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Especially For Women

Resources That Strengthen, Comfort and Share God's Word

The President's Commission on Women, established in 1984, focuses on issues that impact women and explores ways to strengthen them in their daily Christian lives.

  • Strengthening women,
  • Strengthening families,
  • Strengthening the church.

How many lives do you touch -- as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, co-worker or congregation member? Whatever your role, you, as a Christian woman, have many opportunities to share the Gospel. You can make a special difference to your family, your community and your church.

The President's Commission on Women complied these resources to help you address life's problems, grow in your faith and reach out to others with God's Word.

The President's Commission on Women compiled these resources on issues that touch lives in so many ways. They include books, Bible studies, devotions and videos that, we hope, will help women build up themselves, their families and their congregations in faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please use this list for future reference -- and share it with a friend or loved one who may find it useful.

Abortion

From Heartache to Healing, Bartle, L. (20-2411) Four-session Bible study to help believers examine abortion's impact and administer to those suffering from its effects. $3.25.

Abortion in Perspective, 1984 edition, Commission on Theology and Church Relations. (09-2450) Studies abortion issue from medical, legal and theological perspectives. $0.95.

For Life, Robson, J. (20-2253) Study guide examines abortion through the eyes of those considering abortion. $2.75; leader's guide (20-2254), $3.

The Abortion Question, (10-1640) Pamphlet Tract on Abortion. $3.99 for 25 tracts.

Devotional

Women Through the Bible: Devotions for Women's Groups, Taege, M. (12-3064) Invites participants to put themselves in the sandals of faithful Old and New Testament women. 160 pp., $8.99.

The Beauty of Holiness: Living a Christ-Like Life, Fryar, J. (20-3041) Christian women's Bible study. $5.99.

The Beauty of Balance: Living an Integrated Life, Fryar, J. (20-3043) Christian women's Bible study. $5.99.

*Golden Gems: An Unfolding Journey, Bergman, S. (49500) Thirty devotions, beautifully illustrated, for maturing Christians. $6.

Celebrate Home, Peters, A. (12-3366) Bible based ideas for stay-at-home moms. 160 pp., $10.99.

Songs from a Mother's Heart, Kennedy, P. (12-3308) Devotional based on the Psalms. 192 pp., $12.99.

Welcome to the Family!, Melheim, R. (12-2022) Helps new parents prepare for baptism of their child. 48 pp. $3.00.

Saints and Angels All Around, Wismar , G. (12-3258) Devotional based on saints and angels. 160 pp. $8.99.

Men and Women of the Word, Vajda, J. (12-3259) Devotional based on men and women in the Bible. 160 pp. $8.99.

Servants of the Lord, (20-2601) Bible Study based on women in the Bible. Six sessions. $3.99.

Domestic Violence/Alcoholism

*The Open Window (6997) Video and study guide tells true-to-life story of an abused wife and the friend who helps her. Includes materials for building skills to deal with domestic violence. $19.95; in Spanish, $15.95.

*Carefully Hidden, (6993) Video and study guide of real-to-life drama about alcoholism and ways to show compassion. $19.95; in Spanish, $15.95.

End of Life Issues

Making Sense Out of Sufferin, (10-1676) Pamphlet Tract on suffering. $3.99 for 25 tracts.

At Life's End: Words of Comfort and Hope, Deffner, D. (14-2109) Comfort for the dying and those caring for them. 48 pp., $3.00.

Christian Care at Life's End, Commission on Theology and Church Relations. (09-2595) Case studies that Bible based principles for making end-of-life decisions. $1.95.

*Yes, No, or Later, (6996) Video and study guide designed to help a family make decisions about life-support. $22.95.

Grief/Loss/Loneliness

Loneliness: Helping Myself and Other, Braun, K. (20-2378) Explores situations that cause loneliness and explores what God's Word says about such feelings. $3.25; leader's guide (20-2379), $3.50.

Living with Grief, Carter, S. (20-2596) Part of "The Master's Touch" Christian support Bible study series. For individual or group use. $4.50 each.

At the Death of a Child, Deffner, D. (14-2029) Addresses the emotional, physical and spiritual anguish bereaved parents experience and communicates the hope found in the Gospel. 32 pp., $2.75.

Good Grief, Westberg, G. (17-3149) Shares a healthy, Christian attitude toward grief. Encourages feeling rather than suppressing emotions and allowing Christ to help work through suffering. 57 pp., $4.50.

