Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

Summer Spirituality SeriesBreaking Free by Beth Moore- available on and from  This post contains affiliate links.  That means if you click and purchase a book using my link, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.

Warning: this is going to be a gushy post.  Be ready.

If I had to choose five books that have transformed my faith life, the Bible, Abandonment to Divine Providence, The Imitation of Christ and Breaking Free would be the top four. (I am leaving myself open to discover number five.)  I first came across this book in my freshman year of college when my small group leader in a small nondenominational church suggested that it might be something that was a good fit.  This book is a workbook style Bible study based on Isaiah 61 and is designed to help you break free from all sorts of strongholds- self imposed, generational, trauma induced- whatever your story may be.

When I graduated college and moved to Yakima, I was about 3 months into what would become a several year recovery from anorexia.  It’s a part of my story I haven’t shared with many, but by the beginning of my senior year of college my mental health was in a tenuous state and I weighed just over one hundred pounds.  Through the help of a great counselor and cognitive behavioral therapy, by graduation I was on the road to a healthy lifestyle.  At this time in my life, I was living 3,000 miles from my support network, starting to teach and overwhelmed.  I turned to Breaking Free again and found the spiritual healing I needed to mend my heart after a destructive romantic relationship and my own self- destructive choices.

The third time I did Breaking Free was two summers ago.  This time I invited a group of women to join me, and for the last two years these women have been my spiritual community.  This last time I needed to break free from my worry and fear about our four year wait for children.  3 weeks into the study I found out I was pregnant with our son.  I know that may not be a direct result of this study, but each time I have gone through this book God has done hugely amazing things in my life.

So how does the book work?  It is a 10 week study with five days of reading and responding per week.  There are also video sessions for each week, but these can get pricey if you are not doing the study with a group who is willing to chip in.  There are also verses to memorize each week and questions for group discussion.  While I have done the study alone, it is WAY better with a group.

This book is amazing.  It will change your life and the way you trust God.

Popcorn- 1: Beth Moore makes you work hard.  You will know God’s word much better at the end of this study.

Stars- 5++++++: Like I said- top five books of my life.

4 thoughts on “Summer Spirituality Series: Breaking Free by Beth Moore

  1. Sara M Jones says:

    Leaving a reply six months after a post seems pretty par for my life these days. However, I had to add a few books here that you may enjoy (you know, in all your spare time). These are recent books that have shaped and changed my faith in positive ways.

    My obvious first choice is always “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. I’ve read that one countless times. Other books that have spoken to me recently are “Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning, “Delighting in God” by A.W. Tozer, and “40 Days of Decrease” by Alicia Britt Chole. My plug for “40 Days of Decrease” is that it is a book designed for the Lent season. Rather than fasting one thing she has you fast something new each day. Examples are fasting grief, isolation, collecting praise, avoidance, etc. It reads like a devotional but the days are truly profound and this will be my third season of Lent walking through this book. I highly recommend it!

    And, in a final note, I am going through “Breaking Free” for the first time with a small group. It’s awesome!


  2. Sara M Jones says:

    I forgot one! “Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side” by Natasha Crain. She is an apologist and does a wonderful job of looking at and asnwering tough questions about Christianity. I know Max is a bit young yet, but anyone who has questions or doubts would get something out of. She also has a great blog.


  3. Emily Appert says:

    Thanks for the ideas! I am definitely going to look into the 40 days one for Lent this year! Also be prepared for big things with Breaking Free. It has transformed my relationship with God multiple times.


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