Christians love the idea that self-expression is the essence of a beautiful person, but that's a lie, too. In christianity, the self is always a tool and never a destination. And the answer to that question is at once less and more than what you are hoping for. If "who am i?" is the question you're asking, Rachel Jankovic doesn't want you to "find yourself" or "follow your heart.
Those lies are nothing to the confidence, freedom, and clarity of purpose that come with knowing what is actually essential about you. Thankfully, that's not the end of our story, You Who: Why You Matter and How to Deal with It takes the identity question into the nitty gritty details of everyday life. Here's the first clue: Stop looking inside, and start planting flags of everyday faithfulness.
And we--men and women, young and old--have bought his lie of the Best Self, with terrible results. With trademark humor and no nonsense practicality, Rachel Jankovic explains the fake story of the Self, starting with the inventions of a supremely ugly man named Sartre rhymes with "blart".
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches
The opportunities for growth abound here but you have to be willing. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. You have to open your heart to the tumble. This is not a tender reminiscence from someone who had children so long ago that she only remembers the sweet parts.
This is a small collection of thoughts on mothering young children for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain old tired. I wrote it because it isn't. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it.
I know you need encouragement because I do too. In this book, mother of seven, Rachel Jankovic, offers practical advice on how to persevere in the high but demanding call of motherhood. I didn't write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me.
Eve in Exile: The Restoration of Femininity
The swooning victorian ladies and the 1950s housewives genuinely needed to be liberated. It dismisses the pencil-skirted and stiletto-heeled executives of TV, the outspoken feminists freed from all that hinders them, the brave career women in charge of their own destinies. Once those fictionalized stereotypes are out of the way -- whether they're things that make you gag or things you think look pretty fun -- Christians can focus on real women.
Second-wave feminists marched for Prohibition, jobs, and abortion. What did god make real women for? They have led us into a very boring dead end. Eve in exile sets aside all stereotypes of mid-century housewives, of Victorians fainting, of China-doll femininity, of women not allowed to think for themselves or talk to the men about anything interesting or important.
But modern women -- who use psychotherapeutic antidepressants at a rate never before seen in history -- need liberating now more than ever. So, first-wave feminists held rallies for women's suffrage. Today, third-wave feminists stand firmly for nobody's quite sure what. That much is indisputable. The truth is, feminists don't know what liberation is.
Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood
It is chock-full of humorous examples and fresh advice covering issues familiar to moms, temptations to be ungrateful or bitter, such as guilt cycles, enjoying your kids, and learning how to honor Jesus by giving even in the mundane stuff. Fit to burst is a book of parenting "field notes" written by a mom in the thick of it all.
But this book also addresses less familiar topics, including the impact moms have on the relationships between dads and kids, the importance of knowing when to laugh at kid-sized sin, and more. A thoughtful follow-up to loving the little years, who know how to give much and to require much from their children in the everyday mayhem, Fit to Burst will help us to be moms who parent with the story in mind rather than the snapshot, Rachel's first book, and who understand the importance of biscuits.
A note from rachel:"i don't pull punches or hold back in this book, because I am writing to myself as much as to you. I write about what i know, and what I know is the challenges, the joys, and the work involved in raising little people. ". I am not writing about other people's problems, although I know many of them are common.
If something in this book strikes a little close to home for you, know that it struck in my home first.
Learning Contentment: A Study for Ladies of Every Age
We tend to think being "stressed out" is a normal state of affairs, and that contentment means sitting back and just bottling things up. In learning contentment, nancy wilson looks to the bible and puritans like Jeremiah Burroughs, Thomas Watson, and Charles Spurgeon to help us develop the practical, Samuel Rutherford, spiritual strength and the perspective that comes from contentment's deep satisfaction with the will of God.
This encouraging little book follows after Nancy Wilson's Virtuous: A Study for Ladies of Every Age. Even the apostle Paul had to "learn" contentment. Learning contentment includes concise explanations, application questions and assignments that will involve and challenge everyone, and lots of biblical wisdom for individuals and groups.
