CTBAK Skill Session Resources

Find Resources to Help With:

Personal Spiritual Growth

Suggestions for Personal Spiritual Growth Resources

  • Check out your local library, local Christian bookstore
  • Search online at Christian Book Distributors or Amazon.com
  • Borrow a book from a friend or your church library

Online resources:

Apps We Love:

  • Focus on the Family    
    • Plugged In (detailed movie, tv, music, and book reviews)
    • Thriving Family Magazine 
  • Bible Memory (easy, great way to memorize Scripture that has different levels of difficulty as you practice)


Online Bible studies:

Bible Studies:

  • Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed, A Study of David From the Deeper Still Event
  • Arthur, Kay, Lord, I Want to Know You (or any other study by Kay Arthur)
  • Blackaby, Henry and Richard, Experiencing God
  • Be Transformed: Discovering Biblical Solutions to Life’s Problems, from Scope Ministries
  • Charles, Sylvia, Women in the Bible
  • DeMoss, Nancy Leigh, A 30 Day Walk with God in the Psalms or A Place of Quiet Rest
  • Hunt, T.W. and King, Claude, The Mind of Christ
  • Merrill, Lori, Jesus, Our Perfect Example
  • Moore, Beth, Living Beyond Yourself (or any other study written by Beth Moore)


  • Cowan, L.B. Streams in the Desert
  • Elliot, Elizabeth, Keep a Quiet Heart
  • Nassar, David, A Call to Die (or any other devotional by David Nassar)
  • Renner, Rick, Sparkling Gems from the Greek
  • Spurgeon, Morning by Morning
  • The Voice of the Martyrs, Extreme Devotion
  • Voices From the Past, Puritan Devotional Readings, Edited by Richard Rushing


  • Dillow, Linda, Satisfy my Thirsty Soul
  • Ennis, Pat & Tatlock, Lisa, Designing a Lifestyle that Pleases God or Becoming a Woman that Pleases God
  • Frizzell, Greg, How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life
  • Frizzell, Greg, Returning to Holiness
  • Foster, Richard, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
  • How People Change, How Christ Changes us by His Grace, CCEF (includes study guide)
  • Jeremiah, David, When Your World Falls Apart
  • Kent, Carol, Becoming a Woman of Influence
  • Mahaney, C.J., Humility
  • Martin, Gail, What Every Child Should Know Along the Way
  • Tripp, Paul David, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands (with study guide)
  • Weaver, Joanna, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha’s World (with study questions at back)
Household Management

Books on Home Management:

  • Clutter’s Last Stand by Don Aslett
  • Twelve Steps to Becoming More Organized by Lane P. Jordan
  • The 15-Minute Organizer by Emilie Barnes
  • Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell
  • Christmas Is Coming Planner by Emilie Barnes
  • Too Much Stuff: De-Cluttering Your Heart and Home by Kathryn Porter
  • What Every Child Should Know Along the Way by Gail Martin

Books on budgets:

  • Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey
  • Crown Financial by Larry Burkett
  • From a Millstone to a Milestone by Bob Marrette

Magazines that are helpful:

  • Family Fun
  • Real Simple
  • Martha Stewart Living

 Household Management Websites:

 Movie, Book, Music, TV, Game Reviews:

Cooking Shortcuts

Cooking Resource Guide

Favorite Cookbooks:

  • The Best Recipe by Cooks Illustrated (America’s Test Kitchen): basic and you can get a culinary school education by reading the explanation and science behind the recipes
  • The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: great all-encompassing baking resource
  • Baking by James Petterson: more advanced baking resource
  • Celebrity Cookbooks by Ina Garten, Giada DeLourentis, Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, John Besh, etc. (Find an author that you relate to. These recipes tend to be more creative and something different.)
  • Everyday Food: Great Food Fast magazine by Martha Stewart
  • Church/non-profit cookbooks: usually not tested but great for local recipes
  • Junior League cookbooks: usually thoroughly tested but also great for local recipes
  • Mad Hungry Lucinda Scala Quinn: great family cookbook

Websites with Review Features:

Recipe Websites:

Favorite Food Blogs (read comments following recipe postings):

Ideas for Seasoned Cooks:

  • Learn to bake by using a food scale to weigh ingredients more accurately.
  • Experiment with pastry (puff and phyllo).
  • Seek to find your family’s own best recipe for your favorite foods (ex. pancakes, enchiladas, etc.).
  • Experiment with new cuisines at home (Thai, authentic Mexican, etc.).
  • Join a food co-op.
  • Make a cookbook of your family favorites, a great gift for when your kids leave the nest.
As For Me and My House
  • 15-Minute Family Traditions and Memories by Emilie Barnes
  • Beautiful Places, Spiritual Spaces by Sharon Hanby-Robie & Deb Strubel
  • Celebrations that Touch the Heart by Brenda Pionsett
  • Chris Madden’s Guide to Personalizing Your Home by Chris Madden
  • Creating a Sense-sational Home by Terry Willits
  • Family Fragrance by J Otis and Gail Ledbetter
  • The Heritage by J Otis Ledbetter and Chris Bruner
  • Inspiration, Decoration by Judith Wilson
  • Let’s Make a Memory Series by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson
  • Love in Every Room by Karla Dornacher
  • Making Your Home a Haven by Cyndy Salzmann
  • The Most Important Place on Earth by Robert Wolgemuth
  • Open Heart, Open Home by Karen Mains
  • The Spirit of Loveliness by Emilie Barnes
  • Together at Home by Dean and Grace Merrill
  • Welcome Home by Emilie Barnes
  • A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George
  • Decoration
  • Decoration
  • Decoration
  • Decoration
  • Keepers Ministry
  • P.O. Box 6123
  • Edmond, OK 73083
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