Book Review: Peter Pan

The boy who never grew up. The girl who knew she was going to grow up. Pirates and Indians, fairies and crocodiles—imagination and reality are wonderfully blended in this story.

Would you believe I wasn’t allowed to read it when I was a kid? I heard the name many times, and gathered a confused idea of the plot, with images from the Disney animated version vaguely attached to it, but the first time I read the book was only a couple years ago. At that time, I was rather unimpressed. It was a cute story, but I already knew how it turned out, so the suspense was ruined, and I did not see other elements in the tale that made up for this lack.

However, this last week I read it again (listened to it, in fact, on the Classic Tales Podcast), and I liked it quite a bit more this time around.

The plot itself is quite simple: The Darling children set out with Peter Pan to fly to Neverland, the island of every child’s imagination. They have many adventures, but at last Wendy realizes that they need to go back home to their parents. They invite Peter and the “lost boys” to come with them, but Peter is determined to never grow up, and so he refuses to come. Just when they are ready to set out, their camp is attacked by Hook and his pirate dogs, and all the children are captured, except Peter, who rescues them. They kill all the pirates (except Hook, who is eaten by a crocodile), and finally make it back home to the Darling parents.

The real joy of the book, however, are the three main character arcs: Peter and Wendy, Peter and Hook, and the Darling children and Darling parents. Around these relationships are built the events of the book, and they each change over the course of the story. I love the Darling parents, even though they are only at the beginning and end of the book—Mr. Darling is especially funny. Wendy starts by just wanting to mother all the boys on the island, but by the end of the book she realizes she doesn’t want to mother Peter exactly, while Peter is oblivious and self-centered the whole way through.

This book is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. You may love it, but you may be left nonplussed. Whether you like it or not will depend, I think, on your reaction to the character of Peter. He does not abide by any laws but his own, and he is at times guilty of the most appalling bad form, as Hook triumphantly noted right before his death. At the same time, he is delightful fun: his rollicking spirit drives the book throughout. For me, he was not a character I could sympathize with or connect to, but I greatly enjoyed watching him.

The “reality” of the book is in it’s view of children’s minds: the author understands how they think. Every child has an imaginary land—whether it is Narnia or Neverland or some other—and a child’s imaginings are perfectly captured in Peter Pan.

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God is the Gospel: John Piper

What is the ultimate goal of the gospel? Is it saving people from hell? Is it walking in accordance with God’s commands? Though both of these are part of the gospel, if our only goal is to live a righteous life and to escape hell, we would be missing the truth of Christianity. In God is the Gospel, John Piper reminds us that “the highest, best, final, decisive good of the gospel, without which no other gifts would be good, is the glory of God in the face of Christ revealed for our everlasting enjoyment.” Everything we do and say should be focused on God, because He is the only one who is worthy.

The gospel is “good news”. We all know this, and we have heard it over and over. But why is it good?  Without God at the center, the life and death of Jesus would have no meaning. If Jesus’ death is sufficient to pay the price for our sins, but there is no eternal enjoyment of God, “we are of all men most pitiable”, as Paul says.

Throughout the book, Piper shows from the scriptures that the gospel is all about God, in all of his three persons. He takes each facet of the gospel with which we are familiar, and emphasizes how each one should bring glory to God: the life of Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and evangelism and missions. God has given us many gifts, but the gift of Himself is the greatest of all, and without that all the other gifts are useless.

John Piper also addresses our natural human tendency to focus on ourselves, rather than God. We often act like God is glorifying us—making us stronger and better and more admirable, when we ought to be glorifying God: holding him up as the strong one, the best, and the only truly admirable Being.

This is the type of book that is good to read just to refresh your mind. There is nothing ground-breaking, no breath-taking new insight for a doctrinally sound believer, but all of us get our focus off of God and onto ourselves far too often, and we need to be reminded of the true point of the gospel. No matter how many times we learn this truth, we always need to hear it again.

