”!

  25. I don’t know that I would be able to pick a book that has been MOST influential to me, but a book I just finished reading that really challenged me is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I am really trying to be intentional about seeing all the blessings and gifts that God gives me each and every day!

  26. Charlotte Mason’s Home Education helped me solidify (and simplify) more of my goals with educating my children – I’m working my way through the other 5 of her books 🙂

  27. I cannot think of a book other than the Bible that has influenced me so much that I return to it again and again. For homeschooling, I do appreciate some of the ideas from A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille.

  28. I’m not sure if this is the most influential, but I did like Managers of Their Homes by Steve & Terri Maxwell.

  29. One of my favorite books is”The Science of Prayer – Its ABCs” by Glenn & Ethel Coon. WONDERFUL book about claiming promises. It is very old and can only be bought on-line I believe. Also, “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young. It is a fictional book and the theology behind it is controversial but I saw such a beautiful Jesus and Lord in that book. I return to both of these books often.

  30. Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney as well as books by David Tripp have all been extremely helpful in my marriage and raising children.

  31. By far the most influential book I’ve read is Shepherding Your Child’s Heart. I also like Steve and Terri Maxwell’s books. (I see the comment above mine) :0)

  32. I like Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson, as well as The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. A Women After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George was given to me with a meal when I had my first child. I have read it several times since then. I feel like it really gave me concrete ideas of things that I can change or do in my life to draw closer to God.

    I also loved Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson. It really changed what I want my priorities to be when educating my children.

  34. I really enjoy The Power of a Praying Wife, and The Power of a Praying Parent. Right now in my marriage, I could really use something like this.

  35. One of the books that I’ve read that has had the most influence on me and my relationship with God is, “A Grace Disguised” by Gerald Sittser. It is deeply profound and moving.

  36. Oh, so many it is hard to choose, but I guess the most life-changing would be Lies Women Believe and Created To Be His Helpmeet. Close behind would be The Well-Trained Mind, High Call High Privilege (a book for pastor’s wives) and Discipline The Glad Surrender. Can you tell I love books?

  37. *In My Father’s House* by Corrie Ten Boom helped me to more fully understand God’s perfect and sovereign will. He truly works ALL things for our good and to His glory.

  38. Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. I have read this book as a single, as a wife, and now, as a mother. I have even read this book and lead a study of it in German! It is a (constant) challenge to be content in every area of life that God has us, but our contentment is to be used for His glory!

  39. Wow, hard to pick. The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge would be high on the list.

  40. hmmm…Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs really did a lot to change my marriage (my husband and I read it together). I also really liked The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace, A Wife After God’s Own Heart, by Elizabeth George, and Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell.

  41. Besides the Bible, the book Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp has been very helpful in my walk as a mother.

  42. Not sure what books I would find most influential….I read books on homeschooling, motherhood, and books that expound on the Word. A. W. Tozer is one of my favorite authors for books that expound on the Word – I recently read The Radical Cross: Living the Passion of Christ. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp is a book I go back to.

  43. Loving God with all Your Mind by Elizabeth George . . . because when we are thinking God’s ways, then it becomes much easier to obey God’s ways.

  44. too many to mention. Different books affected my life at different stages of my life….

  45. One of my most significant books was a two volume biography on the preacher, George Whitfield by Allimore. It showed me a man of God fully devoted to the Lord.

  46. One of the most influential books I have read is called “The Great Controvery” by Ellen White. It is an amazing book on the conflict between good and evil and Bible prophecy. It helps me to be more aware of where we are in time and how close we are to the second coming! I follow this blog on email.. Thank you for your products.

  47. So many to choose from but…Sheperding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp,
    The Excellant Wife by Martha Pierce and
    Lord, Change My Attitude Before It’s Too Late by James McDonald.

  48. Created to be his helpmeet.

  49. I liked Laura Doyle’s book, The Surrendered Wife. Although I didn’t agree with everything she said, this book helped with the very PRACTICAL application of submission. After reading her book I had a better of idea of what submission looked like. I knew I should, I wanted to, I just didn’t realize how much of what I was doing/saying wasn’t. It was sometimes quite painful to read and realize how much harm I had been doing to our marriage.

  50. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss and The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace are my top two most influential books after the Bible.

  51. A Mom Just Like You by Vickie Farris.

  52. Managers of Their Homes by Steve & Teri Maxwell in that it helped me to not only order my day but showed me how to do it according to Scripture! It has given me the ‘freedom’ to accomplish more in my day then I ever dreamed possible and I am less stressed because of it.

  53. One book that really made me think, and had me examining myself and my role as a wife/mom, is Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney. Another great one is Voddie Baucham’s Family Driven Faith.

  54. Oh, wow! This is a hard question. I love to read and have many books that I will pick up again and again. The first one that came to mind for right now is Managers of Their Home by the Maxwells. We just recently got this and set up a schedule for our family. It has been a huge help and I don’t get nearly as much done when I don’t follow the schedule. Now we are trying something new and I need to update our schedule but that is a fairly easy thing to do. The book my DH and I are reading together right now is The Home by John R. Rice. Great advice on child training. Along with How Should a Child be Trained by J. Ryle (Not sure that is correct spelling of his name). I enjoyed reading over everyone’s list and I plan to come back and make a list of books to look for to read. 🙂

  55. Created to His Help Meet by Debi Pearl and The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

  56. Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and the aforementioned Shepherding a Child’s Heart are in my Top 5.

  57. “Created to be his HelpMeet” by Debbi Pearl really helped me as a new wife.

  58. Some of the most influential for me have been “Created to be his Helpmeet” and “Train up a Child” by Micheal and Debbie Pearl. Great books!

  59. Creative Correction, I love the ideas in it, and have reread it a couple of times.

  60. Most recently, The Shack. It’s fiction but really helped me to understand God’s deep love for me and how the Trinity works together to minister to us.

    Love this list-plenty of ideas now for my summer reading. Thanks for sharing!

  61. Created to be his Helpmeet and How to Bring Your Children to Christ and Keep them There. Both have been helpful to me.

  62. The Five Love Languages has definitely helped me understand how to better communicate with my husband as well as how he can communicate with me. I also read the The Five Love Languages of Children and that has definitely helped me understand my children more!

  63. I was influenced a great deal by Shepherding a Child’s Heart but there are so many others that are really great also.

  64. One of the most influential books besides the Bible for me has been The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martin. It truly showed me how I wanted to be prayed for and how to non-selfishly pray for my husband.

  65. The books that have inmpacted my life deeply are:
    “Created to Be His Helpmeet” (Debbie Pearl)
    ” The Excellent Wife” (Martha Peace)
    ” Lies Women Believe” (Nancy Leigh DeMoss)
    “Femine Appeal” (Carolyn Mahaney)
    “Loving God With All Your Mind” (Elizabeth George)

  66. most influential? I read so much and such a wide variety of books, I don’t know that I could answer that. Whatever I read, I try to find the “message” in the book. I purposefully search for what God has for me in the book/story. Most recently I have been pouring over The Backyard Homestead, The Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, Say Goodbye to Whining Complaining, and Bad Attitudes-In You and Your Kids! (Really good stuff), and an assortment of horsemanship books.

  67. For Instructions in Righteousness has been a blessing to our home, besides The Bible, my children really respond well with it and I thank you so much for following the Lord and making all our lives easier to manage with his help.

  68. The most influential books I have read would depend on the subject, I suppose. I would say the six volume Charlotte Mason series was the most influential in regards to homeschooling that I’ve read.

  69. I so need this book! (Don’t many of us?!?) The books that have influenced my life as a mom/wife/homemaker/homeschooler are:
    The Excellent Wife; Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit; Managers of Their….series; Love & Respect.

  70. Home Schooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Steve and Terri Maxwell has helped me put more peace in our homeschooling journey.

  71. His Word in My Heart by Janet Pope. This book helped me to see the benefit of memorizing large chunks (as in books) of the Bible. The author humbly shares her experience and offers practical methods for accomplishing this.

