AMBITIOUS is a monthly discipleship book club of strong Christian women who have a heart for their King, a heart for their family, a heart for the Church, a heart for Truth, and a heart for the culture at large.
Because ... You don't know what you don't know.
Because ... You can't give what you don't have.
Because ... What shapes your thinking, shapes your living.
Because ... We are charged to contend for truth.
Because ... So much is riding on it!
BECAUSE WE HAVE SO GREAT A SALVATION!
"If a man wants to read good books, he must make a point of avoiding bad ones; for life is short, and time and energy limited."
~ Authur Schopenhauer ~ as quoted in Serious Times by James Emery White
You see, we are convinced by testimony of Scripture and by HIStory that moms are a powerful force in the world. Christian moms should be one of the most powerful forces for advancing Christ's crown and covenant on earth here and now - for the joy and good of everyone. We need to reclaim the full role of the Proverbs 31 woman (1-9). Have you met this gal? She's no pushover, and neither should we be!
"The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:
'What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.'"
Now, that's a mom with moxy!
Quotable Quote -
“Get books into your houses, when you have not the spring near you, then get water into your cisterns; so when you have not that wholesome preaching that you desire, good books are cisterns that hold the water of life in them to refresh you.... So when you find a chillness upon your souls, and that your former heat begins to abate, ply yourselves with warm clothes, get those good books that may acquaint you with such truths as may warm and affect your hearts.”
- Thomas Watson - (1662)
We want to think Christianly, to be articulate and persuasive, to be passionate and dangerous amidst doctrines of demons that hold so many captive in our biblically ignorant, a-literate, mushy-thinking day.
We heartily desire to be contenders of the faith!
Here is Our 2016-2017 Schedule of Books!
SUMMER READING/SEPTEMBERTalk - 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb
Forever change the way you look at the Bible . . . and your own life
Have you ever read the Bible only to come away confused? Ever wondered if God actually had you in mind when He began telling His story?
Though life may not be going according to your plan, God has another one, far better than you can imagine. From Genesis to Revelation, experience His invitation to get you dancing with joy. In 66 Love Letters Larry Crabb offers a fresh, relational look at Scripture:
“When you finish reading my first love letter to you, I want you to realize that I never underestimated how thoroughly you’d mess up your life or how painfully you would struggle and suffer, and I don’t want you to underestimate your failures or struggles either. They’re all part of the story I’m telling. “But neither have I underestimated my determination or ability to enter both the mess you’ve made and the pain you feel, then turn everything around. I can, and I will, make everything good again. Never underestimate me.” Larry’s intimate conversation with God asks deeply honest questions such as:
“God, what is it you wanted me to see in Obadiah?”
“And what’s up with Leviticus? Is there anything there for me?”
“This one verse in Galatians has always frustrated me. Why is that?”
“The way you wrote Revelation makes it difficult to understand―why didn’t you just describe what will happen in a straightforward way?”
Listen to the story of God unfold through these chapters, and you’ll find not only His redeeming love but His plan and provision designed especially for you.
OCTOBERTalk - Theological Fitness by Aimee Byrd
Your spiritual life should be a battle! The writer of Hebrews tells us to
“hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering” (10:23 ESV).
What (and whom) do we need to meet this challenge? How does simply “holding fast” turn into such a workout of faith? Author and blogger Aimee Byrd invites us to join her in some “theological fitness” training as she unpacks our call to perseverance and explores the great metaphor that physical fitness lends to theology. Learn about the “fighting grace” God has given us, and discover how we are equipped to live lives of obedience even amidst the suffering and irritations of ordinary life.
NOVEMBERTalk - A Simple Way to Prayby Archie Parrish
This year commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing of his 95 Theses on Castle Church door sparking what we know today as the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther can teach us much about being faithful in our walk with Christ amidst pressure and persecution. We'll be reading 2 books about Martin Luther this important year. This instruction on prayer is perhaps the most important for practical application.
The purpose of this book is to learn from Martin Luther’s example in prayer and his advice on prayer so that your prayer becomes more biblical, bold, powerful, and proactive, resulting in blessing for you, your family, your church, and the people in your circle of influence. Reading this book can provide significant benefit and participating in a group discussion will provide greater benefit.
For 18 years Luther developed his prayer life and prepared tools to train pastors to train parents to train children. Then, in 1535, when asked by his barber for advice on prayer, the great Reformer wrote a letter in which he describes his own personal practice of prayer. This letter became a small book and many versions of Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray are available.
In this book, Dr. Archie Parrish places Luther’s letter in the context of his life and times. He develops how Luther “warmed his heart with the Psalms.” Luther’s guidance leads believers to recite the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Dr. Parrish expounds on this to show the place of spiritual discipline in building the life of prayer.