I was also delighted to learn a new word as I read: “ratiocination”, meaning “a judgement formed by the process of logic”

The 13th Reality: Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

As a kid I remember imagining myself fighting alongside Prince Caspian in the battle to retake Narnia from his evil uncle. I my mind I crawled with Digory and Polly through the creepy attic and right into mysterious study of her creepy uncle Andrew. I dreamt of exchanging riddles with the fishy Gollum or crafting secret nicknames for the Dragon Smaug. These stories never die and the of childhood blends faery-land with reality. Now, as an adult the nostalgia and beauty of stories has never left me. And every so often I slip them on like a secret ring and enter the portal of the faery and the hero. I some ways I enjoy these stories even more now that I understand that my yearning to join the hero is based upon my own participation in the Great Story in which I am a servant of the Great Hero. A couple years ago my younger siblings discovered The Mysterious Benedict Society. Though not set in a fantasy land it incorporates all the best elements of of faery tale: A despicable villain, riddles, secrets, a courageous hero, and the clear call to do the right thing no matter what the cost. After devouring this series last Summer my only regret was that there weren’t more books in the series. My usual diet of theology, apologetics, biographies and history occasionally screams for a break. And at last I found it: The 13th Reality: A Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner. Best known for his Dystopian Maze Runner Series Dashner weaves a spellbinding story of fear and courage. A nerdy boy—Tick—from Washington receives crazy letters at first doubting his own sanity but soon begins to meet some strange people. As he solves the riddles contained in the letters he learns that he has been called to lead a quest to save the world. Sound like every fantasy novel you’ve ever read? Okay. But there are at least three characteristics that put this series in a class above their ilk: Tick lives with his loving family and throughout his solid relationship with his Dad is strengthened and his Dad is shown to be a courageous, kind man. The story revolves around theories of quantum physics which allow the characters to jump between alternate realities and explains that significant choices can lead to significant consequences in an alternate reality. The writing style is excellent—and the British characters were a nice touch. It has a fine balance between serious adventure and humor.
Though there are a few cliche moments and spots where the dialogue drags a bit the book is mostly a gripping fun, rollicking adventure punctuated by a few moments of sheer terror—for the characters at least. It is no psychological thriller but I may make you think twice about the world you live in and the choices that you make and will certainly give a few evenings of pleasant enjoyment for kids and adults alike. And in this way it exemplifies C.S. Lewis’ maxims: “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest” and “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

Henry and the Chalk Dragon

This is a book, a children’s story, about two important things: art and friendship.

Henry loves to draw, but he is unwilling to show his pictures to other people, because he is afraid they will laugh at him. When the chalk dragon he has drawn on his bedroom door becomes real and escapes, carrying inside it all the other drawings he has ever made and the ability to change from one to another, Henry has to save the world (specifically his school) from the consequences of his imagination—using the very creative ability that caused the trouble in the first place.

Helping Henry in this endeavor is his best friend, Oscar. As the two try to defeat the dragon by erasing it, Henry is disturbed by a secret that he does not want Oscar to find out: after an angry fight with his friend, he drew a picture of Oscar being eaten by a dinosaur, and he is terrified that the dragon might change into that dinosaur in real life. Oscar is indeed swallowed by the dragon/dinosaur, but he starts erasing it from the inside, thus finally defeating it. Henry confesses about the picture, and tells Oscar he is sorry. With the help of the other school children, they redraw the dragon into a new, less dangerous, creature, and release it.

Things I liked:

It is risky creating art that preaches about art, however I felt that the author, Jennifer Trafton, did a good job. The story was engaging and well-plotted, worth reading as a story rather than relying on its message to carry it.

There are a lot of references to other books, especially children’s classics (Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, and many more). I have read most of them, and caught the references, but there were some that were only familiar, or that I had never even heard of.

Some of the adults in the books were both interesting and useful, which is sadly unusual for children’s books. While Henry’s parents are not present for most of the story, since it happens at his school, they do seem supportive, and Henry respects them. (Though he dislikes being called Squirt.)

Overall, I enjoyed the slightly humorous writing style. This book does not take itself too seriously, as befits a tale of extraordinary events in the ordinary world.

Quibbles: (Not quite “dislikes”)

There were points when the impossibility of what was going on caused my carefully suspended disbelieve to come crashing around my ears. For instance, Oscar has brought to class a creature called an Octagon, which eats anything circular. He keeps it in a shoebox, and it is important to the plot later on, but there is no good explanation of it. My first impression of the story is that it is set in a “normal” universe, before the chalk dragon comes to life. The Octagon does not quite fit.

