For Young Women
Learning Contentment and Hearts of Fire
Learning Contentment by Nancy Wilson (134 pgs.) takes young women on a journey towards discovering spiritual strength by developing a pattern of contentment. Combine that with Hearts of Fire by Gracia Burnham (224 pgs.), and you have a winner gift for the young women in your life.
We tend to think being “stressed out” is a normal state of affairs, and that contentment means sitting back and just bottling things up. For the Christian, however, contentment is something we must apply, work at, and make our own in every circumstance, because anxiety and frustration are not neutral behaviors.
It is certainly easier to just go with our natural impulses when times are “annoying” or when times are very hard, but contentment is an important part of our Christian life. Even the apostle Paul had to “learn” contentment. So we shouldn’t wonder why we’re still in spiritual kindergarten—repeating the same lessons over and over again—if we haven’t given ourselves to study contentment.
Thankfully, every test God gives on contentment is open book (even the pop quizzes!). In Learning Contentment, Nancy Wilson looks to the Bible and Puritans like Burroughs, Rutherford, Watson, and Spurgeon to help us develop the practical, spiritual strength and the perspective that comes from contentment’s deep satisfaction with the will of God.
This encouraging little book includes concise explanations, application questions and assignments that will involve and challenge everyone, and lots of biblical wisdom for individuals and groups.
“Contentment maintains control over the spirit and does not allow ungoverned passions and unrestrained emotions to bring discomposure right at the moment when the greatest composure is called for..."
Just finished leading a Ladies' Bible study based on this book. The chapters were the perfect length and breadth for busy women of all ages - just like the title says. Every Christian woman can benefit from this book. Don't let the shortness of it deceive you. It's packed with excellent thoughts, worth every page! Thank you Mrs. Wilson!
- Jacquelyn H.
This is my favorite Nancy Wilson book! It is beautifully written, encouraging, and convicting. We all struggle with discontentment to one degree or another, but Nancy spells out the problem and lays out biblical and practical ways to counteract it and replace it with deep contentment and joy. I would recommend this book to all women, no matter what stage of life. This is one of those books I am certain I will return to again and again. Thank you, Nancy!
- Diane B.
Hearts of Fire
Eight women from eight very different backgrounds. Yet the struggles they each faced rang with eerie similarity. These courageous women from across the globe-Pakistan, India, Romania, Former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia-shared similar experiences of hardship, subjugation, and persecution, all because of their faith in Christ. Yet all of these women have emerged from adversity as leaders and heroines.
The eight modern-day pilgrims featured in "Hearts of Fire" are the hidden jewels in the church universal. They are worthy role models of faith and passion, and women of every age will gain new strength and hope for their own times of crisis and trial as they read these inspiring stories. Each story concludes with thoughtful self-reflection questions for the reader.
This book has given me life! I'm so thankful that I came across this book because it was so inspirational. Every story, every testimony of each woman - their courage, bravery and overall commitment to God moved me page after page! I pray over their protection and that they continue to do God's work and that it carries on generations after them. I encourage anyone that buys this book to "Pay it forward" and allow others to be inspired by this book.
- Ellie M.
Very good but I had to stop reading at times due to crying. These women endured so much pain (phyiscal and emotional), torture, and loss yet held true to their faith and beliefs. It made me reflect on my faith, and how lucky I am to have freedom to worship God with out fear of punishment or death. It is a wonderful gift we have that many times is taken for granted.