  72. One of the most influential books I read when I began homeschooling was ‘For the Children’s Sake’ by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. This really solidified everything I was feeling and everything I wanted with our children for our homeschool journey. It is a really eye opening book and helps parents really see the importance of thinking outside of how society says we should homeschool. It’s a great book and I recommend it to all new homeschooling families.

  73. One of the very influential books I’ve read is:
    Parenting by the Spirit-Raising Godly children in a Godless World by Sally Hohnberger.
    Also Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Terri Maxwell, and the books on Doorposts!
    I’m following this blog on email.

  74. Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Ted Tripp was a life-changing book for me on how to view my children and the discipline issues that arise with youngsters. Thanks for the opportunity to win these other wonderful books for children, too!!! 🙂

  75. Are You Serious About Marriage? by Susan Zakula. I really found this book to be eye opening and encouraging about being the wife and mother that God wants me to be. There are so many good books to choose from that are encouraging and uplifting but this one has encouraged me on a totally different level. It has made me really think about my relationship with my husband in relationship to my relationship with Christ.

  76. There are many good resources out there. But I really loved Passionate Housewives.

  77. Feminine Apeal by Carolyn mahaney. This book changed my view of being a wife and mother. It completely transformed my thinking.

  78. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace was the first book I had read that made me understand my role as a submissive wife.

  79. Beloved Unbeliever by Jo Berry.

  80. Created to be His Helpmeet by Debbi Pearl has been most influential to me as a wife. She encouraged me to do what God wants, regardless of how hard it was.

  81. Every Day Theology for Every Man by Dr. John Gerstner. It is in language that isn’t over my head, and very useful in teaching/training my children. I have given away many copies, and try to read it at least once a year.

    On the other hand, The Help was has a profound impact on my life and how the world operates. Even though it has been months since reading this book, I think about it day and night., and, wonder what can I do to prevent such things from happening now.

  82. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp

  83. I would have a hard time choosing between two books that have greatly impacted me as a wife, as a mother, and as a christian.

    One is Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss and the other is The Home Beautiful by J. R. Miller, also published under the title, Homemaking and currently published by Vision Forum under the title, The Family.

    I believe that the reason both have been beneficial to me is that they contain practical illustrations rather than ideals alone. Both authors give the encouragement that we can continue to grow in holiness and that our failures can help us on toward fulfilling our biblical calling as wives and mothers.

  84. We read and did the series “Growing Kids God’s Way.” It helped us so much with raising and training our children.

  85. Like so many others on here, I have to say it’s hard to pick just one, so I’ll go with the most recent one that made a huge difference for me and that was Teri Maxwell’s “Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit”.

  86. I have a one hour commute AM and PM. I use this time to pray and think about stuff that is happening in my life. I often find my mind wandering and going places I really don’t want it to go. Disciplining my mind is something I fight with quite often. Should I happen to wake up in the middle of the night and start thinking about something… no more sleep happens.

    I enjoyed studying through the book “Loving God with all Your Mind” by Elizabeth George. I noticed someone else had commented on one of her books. This is a good study on disciplining the mind to be under God’s control. I’d highly recommend it for it’s candor and Bible application.

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway.

  87. My Bible study group just finished the book Gospel-Powered Parenting by William P. Farley. It is excellent and full of Scripture. Another two of my favorite books are The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace and For The Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay,

  88. To Train Up a Child by Michael Pearl taught me how to proactively parent instead of always putting out fires. For Instruction in Righteousness is the one I continue to use as we encounter new issues (with ten children, I will probably end up reading the whole book before they are all grown!).

  89. Soul Sculpture by Edwin and Lillian Harvey and Letters From the New Hebrides by Maggie Whitecross Paton

  90. I am realizing through reading all the above comments that I truly need to read more…lol…I tend to listen to Audio books however there are limited resources through such and I suppose I really need to just pick up a book and read it as it seems there is a much broader of topics ect…anyways right now I am presentley listening to bringing up Girls…..he also has a book on bringing up boys just opens our hearts and minds as to how they think/work while too giving biblical imput;)

  91. Thank you so much for hosting these giveaways. The book that has influenced me most is Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin.

  92. I can’t say the *most* influential, but how about *full of impact* for prayer and reflection! 😉 _VALLEY OF VISION: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions_
    “The soul learns to pray by praying; for prayer is communion with a transcendent and immanent God who on the ground of his nature and attributes calls forth all the powers of the redeemed soul in acts of total adoration and dedication.” (Preface)

  93. I am going to say, “The Five Love Languages” and other books written by Gary Chapman.

  94. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace and Made for His Pleasure by Alistair Begg.

  95. Created to be His Helpmeet really opened my eyes and helped me better recognize my roll as a wife. I have purchased several copies for different family members because it was such a blessing to my marriage.

  96. I’ve read many influential books, many! But one of the most influential was Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl. It helped me during a very rough time in our marriage, and helped me to be the best wife I could be. Others include: His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman, Boundaries by Cloud & Townshend, and Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs.

  97. A mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming
    Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

  98. Created to be His Helpmeet was the first book on marriage to actually give me practical examples of submission. Even though I wouldn’t say she’s right about every little thing, she does more than any other book I’ve read to inspire a truly Godly attitude in a wife.

  99. I LOVE reading, so it’s hard to choose just one book. I guess I’ll say “The Power of a Praying…(wife, parent, etc.)” series by Stormie Omartian is great. I’ve read through these books many, many times over the years. Although I’ve always prayed for my husband and children, these gave some specific areas to commit to prayer and some scriptures to claim for each area. Over the years, I’ve sought out more scripture to add and have thought of different prayer topics of my own to pray for my family.

  100. Most influential? I guess *many* years ago reading The Way Home by Mary Pride had a big impact on my life. I had not been challenged to think about marriage and family Biblically very much prior to that, and God used it to open my eyes to many things.

    I also love things by Nancy Campbell, and couldn’t pin down one particular book but Above Rubies magazine is terrific! I get her email devotions also and they so uplifting and empowering–they really hit me right where I live and I can put the thoughts into practice immediately.

  101. “Created to be His Helpmeet” by D. Pearl. I don’t agree with everything she says or does, but I do think this book really made me reexamine my role in marriage and made me want to be more submissive to my husband. I think any spiritually mature christian woman would benefit from this book in discerning what is truly useful for her marriage!

  102. How to Reach Your Full Potential For God by Charles Stanley. Thank you!

  103. One of my most influential books is, From Forgiven to Forgiving by Jay E. Adams. This is helped me in all of my relationships, but most importantly the relationship with my husband. It is not a matter of forgive and forget but rather “remember no more”, just as our Lord does for us.

  104. I forgot 2 books we read as a family each year. Hind’s feet in High Places and LITTLE Pilgrim’s progress (this one is more suitable for young readers 🙂 )

  105. One book that had a huge influence over my life was Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I know it is a fiction novel, however, the principles about God and His plan, faith, and how to trust was life changing.

  106. Such a hard question! When I first started homeschooling, the book/bible study Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit was very helpful and growing for me. I should probably pull it back out and go through it again as it has been a few years and since I am in a different place in my life I am sure I can glean some different insightful knowledge from it.

    I also read blogs and magazines that uplift me in being a wife and in motherhood.

  107. It is soooooo hard to pick! Here are some:
    “Grieving the Child I Never Knew” by Kathe Wunnenburg
    “Captivated” by Stasi Eldridge
    “I Will Carry You” by Angie Smith

    and currentlu enjoying “Spiritual Parenting” by Michelle

  108. Wow! This is a tough question! I guess it depends on the avenue of help I was looking for, what book has helped me, outside the Bible (and when the stealth of the Emergent, church, I tread lightly in holding up other books along side the Bible!)
    For spiritual warfare: Pigs in the Parlor by the Hammonds, Blessings or Curses by Derek Prince.
    How precious is life and the slippery slope: “What Ever Happened to the Human Race” By C. Everret Koop and Francis Schaeffer,
    What is happening currently in the world, book based on prophecy God gave to David Wilkerson in 1974 (I remember it) “The Vision”.
    For my husband, “The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie O’Martian
    For my sons, I need to re-read Jean Lush’s “Mothers & Sons”
    For my family, I am loving “Family Driven Faith” by Voddie Baucham

  109. Wow! So many great books – I’m going to have to read some of these! It’s hard for me to choose just one of mine, so I’ll say…Hind’s Feet on High Places.