There is a smidge of feminism. I’m all for girls doing interesting and important things, and I liked the character of Jade, and how she brings her own strengths to help Henry and Oscar. However, there is a passage about girls always being damsels in distress, and how they should rescue boys instead that just seemed heavy-handed and unnecessary to me. I felt that at some points the author handled the subject well, and at other times poorly.

Book Review: The Godly Man’s Picture

IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION that I have not done nearly enough gushing over books lately. All the titles I’ve been reviewing have fallen into the “mildly interesting” to “moderately convicting” categories of reading, with nary a real live gusher among them. Well. This book breaks the trend, because I absolutely loved it, and there is definitely some gushing in the near future, if you keep reading. It was gripping. Illuminating. Grin-inducing. Thought-provoking. I was torn between reading slowly, so that it would last longer, and finishing quickly, so that I could share my thoughts about it. Hands down, this is the best book I’ve read so far this year.

Sounds like a thrilling and colourful adventure tale, doesn’t it? The title of the post may have given you a hint that such is not the case…try a sermon series originally published in 1666.

Puritan preacher Thomas Watson sets out to draw a picture of a godly man. What characteristics set him apart? How can we test our own lives to see if they match the requirements? What obstacles lie on the path to godliness? Watson begins his book with several assertions about godliness itself: it is real, though supernatural, both extensive and intense, glorious and permanent. He then takes a chapter to reprove and warn those who are only pretending to godliness, before settling into the main section of the book, which consists of twenty-four characteristics of the godly man. I’m only going to give you a few quotes from some of my favorite sections, since a summary of all of them would make this blog unconscionably long.

The godly man is:

  • A Man Who Loves the Word

“What sums of money the martyrs gave for a few leaves of the Bible! Do we make the Word our bosom friend? … When we want direction, do we consult this sacred oracle? When we find corruptions strong, do we make use of this “sword of the Spirit” to hew them down? When we are disconsolate, do we go to this bottle of the water of life for comfort? Then we are lovers of the Word!” But alas, how can they who are seldom conversant with the Scriptures say they love them? Their eyes begin to be sore when they look at a Bible. The two testaments are hung up like rusty armor which is seldom or never made use of. The Lord wrote the law with his own finger, but though God took pains to write, men will not take pains to read.”

This is so true, and so convicting. We have such easy access to the Bible, but how often, even if we’re reading it every day, do we make important decisions without considering the Bible, or try to fight the spiritual war without donning our armor?

  • A Man Who Weeps

“Grace dissolves and liquifies the soul, causing a spiritual thaw…Does your soul melt out at your eyes?”

I just found this whole section funny. It is so different from how we look at things today! Yes, Christians should be sad sometimes. When we look at our own hearts, and when we look at the world around us, we see much to make us sad. (Watson does note the other side of the equation as well—we should often be joyful!)

  • A Zealous Man

“Zeal makes the blood rise when God’s honor is impeached.”

I have been accused of being a radical, and it was encouraging to read that it is sometimes a good thing!

  • A Man Who Loves the Saints

“A Christian in this life is like a good face full of freckles. You who cannot love another because of his imperfections have never yet seen your own face in the mirror”

He is comparing Christians to freckles. Freckles. I just had to put in this quote, because it is a new favorite of mine. If you see me smiling for no apparent reason, it is probably because I’m visualizing every Christian I know as a face full of freckles.

Thomas Watson concludes the book with more warnings and encouragement: while it is dangerous to be ungodly, if we are doubtful about our own godliness, we can use all these characteristics as “evidence” for our own peace when the devil assails us with doubts. Though we fail in many areas, Christ does not break a bruised reed, and as long as our salvation is on the sure foundation of faith in Christ (never, ever, faith in our own works!) we will exhibit godliness, however faint it may be at times.

