As a woman seeking to achieve her professional as well as personal goals, exploring new books to read – and attending the Woman Thou Art Loosed (WTAL) Master Class – should be top of mind this summer! When you stimulate your mind by reading edifying content, you awaken and challenge dormant (subconscious) thought patterns, limiting beliefs, and so much more. This summer, we encourage you to add this thoughtfully curated list of books by some of our WTAL Master Class speakers as well as some of our friends in Christ, to your WTAL summer reading list. So, grab your favorite iced tea and delectable snacks and take note of these great reads that are sure to awaken your mind and spirit just in time for this fall’s highly anticipated women’s conference in Dallas, TX.
In no particular order, here are seven edifying books to add to your WTAL summer reading list.
1. Don’t Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable by Sarah Jakes Roberts
“Everyone has experiences in their lives that stop them in their tracks and become burdens they carry with them everywhere they go. No one knows this better than Sarah Jakes Roberts. Pregnant at fourteen, married by nineteen, divorced by twenty-two, and all while under the intense spotlight of being Bishop T.D. Jakes’ daughter, Sarah knows what it is to feel buried by failure and aching pain.” – Sarah Jakes Roberts
Sarah Jakes Roberts, a phenomenal author, business executive, and sought-after speaker, is unapologetically authentic in Don’t Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable. As the pastor of The Potter’s House of Denver and The Potter’s House at One L.A. – alongside Touré Roberts, her husband, Sarah shares her most intimate musings about her past and how it has empowered her purpose today. If you want to become unstoppable in all areas of your life, including your relationships and career, this book is a must-have for your WTAL summer reading list.
2. Faithing It: Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life! by Cora Jakes Coleman
“What is the size of your storm? If it’s a big storm, then you have a big call, and a big promise. More importantly, you have the ability to get through it! Get ready to hit refresh on your story, your journey, and your life. Turn your storm into an unshakable relationship with God and a ministry that touches people’s lives.” – Faithing It: Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life!
In Faithing It: Bringing Purpose Back to Your Life!, Cora Jakes Coleman, author and executive director of The Potter’s House children’s ministry – Destiny World, delves deep into the nuances of faith. If you have ever looked back on your past circumstances and pondered whether or not you have ruined your destiny, do not count yourself out! God’s divine plan is greater than any perceived setback, mistake, or anything that you could do to hinder His purpose for your life. It’s time to add Faithing It to your summer reading list so that you can Bring Purpose Back to Your Life!
3. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
“The enemy wants us to feel rejected…left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.” – Uninvited
Whether you’re the CEO of your company or a successful entrepreneur, feelings of unworthiness and loneliness can suffocate the spirit of the most accomplished, self-assured woman. So, how does one overcome these destructive thought patterns and feelings? Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, New York Times best-selling author, and sought-after keynote speaker, unpacks her own narratives of childhood abandonment by her father in Uninvited. In this book, she uses biblical teachings to help explain the root cause of and cure for feeling rejected. Consider this book a must-have for your WTAL summer reading list.
4. Awaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks by Priscilla Shirer
“These ninety devotions from the heart of a mom, wife, encourager, and friend will Awaken you each day with fresh insights gleaned from the Spirit of God. Ready to help you mine the treasures of Scripture and fortify you for the day ahead. This devotional is . . . a good choice.” – Awaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks
Discovering how to adeptly hear God’s voice and apply His Words to your life is no small feat. Although His voice is intertwined in every scripture from Genesis to Revelation, if we are not attuned to the voice of God, we will miss opportunities to hear Him speak to us. Oftentimes, distractions from our own inner dialogue as well as others’ opinions about how we should live our lives can drown out what God has to say to us regarding these matters. In Awaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks, Priscilla Shirer, co-leader of Going Beyond Ministries, New York Times best-selling author, sought-after keynote speaker, mom, wife, and actress, helps her readers cultivate a personal relationship with God through this devotional book. Whether you’ve been walking with God for years or you’ve just dedicated your life to Him, this is a phenomenal book that you should add to your WTAL summer reading list. It’s time to awaken your spirit and hear God speak to you!
5. Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up by T.D. Jakes
“Bridging both the corporate and nonprofit worlds, SOAR! is a practical and easy-to-follow flight plan for launching the entrepreneurial drive inside each of us.” – Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up
Do you find yourself daydreaming about owning your own business? Do you know what it takes to make your daydream a reality? T.D. Jakes, New York Times best-selling author, senior pastor of The Potter’s House (TPH), founder of the Woman Thou Art Loosed (WTAL) Conference, entrepreneur, film producer, writer, and actor, provides invaluable insights in Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up, to help you answer these questions. With this practical blueprint for entrepreneurship, you will hone your talents to realize greater success in your business.
6. I AM Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God by John Gray
“In David’s darkest moments, he was cultivating the kind of gifts, wisdom, and leadership he would need to become a king. Even when you’re an underdog in the eyes of the world, God is working behind the scenes to develop you into a king or queen.” – I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten
Are you often plagued with a sense that you’re being overlooked by others? If so, take solace in knowing that the king of Israel was forgotten by his family, yet esteemed by God to reign over Israel. Pastor John Gray, associate pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, new senior pastor of Redemption Church in Greenville, and best-selling author, illustrates God’s divine position for our lives in his book: I AM Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God. The story of King David, as showcased in this work, is an empowering read that every aspiring leader should explore.
7. Wholeness: Winning in Life from the Inside Out by Touré Roberts
“This life-changing book explains that regardless of where you are in life, Wholeness will take you higher. Wholeness will elevate your sense of fulfillment in life, produce healthier, more rewarding relationships, and will position you for optimum success in every endeavor.” – Wholeness: Winning in Life from the Inside Out
In order to reach your full potential in life, you must be whole from within. Whether you long to be a successful leader of an organization or long to maintain a healthy marriage, you must address any feelings of brokenness that you have experienced in your past. In Wholeness: Winning in Life from the Inside Out, Touré Roberts, pastor of The Potter’s House of Denver and The Potter’s House at One L.A., author, and international speaker, unpacks how abandonment, rejection, and abuse can cause us to develop into less than whole individuals. However, through his anecdotes and biblical references beautifully woven throughout this book, Touré helps his readers discover how they can become whole!
Ladies, we hope that this WTAL summer reading list will embolden you to accomplish all that God has in store for you! To explore more great reads for the summer, be sure to visit TPH online store and check back often as we add new releases for your intellectual and spiritual indulgence.
Also, be sure to check out the WTAL Master Class schedule to view the latest updates on speakers, and more. Attending this women’s conference with your friends makes for an even more rewarding experience. Take advantage of the current summer group rate when you invite your girlfriends to join you for the highly anticipated WTAL Master Class in October by securing your seat now!
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