  110. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. May we all be as godly as Hadassah!

  111. hmmm, how can I narrow it down? 🙂 Preparation For Parenting/Growing Kids God’s Way by the Ezzos

  112. I would have to say that The Five Love Languages has made the most impact on how I love my husband. It really changed how I look at love.

  113. Hard to say – there are so many! Most recently, the Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.

  114. Amanda Huddleston

    Hi! New here…The Man Whisperer, by Rick Johnson has really helped me to be mindful of the way I speak to and treat my husband. We just had our 14th anniversary and this journey is just beginning!

  115. Passionate housewives desperate for God by Stacey McDonald and Jeanie Chancey. Helped confirm that what i believed the Bible said about my role and help me know I wasn’t crazy.

  116. Raising Godly Tomatoes has transformed the way I parent my children. I thought I did a good job with my children but when I have began having a lot of difficult problems with my oldest daughter I began searching for help. My midwife encouraged me to get this book. I now see a difference in her attitude and others do also!

  117. Not a book but as CD, “The Wise Woman’s Guide to Blessing Her Husbands Vision” by Doug Phillips at Vision Forum! Love it!

  118. “Captured by GRACE” by Dr. David Jeremiah. Such a wonderful book!

  119. Loving God with all Your Heart by Elisabeth George has really helped me as I try to take my thoughts captive to Christ’s authority. It helped me realize that I wasn’t always thinking on “whatever things are true…”

  120. Besides the Bible a book that has truly helped me is “Created to be His Helpmeet” by Debi Pearl & “The Wise Woman’s Guide to Blessing Her Husbands Vision” by Doug Phillips. Anything that nurtures a husband and wife relationship to glorify God is a gem especially in this day and age where women truly don’t know how to be wives as God ordained us to be.

  121. I have never been a huge reader but I have started to find the joy in it. I love following and reading blogs (and recently, more books) and I am constantly looking for ways to live according to God’s will and his purpose for me as a servant, wife and mother. I think this is an excellent post and I thank you for all of the wonderful book suggestions!

    I am currently reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. This book has made me cry and has brought up so much emotion in me. It has forced me to look at my life and to learn to appreciate the everyday miracles and mercies of God. It has really touched my heart and has helped me to pause and find joy in the little, everyday things.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  122. One of the most influential books I have read is “Attitudes of a Transformed Heart” by Martha Peace. Also, just as influential is “The Excellent Wife”.

  123. Different ones at different times for different reasons . . . but A Chance to Die about Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot has been one.

  124. Come Away My Beloved by Francis Shaffer. It is a wonderful devotional book written as if God were writing it just to you. It uses the Scripture to speak to you in a very meaningful way.

  125. One of the most influential books I’ve ever read was actually a trilogy written by Francine Rivers called The Mark of the Lion series. Absolutely phenomenal! These books changed my life.

  126. A couple influential books: A woman after God’s Own Heart and the Lies Women believe and the truth that sets them free.

  127. It’s hard to pick just one, but I periodically return to “Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God” to be reminded that God is powerful and able to use ordinary people like me!

  128. His Needs, Her Needs … I’ve forgotten the author.

    This book has been on my wish list for a very long time.

  129. I’m so thankful for all the wonderful books you have!

  130. One of the most influential books I read very early in my marriage is “Me? Obey Him?” by Elizabeth Rice Handford. Amazing little book! I highly recommend it!

  131. One book that really influenced me was A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George. All her books are good, but this one really spoke to the many callings that God has for our lives as women!

  132. When I first started my homeschooling journey last year, I read the book “Discovering Your Child’s Learning Style”. What a blessing this book was for me, a new homeschooling mom. My son has ADHD and I was at a lost as to how to reach him with lessons and activities. I still refer to it as we move through the year.

    Though I do keep referring to the Bible for the ultimate guidance on training up my children :0]

  133. Jessica Perea (Mom of 5)

    The Created To Be His Helpmeet book has changed who I am as a wife! I’m thankful for the very blunt direction this book gives… along with the scripture to back up the direction!

  134. I’m reading through “Counterfeit Gods” by Timothy Keller and it is really speaking to me about parts of my life that I thought I was okay in. Yikes!

  135. A parenting book that really influenced me was “shepherding a child’s heart” by Tedd Tripp. It looks at the heart of a child and parenting.

  136. A couple books that really were very influential to me are:

    Managers of Their Homes by Teri Maxwell
    Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell

    I have used these for a long time and have been so blessed by them!!! I highly reccommend any of the materials from They are great items, much like the Doorpost materials!!!

  137. I guess the most influential life-changing would be Lies Women Believe and although I didn’t agree with everything in it, Created To Be His Helpmeet. Thanks for this opportunity!

  138. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace has been a convicting and encouraging help in my walk to become more of a godly wife.

  139. I have two. Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumbull and Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

  140. It’s funny you mention Edith Schaeffer’s book. Her book, What is a Family is also amazing. It makes me stop and be grateful for the blessing that is the work of taking care of my home, husband, and family.

    Thank you for offering the giveaways. What an amazing gift of encouragement.

  141. “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.

  142. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp has been so helpful as we raise our boys. I was not brought up in a gracious household and am so thankful that we are breaking patterns of sin for our boys.

  143. Hard to choose just one, but I’ll say A Mom After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George.

  144. This book looks great!!

    Books…hmm…The Excellent Wife(Peace)
    Many of Nancy Leigh DeMoss books

  145. I always have to hesitate when this question is asked, because there truly isn’t a book that was MOST influential or (whatever the question is) for me. I read and take notes about the good I find in books and then move on…that said–and since I am making a list of all the books mentioned–I will say that one of the books I took many notes from is Grace Based Parenting. And now I’m off to see if my library has some of these books! 🙂

  146. Training in Righteousness, Trapped in Hitlers Hell, Family Driven Faith.

  147. “No Compromise” by Keith Green! An amazing life lived out in devotion to God! A must read for anybody who wants a true example of walking the walk!!!

  148. The book ‘Captivating’ was a life changer for me.

  149. Right now, I am in the process of reading “The Mission of Motherhood” by Sally Clarkson. I’m only in the third chapter, but it is really soldifying my decision to be a SAHM. The world (including some “Christians” in my local church) do not stand behind this decision at all; this book is refreshing for my heart!

  150. I am now reading “Created to be his helpmeet”. And I love all of Sheri Rose Shepard’s Princess books.

  151. There are so many great and influential books. I agree with many of the posts I’ve read and need to go back and reread some of those books mentioned. The book that has impacted my life the most, (not only as a mom, and a wife, but who I am) is “Trusting God Even When Life Hurts” by Jerry Bridges. Understanding God’s sovereignty helps to put everything in perspective!

  152. “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” by Jeremiah Burroughs has been in my top three along with “Fruit of Her Hands” by Nancy Wilson and “Hinds Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard for many years. I think they change places as number one depending on what season I’m in!
    I love “As Unto the Lord” and my husband has often used it as a reference when he visited families as a shepherding elder. I know a new bride – just getting married this Saturday who would appreciate a copy.

  153. Holiness by J.C. Ryle :).

  154. One of best books I have read that has helped me as a wife is Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian.

  155. The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson has been a wonderful book for all mothers no matter what age your children may be!

  156. I agree with a previous post that said “Passionate Housewives Desperate for God” by Stacey McDonald and Jeanie Chancey. I really validated some of my beliefs and also strengthened me for my journey as a wife and mother.

  157. Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl

  158. The Power of a Praying Wife has really helped me to pray more diligently for my husband.

  159. There have been SOOO many! Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp, Standing on the Promises by Douglas Wilson, The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace, Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd Jones.

