Books, Sites, & Things We Can’t Live Without

Recommended by Heather:

Some great articles I’ve read recently:
Four Moments I’m Preparing Students to Face— great things to think through for discipleship
Even If You Labor for Nought— encouragement when you feel like you are laboring in vain

Dear College Students, Read These Books--written by our Fall Retreat speaker last year (Matt Smethurst), this article has recommended readings for you no matter where you are on your spiritual journey


Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis — It’s a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. It has some of the most beautifully written allusions to the Gospel.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas — This is my favorite book of all time! Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, writer, and theologian who opposed Hitler and the Third Reich. He was a man of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil–all because of his relationship with Jesus and his desire to follow Him wholeheartedly.
ALL the content from The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference : I haven’t had the chance yet but I cannot tell you how excited I am to listen to these talks and panels. Here are a few that might catch your attention:

Favorite Fall Recipe so far: Oatmeal Pumpkin No Bake Cookies


Recommended by Brooke:

The Rend Collective Pandora station! So crazy good.

Any and all books written by Jennie Allen–
Everything written by Shauna Niequist–
Books that have been huge in my life:
  • Because He loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
  • The Legacy  of a Couple: Ruth & Billy Graham by Hanspeter Nuesch
  • Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper

*Check out Katygirldesigns on Etsy–she has inspiring prints 🙂

Recommended by Maggie:

On Discipline– The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot


Recommended by Steph: (you can get recipe ideas out of ingredients you already have)
Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis (on adoption)
Unveiled at Last by Bob Sjogren (on missions)
And if you’re looking for a good study Bible I recommend the ESV Study Bible
Children’s Bible: The Jesus Storybook Bible (we read it to our son every night!)
Sermons to listen to:

Insights on Romans (Swindoll’s New Testament Insights): ((This is one of my favorite study books on Romans))


Recommended by Meg:
Ann Voskamp. Anything of hers. Goodness, I love her. ( – Probably my favorite post of hers is called “What Every Hard Week Needs to Know”
When Life and Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James. Always. I’ve read it maybe 8 or 9 times.
Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson – I’ve been reading it with some girlfriends the past few months – surprisingly challenging, not cheesy, and just plain good
Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist – because life is ups and downs
Emily Freeman’s blog (