A Participant’s Guide was developed to provide coaching for forty-two days of personal devotions and/or preparation for group discussion. A Facilitator’s Guide was developed to coach facilitators through starting and maintaining group discussions. These tools can help you maximize the benefits you gain from A Simple Way to Pray and are found on the www.kingdomprayer.org website.
Four benefits participants have gained from group discussion of A Simple Way to Pray: 1. Your prayer becomes more biblical, bold, powerful, and proactive. 2. Gaps between what you say you believe about prayer and how you actually pray decrease. 3. Conformity to the likeness of Christ increases (Rom 8:29). 4. Your joy and fruitfulness increase.
DECEMBERTalk -The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon
What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors?
When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, he said to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying, putting it on bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets and then going on with our lives without actually putting it into practice.
What would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment literally? Is it possible that the solution to our society's biggest issues has been right under our noses for the past two thousand years?
There is a six-week small group study guide available here, along with links to video sessions.
Maybe you'll be inspired to invite some neighbors into your home this holiday season!
Make sure to highlight, dog-ear, and make notes to prepare for our discussion on 12/3/15.
JANUARYTalk - None Like Himby Jen Wilkin
God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.
And that's a good thing.
Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
You are encouraged to answer the discussion questions at the end of each chapter to prepare for our discussion on 1/7/16.
FEBRUARYTalk - Made for Moreby Hannah Anderson
Who are you, really? In an uncertain world, we crave the security of knowing exactly who we are and where we belong. But too often as women, we try to find this safety in our roles and relationships, our professional accomplishments, or our picture-perfect homes. And as we do, our souls shrink smaller and smaller. It's because these things aren't made to hold us. In Made for More, Hannah Anderson invites you to re-imagine yourself, not simply as a set of roles and categories, but as a person destined to live in the fullness of God Himself. Starting with our first identity as image bearers, Hannah shows how Jesus Christ makes us people who can reflect His nature through our unique callings. She also explores how these deeper truths affect the practical realities that we face as women—how does being an image bearer shape our pursuit of education, our work, and even our desire for holistic lives? Because you are made in God’s image, you will only ever know yourself—only ever be yourself—as you find your identity in Him. Find it now.
NOTE: Our Kingdom-MindedMom's Winter Retreat is Friday, February 3 - Sunday, February 5th, so depending on how many of us attend this retreat, we may postpone this book discussion until Friday evening the 3rd in the lovely Kansas Flint Hills. To be determined ....
MARCHTalk - Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie
Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (scholé) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her children.
Sarah Mackenzie is a smitten wife, a homeschooling mother of six (including twins), and the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace, published by Classical Academic Press. She writes about homeschooling, large family life, and cultivating an intellectual life at amongstlovelythings.com. On her popular podcast, The Read-Aloud Revival, she interviews inspiring leaders about the many benefits of reading aloud to build up a family culture around books. The podcast has rated #1 in Kids and Family on iTunes. She serves as Editor-in-Chief at Scholé Sisters, a community for homeschooling mothers committed to modeling delight, nurturing minds, and ordering loves, and is a regular contributing writer at Classical Academic Press, The CiRCE Institute, and Simple Homeschool. Sarah lives in the northwest and you can usually find her sipping (another!) cup of coffee, reading a stack of good books, or hiding behind her camera lens, finding extraordinary beauty in an ordinary day.
APRILTalk - The Story of Everything by Jared C. Wilson
God is telling a story. Are you listening?
We’re all searching for significance—something deeper, richer, and bigger than what we can see in our unremarkable, everyday routines. The greatest news we can hear is that God has a very real purpose for everything in this life. In The Story of Everything, Jared Wilson explores the redemptive story that God is telling in and through the world, helping us play our part in his ultimate plan to make all things new.
MAYTalk - Monks and Mysticsby Mindy and Brandon Withrow
Let history come to life - just the way it should be.Read the stories of Gregory the Great, Boniface, Charlemagne, Constantine Methodius, Vladimir, Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Sienna, John Wyclif and John Hus.From people of the Medieval church you can discover how the young Christian church moved on into another era of time. From Gregory I through to Wyclif and Hus you can discover about the crusades and the spread of Islam as well as the beginnings of universities and the Reformation.As the church moves on through the centuries you can see its people struggling against persecution and problems from inside and out.Learn from their mistakes and errors but more importantly learn from their amazing strengths and gifts. Marvel at God's wonderful care of his people - the church - the Christian church.Written in a modern and relaxed style this is a book that will introduce you to history without the tears and with all the wonder.Extra features throughout this book include looking deeper into issues such as Islam; Division; The crusades; the first university; Creeds and Councils and the Renaissance.
This is the second volume in a 5 volume series covering Church HIStory. This is an excellent family read-aloud, and will become a treasure in your personal library for generations to come.