September 2016 Reading

Happy Fall! I exceeded my goal and was able to actually complete four books this month. I have been trying to really get in the habit of reading a chapter before school and then some at night before bed. So far, so good.

These are the books that I read-



Lioness Arising   By: Lisa Bevere-  Love her and every book by her that I have read so far. I just received the copy of Uninvited that I ordered and am excited to hopefully read that next month. She is encouraging not only through her books, but also through her social media presence. You should follow her if you don’t already! Here are a few of my highlighted lines from this book-

“Sometimes positioning yourself to be heard is more than half of the battle.”

“Lionesses are fiercely protective of ALL their prides young. A lioness will not endanger another lionesses cub any more than she’d endanger her own. Lionesses don’t just hunt together, they mother together.”

“We are truly frightening to our enemy and that  he has done all that he can to contain us. He cannot get close enough to capture and chain us if we are fully awake and mobile. To counter, he sedates us so that we might not do the things God has called us to do.”

Clear the Stage   by: Scott Wilson & John Bates- This is the second book that I have read by these two authors. This is a wonderful reminder of the power of the presence of God. Sometimes we can all get so “busy” with good stuff, that can be taking away from the intimate time with the Lord. Here are some of my highlighted lines from this book-

“We are a fallen people who live in a fallen world, but we have a connection with the greatest love, the greatest power, and the greatest purpose the world has ever known.”

“You aren’t the keeper of the flame; you’re the lighter for everyone else’s flames.”

“We can only see a billionth of what God is up to, but even a glimpse is enough to encourage us.”


Lead So Others Can Follow   by : James T. Bradford- This book was another purchases from our Kentucky trip for the NFAF. This book took me the longest to read, but it wasn’t a difficult read at all. It covers many helpful ideas to grow leaders- whether full time or volunteer. It covers so many topics and areas that may not always be talked about when it comes to serving in ministry. Here are a few of the lines that I highlighted-

“If we take care of the depth of our lives, God takes care of the breadth of our influence.”

“Who people are is far more influential than what people do.”

“One of the greatest mysteries of the relationship between Christ and the church is that He involves us in His purposes.”



the THIRD CHAIR   by: Joe Phillips-  This book was purchased at a retreat that we attend every year for youth & children’s pastor/leaders/workers. We had heard Joe Phillips share before, but had never read his book. We bought it this time. It was a super easy read that had some important truths about change. Here are some of the lines that I highlighted while reading-

“People who are connected with God will walk with Him, even when the plan sounds impossible.”

“The pain of remaining the same must be greater than the pain of the change.”


If you are looking for your next book, maybe one of these caught your eye. I started including quotes, because that usually helps me when choosing a book. I want to read the back and flip through it- I want a sense of it.

Happy Reading!



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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1 Response to September 2016 Reading

  1. Good blog

    Otis Fulford Fuel Student Ministries Charleston First Assembly

    “For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬


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