There are a few things about this book as a whole that I especially appreciated:

  1. Firmly Founded on Scripture.

The picture of a godly man must be “drawn with a scripture pencil” as the subtitle points out, and thus Watson backs up every point he makes with scripture references and illustrations. (For those of you who read my other blog, Preparing for the Ultimate Career, I got a ton of ideas for future Psalm 119 posts as I was reading through, since that chapter is referenced over and over throughout the book.)

2. Vivid Word Pictures.

This is a stylistic thing: I just love the way he uses similes, illustrations, and word pictures to make his points.

3. Stuffed with Doctrine.

Even though on the surface this is more of a practical “How to recognize a godly man when you meet him” book, there is so much doctrine included as well.

4. Suffused with love.

Thomas Watson is a good pastor: in every line he writes, his deep love of God, and his sincere care for people is clear.

I cannot recommend this book enough: it could easily be read in small sections by anyone who is looking for a good devotional, it is worth reading no matter how much or little you know about godliness, and I think it can be understood even by older children, as well as adults. Sadly, I will have to give this copy back to my brother in a few months, but I will certainly get my own, as well as looking out for other titles written by Thomas Watson.

Twelve Ordinary Men: John MacArthur



I read this book because my Sunday School has been going through the twelve apostles, and the teacher recommended we read a book on them to go along with the study. Generally, I must admit, I would ignore such a recommendation, but then I saw this at a library sale, so I picked it up.

Like many of MacArthur’s books, this was originally a sermon series. This means that if you are used to listening to sermons, the book is easy to follow. My knowledge of MacArthur previous to reading this book was almost exclusively through his sermons and commentaries on whole books of the Bible, and this was in some ways a contrast, since it is written for the general public (no greek!) and it is a topical study.

The tone of the writing is very approachable, but firmly grounded in scripture, with many quotations or references throughout each chapter. It is also quite structured, with clear main ideas, supporting points, and illustrations for each disciple. Again, remember that it is based off of sermons.

For each disciple, MacArthur gives us the known facts about them from the Biblical account—which is rather scanty for several of them (James the Less, Simon the Zealot, and the Other Judas, for example), as well as any additional information about them in church tradition. Tradition, of course, is not infallible, and it is set apart from biblical facts, so that there is no confusion. After these biographical details, MacArthur concentrates on important character qualities found in each disciple: leadership (Peter), love (John), passion (James), sincerity (Nathanael/Bartholomew) and more.

The main focus of the book is on the ordinariness of the disciples: they are fishermen, not pharisees, humble country folk, rather than polished city dwellers. Throughout the gospel accounts, they question Jesus, they are confused, and they all desert Him when He is captured in the garden. Despite these failings, Jesus uses them to found the Church, and to spread Christianity into the furthest corners of the world.

God delights to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and He is still using people today, just as He was back in the first century. We can be encouraged by the disciples to attempt great things for God, and we should strive to imitate the good character qualities they exhibited.

John MacArthur has written many, many books, and I could not possibly list them all here, but I have included a few that seem similar to this one:

Follow Me: Christ’s Call, Our Response

The Pillars of Christian Character

Twelve Extraordinary Women

Twelve Unlikely Heros

 

Podcast Review: The History of Rome

The History of Rome, by Mike Duncan: I was introduced to this podcast through the “History of England” podcast, because the host of “History of England” (David Crowther) recommended it. There are now many history podcasts, but The History of Rome was one of the first (And it was the inspiration for “The History of England”). It is now complete, and Mike Duncan has gone on to produce another history podcast, “Revolutions”.

The description is “A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas’s arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.” I listened all the way through it—179 episodes worth—and thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned a great deal about Roman History, during both the republic and the empire. I enjoy studying the Roman Republic, because it is fascinating to compare it to America. I’m also less familiar with the leaders and wars from this era than that of the empire (the Punic Wars, for instance). The empire can be a bit depressing, with all the bad emperors and political conniving (Though there were certainly politics going on during the Republic too!), but it is still interesting to see human nature at work.

The history of Rome is a complex and dense subject, and it is difficult to keep the places and people in your head—all the generals and cities tend to run together. Mike Duncan does a reasonable job of keeping things straight, introducing the major players so that they are distinguishable from each other, and quickly reminding you of the context when he brings a recurring character back into the story. He primarily covers the political and military history, with an occasional episode on social and economic issues, to paint a broader picture of the time period.