  160. Home Schooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Steve and Terri Maxwell plus going to the classes they had last year in Kirksville. MO :O)

  161. 3 books come to mind: Love is a Decision by Gary Smalley; Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian; Balcony People (don’t recall the author). But the longer I homeschool, the more I am learning about myself and homemaking and home management skills, which I lack in so many areas. I wish that someone had come alongside me years ago and mentored me in this area. The struggles I have now with learning new things and taking time to organize and figure out how to make it all fit mixed with taking care of the children’s needs and homeschooling them, my husband’s needs, our family as a whole etc… it is a real struggle. I pray I can learn this so it will come naturally for my children and that I can come alongside a younger woman one day who needs what I needed then. For now, I am just plodding along trying to figure it all out.

  162. Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

    The book has convicted me! It has dramatically changed my life after the first read. I borrowed it from a friend and then discovered that I would need to get my own copy in order to reread it several times.

    This book talks about sins, especially the ones that our society tends to accept as ok but are not ok in God’s eyes. To God, all sin is unacceptable. There is no “small” sin. At first glance of the table of contents, the topics make sense as sin. Yet upon reading the sections, the examples reveal more than one expects. For instance, anxiety is a sin because it “is a distrust of God” and “a lack of acceptance of God’s providence in our lives.” This includes a late airplane flight.

    Here is an excerpt from page 65. ” I tend to think, Lord, it’s important that I arrive in time to speak at the meeting. The people in charge are counting on me. What will they do if I don’t arrive in time? But I have learned to say to myself, But God, it’s Your meeting. If You don’t want me there, that’s Your business. And what the people who are counting on me to be there will do is also Your business. God, I accept Your agenda for this situation, whatever that may be.”

    How many times do we pray for God to do our will and then maybe quickly add that His Will be done without really meaning it?

  163. Definitely, the Perspective of World Christian Movement. In it, you’ll discover what God is doing around the world and consider your part in His purposes.

  164. “loving God with all your mind” by elizabeth george -she talks about overcoming depression through memorizing and meditating on Scripture.

  165. Hind’s Feet on High Places definitely. I have to re-read this every once in awhile to be reminded of who Christ sees me as versus who I choose to see myself as.

  166. My favorite books are EM Bounds’ Complete Works on Prayer, Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb, and Watchman Nee’s Normal Christian Life. Challenging. I love those books.

  167. A very influential book for our family was “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp. We learned so much!

  168. The book A Mom Just Like You by Vickie Farris and Jayne Farris Metzgar was such a wonderful encouragement to me as a wife and homeschooling mom. Vickie is very real and very practical.

  169. Kimberly Williams

    The book that comes to mind that has had the most influence on my life is

    Believing God by Beth Moore

    It has totally changed the way that I see God and our relationship. It has brought me closer to Him and I’m loving Beth Moore’s other books as well.

  170. Susan Hunt’s True Woman.

  171. I can’t pick a *most* influential, but books by the Maxwells and the Youngs have really been a blessing.

  172. Besides the Bible the book most helpful to me is The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace! 🙂

  173. That’s hard to narrow down … there have been so many books that have helped me. “Five Love Languages” was very helpful in understanding my husband. Various books on home management have helped me with my role as homemaker, the latest being “Large Family Logistics”. “Power of a Praying Parent” has given me so many specific things to pray for my kids, things I’d never thought of or had trouble finding words for. Those are just the tip of the iceberg …

  174. The “Heart of Anger” by Lou Priolo has been very helpful for me in my parenting journey. I was struggling with an angry child, and this book used Scripture to reveal that I was the foundational problem by provoking my child to anger.

    Just read “What Did You Expect” by Paul David Tripp. Excellent book on marriage! Great for pre-marital counseling, marriage refreshment, or serious marriage problems. He uses Scripture to remind believers that we are our greatest marriage problem – our sinful hearts.

  175. “Created To Be His Help Meet” by Debi Pearl

  176. Any book by Elizabeth George, especially “Beautiful in God’s Eyes.”

  177. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. It’s been a few years since I’ve read it, and I need to get it out and read it again. I want to buy the study guide…

  178. Passionate Housewives Desperate for God and Shepherding a Child’s Heart

  179. One of the most influential books I have read has been “Created to Be His Helpmeet” by Debi Pearl. She doesn’t pull any punches! 🙂

  180. How to choose just one??? Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp has probably influenced the way I look at parenting most.

  181. One of the most memorable/influential books I have read that sticks out in my mind is “Loving God with All Your Mind” by Elizabeth George. I read this book in a women’s Bible study that was so perfectly timed for what I was going through at the time. It continues to help me when my emotions & thoughts try to distract me from keeping my focus on God. I highly recommend it to anyone…and have!

  182. I picked up the Hidden Art of Homemaking free at a garage sale and hadn’t got in to it yet. I’m so excited to read it now! Most influential marriage book has been Love and Respect. Life changing for us.

  183. Created to be his Help Meet by Debbie Pearl. This book completely changed my view of a wife. I was raised by a single mother and taught to be a very independent woman. Thankfully my husband has a lot of patience with me, and still does, as I learn how to be the wife and mother God wants me to be.

  184. I wold love to win this book. A book that has meant a lot to me recently is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

  185. No Ordinary Home by Carol Brazzo

  186. I have several. I love M.O.T.H by Teri Maxwell, as well as Bringing up Boys by Steve Maxwell. Debi Pearl’s book on homemaking, Kari Russell’s “Just Get a Ham” for preacher’s wives, Bob and Sandra Walron, “Bible History and Geography”, and then of course, “For Instruction in Righteousness”!

  187. “So your thinking about homeschooling” by Lisa Whechel. It gave me to confidence to dive in and not look back on this homeschooling journey.

  188. Christine Kirschner

    I loved Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald. I was very encouraged by it in my role as a wife and mother.

  189. Working on a Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George now – trying to really apply it to my life.

  190. Besides the Bible, I would credit the book “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George as having the greatest influence on me because it started me on the path to living biblical womanhood and enlightened me to the truth of God’s purpose and design for me.

  191. Keeping a Child’s Heart by Teri Maxwell. Also, So, You’re Thinking about Homeschooling by Lisa Whelchel as that was the very first book I read about homeschooling. It gave me great encouragement that Christian homeschools come in all different sizes, methods, and lifestyles. I now refer many people to this book as a good place to start in learning about homeschooling.

  192. Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll taught me to live in the grace of God, rather than get stuck in thinking things must be a certain way. My marriage is unique because my husband and I are a unique combination. My family is unique because of the unique people whom it contains. Loving my neighbor as myself always means honesty and kindness, but it doesn’t mean controlling what others think or do. I must not meddle in another’s spiritual relationship with the Lord. Allow them the dignity to work those things out themselves.

  193. I would have to say either “Feminine Appeal” by Carolyn Mahaney or “The Excellant Wife” by Martha Pierce have been the most influential.

  194. “What Does God Really Want?” by Mike Trillo and “Finding Peace for Your Heart” by Stormie Omartian.

  195. Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore and the Study of Esther by Beth Moore. Power of a Praying Woman and Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian. These books taught me that no matter what people of the world say or do, God is always on my side and is always there for me. He helps me be the best woman, wife, mom, and person that I am meant to be. Even when I mess up, he keeps on giving me second chances. Not many in this world will do that.

  196. The influential book overall (aside from the Bible) would be Created to His Help Meet by Debi Pearl. There are so many books, blogs and people that have helped me though!

  197. When I first became a christian, I read “Steps to Christ”. The book showed me how much Jesus really does love me and opened my heart to the Lord.

  198. I like How to make everyday count by John Maxwell. Such practical information that helps me look at whats really important in my life and prioritize the way God would want me too.

  199. Be Still, My Soul by Elisabeth Elliot. I love everything she has written.

  200. The Fruit of Her Hands by Nancy Wilson and Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl.

  201. I would have to say “Solomon on Sex” by Joseph C. Dillow. It teaches sex as God as made it to be. It also helped me to better understand my role as a wife, mother and lover.

