Books and Podcasts and Bears…OH MY!

I'm a bear if I don't feed my soul regularly. I get weak and grumpy and I growl. You think I'm joking? Just ask Brad, he'll testify. 

But WHAT should I read? And WHAT should I listen to? Here's a list of some of my favorite books and podcasts that have fed my soul, taught me and helped to grow me. I believe these will be an investment into YOUR life as well. (These books would make GREAT stocking stuffers at Christmas!)



Click on iTunes and search these Podcasts, OR, click on the names of the Podcasts and they will link you directly to each one. 


"Your Move" with Andy Stanley - Biblically based teaching from Andy has made a huge impact on my life! I love him. Seriously! Love. Him. His insight makes me want to be a better wife, mom, daughter, sister and leader. And, BONUS, they're only about 28 minutes long! 


"" with Craig Groeschel - This guy will crack you up while firing you up!


"Elevation Church" with Steven Furtick - OMG…Only My God could take a young twenty-something kid and turn him into one of the greatest pastor/teachers of this generation! Steven Furtick is passionate and focused on turning people on to a God bigger than we can comprehend.


"The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast" -These are leadership lessons with Andy Stanley. It's very conversational, almost like a 45 minute radio show. Every leader should listen to this podcast!! EVERY LEADER! Even if you're a wannabe-leader, like I am, listen to this!!! 




"TED" - TED talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design) are "riveting talks by remarkable people that are free to the world". Most TED talks are only 10-15 minutes. You can download the TED app to your phone or watch TED talks online through your computer. 



My favorite books for WOMEN:

"The Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie Omartian - If you want to get married one day, you are married, or you were married, I recommend this book. My Mom gave me this book when I was 17 and told me to start praying it over my future spouse. What a wonderful gift - I didn't read it then, of course, because I was 17 and knew EVERYTHING.  I was nearly 26 when I got married and soon realized I KNEW NOTHING! I've read this through at least a dozen times. I love it!

"Feminine Appeal" by Carolyn Mahaney (Don't let the AWFUL name of this book keep you from reading it! Terrible name…AMAZING BOOK!). This is a WONDERFUL book to read and study through with your girlfriends or in a mentoring relationship. 

"Undaunted" by Christine Caine - This book will make you want to change the world! 

"Unglued" by Lysa TerKeurst - Women, do you ever feel like your emotions are outta control? Yeah, me too. Lysa teaches us that life lessons are about progress, not perfection! This book is GOLD!


My favorite books for MEN:

"Fight" by Craig Groeschel - Buy this for your husband, your dad and your son! 

"The Power of the Praying Husband" by Stormie Omartian - My husband reads a prayer over me most nights before we go to sleep. Men, let me tell you, there's nothing sexier or manlier than praying over your wife! 


My favorite daily DEVO:

"Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young - This is my FAVE!!! I read it every single day. It's a quick read & it's one reading per day for a year. And it hits me in between the eyes every single day!


*This is not my final list. I'll be adding "My Favorite Leadership Books" in an upcoming blog post! I will also add some of my favorite parenting books. The list above is a start!










Jessica Phillips

Jessica is worshiper and follower of Jesus. He rescued her heart at age 6 but he rescued her calling, purpose and direction in her early 20's. Everyday God is still writing Jessica's story. It involves her husband, Brad, her daughter, Emery, their extended families. But the story is a tale of loss of life and dark grief. And the story ebs and weaves and the grief story is followed by weddings and laughter. And what comes next? A Baby! God sends us a baby to shape and teach and grow right in the midst of our loss and realizing that life actually moves forward. We didn't think it would again after he died. But life just did what it was supposed to do...and it went on. And hope is born again. Everything I write is based on this fact: I'm God's child, I'm alive today. So what do You want me to do for You? Because I want my contribution to matter. I want to leave a legacy.