Book Club

The Bloom (in)courage Recommended Reads Series is back! We have a fabulous line up this summer. There is a book sure to please all interests, so take a look below at our summer suggestions and follow along each week as each author shares the heart behind the words.

As you probably remember, our past Recommended Reads Series’ have been a big hit and a time for introducing great new books to our community. Think Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl, Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave, Tsh Oxenreider’s One Bite at a Time, and Katie Davis’ Kisses for Katie.

We have a whole new, hand-picked line up waiting for you of our favorite books, e-books, and Bible studies.

Tune in for giveaways each week, too!

June 11-15

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul / Jennie Allen

“God, we will do anything. Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters.



June 18-22

Twitter for Good: Changing the World One Tweet at a Time / Claire Diaz Ortiz

Twitter offers a unique platform to connect individuals and influence change in ways that were unthinkable only a short time ago.

Claire Diaz Ortiz, Twitter’s head of corporate social innovation and philanthropy, shares dynamic examples from initiatives around the world along with practical guidelines for harnessing individual activism via Twitter as a force for social change.



June 25-26

Plan a Fabulous Party {without losing your mind} / Mary Carver

If the thought of hosting a Fourth of July barbecue leave you shaking in your flip-flops, Plan a Fabulous Party is for you. This e-book will walk you through the steps involved in planning any type of party and leave you prepared to handle unexpected complications or challenges.



June 27-28

Frumps to Pumps / Sarah Mae

Frumps to Pumps is a one-month motivational to getting dressed and staying that way.  If you struggle with the frump slump, this faith-based book is for you. It’s in the form of a motivational, so it’s a mix of motivation and devotional.

July 2-3

Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby’s First Year / Megan Tietz & Laura Oyer

In Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby’s First Year, two mothers share their stories. They tell of a journey that began in fear-soaked, tear-stained days marked by an overwhelming fear of failure that eventually found redemption in discovering the freedom to ignore the wisdom of man and follow the direction of the Spirit.



July 4 -5

Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days / Jamie Martin

Using the simple techniques in Mindset for Moms, you can discover how to transform your mind and change your life. This book is organized into 30 short segments you can read and ponder as you go about your busy, full days.



July 9-13

Empty Promises: The Truth about You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing / Pete Wilson

In Empty Promises, you’ll learn how to replace, and not just relinquish, life’s empty promises by turning your focus and worship toward Him. It is the only thing that will set you absolutely free from the endless pursuit of everything else.



July 16-17

That Works for Me! / Kristen Welch & Jennifer De Groot

For more than five years, the blog carnival, Works For Me Wednesday has been a hub of helpful tips for every area of a busy woman’s life. Hundreds of bloggers link up every week and thousands of tips have been shared over the past years.

This e-book offers a categorized, organized place for more than 800 practical, “aha!” tips to make your life run smoother.



July 18-19

Mother Letters: Sharing the Mess and Glory / Curated by Seth and Amber Haines

Mother Letters is art in the form of stories, letters written from many hearts to one mother and to you. Words that have been heard and understood in the soul for generations are now articulated in letters that capture the difficult and joyful work of parenting.



July 23-24

Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment… Can Last Forever / Wess Stafford

Follow along as Dr. Wess Stafford, president of Compassion International, shares stories and experiences to introduce you to the difference you can actually make anywhere on the spectrum of child development.

You don’t have to be a teacher, a parent, a pastor, or a doctor to make a difference in the life of a child. You just have to be willing.



July 25-26

A Place at the Table: A 40-Day Journey of GraceChris Seay

A Place at the Table invites you on a journey of self-examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus that will change your life forever. Author Chris Seay is giving you a challenge: eat and drink like the poor for 40 days and donate the money you save on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways.

July 30 & 31

Small Mercies: Glimpses of God in Everyday Life / Nancy Jo Sullivan

In Small Mercies, fifty-something Nancy Jo Sullivan reflects on her life to this point—which includes the death of one of her daughters and a painful divorce—and discovers with great joy that God has been, and continues to be, everywhere.


You’re also invited to tune in to our next full Bloom Book Study. We’ll be announcing it right here on August 13th!

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  • Mindy @ New Equus – A New Creation

    These look GREAT! I’m excited about “Plan a Fabulous Party {without losing your mind}”! Where was this when I had three grad parties in a ROW! LOL

  • Anna Radchenko

    Can’t wait for the next Bloom Book Study! :) Have been looking forward to it ever since the last one ended!

  • Erik Blum

    Twitter for good sounds perfect, thank you!