  202. I have read so many good books, one that I especially like is Loving Our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk.

  203. I have really been blessed reading Stormie Omartians books. I LOVE her books about prayer. I recently read, “Lord I want to be whole”. It was another great one!

  204. Besides the Bible, Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl has made a huge impact as my calling as a wife and a mother! I truly acquired so much encouragement and wisdom from her book!

  205. The Strong-Willed Child by Dobson. It has helped me through so many hard times.

  206. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

  207. Reading Created to be His Helpmeet, by Debi Pearl, took my marriage from good to heavenly!

  208. One book that has greatly influenced my life as a wife and mother is Large Family Logistics. While the main focus of the book is on the interworkings of large family life, it constantly points you to God’s Word and the instruction He has laid out in it for us. I wish I had this book as a young wife and mother, it would have helped so much. It goes beyond the day to day duties of the family life and addresses so much of God’s Word, encouraging our hearts.

  209. So many different books at different points in my life. Definitely hard to narrow it down. Right now I am enjoying my Bible study on the 14 main women of the Bible.

  210. The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson

  211. Christina Mullins

    I read the book, “The five love languages” a few years ago and that really has helped me see that people show love and feel love in different ways. It has really helped me with my relationship with my parents, my in-laws, my husband and my kids. I home school my three kids so we are together all the time. Which is a great joy but God has showed me how different all three of my kids are and how I can show them love in different ways.

  212. Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Love that Lasts and The excellent wife are amazing books!!

  213. “The Marketing of Evil” by David Kupelian. He shines a light into the world of marketing and shows how marketing plans were established and slowly instated to lure the American public into accepting (and embracing) non-Biblical values. A wake-up call that made me dig deeper into my Bible and re-prove what I know to be Biblical values and pray for the wisdom to see areas of our lives that need “shoring up”.

  214. I really like “The Blessing” by Gary Smalley and John Trent. We need to use encouraging words with our families!

  215. the Og Mandino book that contains the God Memorandum. this was one of the first books i read after starting a REAL relationship with God. That and Hinds Feet on High Places. <3

  216. Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, The Hiding place by Corrie Ten Boom, and Stepping Heavenward by Elisabeth Prentiss. All so conviciting yet encouraging 🙂 ! I hope to soon finish created ot be his helpmeet so I can add that to the list too 😀

  217. Oh that has to be Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Terri Maxwell. My eldest daughter and I constantly bumped heads when we began lessons. This book saved our lives and our relationship and set my heart back to Jesus as my example in ALL things! I highly recommend it!

  218. What a hard and awsome question. My husband and I are packing up all our books for a remodel and got me thinking of what I would save to reread through this time.
    “The Musician;s Quest” by, George MacDonald
    “The Five Love Languages” by dr Gary Chapman
    anything by Corrie Ten Bloom
    And last the not least (and I am not trying to butter up the author)”A Day of Delight ; Making Sunday the Best Day of Week” by Pam Foster. It sits on my kitchen counter as my guide for helping my family to look towards God. Our Family has been radically changed by following your suggestions for sunday. We now follow and rest in the Lord every sunday and look back and forward to our worship/resting with Him. Thanks!

  219. Randy Alcorn books are fantastic – both fiction and non-fiction. Another fiction book that really impacted me was Uncharted by Angela Hunt. It has elements that are very troubling but what it really showed me was that sin isn’t something I DO, it is something I AM, thus my desperate need for a Savior. The Family, by Robert Andrews, is a great book dealing with all aspects of family relationships, including a section on courtship. Love and Respect is another fabulous book. Finally, If I Perish, a book about a Korean Christian imprisoned under Japan’s domination in WWII, is great.

  220. Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel has been a great help. Hey, God, Why Is It Taking So Long? BY Lynette Hagin. She Talk a lot about her purpose when her kids were small and waiting for the His perfect time for her Calling to be fulfilled.

  221. More Hours in my Day, Mission of Motherhood, Family Driven Faith. are among my tops so far…can’t wait to check out some of the others mentioned here.

  222. I am currently going through “Teach Them Diligently” by Lou Priolio which has been a great guide and encouragement. In addition to that, I have read “The Excellent Wife” by Martha Peace and it is also a really good book.

  223. There are so many books that have influenced. Managers of their homes and A Mom Just Like You would be two of them.

  224. I’ve read The Hidden Art of Homemaking and appreciated the encouragement to create beauty in my everyday tasks. Terri Maxwell’s Homeschooling With a Meek and Quiet Spirit was revolutionary for me though. The word meek had some bad connotations for me and my understanding of discipline was waaaay off base. This book showed me, through scripture, what my role as a mom really was. Then Lisa Welchel’s Creative Correction gave me the tools and encouragement to continue in my task of raising childeren. I haven’t read a book about being a wife that has really struck me as great though. Maybe As Unto the Lord? It’s on my wish list for your products though. 🙂

  225. One of the most influetial books I’ve read is The Connected Child by Karen Purvis. It is about parenting adopted/foster children or hurt children. It’s been very helpful in parenting our oldest adopted daughter.

  226. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

  227. Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel truly changed my life. It’s the book God used to open y eyes to what grace really was.

  228. One book that has recently been influential is called “Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in you and your kids”. This has helped me with my patience with the kids and how I respond to them. It has helped me to identify my triggers to frustration and help me avoid those situations. My relationship with my kids has been so much better.

  229. I love Francine Rivers books.. Redeeming Love is awesome. I especially liked the Mark of the Lions series. These books helped me to view God on a different level. He means what He says and says what He means… Which helps to remind me, how I should be with my chidren.

  230. Heaven by Randy Alcorn
    Stepping Heavenward by Elisabeth Prentiss

  231. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. It has been a great tool for me as I try to raise children taht have a heart for the Lord.

  232. Teaching with the Trivium by the Bluedorns showed me that homeschooling does not have to be as complicated as many think.

    John’s Revelation Unveiled by Francis Nigel Lee challenged my thinking on current theology.

    Anything book or article to do with biblical manhood or womanhood has helped me to see that I’m not crazy!

  233. Well, I have really enjoyed reading all of the posts. One of the most influential books I’ve read is The Five Love Languages. It’s just foundational for any relationship. So many women have been influenced by Debbi Pearl’s book, which I have, I guess it’s time I get around to reading it! I’d also like to read Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit. That was the name I think. It sounds like something I could use! Thank you all for your posts!

  234. I really enjoyed reading “Passionate Housewives Desperate for God” recently. I also recommend Debi Pearls book “Created to be His Helpmeet”.

  235. There are so many for different times in my life- the one I am reading for the second time right now is Homeschooling with a meek & quiet spirit by Terri Maxwell. it’s been amazing!

  236. Books…that is a trap for me that I must be careful of. They are a weakness of mine because, as many of them are very good, they are written by man and can have many fallacies in them! For a long time, I was relying on self-help books to make my life better or help me understand things. Thankfully, my Heavenly Father brought a sister into my life that showed me that if I truly understood the Bible and fully relied on God’s Word for the answers in my life, things would change in my life. I am now studying God’s Word and the things God has shown me…brings me to my knees! I am NOT saying that a person should not read books, just don’t rely on them for the answers you seek for your life. That is just a lesson I had to learn for my life.
    Hinds Feet in High Places- Hannah Hurnard
    Choosing Gratitude-Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    Tired of Trying to Measure Up- Jeff VanVonderen
    God Bless!

  237. One of the most contemplative books I’ve read in a long time is (THE FRUIT OF HER HANDS by Nancy Wilson). It made me think deeper on respecting my husband in ALL things. As wives and mothers we set examples for our children and how they respect their fathers. Thank you for all your Bible based help for all of us!!

  238. C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity was very influential on me when I first became a Christian.

  239. I just finished a Bible study at my church and the book we studied was “The Lies That Women Believe and The Truths That Set Them Free” by Nancy Delamoss… It was very eye opening and has allowed me to work on those lies that I have believed that is behind the sin in my life. Great Great book!

