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Favorite Christmas Advent Studies

Posted in Christmas, danielle, good reads, holidays
on November 21, 2017

The Pineapple Porch’s Favorite Christmas Advent Studies 2017


Christmas Advent Studies | The Pineapple Porch

 

Happy almost Christmas season, yall! One of my favorite things about God and His Word is that it can be studied for an entire lifetime and there will still be more to learn. There’s no end to the wisdom, encouragement, and direction we can constantly get from studying it. We’ll never be able to truly get to the bottom of the magnitude of what Jesus did for us. This, in turn, makes studying Scripture an exciting adventure. There’s always something new to learn and something deeper to dive into. I’ve learned this to be true especially around the Christmas season, studying the birth of Christ.

One of the main things that helps me focus in on Christ during the busy Christmas season is reading a book or doing a study for Advent. It helps me see Christmas and the birth of Christ in a refreshing, new way. Because of that, I highly recommend trying out an Advent study if you never have. And if you’re like me and look forward to new Advent studies each year, I hope you will find some good new ones on the list below. Either way, my prayer is that we all slow down a little more and bow a little lower to worship and celebrate the promised Messiah.

So, without further ado, here’s our Christmas 2017 Advent Studies list!

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TFP’s Top 4: Fav Reads – Spring 2017 Edition

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on March 13, 2017

 

Before we get started, I have to confess something: I am a complete nerd. I love to learn, study, and read. This surprises most people because of my athletic background. Usually, the terms nerd and athlete are not synonymous, but I love that I’m different and think it’s a unique combination that God continues to use for His glory.
Now that we’ve addressed my nerdiness, I am almost entirely too excited to share my top four books with you. With that being said, know that I could break down my list of favorite reads into categories and subcategories and give you an extensive synopsis of them all…but I’ll refrain for your sake. I chose each of these four books because of their scriptural foundation, bringing a new perspective to God’s Word that strengthened my relationship with Christ. (I’ll also throw in a few extra reads as we go along!)
 

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TFP Top 4 2016 Reads & 2017 Reading List

Posted in danielle, good reads
on January 10, 2017



Considering the fact that I write numerous posts about my favorite books for every season (I can’t help it, I just need to talk about all the books), I thought it would be appropriate to continue with the trend and tell you my top 4 reads of this past year and also share my reading list for 2017!


I am not kidding when I say that after the first chapter, Fervent was already one of the most incredible books I have ever picked up. I read the book slowly and tried to really soak in what I was learning. If you are looking for a book to help you grow spiritually, fight off fear while beginning to trust, learn about prayer or to revamp your relationship with the Lord, this is it. I’m not kidding. Go buy this book right now! (Well, finish reading this post, include a comment below… and then go buy this book!)

This was the first book I read by Annie, and I loved it. This is an easy, sweet and funny read, yet it contains so much beauty and truth about who we really are in Christ and the joy He brings to the big and small of every day. And being the good ol’ Tennessee girl that I am, I really enjoyed how Annie tied in a guide to all things Nashville (where she lives) as well. I did not want this book to end, and it will definitely be making its way onto the coveted “Re-read List”.
“The person you are when you love Jesus with everything in you – your whole heart, soul, mind and strength – is the real you.”
Good grief. This book, yall. It is intricately laced with the message that  your dreams, desires and visions for your life, when matched with audacious love for Jesus, is the fulfillment of who you are meant to be. One of my favorite words from Beth in this book is, “If you only knew what He has for you. Not only after you kiss this life good-bye, but here on this earth and now in this season. If only you knew, your heart would be so swept up in audacious love that nothing could keep you from the life you were born to live.” This book is the real deal, and so very encouraging. You won’t regret reading it… promise.
In the midst of life’s ups and downs and constant changes, God’s love is steadfast. Lauren Chandler (worship leader and wife of pastor Matt Chandler) breaks down Psalm 107 that helps you understand (as the subtitle suggests) “the response of God to the cries of our heart”.   This book digs into some deep truths while still being an easy read. Whether or not you are in a good or difficult season, this book will encourage your heart and once again prove just how amazing the steadfast love of our God truly is.
Comment below and let us know what you think about my top 4 reads and if you are adding any to your reading list. And if you are looking for new books to compile your 2017 reading list, check out my list below!
The Magnolia Story – Chip and Joanna Gaines
The Songs of Jesus – Timothy Keller
Uninvited – Lysa TerKeurst
Present Over Perfect – Shauna Niequist
Loving My Actual Life – Alexandra Kuykendall
Simply Tuesday – Emily Freeman
The Fitting Room – Kelly Minter
Let’s All be Brave – Annie Downs
None Like Him – Jenn Wilkin
Be Still My Soul – Elizabeth Elliot
What are your favorite books? Do you have any suggestions for my 2017 reading list? Comment below!




TFP’s Top 4: Christmas Reads

Posted in good reads
on November 28, 2016

We all know we here at TFP love a good book, and when Advent rolls around, things are no different. The Christmas season is such a special time of the year and I am learning how important it is to be intentional with why we celebrate this season.

I love reading new books and my “to read” list is always growing, but this is one of the very few books that I have reread and will keep at the top of my book list each year. Ann Voskamp has a stunning way with words and this book is an eye-opener to the beautiful mystery and unparalleled gift of the birth of our Savior. The book is laid out in daily devotional readings and is full of wisdom you will be gleaning all season long.



