12 Inspiring Books to Read During Gloomy Weather // My personal reading list // - VINTAGE ROMANCE STYLE

12 Inspiring Books to Read During Gloomy Weather // My personal reading list //

Fall is upon us and winter is imminent so what better way to spend your gloomy, rain drizzled evenings and weekends than reading some inspiring books. If you are like me, I absolutely love books that help me change mindsets and inspire me to be a better person and seek God in a deeper way. Especially when it it stormy outside and I can snuggle on a chair, in my warm bed or the couch and read + take notes. Because of that, I wanted to share 12 books that are on my personal reading list! (aff. links included.) These are deep, make you think kind of books and I'm excited to read through all of them in hopes of tackling some personal issues.






Uninvited
The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection--from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection's ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.

With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa will help you:

  • Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others you are handpicked by God.
  • Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
  • Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady your soul and restore your confidence in the midst of rejection.
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging. 

Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken--a love that does not reject or uninvited.


Present Over Perfect
LIVE A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTION
Instead of pushing for perfection
A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.
I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.
Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.
Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.
Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.
In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.



Wild and Free
For all the fullness of God available to His daughters, we often feel limited by two defining insecurities: “I am too much,” and “I am not enough.”
Co-authors and best friends Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have felt the same, until one essential question turned the tables on it all: If God is wild and free and he created women, what does this mean for us today?
Wild and Free is an anthem and an invitation in equal parts to find freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back, and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives. With fresh biblical insight tracing all the way back to Eve and a treasury of practical application, Jess and Hayley reveal how women today can walk in the true liberty we already have in Jesus.
Because you don’t have to be everything to everyone. You don’t have to try so hard to button it up and hold it together. And you certainly don’t have to quiet the voice that God gave you when he created you to sing. Wild and Free will help you shake off the lies of insecurity in your life, and step forward to maximize your God-given influence for his glory and the world’s good.



Without Rival
There is a reason we look at others as rivals and limit ourselves to comparison and competition. We have an enemy assaulting our mind, will, and emotions in the hope that we'll turn on ourselves and each other. It's a cycle that isolates us from intimate connections, creates confusion about our identity, and limits our purpose.

In Without Rival, bestselling author Lisa Bevere shares how a revelation of God's love breaks these limits. You'll learn how to stop seeing others as rivals and make the deep connections with your Creator you long for--connections that hold the promise of true identity and intimacy. With biblically sound teaching filled with prophetic insight for our day, Lisa uses humor and passion to challenge you to

· Flip rivalry so it brings out the best in you
· Stop hiding from conversations you need to be a part of
· Answer the argument that says women are unfit, easily deceived, and gullible
· Dismantle gender rivalry and work with the men in your life

It's time to step forward to live a life without rival.



Lioness Arising
These people rise up like a lioness;
like a majestic lion they stand.
—Numbers 23:24
The lioness rises from her slumber, a magnificent image of strength, passion, and beauty. Her mere presence commands the landscape, protects her young, and empowers the lion. In groups, lionesses become a creative and strategic force to be reckoned with, acting as one to change the world around them.
You too are a lioness.

                                   Women, it’s time to…
                                            AWAKEN…
                          God did not save you to tame you.
                                            AWAKEN…
                                 to a life of fierce passion.
                                            AWAKEN…
           To dangerous prayer, stunning power, and teamed purpose.
                                            AWAKEN…
                         Your response could very well change your world.
Packed with remarkable insights from nature and a rich depth of biblical references to lionesses, Lioness Arising is a call for women to rise up in strength and numbers to change their world. 
Jesus is, after all, the lion of the Tribe of Judah. And we are his lioness arising.



Rooted: The hidden places where God develops you
You were born to make an impact in this world and you know it. You feel it deep down in your bones. Apathy is your nemesis and your hunger to change the world keeps you up at night. But no matter how deep this hunger growls, we can only make a meaningful impact if we are rooted in Jesus. And here’s the thing:

God is not interested in developing your vision first.
He is interested in developing you.