  240. The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

  241. Raising Your Children for Chirst by Andrew Murray. Thanks!

  242. “Created To Be His Helpmeet” by Debbi Pearl. My husband’s mother gave it to me and it has been the BEST book I’ve ever read:)

  243. Radical by David Platt is an exceelent resource for living!

  244. I am currently reading Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony it is a very good book and I would strongly recommend it =)

  245. Tip Lewis and His Lamp by Isabella Macdonald Alden (Grace Livingston Hill’s aunt). It is a fictional book, but shows just what God can do when we allow Him to be our focus.

  246. Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman

  247. I have been encouraged as a mom, wife and woman of faith by several books from author Elisabeth Elliot, particulary “The Making of a Christian Family”. Another book I’ve read through reapeatedly has been “Evidence Unseen” by Darlene Deibler Rose.

  248. I have just recently been reading Already Gone. Its about why the youth of today will be gone from the church of tomorrow.

  249. A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George.

  250. The most influential book I’ve read lately is The Life Ready Woman. It helped me see why I can’t do it all now and when I can do all the things I wish to do.

  251. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp taught me all about dealing with the heart while disciplining.

  252. A Woman After God’s Own Heart!

  253. The Duggars :20 and Counting…. cause it made me feel like i can do it too!

  254. A very influential book for me was “The Power of a Positive Mom” by Karol Ladd. I find myself needing a reminder to be positive and this was a great resource.

  255. Kristina Peterson

    Family Driven Faith by Voodie Baucham. Excellant book!

  256. “Feminine Appeal, Seven virtues of a Godly wife and mother” by Carolyn Mahaney…on being transformed, as a woman, by the biblical characteristics of Titus 2:3-5.
    And right now my husband and I are going through “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs…powerful, life changing stuff.

  257. Shepherding a Child’s Heart and Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit.

  258. For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
    Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
    Sacred Marriage

  259. One of the most influencial books that I have read in the last few years was “Created to be His Helpmeet” by Debi Pearl. This book looks VERY practical.

  260. One of the most influential books that I read was “The Excellent Wife” by Martha Peace. It really changed my way of thinking…and it changed my life. I became content in being a wife and a mother and learned that God’s plan for me was to be the best wife and mother that I could be.

  261. Stepping Heavenward – I actually have read and re-read it and probably will re-read it for the rest of my life! Also a biography on Susan Wesley really helped me too!

  262. Honestly, Polished Cornerstones has been the most influential to me lately since I am learning along side my daughter.
    I am subscribed to your blog.

  263. The Power of Motherhood by Nancy Campbell has been such an inspiration for me. Society doesn’t give much value to being a *mom,* but Nancy does a wonderful job on explaining and going through what a powerful influence we DO have on our children and the world.

  264. Shepherding a Child’s Heart

  265. The Power of a Praying Wife and Mom books changed the way I pray for my family.

  266. Nate and Tomi Moore

    Say goodbye to whining, complaining and bad attitudes, in you and your kids by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. This book helps to shift my focus to take the love i have as a feeling, and turn it into an action towards my children and husband.

    I have also very much so enjoyed Gary Chapman’s: The Five Love Languages
    The Five Love Languages of Children.
    What better ways to Love and Encourage one another thn to seek to understand others?

    As always, please remember these books are books of opinion and have elemnts of truth and some areas i disagree with. Always pray through what you are reading, and God will guide you to the right perspective.

  267. One I have recently read and which has opened my eyes to God’s intense love for me, and His desire to have me be active in His story for my life is Captivating by John & Stasi Eldridge.

  268. Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl rocked my world and called into question my worldly perspective on my role as wife and mother. Also, Above Rubies publications are very affirming and encouraging.

  269. The House That Cleans Itself has helped me to get my home organized and livable even with three small sons who destroy it regularly.

  270. Created To Be His Helpmeet by Debbi Pearl blew my socks off last year 🙂 I do believe it changed my life. My heart was also ready for it.

  271. A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George and any of the books by Steve and Teri Maxwell. They have all helped so much in my life.

  272. Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney challenged me to look at my role as wife when I was a newlywed and fairly new believer. God really used it to change my heart to see that being a wife & mother is my highest calling in life.

  273. I enjoyed and profited from Lou Priolo’s book, Teach Them Diligently which shows parents how to use the Scriptures more thoroughly and effectively in the training our children.
    I also enjoy Carolyn Mahaney and Elizabeth George’s books. Both have helped me greatly in my walk with God and in my role as a wife and mother.

  274. “Dont Make Me Count to Three”. Its a great book on childrens discipline.

  275. I’ve read so so many books that it’s hard to say. I think #1 would be the Life Collection of Smith Wigglesworth. He is an inspiration in walking in the Spirit every minute of every day. #2 would be Steve Gray’s Follow the Fire. Awesome book about personal renewal and revival! #3 would be Shepherding a Child’s Heart. #4 would be Hannah Hurnard’s fiction book Hind’s Feet on High Places and #5 would be Kay Arthur’s With An Everlasting Love. These are all incredible books that have strengthened my walk with the Lord and through me changing God has helped me to be a better mom and wife! It’s so important to keep reading and I would love to read your book “As Unto the Lord”. Thank you very much for the opportunity!

  276. The Well-Trained Mind – This book has greatly influenced my view of homeschooling and kept me on track and focused.

  277. There are so many but I really think The Invisible Bond By Barbara Wilson and her accompanying study, Breaking Free From Your Sexual Past changed my view of sex. I have had the opportunity to lead the study and help other women who are trying to recover from something in their past. This book helped me to change my view of sex from something dirty and bad to something holy that God created. What a difference that made in my marriage. Now I am able to give myself completely to my husband and the intimacy and bond between us is amazing!

  278. The Power of a Praying Parent, The Power of a Praying Wife and The Power of a Praying Husband all by Stormie Omartian will always be with me in times of prayer. They have opened my relationship with God in teaching me how to simply pray for my family.

  279. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (and The Five Love Languages of Children by Chapman & Campbell.) These books were helpful in opening my eyes to the ways others perceive and receive love. I feel they have helped me love all the different members in my family in a better way for each of them.

  280. One I just finished is Love Your Life (Living Happy, Healthy & Whole) by Victoria Osteen. A great book on building better relationships with husband, family and people in general.

  281. So many influential books as we journey nearer to our Savior!
    Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr.
    Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
    Baby/Toddler/Preschool/Child Wise series by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo
    Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
    How People Change by Paul David Tripp
    Heaven by Randy Alcorn
    Prodigal God and Reason for God by Timothy Keller

  282. I know they’ve been out a while but A Wife After Gods Own Heart and A Mother After Gods own Heart. Both are wonderful books!!!

  283. One of the most influential books I have read is Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald. I am a google follower!

  284. Hmmmm, that’s a good one….. The book I’m working on right now is “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann VosKamp. It has made me question how grateful I truly am when I grump around trying to rush to get everything done!

  285. “Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes… in You and Your Kids” by Scott Turansky is a current favorite. I also am insprired by “Organized Simplicy” by Tsh Oxenreider.

  286. “The Mission of Motherhood” by Sally Clarkson. I love all her books but of course is hard to narrow this one down.. so many wonderful books out there to inspire, encourage, motivate, educate, and entertain.

  287. Sheperding a child’s heart by Ted Tripp. I am currently reading the Excellent Wife and it is really a wonderful book.

  288. I love reading Femenine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney, a clear applicable teaching of Titus 2.

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  289. One of the books that has influenced and challenged me most recently is “Created to be his help meet” by Debi Pearl.

  290. the most influential reading i have done may be perusing this comments list. i see there are many similar entries and books i have not read. i see spiritual growth and wisdom in my future! but the power of a praying wife and the power of a praying parent by stormie omartian have been very influential for me.

  291. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers has really shown me how God loves me and how he wants me to love others.

