Idols of The Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick
- This book is probably my all-time favorite (besides the Bible, of course). I read it with my discipleship leader towards the end of my second year at Cal Poly and couldn't put it down. My mind raced with passion and excitement and "ooooh's" and "aaahhhh's" when I turned each page. Fitzpatrick uses this book, with several biblical stories as well, to point out to us "that at the heart of every besetting sin lies idolatry." Her words opened up my heart to aspects of my faith I never even knew existed (or didn't exist). I've recommended this book to every woman and man who even brings up the subject of reading. I'm kind of obsessed. Find it on Amazon for around $12 (or $15 for the revised and updated version)! This book helped me take huge steps in my faith, so for those who are searching for help in doing the same but don't know where to begin, this is a good start.
Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird
- Clark and Baird are sisters who had potential in the modeling industry as teens, but took a different path - becoming authors - thanks to the Holy Spirit's work on their hearts. Honestly, I found this book a little hard to connect with throughout the first few chapters, but that could've just been a result of where I was spiritually at the time. I've never thought about becoming a model, either, but I have wrestled with society's standards and gone dangerously far in my pursuit to meet them. My favorite part - the part from which I absorbed the most out of the whole book - was the authors' set-up of the "3 Pillars of Biblical Womanhood". Their dedication to sticking to God's word and providing that scripture to readers hooked me. I wrote about it here, but I'm going to stop talking now and tell you to click here if you're interested (and you should be). Check out their blog, too!