Let Not Your Heart Be Trouble, Saleska, E. (74-1001) Prayers and Scripture texts for the bereaved. 16 pp., $1.49.

Overcoming Depression, (20-2591) Part of "The Master's Touch" Christian support Bible study series. For individual or group use. $4.50 each.

If I Should Die, If I Should Live, Marxhausen, J. (56-1317) Book to help children with questions about death and life. 48 pp. $4.99.

What Happened When Grandma Die, Barker, P. (56-1458) Story to help children understand death. 32 pp. $6.99.

Home Life/Working Women

501 Practical Way to Love Your Husband and Kids, Baker, J. (12-3283) Ideas for wives and moms to express their love in fun, creative ways. Includes Bible-based advice and encouragement. 160 pp., $10.99

501 Practical Ways to Love Your Grandkids and Their Parents, Sonnenberg, R. (12-3296) Ideas for grandparents on ways to relate to grandchildren. Includes Bible-based advice and encouragement. 160 pp., $10.99

501 Practical Ways to Teach Your Children Value, Reed, B. (12-3343) Ideas on sharing your values with your children. 208 pp., $12.99

Growing as a Christian Mother, Bickel, E. (20-2705) Bible study addresses the challenges of motherhood with helpful insight and skills based in God's Word. Six sessions. $4.50.

The Employed Wife: Earning a Living, Making a Home, Buth, L. (12-3039) Encourages employed Christian wives to assess their dual roles as wife and wage earner. 176 pp., $7.99.

Caring for Aging Parents, Johnson, R. (12-3248) Helpful advice for dealing with stress, guilt, decision-making and other issues. 208 pp., $10.99.

Life in the Sandwich Generation, Meyer, K. (20-2702) Bible study builds awareness of challenges and opportunities in caring for family members in younger and older generations. Six sessions. $4.50.

Paul's Word to Families, Mueller, D. (20-2149) Bible study to discover Paul's instructions on submission, discipline and other aspects of Christ-centered family life. Four sessions. $2.50 each.

Christians in Career Crisis, Mueller, R. (20-2196) Bible study to help Christian employees deal with fear of failure, ethics and other issues from a Biblical standpoint. Six sessions. $3.50; leader's guide (20-2197), $3.50.

How to Enjoy a Healthy Family (Even in Stressful Times), Reed, B. (12-3250) Helpful advice on stress issues realed to jobs, family relationships, buget management and more. 144 pp., $8.99.

Practical Ways to Manage Conflict, (20-2842) Video from "On Main Street" television series, hosted by Dr. Dale Meyer, to help adults make God-pleasing, family-strengthening choices. Includes Scripture, discussion questions and prayer. $35. Bible study guides (20-2841) available separately. Five sessions. $3.99 each.

Everyday is Mother's Day, (10-1689) Pamphlet Tract. $3.99 for 25 tracts.

I Take Out the Garbage Because I Love You, Weisheit, E. and C. (12-3191) Devotionals for married couples. 160 pp. $9.99

Mom's Pregnant, Hoffa, D. (56-1841) Picture book to help prepare children for the birth of a child. 32 pp. $6.99.

Infertility/Reproduction Issues

Christians and Procreative Choices: How Do God's Chosen Choose, Commission on Theology and Church Relations. (09-2602) Addresses childbearing issues based on principles provided by Scripture. $1.75.

Living with Infertility, Sonnenberg, R. and R. (20-2461) Part of "The Master's Touch" Christian support Bible study series. For individual or group use. $4.50each.

Marriage/Divorce

Divorce and Remarriage, Commission on Theology and Church Relations. (09-2524) An aid for LCMS pastors to use in counseling, with special emphasis on principles provided by Scripture on divorce and remarriage. 45 pp., $1.25.

Life After Divorce: How to Grow Through a Divorce, Reed, B. (12-3199) Practical handbook for growth through each stage of recovery from divorce. 192 pp., $10.99

Merging Families: A Step-by-Step Guide for Blended Families, Reed, B. (12-3166) Practical advice for strenthening family relationships, helping children adjust and preventing conflicts in second marriages. 192 pp, $9.99.

Discovering Life After Divorce, Richter, E. (20-2459) Part of "The Master's Touch" Christian support Bible study series. For individual or group use. $3.99 each.