  292. Created to be his heplmeet

  293. The Hidden Art of Homemaking is also one that really influenced me! Along with that one, I love Art and the Bible by her husband, Francis Schaeffer. Freed me to create without guilt. :o)

  294. Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit is a book I have been re-reading to reap the benefits again.

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  295. Captivating was the book that turned my heart to the Lord

  296. The Power of a Praying Wife has been invaluable. I subscribe via e-mail and I love all your stuff!! 🙂

  297. Created to His Help Meet by Debi Pearl
    If only I could put all her advice onto practice everyday!
    Command what you will but do what you command Lord!
    Fun to read the other comments too. 🙂

  298. Too many to pick just one but The Power of a Praying Wife was the first to come to mind.

  299. In regards to being a wife, “The Excellent Wife”; raising kids, “Grace-based parenting” and “Teach Them Diligently”. The latest book I have read, which spans over every aspect of my walk with the Lord is “The Grace of God” by Andy Stanley.

  300. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

  301. Radical by David Platt. It really changed my attitude about what my responsibility is as a Christian.

  302. Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs…..and eye opener!!!

  303. There are so very many, but to narrow it down to one I would say “Raising Godly Tomatoes.”

  304. It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado

  305. Completely His by Shannon Ethridge

  306. I love the book, “Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit” by Teri Maxwell. It was such a good reminder to me that I need to rely on God and not my own efforts to accomplish the task of homeschooling my 2 children. I must examine my own heart in light of God’s holy standard before I can teach and train them.

  307. Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl.

  308. The Power of A Praying …. books by Stormy Omartian have been very beneficial too me, also books by Joyce Meyers, especially, Battlefield of the Mind. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway. I really enjoy your blog. Thank you.

  309. Created to be his Helpmeet. Love that book and need to reread it every day!

  310. An influential book I’ve read, Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. Especially for those of us who are first generation Christians.

  311. I just read In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms by Dr. Laura. What a wonderful encouragement to stay-at-home moms!

  312. One book that is a great family encouragement for us has been the biography of John G. Paton, the collected letters of his wife, Maggie Paton and also an autobiography of a Greek pastor during both world wars entitled, “Love Never Fails”. Of course, the puritans are a favorite here, too! 🙂

  313. Tough question because there a few that have been influential. So, I have to say at the moment the most influential book is: Listening for God by Marilyn Hontz. It’s about recognizing His voice in Scripture, prayer, and even the mundane moments of life. It has given me a stronger desire to have that quiet time with our Lord.

  314. Created to Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl

  315. passionate housewives!
    for the children’s sake.
    those are 2 that came to mind.

  316. This sounds like a book I need!
    There are many books I could name as influential. The first that came to my mind was “Managers of Their Homes” by Steve and Terri Maxwell. This book has been helpful as I review our schedule yearly or even twice a year. Their book “Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit” has also been influential and has reminded me that being gentle in my teaching and speaking to my children is best.

  317. 2 books in particular have really influenced me:
    * The Power of a Praying Wife
    * A Mom After God’s Own Heart

  318. Personality Plus, Florence Littauer- I learned that my husband wasn’t trying to drive me crazy that’s just the way he is!! 🙂
    Also, The Five Love Languages

  319. Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley

    It helped and still helps me to see God wonderful plan of womenhood!
    God bless your wonderful work!!!!

  321. Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell

  322. “Professionalizing Motherhood” by Jill Savage was a great encouragement fir my decision to become stay at home mom. Hope it helps someone too.

  323. Greg Laurie’s books are great.

  324. The first truly influential book in my life was “Knowing God” by J.I.Packer–read my senior year of high school and realized what I had been missing for nine years of being a Christian. Thank you for the chance to win!

  325. A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George. The book and the study both helped with great information about our priorities

  326. I am constantly looking for encouraging, uplifting resources to help me be an organized homeschooling mom. Managers of their Home is great but honestly it’s daily prayer and hearing the Lord speak to me everyday, reminding me that He is all I need and that I am not a failure.

  327. There have been sooo many books, depending on the season I’m in. The most recent has been “Large Family Logistics” by Kim Brenneman. It is helping me get my focus where it needs to be so I can manage my family & time well. Still a work in progress, but I’m taking baby steps!

  328. Steps to Christ by Ellen White is such a beautiful book about the gift of God’s love and how easy it is for us to accept it and live hand in hand with the Savior!

  329. ‘Heaven’ by Randy Alcorn and ‘Manager of Their Chores’ by Steve and Teri Maxwell.

  330. For me, it’s probably 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Warren, although several of the others listed above are in there, too. And I’d like to get a copy of Created to be His Helpmeet.

  331. Living Water by Brother Yun

  332. Heaven by Randy Alcorn. Now that’s something to live for!

  333. 1. Created to His Help Meet by Debi Pearl
    2. The Missional Mom: Living with Purpose at Home & in the World by Helen Lee

  334. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by: Tedd Tripp

  335. Wow this is hard there are so many books… almost anything by Francine Rivers I find to be uplifting and challenging, but at the moment I am reading Salve by John MacArthur and it is really making me do some sole searching. I loved reading all the post here I have a new reading list.

  336. Oh my! I love to read and have so many favorites. But I have to say that I have been reading a book called Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer and it has been one of the best books I have ever read. I long so much to know the Lord more and this book has both challenged and encouraged me in the precious blessing of speaking with our Lord.

  337. Have a New Kid by Friday and Five Love Languages.

  338. “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan.

  339. “Good & Angry: How to Exchange Frustration for Character in You & Your Kids” by Scott Turansky changed how I disciple & instruct my children.

  340. Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl. Reminded me to look at my husband with an attitude of gratitude.

  341. Barbara Scroggins

    Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

  342. “Housewives Desperate For God”

  343. My favorite book on marriage is Becoming Heirs Together of the Grace of God by Jeff & Marge Barth.

  344. Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit is a wonderful way to start off each homeschooling year!! Always a good reminder and an encouragement to me.

  345. Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney.
    Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl.

  346. To Train Up A Child by Michael Pearl

  347. Currently the most influential book in my life would have to be either:

    Before you meet prince charming by Sarah Mally,

    Raising maidens of virtue by Stacy McDonald or

    So much more by Anna Sofia Botkin and Elizabeth Botkin

    But I have a long list of books I plan on reading or want to read still 🙂

  348. wow to only pick one… I read lots of homeschooling books and parenting books. I think raising godly tomotoes was the most recent that had a big impact on our lives.

  349. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, I love her example of thankfulness and the fleas in their bunk at the concentration camp. I am an avid reader and many books have given me opportunities to grow in my relationships as Christ’s servant, wife, mother, homemaker. Praise God for good books and the “cloud of witnesses” who wrote them. Good luck to all!

  350. I’ve read some really great books but I think the one that was the most beneficial to our family is Babywise. I can’t remember the name of the author right now and we don’t follow it exactly, but it’s been such a blessing to have the information in it for us as young parents who didn’t learn much of anything in our own homes.

  351. The Power of Motherhood by Nancy Campbell

  352. There are many to choose from but in regards to my role as a wife, I’d have to say “The Excellent Wife” by Martha Peace has really challenged me! So much so, that I think God had to prepare my heart before I ever would have been ready to read that book. I have a long way to go but I’m so thankful for the husband God gave me and am excited to celebrate 20 years for marriage to him this summer. Each year keeps getting better as I learn to submit to the Lord!

  353. I enjoyed reading the following: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas, Passionate Housewives Desperate For God, Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, For The Children’s Sake, Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Dr. Tedd Tripp

  354. Created To Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl.

  355. In addition to my Bible, I find myself most frequently turning to “Stepping Heavenward” by Elizabeth Prentiss. It’s a wonderful reminder and encouragement to trust the Lord in all things, and to view every situation as a lesson to be learned and benefit from.

  356. I am reading this book right now: The Heart of Home Schooling by Chris Klicka, and boy is it getting me through a rough time right now that has nothing to do with homeschooling. It has moved up to my #1 list.