The content is mostly clean, though there are occasional (mild) swear words, and in keeping with the nature of any history, there are some subjects covered that may not be suitable for young children. (I don’t remember there being much graphic violence or other mature topics, but it has been a while since I’ve listened to the podcast, so I can’t vouch for that.) The podcast can be found on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, there is also a website:

The History of Rome Podcast on iTunes

The History of Rome Podcast Website

I would also recommend Mike Duncan’s new podcast, Revolutions:

Revolutions Podcast

On iTunes: Revolutions

So far, he has covered the English Civil War, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, Gran Colombia, and the June Rebellion (in France).

Book Review: The Epic of Gilgamesh

I will proclaim to the world the deeds of Gilgamesh. This was the man to whom all things were known; this was the king who knew the countries of the world. He was wise, he saw mysteries and knew secret things, he brought us a tale of the days before the flood. He went on a long journey, was weary, worn-out with labour, returning he rested, he engraved on a stone the whole story.

 

The Epic of Gilgamesh tells of the life of Gilgamesh the great king, and his adventures. It is set up as a series of stories, starting with Gilgamesh meeting his friend Enkidu. The two of them are the mightiest of men, and journey through many dangers to kill Humbaba, the guardian of the forest. When they also kill the Bull of Heaven, the gods are angry with them, and cause Enkidu to die.

With his friend dead, Gilgamesh is overcome with grief, and fear of his own mortality, and he sets out to find everlasting life. Eventually he meets Utnapishtim, who tells him the story of the world-wide flood, and then the secret of a plant that brings back youth. Gilgamesh finds the plant, but as he is journeying home a serpent steals it from him while he sleeps. The epic ends with Gilgamesh’s death, and his subjects mourning him and extolling his memory.

Important themes throughout the poem are the friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu, and the search for immortality. There are also parallels to Biblical themes: most notably the flood story, narrated by Utnapishtim, the Babylonian representation of Noah, but I was also struck by a serpent being the one who destroys mankind’s hope of eternal life. The relationships between mortals and the gods are also important. Gilgamesh is partially divine, like many of the heroes in the Greek and Roman myths, and therefore he generally has the favor of the gods.

There are descriptions of relationships between men and women; how explicit these are will probably depend on the translation used, so exercise caution. I would only recommend this book to older high school students or adults who want to broaden their knowledge of literary history. The translation I read was mostly in prose, which I did not prefer. For those who do plan to read it, I would recommend getting a translation that more accurately recreates the poetic structure of the original.

If this book looks interesting you might also enjoy:

Beowulf — For the record, I enjoyed reading Beowulf a lot more than the Epic of Gilgamesh! At some point, I plan to re-read it and review it.

Genesis and Job — Most likely the two earliest books written in the Bible, Job has a similar poetic structure.

Greek Myths — There are many versions and editions available, and these stories have been an important part of our literary heritage.

 

Book Review: Democracy in America

Democracy in America

Have you ever wondered what a French dude in the mid-1800s thought about America’s political system?

“I confess that in America I saw more than America; I sought the image of democracy itself, with its inclinations, its character, its prejudices, and its passions, in order to learn what we have to fear or to hope from its progress.” —Alexis de Tocqueville

Neither had I. However, I did know the book as a classic of political science and history, and after finishing The Federalist Papers a couple months ago, I thought it would be interesting to get another perspective.

Democracy is divided into two volumes: the first explains how the American system works, why it works, what is good about it and what is bad about it. The second discusses  how democracy influences a society’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.

I read an online version from the 1840 edition, translated by Henry Reeves, who was a contemporary of de Tocqueville, and evidently acquainted with him. It was a fine translation, although there were several typos per chapter (which I expected in a free digital transcription). Overall, I liked de Tocqueville’s writing style, though it did get long-winded at almost 1,000 pages. It was hard to read quickly, since each paragraph was thick with abstract ideas, but it is very quotable:

“I am of opinion that absolute excellence is rarely to be found in any legislation;”

 

“There is no country in the world in which everything can be provided for by the laws, or in which political institutions can prove a substitute for common sense and public morality.”

