7 Must-Read Titles

June 26, 2019 · by Jennifer Smith

As a homeschooling mom, summertime means just a tad more white space and breathing room in my life — and I’ve been trying to take advantage of that every chance I get!

One thing I’ve tried to do this summer is read more. I LOVE reading, but often it’s a struggle to fit in the middle of daily housework, church obligations, and a busy schedule — especially during the school year.

I like to read fiction and nonfiction on a variety of topics, but below are seven books that I wholeheartedly recommend for personal growth. (Click on the titles to purchase and for more info.)


The Wrong Jesus  by Greg Monette

Such a great book with concise, easy-to-grasp answers to questions new believers or atheists may have about Jesus and how we can know (outside of faith) that He actually lived and that the Bible is true. An interesting, informative book that all Christians, new and mature, will benefit from reading.

The Five Love Languages  by Gary Chapman

A classic for engaged and married couples! This was actually my second time to read this book. This summer my husband and I celebrate 12 years as a married couple, and the first time I read this book, we’d been married about two. The book meant so much more this second time around with a more mature love binding our marriage.

What a Difference a Mom Makes  by Dr. Kevin Leman

The subtitle is “The Indelible Imprint a Mom Leaves on Her Son’s Life.” As a boy mom, I love to read a good book specifically geared toward moms with boys. This book inspired me to do all I can to help my boys become great men.

Boundaries  by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

I’ve heard so much about this book, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time. To be honest, it was one I had to read more slowly than I usually read. It wasn’t the most captivating thing I’ve ever read. But it’s made a huge difference in how I respond when commitments and prospects are presented to me. Where I used to feel guilty and selfish to say no, I feel I’m now making strides toward wiser, more thought-out choices.

Breaking Intimidation  by John Bevere

This book totally changed my life. I COMPLETELY recommend.

While I first thought it might be a repeat of Boundaries (the subtitle says “Say ‘No’ Without Feeling Guilty. Be Secure Without the Approval of Man”), it’s actually not about boundaries or knowing how to say no at all. This book asks the question: When it comes time to stand up for what’s right, will you honor God or honor man?

If you don’t read anything else on this list, read Breaking Intimidation!

WHY? . . . Ten Questions That Deserve Honest Answers  by J.R. Ensey

I received this wonderful book in a package from my secret sister at church. Such a good, good read. Every Apostolic lady will be encouraged and informed to read Bro. Ensey’s insights on subjects such as I Corinthians 11, dressing modestly and femininely, the importance of Holy Spirit baptism, and more. I definitely will be returning to this book as a reference material throughout the years.

For Women Who Are Called By Women Who Have Answered  by Kim Haney

This. Book.

It has literally changed my life. It’s definitely for those who desperately want to please Jesus more than ever before — ladies who want to sell out to Him completely. I can’t say enough good about the Spirit-inspired content of this book. I’m so thankful that a friend recommended it to me and that I decided to pick up my own copy.

So what are the best books you’ve read lately? Let me know in the comments on @daintyjewellsblog's Facebook or Instagram!

Jennifer Smith

About Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith was the editor of Dainty Jewell's' blog from January 2018 through July 2021. She lives in the beautiful Texas hill country where her husband pastors The Sanctuary Marble Falls. Jennifer is a mom of three miracle babies, is in charge of her church's music and ladies ministries, and assists her husband in his duties as SCTX Youth President. She is FOREVER amazed by God. Follow Jennifer on Instagram at @josh.and.jen.smith