  357. Interuppted by Jen Hatmaker! 🙂

  358. I read a lot but I’m having trouble thinking of one influential book….And this comment list has just increased my “want to read” list! This may be silly but The Jesus Storybook Bible and the Big Picture Story Bible both have influenced my walk with the Lord as I’ve read them with my children….

  359. As Unto the Lord
    this is a great book, filled with so much info.
    I would love to get this for my daughter-in-laws.
    love everything i’ve ever gotten from you!

  360. Shared on facebook! Off to look at the hidden art of homemaking…

  361. Bringing Up Boys By: James Dobson

  362. passionate housewives desperate for God

  363. Crazy Love

  364. Created to be His Help Meet greatly influenced me when I was a young wife and mother. Every women who plans on getting married should read this book.

  365. How to pick?! I love to read…I think one very helpful book was For the Childen’s Sake. My husband had wanted us to homeschool but I was public schooled and was having a hard time being behind him 100% on this, even though I knew that I needed to submit to him. God brought For the Children’s Sake into my life and changed my heart. Now I’m thrilled to be homeschooling!

  366. So many books! One would be Family-Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham.

  367. The Power of A Praying Series(Wife, Parent, Nation) by Stormie Omartian
    The sample payers show me how to pray using scriptures, which I’ve been using daily.

    Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen
    This book shows in a straightforward manner how we can break out and experience the full potential that God intended for us.

  368. I’m reading One Thousand Gifts right now and loving it!

  369. “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George

  370. The book Radical has changed my life for the better

  371. my favorite in terms of husband-wife relationships (and one that changed my life in a beautiful way) is A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken.

  372. The hidding place
    Has changed my life to see good in others

  373. Amish Grace really infulunced my life to forgive others

  374. The power of the praying wife is teaching me the right way to pray for my husband

  375. The book slave has taught me about loving God free of distractions

  376. The Excellent Wife by Martha Pierce. Such an amazing book that inspired me to be a better helpmeet to my husband and children.

  377. just read The Knowledge of the Holy by Tozer

  378. So many great books. I would have to choose The Excellent Wife.

  379. I have really been challenged and blessed by “Choosing Gratitude” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and also by “Created to Be His Helpmeet” by Debi Pearl. I know that the Lord gives others wisdom and gifting to share with the rest of us wisdom and blessing. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  380. ‘Created to be his Helpmeet’ by Debbie Pearl

  381. A Guide to American Christian Education
    By James Rose
    Has helped me with my education philosophy.

  382. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp really changed the way I viewed disciplining/teaching my children.

  383. Probably Love and Logic Parenting as it changed the way I think as a parent.

  384. I am signed up for your emails. ….First, let me say THANK YOU for this “entry” idea! I wrote down 2 pages of notes of books I’d like to look into reading!!!! Like many others on here…I love to read and have read really great books over the years, so it is hard to narrow down. On my top list for fiction (they are so powerful!) are The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers and The Shack by Young. A book that really helped me process things after losing my 4th baby was “When God Lets You Down” by Alex Gee. My all time favorite devotional is Come Away My Beloved by Frances Roberts. The book most recently that has TURNED MY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN (in a good way) is “Always Enough” by Heidi and Rolland Baker. Powerful testimony that is both inspiring and convicting. It has started a process of BIG changes in my life, so that definitely would be at the top of the list!

  385. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

    This book has helped me to see my role as a parent according to God’s will and has provided practical methods of implementation.

  386. The Music of His Promises by Elisabeth Elliot is an oft read book…so encouraging.

  387. The Men’s Manual: Vol. II that goes along with Jim Sammons’ Financial Freedom Seminar is the only book, excepting the Bible, that my husband and I have read together. It, along with the dvds, has completely changed the way we view finances, as well as many other aspects of our relationship. We are a better, stronger couple because of it.

  388. My Utmost for His Highest.

  389. Oh i cant think of just one…i read so much!!! Just finished reading these not so long ago and they have impacted my life so positively!

    Humility by Andrew Murray
    Crazy Love by Francis Chan
    A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

  390. There have been a couple that have truly stood out for me and I see that they have been mentioned more than once…The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace; Created to be his Helpmeet by Debi Pearl; and Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs.

  391. It is hard to narrow that down, as I have read so many wonderful books, but recently, the best one would have to be “The Excellent Wife” by Martha Peace: This one really made me sit up and take notice of what I was doing.

  392. That’s hard to pick just one! Redeeming the Time by Edwina Patterson. It is a powerful book and with the study guide too, more than amazing!!

  393. “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan and “George Muller of Bristol” by A. T. Pierson have greatly inspired me. I can absorb so much from and allegory and I love to dive into great people’s lives. Muller’s faith has especially inspired me.

  394. Love and Respect — What women need and what men need based on Ephesians. Excellent call for women to respect their husbands.

  395. On Becoming Childwise- Ezzo & Bucknam very good series and was so helpful in our lives!

  396. Definitely Created to be His Helpmeet and Shepherding a Childs Heart.

  397. Michelle Cranford

    As a wife…This Momentary Marriage by John Piper
    As a mom…Shepparding a Childs Heart by Tedd Tripp, Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman and A Mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming

  398. Definitely one of the most influential books I’ve read as a parent has been Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmell. Talk about convicting!

    I am already a follower on Google Friend Connect.

  399. I really enjoy reading so it is hard to pick just a few because there are so many good books! But here are a few that have touched my heart. The Power of a Positive Mom by Karol Ladd. Homeschooling by Heart by Kristina Sabalis Krulikas. Any book by Emilie Barnes (writes on keeping a lovely home and organizing). Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers. Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley. Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I too, also enjoyed The Art of Homemaking because of the new way it made my look at my home creatively.

  400. I am currently learning loads from “Large Family Logistics”.

  401. My husband and I are reading THIS MOMENTARY MARRIAGE by John Piper, it talks about relating our earthly marriages to Christ and the church. So far in every chapter we have found something that we can use to work towards our ideal marriage. I am very thankful to the friend of my husbands that is letting us borrow the book. Two times each week we sit down and read it together and that usually sparks conversations that allow us to openly communicate what the message means to us. Then we can contemplate personally in our quiet times where we need to work on ourselves first instead of always pointing the finger at each others faults. Great book! I agree with so many others that it is hard to choose just one…this just happens to be what I am reading now 🙂

  402. This is a toughy because there are so many great ones! However, I think at least for now my answer would be “Culture Makers, ” by Josiah Vencel. I didn’t realize how unbiblical some of my views were until reading this book.

  403. “Single but Not Sorry” by Joyce Parks. Excellent book for young girls, especially if they don’t have a good role model in their lives. That book helped me change my perspective on life and what God expects of me. After reading it I finally became a happy single girl and then when I was ready to spend my life in solitude… my future husband showed up. God has a sense of humor and perfect timing, of course! :o)

  404. There are several I can think of. The Bible and Birth Control by Charles Provan made completely clear the Biblical stance on birth control, along with how it was viewed in church history. The Way Home by Mary Pride, Managers of Their Homes by Steve & Teri Maxwell also. Our children actually LOVE their Moody family books, and they have greatly influenced our children for the better (and they encourage me too!)

  405. I am an avid reader and it is so hard to narrow it down to one book. The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer was an amazing book and one of my favorites of all time. I also thoroughly enjoyed Crazy Love by Francis Chan and am currently reading Radical by David Platt. All three have and are having a tremendous impact on my life.

  406. Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl was one of the books that made me view submission in a different way then I grew up seeing. My husband told me before that he can see when I am reading this book because I am joyful when I submit to him.

  407. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Christ has been the most influential book in my life. It supports the Bible’s Testament of Christ and teaches us to have incredible Faith in our Lord and Saviour!

  408. The 5 love languages of a teenager

  409. A book that helped me tremendously as a young wife & mom was “Creative Counterpart”. I don’t remember the author & I shared my copy. Another bible class study that I have gone over a few times because of the encouragement is “Those who wait” by Rosemary McKnight.

  410. marriage-Saving Your Marriage before it starts by L&L Parrot
    kids- Shepardinga child’s heart by Ted Tripp