With 7,000 women arriving in Indianapolis today for The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference (you can see the schedule and livestream it), I thought I’d mention seven books by women (or co-authored/co-edited by women) that Crossway has published so far this year.


Gloria Furman, Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God

“Gloria shows us that motherhood is more about God than about mothering, and that brings me great comfort as I parent four children and disciple other women around me. Missional Motherhood is about living, doing, teaching, and talking all about the Word of God and not just how we parent our children in our home. If you are a woman who loves Jesus, this is a book you should devour, regardless of whether or not you are a parent. I can’t wait to share this book with all the women in my life!”
Jamie Ivey, host, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast, JamieIvey.com

“Believing that our biblical theology as moms directs the way we view the mission of motherhood, Gloria takes us through a journey in both marveling at the greatness of God’s plan for redemption and embracing the opportunity to make an eternal impact from the everyday context of mothering. Missional Motherhood leads weary moms back to the gospel and reminds us that we are investing our lives in what is eternal.”
Ruth Chou Simons, mother of six boys; artist, writer; owner, Gracelaced.com


Megan Hill, Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches

“Megan Hill has given us a primer on prayer that is both useful and eloquent. Many of us, myself included, are prone to entertain an untruth about prayer: that it should always be easy and spontaneous, free of any hint of discipline or forethought. Megan empathetically and expressively lifts our eyes toward a higher vision, grounded in the truth of Scripture, of prayer as a delightful duty to be practiced, savored, and shared.”

Jen Wilkin, author, Women of the Word; Bible study teacher

“Megan Hill is a wise and godly woman, a friend, and one of my favorite authors. She writes to move us to pray together in our homes, communities, and churches. She does three things in particular to help us to pray together in this book. She offers us encouragement, experience, and counsel—all richly biblical and theological. The chapter “Praying with the Church” is by itself worth the price of admission. The book is brief enough to be read in a sitting and deep enough to be savored for a semester. If you and your brothers and sisters in Christ pray together with more hope, delight, and expectancy because of reading it, I am sure that Megan will feel her aim is realized.”
J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

“When Megan Hill prays, one feels the force of an entire life spent communing with the triune God. Now, Hill provides both the theology and practical guidance to usher others into a rich life of prayer among fellow Christians and in corporate worship. This book will remind you of how good and pleasant it is when God’s people dwell—and pray—together in unity.”
Katelyn Beaty, Managing Editor, Christianity Today

9781433549830Jen Wilkin, None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

“In an upside-down world that has humanized God and deified man, Jen Wilkin brings us the best news imaginable: our God is infinitely greater, more powerful, more majestic, and more wonderful than we can possibly fathom. Jen calls us to lift our eyes upward, to earnestly contemplate his attributes, and to humbly acknowledge our own limits. As we do, our hearts will be filled with wonder and awe that such a God should stoop to save and love us.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Radio Host, Revive Our Hearts

“Far beyond a Sunday school lesson listing the attributes of God, None Like Him evokes a sense of both familiarity and wonder around the characteristics of the Almighty we worship. This book puts us in our place, beneath the God of all and over all.”
Kate Shellnutt, Associate Editor, Christianity Today; Editor, Her.meneutics

9781433550706Heather Davis Nelson, Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame

“Heather Davis Nelson has written a wonderful work on the topic of shame. She brilliantly weaves her own stories and those of others into the larger story of what God does with our shame. She fearlessly brings the light of Jesus to shine in the dark recesses of our souls as she helps to free us from the pain of shame.”
—Paul E. Miller, Executive Director, seeJesus; author, A Praying Life and A Loving Life

“Most of us can quickly point to a shame story from our past—that moment when we believed that we were shunnable, rejectable, and maybe even despicable. We, as heirs of God, so often live with a low level of misery caused by shame, even though Jesus came to set us free. In her insightful new book, Unashamed, Heather Davis Nelson explores the chains that bind us and then reminds us that we’re not just ex-sinners; we are saints who have been made new. Like a trusted friend, who also happens to be a therapist, Heather walks you to a place of freedom so you can be all Jesus intended you to be.”
—Susie Larson, national speaker; radio host, Live the Promise with Susie Larson; author, Your Beautiful Purpose

9781433549496Betsy Childs Howard, Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed

“The Bible and the history of the church are full of stories of God revealing incredible dreams and rescuing men and women in dramatic settings, such as Moses, Mary, John Wesley, and Pascal. But of course, it does not always happen that way—as Hannah, Elizabeth, Jeremiah, and countless other believers through the ages can testify. InSeasons of Waiting, Betsy Childs Howard offers hope for the weary traveler wrestling with this tension. Through her own story and others, she demonstrates how to wait well upon the faithful One who knows us and loves us and has a plan and purpose for each of us—and who often surprises us with gifts of which we may have never dreamed.”
—Ravi Zacharias, Founder and President, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; author,Jesus Among Other Gods

“We are all in a season of waiting, even in the moments when we think we have arrived. Betsy Childs Howard speaks comforting truth to our anxious hearts, especially when we worry that our waiting will never end. What are you waiting for? Get a copy of this book and ask a friend to read with you!”
—Gloria Furman, pastor’s wife, Redeemer Church of Dubai; author, The Pastor’s Wife and Missional Motherhood      

9781433550997Andrew and Rachel Wilson, The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs

The Life We Never Expected is an honest, confessional, and hopeful book. It doesn’t flinch from telling the whole truth about the trials of parenting special-needs children, and it reminds us of our need for the gospel every day. This isn’t a book that’s going to tell you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and try harder. This is a book for those who are on the floor, weeping, because they need to know Jesus is with them.”
—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author, Onward

“Weeping, worshiping, waiting, witnessing, and breathing. These are the constant rhythms of my life as a parent to a son with autism. These are also the rhythms of Andrew and Rachel Wilson’s life, beautifully and delicately illustrated in The Life We Never Expected. The Wilsons have managed to do what no other authors have—provide me with clear, promising hope as a special-needs parent and allow me the sacred practice of saying, ‘Me, too.’ Profoundly moving and deeply rooted in the love of Jesus, this book is exactly what I needed. It is a tremendous gift.”
—Nish Weiseth, speaker; author, Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World

9781433549694D.A. Carson and Kathleen Nielson, God’s Word, Our Story: Learning from the Book of Nehemiah

Sandy Willson
Introduction: On Exposition
Kathleen Nielson

  1. Taking Action in Light of God’s Word: Nehemiah 1-2
    Kathy Keller
  2. Laboring for a God Who Fights for Us: Nehemiah 3-4
    Tim Keller
  3. Fearing God in a Fallen World: Nehemiah 5-6
    Paige Brown
  4. Coming Together around God’s Word: Nehemiah 7-8
    Nancy Guthrie
  5. Responding to God according to His Word: Nehemiah 9-10
    John Piper
  6. Celebrating! A Moment of Joy in Jerusalem
    Part I: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26
    Carrie Sandom
    Part II: Nehemiah 12:27-43
    Jenny Salt
    Part III: Nehemiah 12:44-47
    Kathleen Nielson
  7. 7 Leaning Forward in the Dark: A Failed Reformation: Nehemiah 13
    D. A. Carson

Conclusion: On Old Testament Narrative
Kathleen Nielson