July/August 2016 Reading

I was able to actually  get through a couple of books per month this time!! On a side note,  I am going to work really hard to make these “reading” posts monthly instead of just whenever I get a few books finished.

These are the four that I completed this time-


Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado– This was my absolute favorite author when I was a teenager. When Otis and I were dating, he would often buy me a new Max Lucado book for Easter, Christmas, or any holiday/special event. This was one of those books that I had read already, but wanted to revisit. Here are a few of the lines that I highlighted while reading-

” First thought in the morning, last worry at night- your Goliath dominates your day and infiltrates your joy.”

“You see your Goliath. The question is, is he all you see? You know his mocking voice, but is that all your hear?”

“David majors in God. He sees the giant- he just sees God more.”


Let’s  Do Family Together by : Gary Smalley – This was a book that I purchased while in Louisville at our NFAF and I read it while we were there. This book was a pretty easy read and had lots of personal stories. Here are a few of the lines that I highlighted while reading-

“If we don’t fight together against the attacks on the family unit, we are going to keep experiencing the same cycle of painful results. Instead of dysfunction passing through generations- why not health, honor, and love?”

“Honor recognizes that everyone has faults, blind spots and ‘logs in their eyes’. ”

“Almost all anger comes from unmet expectations.”


Spread The Fire by: Scott Wilson & John Bates– This book had a lot of history and facts about the Holy Spirit and beliefs of the AG. Since I have grown up in this church and heard all of this my entire life, it seemed like a long read for me. I am not trying to downplay the vast amount of information given in this book. I would imagine that it would be extremely educating to someone that is new in the faith or has questions about the Holy Spirit. Here are a few of the lines that I highlighted while reading-

“After a while, people can lose the passion and vision, and they settle for administrative order.”

“Speaking in tongues engages our spirit and bypasses our mind. We are able to pray without interference from our souls, our natural desires and attitudes, so our prayers are in accordance with the Spirit of God and the Father’s will.”

“God opens doors to people at the pace they choose…the speed of their obedience.”

Thriving Youth Groups by: Jeanne Mayo–  This was a great book filled with personal examples as well as plans that you could easily implement into your own ministry.  Here are some of the lines that I highlighted while reading-

“People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be.”

“Christ did not give His life on a cross so that we could minster to empty chairs.”

“Andrew brought people to Jesus. He didn’t try and solve their problems. He knew that if he got them to Christ that it would all work out.”


I would recommend any of these books and hope that if you are looking for your next read, that you would consider one of these!


About jfulford01

Hello to anyone taking time form their busy lives to read my blog. I am a wife to an amazing man, who I am blessed to serve alongside in youth ministry. I am mommy to two amazing kids who I am privileged to be able to homeschool. This blog is out of my comfort zone and certainly me trying to be obedient to Christ. I love Him more than I care about my own comfort or awkwardness. Hopefully, this blog is honest, real, and transparent. I'm not a big fan of fake. The Lord is using it to bring growth to me...and I pray that in the process something about my crazy beautiful life might also encourage others.
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