 

“The nations amongst which this liberty [of the press] exists are as apt to cling to their opinions from pride as from conviction. They cherish them because they hold them to be just, and because they exercised their own free-will in choosing them; and they maintain them not only because they are true, but because they are their own.”

Throughout the book, de Tocqueville makes many good points, and it was interesting to see the historical perspective—some of the things he concludes still make sense today, and some things he got wrong. I was fascinated by his thoughts on the Constitution (a large portion of the first volume), and how he agreed with, or differed from the Federalists. In particular, while the Federalists believed that the Supreme Court was inherently the weakest branch of the government, and strove to protect it as much as possible, de Tocqueville saw it as wielding a dangerous level of power:

“The President, who exercises a limited power, may err without causing great mischief in the State. Congress may decide amiss without destroying the Union, because the electoral body in which Congress originates may cause it to retract its decision by changing its members. But if the Supreme Court is ever composed of imprudent men or bad citizens, the Union may be plunged into anarchy or civil war.”

Another issue de Tocqueville covers in detail is the situation of the Indians and the African slaves in America. He saw the Indians getting pushed farther and farther into the interior of the continent, and correctly predicted their virtual eradication. However, he thought that the most likely end to slavery in America would be a slave revolt, and calls this probable revolt a Civil War between the two “races”.

As a Roman Catholic, de Tocqueville is constantly bringing religion and Christianity into the discussion, and he argues that the American system would not work without the Puritan foundation laid in New England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He considers morality to be an important element of a successful society, since men must believe in and obey an authority higher than their own individual interests if they are going to work together.

I’m not going to recommend a list of similar books, since it would be all the same as the list on my review of The Federalist Papers. I will say, though, this is a tough book. I couldn’t just sit and read it for hours at a stretch, like I could with a fiction book; I got tired, and had to take breaks to read other stuff, and by the time I got to the second volume I was pushing myself to finish. However, I got a lot more out of it than I would have out of most “easy” books, and I’m glad I read it.

Adorned: Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together

This book was recommended (and loaned to me) by my younger sister. It is based on the passage in Titus 2 talking about older women teaching younger women:

Teach what accords with sound doctrine.

Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine.

They are to teach what is good,

and so train the young women

to love their husbands and children,

to be self-controlled,

pure,

working at home,

kind,

and submissive to their own husbands,

that the word of God may not be reviled.

…so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Titus 2:1-5, 10

Mentoring is a concept that has largely fallen by the wayside in our culture today, but if we are to live in accordance with Scripture, we must revive it. Nancy begins the book by showing what the life of an older mentor should look like, and exhorting the older women to be willing to mentor others. At the same time, she shows young women how they can pursue a rich mentoring relationship, by asking questions and making time for the older women in their lives, and reminds young women that they must start cultivating the character traits of a godly older woman even while they are still young.

Each chapter discusses one of the commands or character traits mentioned in the passage, and how it relates to both older and younger women. At the end of the chapter, there are specific questions for both older and younger readers to consider. Some of my favorite chapters were those on purity, loving your husband, and submission.

I find the writing style to be engaging—Nancy has a gift for putting things clearly, with a touch of humour where necessary. In addition—and this is important especially in “christian lifestyle” books—she is able to take familiar concepts and consider them in a fresh light, so that the reader is encouraged, enlightened, and convicted.

My favorite thing about the book, though, is the fact that it is written to both older and younger women. Age segregation is deeply engrained in our society, and as a young person I see with sadness how much many young believers are missing out on. We can draw on the life experiences of older believers to strengthen and encourage our own faith, but it does require talking to them, getting to know them, and being willing to listen. This book is helpful for both age groups to see where the other is coming from, and it is all relevant to both groups. Godly young women should be training themselves into mentors, and godly older women should still be learning and growing in their faith. I would recommend this book to any woman, young or old, who desires to live a life pleasing to God.

Other books by this author:

Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets them Free (I have not read this yet, but I plan on it! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.)

Revive our Hearts Trilogy:

Brokenness: The Heart God Revives

Surrender: The Heart God Controls

Holiness: The Heart God Purifies (I enjoyed this one the most of the three)