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walk with God
EEW Magazine / June 2017 Issue
Posted June 5, 2017
Aside from Bishop Vashti McKenzie's The Big Deal of Taking Small Steps to Move Closer to God,
which has been selected as EEW Magazine's 2017 "Best Book of the Year," what notable books are
there to curl up with this summer?

While it's a tough task to narrow it down, Empowering Everyday Women Ministries' editors have put
together a very short (and by no means exhaustive) list of 5 additional books to add to your
summer reading list.

Here they are in no particular order:

    Don't Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable
    By Sarah Jakes  

    In this book, Sarah Jakes, First Lady of One Church LA, who has been very transparent
    about the mistakes she's made in her life, shares the numerous life lessons she’s learned
    along the way with other women also struggling to believe they’re not disqualified by their
    pain and past mistakes. Don't Settle for Safe delves into topics such as allowing the past to
    empower the present, choosing to step forward while still being afraid, facing struggles
    surrounded by community, finding intimacy with God outside preconceived notions of what it
    has to look like, and more. With deeply personal stories of her own, Sarah helps readers find
    their way to the right perspective and the confidence to walk toward the best God has for

    I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God
    By John Gray

    David in the Bible was born a number 8--a hidden gem, often overlooked and undervalued
    by everyone except for God. For David, being a number 8 seemed like a curse until the day
    God transformed him from the unknown eighth son of Jesse into the much-honored king of
    Israel. In I Am Number 8, by John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood in Houston, TX,
    says, when God sends out an invitation to greatness, His directions don't always make sense
    to us. You may feel like the most invisible, broken number 8 out there, but Pastor John
    reinforces the message that God sees your hidden value and is growing you for better
    things. Even when you're an underdog in the eyes of the world, God is working behind the
    scenes to develop you into a king or queen.

    Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny
    By Tony Evans

    God has a plan for your life. More often than not, Dr. Tony Evans, Founder of The Urban
    Alternative, says, "it’s a detour, one that can leave you feeling temporarily stalled and slowed
    down." In Detours, he explains that these shifts in direction are necessary if any
    improvements are going to be made on the paths we travel, or if any wreck is going to be
    cleaned up or a hazard avoided. Detours are designed for our own good, regardless of how
    we view or feel about them.

    Using examples from the life of Joseph, Dr. Evans will leave readers with answers to the
    following questions:

      - How do you find the destiny God has designed for your life?
      - How can you make the most of the detours God has planned for you?
      -  Is there a way to shorten a detour and speed up your progression in life?
      - What is the purpose of a detour?

    Cling: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God
    By Kim Cash Tate

    By God's design, the desire to be wanted and loved runs deep inside everyone He created.
    In an engaging and down-to-earth way, author Kim Cash Tate encourages you to satisfy that
    desire by living in the fullness of God's love. Cling shares wisdom from biblical examples and
    the author's personal experiences to help you cultivate an ongoing closeness with the Lord
    through prayer and Bible study. Discover how to have an intimacy with God that will sustain
    you through the imperfect, the disappointing, and the trying times of life.

    Gender Roles: A Grace-Based Perspective
    By Taffi Dollar

    Taffi Dollar, first lady of World Changers Church International, is addressing the shifting roles
    of men and women in the 21st century in her new book, Gender Roles: A Grace-Based
    Perspective. The College Park, Georgia-based leader believes the two sexes can navigate
    the transition by accepting that role reversals are a natural part of societal change and
    nothing to be feared. In Gender Roles, she expounds upon God's original intent for mankind
    and the definition, and purpose of biblical equality—a message she believes is necessary for
    people today.

While there are plenty more books to choose from, this is a great place to start! Got book ideas?
Send them to Our editors
love great suggestions. Who knows?
Maybe your own book can will be included on a future reading list.

This article is part of EEW Magazine's June 2017 online issue.
Copyright © 2017-2020 Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Year” Award-winning author
The Big Deal of Taking
Small Steps to Move Closer
to God,
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