So we shouldn't wonder why we're still in spiritual kindergarten -- repeating the same lessons over and over again -- if we haven't given ourselves to study contentment. Thankfully, every test God gives on contentment is open book even the pop quizzes! For the christian, work at, and make our own in every circumstance, contentment is something we must apply, however, because anxiety and frustration are not neutral behaviors.
It is certainly easier to go with our natural impulses when times are very hard or even just "annoying, " but contentment is an important part of our Christian life.
When the Man Comes Around: A Commentary on the Book of Revelation
But most commentaries nowadays either engage in bizarre speculations about the future, or they keep an embarrassed distance from all the apocalyptic events that the apostle John says will “shortly take place. In this commentary, douglas wilson provides a passage-by-passage walkthrough of the entire book, showing how John’s most notorious prophecies concern the Fall of Jerusalem in A.
D. Though St. Chestertonthe book of Revelation was written to do just that: reveal. Explaining symbols and characters as he goes, Wilson shows from the text that not only is this book not an elaborate code, but that Revelation is not even ultimately concerned with the end of the world as we know it. 70 John the evangelist saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators.
G. K. Revelation is about the triumph of the Church, which always happens when the Man comes around.
Virtuous: A Study for Ladies of Every Age
This encouraging little book includes application questions and assignments which should both challenge individuals and give groups much food for thought. Nancy wilson has been a pastor's wife for forty years, and in this book she walks through fourteen biblical virtues to help women of all ages actively pursue fruitfulness in the knowledge of Christ.
This book highlights what the bible has to say about a Christian woman's highest duty, what it looks like to be a leading woman in one's community, and what it means to pursue virtue when everyone else thinks it's no longer important.
The Household and the War for the Cosmos
It's this vision of the world, with the Christian family at the heart, that modern parents desperately need to recover. Your household is not just a shelter from a war zone; it is the command center from where you launch your attacks.
Popes and Feminists: How the Reformation Frees Women from Feminism
Christian women wondering about their place in society and comparing feminism with the Bible should start with the teaching of the Reformers and the lives of many exceptional women of the Reformation. But today, modern feminist claims about vocation have more in common with the pre-Reformation popes than anything else -- except feminists have replaced the nunnery with the hallowed corporate workplace.
. The reformers confronted the bad theology which led to this and other worse abuses, like priest-patronized brothels and returned to the Bible to develop a theology of vocation that began to free Christians to be "holy" no matter their occupation. Before the reformation, in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, being a wife or mother was not a holy vocation.
The only “spiritual” calling for women was to be found in a convent. Part history and part contemporary reflection, Popes and Feminists argues that women today have some of the same choices facing them as women in the sixteenth century. In this fascinating study, elise crapuchettes shows how the Reformation changed the lives of Christian women as it turned them away from trying to earn their salvation and toward a joyful, liberating view of vocation and work.
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality
Is philosophically as well as theologically untenable. Robert P. In embracing abortion, transgenderism, euthanasia, and the like, homosexual conduct and relationships, liberal secularism . George, princeton university"writing with both deep compassion and clear thinking, Nancy Pearcey helps us to better understand the worldview that lies behind the huge cultural shifts we have recently experienced in the West.
. Pearcey is a wonderful guide. Sam allberry, author, is god Anti-Gay?"Nancy Pearcey models on every page how to understand secular worldviews. Love thy body is a must-read book. Rosaria butterfield, the secret thoughts of an unlikely convert "An astute but accessible analysis of the intellectual roots of the most important moral ills facing us today: abortion, euthanasia, Syracuse University; author, former professor, and redefining the family.
Richard weikart, california state university, Stanislaus "Nancy Pearcey's characteristic clarity and careful scholarship take the reader through the history of our shifting perceptions on what it means to be human.
Why Children Matter
In the garden of Eden, there was only one "No. Everything else was "Yes. In this short book on christian childrearing, Douglas Wilson points out that we have a Father who delights in us and makes it easy for us to love and obey him. Instead, he calls for parents to instill in their kids a love for God and His standards that will serve them well all their days.
This book also features an appendix in which Doug and his wife Nancy answer various parents' questions about various applications of the principles discussed in this book. If that is the kind of father we have, shouldn't we earthly parents do the same? Wilson explains how parents should not just try to get their kids to obey a set of rules or to make their house so fun that following the rules is always easy.