Conflict Management (20-2800) Course 1 of "A Scriptural Foundation in Marriage" series. In-depth Bible study examines Biblical foundation of marriage to enrich couples or to educate teens or singles. $4.75; leader's guide (20-2801), $5.75.

Romance and Sexuality (20-2802) Course 2 of "A Scriptural Foundation in Marriage" series. In-depth Bible study examines Biblical foundation of marriage to enrich couples or to educate teens or singles. $4.75; leader's guide (20-2803), $5.75.

Communication with God and with One Another (20-2804) Course 3 of "A Scriptural Foundation in Marriage" series. In-depth Bible study examines Biblical foundation of marriage to enrich couples or to educate teens or singles. $4.75; leader's guide (20-2805), $5.75.

Coping With Divorce (20-2848) Video from "On Main Street" television series, hosted by Dr. Dale Meyer, to help adults make God-pleasing, family-strengthening choices. Includes Scripture, discussion questions and prayer. $35. Bible study guides (20-2847) available separately. Four sessions. $3.99 each.

Marriage Matter, McWhirter, J. and L. (4993) Thirty devotions exploring variety of topics. $4.

Living Together is Okay, (10-1697) Pamphlet Tract on living together outside of marriage. $3.99 for 25 tracts.

Celebrate Your Wedding, Rau, H. (14-2026) Helps couples preparing for marriage. 64 pp. $3.00.

Growing as a Single Parent, Bickel, E. (20-2705) Bible study addresses the challenges of being a single parent with helpful insight and skills based in God's Word. Six sessions. $4.50.

Self-Esteem

Christ-Esteem, Matzat, D. (17-6600) Discover how answers to problems (marital and career difficulties, depression, personal fulfillment) are found in Christ, not in ourselves. 207 pp., $7.99.

Sexual Abuse/Sexual Issues

Report on Human Sexuality: A Theological Perspective, 1981 edition, Commission on Theology and Church Relations. (09-2426) Discusses people as male and female, marriage and its purposes, problems of divorce and remarriage, homosexuality and artificial methods of reproduction. $0.95

Surviving Sexual Abuse, McCrae, M. (20-2462) Part of "The Master's Touch" Christian support Bible study series. For individual or group use. $4.50 each.

Sexuality, A Christian Perspective, Mueller, D. (20-2198) Bible study helps adults understand sexuality as a gift from God. Four sessions. $2.95.

How to Talk Confidently with Your Child about Sex, Buth L. (14-2118) Guide for parents showing natural ways to share parents views on sexuality. 160 pp. $9.99.

Human Sexuality: A Christian Perspective, Sonnenberg, R. (14-2119) Help in understanding one's own sexuality. 224 pp. $16.99.

Homosexuality, (10-1667) Pamphlet Tract on homosexuality. $3.99 for 25 tracts.

Witnessing

Witnessing to Unchurched Family Members, (20-3022) Six reproducible Bible Studies on witnessing to family members. $12.99.

Winning Friends for Christ, Sims C. (20-2478) Bible Study that helps in intentionally sharing faith with non-believers. $5.50.

264 Great Outreach Ideas: For Individual Christians and Churches, Heck, J. (12-3200) Practical witnessing ideas. 96 pp. $9.99.

Women's Issues/Church Careers

The Service of Women in the Church, Mueller, H. (20-2503) Part of "Touchpoint" Bible study series that addresses doctrinal issues of particular interest in today's church. 40 pp., $2.50; leader's guide (20-2504), $2.50

Women in the Church, Commission on Theology and Church Relations. (09-2477) Overview of Scriptural teachings about women with principles for guidance regarding the service of women in the church. $0.95

Woman Suffrage in the Church, Commission on Theology and Church Relations. (09-2186) Declarations, historical background, Scriptural study and practical observations about the issue of women's suffrage and the holdings of church offices. $0.75.

Considering a Church Career? Determining God's Plan for Your Life, Bickel, P. (12-3286) Includes information on different church worker careers. 64 pp. $3.50.

Other Books

Kitty, My Rib, Mall, E.J. (12-2347) Novel about the life of Katherine Luther. 173 pp. $8.99.

Ordering Information

Most of these resources are available from Concordia Publishing House; call 1-800-325-3040.

Resources marked with an asterisk (*) can be obtained by calling the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, 1-800-252-5965.

NOTE: Prices are subject to change.

For paper copies of this bibliography, please contact:

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
President's Commission on Women
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis , MO 63122-7295

1-800-248-1930, Ext. 1445