Photo courtesy of: Anna Dille Cobbs


This book is not technically a Christmas book. However, it begins with the events leading up to Christ’s birth, along with details about the birth of Christ you may never have thought about. This was a life-changing book for me, and you will undoubtedly draw references from it throughout the entire year. (And if you’re looking for an even more in-depth study, try Jesus, the One and Only Bible Study)

The Women of Christmas explores a different perspective of Christmas, but still keeps your eyes right on Christ. Liz Curtis Higgs balances humor and deep Biblical truth well. Not only will you enjoy reading this book, but you will truly learn more about the birth of Christ and the women God used in the process.

Photo courtesy of: Janine Carattini

The ladies of The Front Porch love the ladies of She Reads Truth. If you have never heard of She Reads then click here to take a look at their website. SRT publishes daily devotionals and walk their readers through in-depth, yet practical, studies throughout the year. SRT released a gorgeous study book to go along with Advent (that is currently sold out) but don’t worry, you can still follow along with their study by downloading their app or heading over to shereadstruth.com each day!

Want some more study suggestions? Take a look at Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller or try a daily devotional like The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper!

And looking for something a little different to get you in the Christmas spirit? Try out the All is Bright Christmas coloring book and devotional. This is great for an adult to relax and pass the time, or something fun to do with a child to talk about the truths of Christmas and foster the correct mindset for the season.

And there you have it! May this Christmas season fill your heart with joy and expectancy as we glorify our risen King for what He has done, and what He is yet to do. Merry Christmas!


What are your favorite Advent and Christmas books? Leave us a comment below and let us know! 


Tuesday’s Top 4: Favorite Summer Reads

Posted in danielle, good reads, summer, Tuesday's Top 4
on June 10, 2016
Favorite Summer Books | The Pineapple Porch
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis
There are few things I love more than sitting on the beach and reading a good book, and judging by the fact that you are reading this post, I am going to guess you feel the same way. So today I rounded up my top 4 favorite summer reads.
Set around the time of Jesus’ resurrection, this three-book fiction series follows the lives of Christ followers (the first “Christians”) in the years after His ascension. Be careful, though — once you start these books you will not be able to stop. (I’m talking Netflix level binge-watch addiction here.) That’s why these books are so great for vacation, a long road trip or a Saturday by the pool — a time where you can really get lost in a good book. This series is one of my all-time favorite reads and just talking about them makes me want to go pick up the whole series and reread them all over again…

If you’ve already read this series and would like something similar, I recommend Marta’s Legacy series by Francine Rivers or The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.

Katie Davis moved to Uganda right out of high school, and over the next few years as a young, single adult, she invested in the people of Uganda, became a refuge for many of the starving and wounded, and adopted over 14 children. Can you imagine? Katie writes her story beautifully and poetically, yet also in such a way that is so easy to read and captivating all at the same time. I highlighted page after page; it is incredible. This is the kind of book that encourages your heart deeply and makes you want to jump on the next plane to Uganda and live life like Katie — with a heart that loves like Jesus.
 
If you’re looking for a book similar to Kisses from Katie, check out Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter, and take a peek at my review of it here.
 
So you enjoy pinning all those delicious looking recipes on Pinterest, right? So why not read up on some new recipes while also learning how eating, exercise and a healthy lifestyle is important to the Lord? To some people this may seem like an odd summer read choice, but trust me…you’ll enjoy this book and learn a ton in the process. Rick Warren’s research (along with the help of coauthors and doctors, Daniel Amen & Mark Hyman) about our food and lifestyle choices today is eye-opening, convicting and just flat out interesting.
If you love to read more health and food type books, you would also enjoy the Dashing Dish Cookbook and Devotional by Katie Ferrell. Check out our interview with Katie here!
Some of you may remember me mentioning Sophie before in our previous TFP Top 4 reads. And there’s a reason for that: her writing truly is hilarious — hilarious enough to make me break into hysterics on an airplane full of people I don’t know. (Totally worth the embarrassing stares, by the way.) I really cannot say enough good things about Sophie Hudson. She is by far one of my favorite authors, and you can check out her blog here. And in case I haven’t said it before, she is hilarious. Sophie’s third book, Giddy Up, Eunice came out this week (AHHH!), and I am so anxiously awaiting my vacation this month because this read is first up on my list as soon as I hit that sand!
If you love light-hearted, funny books about life, friendship and how good our Jesus is, check out Sophie’s first two books (Home is Where My People Are and A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet), along with another favorite of mine, Nobody’s Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle.
What’s on your summer reading list? Comment below and let us know!
Happy reading!

 

Grab a Good Book: Thanksgiving Study

Posted in danielle, good reads, thanksgiving
on November 5, 2015
Thanksgiving Study Book | The Pineapple Porch

 

“Our world reels unless we rejoice. A song of thanks steadies everything. The answer to anxiety is the adoration of Christ.” Ann Voskamp
I think it is safe to say we all LOVE the holiday season. Everyone seems to get a little more joyful once November rolls around. I have found one of the best ways to get the most out of the holidays is to do a Bible study relating to it. Since the Thanksgiving holiday and the focus on gratitude go hand-in-hand, I wanted to recommend one of my all-time favorite reads relating to thankfulness and joy. What’s interesting about this book is that it doesn’t reference Thanksgiving at all. This is because it’s written with the purpose of inspiring a lifestyle of gratefulness. We are called to be thankful people (1 Thessalonians 5:18) regardless of what day it is or what holiday is coming up. However, what better time to learn about the importance of a grateful heart than this time of year?
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp revolutionized the way I think about my life, my situations, and my attitude towards all things. I promise you will not regret this read – this book is incredible.
To buy the book, click here or try the devotional format here (I’ve done both and recommend both)!
Have you read this book? I would love to hear some of your favorite truths from One Thousand Gifts below!

Thanksgiving Study Book: One Thousand Gifts

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