In Rooted, Banning Liebscher takes us to the life of David to show how God expands our root system in the hidden places before leading us to where we all desire to go, the visible world. It was in a field of prayerful devotion, a season of serving, and a cave of community that God prepared David for his crown, the same way God prepares us. Take a look at your own life. Are you embracing God’s process, the sometimes painstaking and maddening process? When we can release ourselves to God we will find that we can thrive while He develops us, rather than succumb to discouragement.

Whatever your age or season of life, it takes immense courage to slow down enough to let God grow a root system in your life so that you can bear fruit that remains. You are where you are because God has planted you there. Discover what it looks like to embrace His process so you can do what He has called you to, change the world.

SOZO Saved Healed Delivered: A Journey into Freedom with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Experience Salvation, Healing, and Deliverance in Every Area of Your Life

For too long, the popular understanding of Christian salvation has been limited to securing a place in Heaven. Sadly, many Christ-followers experience constant defeat during their time on Earth. Something is missing.
The Biblical concept of salvation comes from the Greek word ‘Sozo’ and has a holistic implication. Power and victory flowed through the New Testament Church because the early Christians understood how to live out their salvation in a way that impacted every area of their lives— spirit, soul, and body.
In SOZO, Dawna DeSilva and Teresa Liebscher provide revelatory teaching and miraculous testimonies that paint a stunning picture of how to experience Heaven’s freedom in every area of your life.
You will receive:
  • practical tools to deepen your relationship with the Triune God—Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.
  • victory strategies to help you disarm lies, break harmful patterns, shift spiritual atmospheres, and access the often-unreached realms of abundant life.
  • keys to experience inner healing by breaking addictions, overcoming obstacles, and walking in sustained deliverance.
Salvation is not simply a ticket to Heaven.
It is abundant life that begins now…and continues forever.




Revealing Heaven: An Eyewitness Account
God has lifted the veil between Heaven and Earth. Caught up by the Spirit of God, Kat Kerr was taken on tours of Heaven for over 10 years and now commissioned to reveal the truth through an ILLUSTRATED book. The Foreword (a prophetic Word from God) was dictated to the author by two Scribe Angels. Through the ten illustrations in Volume I of Revealing Heaven, you will visit The Portal, where the Redeemed in Heaven go to view their loved ones on Earth, you will see The Rush, Heaven's largest roller coaster and visit the Nurseries for miscarried and aborted babies; and MUCH MORE! This book also explains God's design for Earth, which is a SHADOW of Heaven. Besides detailed descriptions of the mansions she walked through, Kat shares about three individuals (one a teenager) she saw while in Heaven and how this information impacted their families upon her return to Earth. PREPARE to be FOREVER changed and receive HOPE for Eternity!



Visions From Heaven: Visitations To My Father's Chamber
In Visions From Heaven, author Wendy Alec recounts a series of extraordinary, supernatural encounters with the Father, following a season of deep, personal trauma. In a series of panoramic visions, the Father and Jesus take Wendy on an extraordinary journey. From the Father's Chambers, to the sheer majesty of the Throne Room, to Satan's trophy rooms, to the macabre trading floors of the Souls of Men. If you have been through a season of adversity and testing, encountered some of the fiercest trials and testing of your life...if your heart is secretly breaking with bewilderment and abandonment...if Heaven itself has seemed silent...so, so very silent at your time of deepest need...the Father's answers to these questions will bring surprise, challenge, immense encouragement and such great hope.







The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? 
Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:
  • Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. 
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. 
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.

Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the “I’ll start again Monday” cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn’t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal – and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the "want to" in making healthy lifestyle choices.


"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." —Jonathan Swift 1667-1745
You are what you have. You are how you look. You are who you know. 
Our culture endlessly echoes these lies that hold many men and women captive. Your value, our world says, is a matter of sight—clothes, cars, youth, power, and beauty will make you worth something. But you don't have to measure yourself by the world's standards.

You are not what they see. You are who God sees.
In It's Not How You Look, It's What You See Lisa Bevere exposes the lie. With a candid account of her personal struggles with self-worth and body image, Lisa shows you how the battle for value can be fought and won. If you struggle with understanding your identity or worth, the truths in this book will set you free.

God hasn't asked you to measure up to some ideal man or woman. His plan for your life is uniquely yours. Discover it today!



If you read any of these, I'd love to hear what you think! Send me an e-mail at VintageRomanceStyle@hotmail.com or leave a comment!


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