A list of Books that have ministered to me.
Trusting God Jerry Bridges
Even When Life Hurts
“Do you have such a relationship with God and such a confidence in Him that you believe He is with you in your adversity even though you do not see any evidence of His presence and His power?” pg 16
“He always has a purpose for the pain. … God never wastes pain. … Trusting God in the midst of our pain and heartache means that we accept it from Him.” pg 102
“Part of coming to know Christ in a more intimate way is through the fellowship of His suffering.” pg 191
Surprised by Suffering R.C. Sproul
The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian life.
“What is difficult to bear without Christ is made far more bearable with Christ.” pg 6
“When we go to the house of mourning, we go to an environment where our hearts can be equipped with transcendent wisdom. There’s a pithy saying that tells us, “God sometimes puts us on our backs to give us a chance to look up.” pg 52
“A Vision of Things to Come” pgs 153-177
Once Upon A Fairytale Dana Force
Submitted to God For His Glory … is Our Good
“When I was a little girl I dreamed of my Prince who would come and sweep me off my feet. I had expectations that were impossible for my husband to live up to. Those fairytales were filled with promises of perfection that no one could give me but Jesus. In Once Upon A Fairytale I dive into what the Bible says about godly marriage, what the Lord says about submission and how our marriage reflects our covenant with Christ…a picture of salvation.” Dana Force
“I thought that having a healthy marriage was impossible. My sister in law had encouraged me during those rough years that one day we would have a good marriage. I thought to myself, ‘It’s impossible!’ Yet God did a miracle in our lives. He got to the dirty, ugly, selfish places and began to chip away at what we were holding onto so tightly. As the Lord began to mentor me in what a godly marriage was supposed to look like, He did the same work in my husband and we saw real miracles.”
“I would fight for what I thought were my rights and defend myself over things I should have been trusting God with.” pg 97
“Why do we take our relationship with God so flippantly?” pg 238
“We are witnesses against ourselves on our wedding day that we are promising for better or for worse. We cannot just cancel that agreement because it gets hard. Ladies, the Lord takes covenant relationships very seriously, whether in marriage or in our relationship with Him.” pg 241
Link to Dana and Rory sharing Listen to the end where Rory shares how Dana’s surrender in regard to her marriage brought him to surrender in the marriage.