One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more. Lately I’ve been piling books in my Amazon cart and using it as a checklist. I’ve also resolved to visit the library more, so I’ve been reserving books there and deleting them from my cart as I go. I wanted to share my list here because I’d love to hear reviews about the books listed below if you’ve read them and I’m also hoping that you’ll recommend more!
Awhile back I this idea for a printable and I thought I’d make one of my own that I could share! I hope it will help you keep track of your “To Read” list too. I’m going to hang mine up on the refrigerator and I plan to color in the spines of each book as I finish reading them.
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Here are the books on my list in no particular order:
Women of the Word, Jen Wilkins
This book has been on my shelf for over a year. I made it through the first few chapters and it is so good! If you struggle to do personal Bible study on your own—learning directly from God’s Word—this is the very next book you should read. Jen outlines a very simple way to read, understand and apply the text in context. I’m looking forward to finishing this and applying it to my personal Bible study!
Present Over Perfect, Shauna Niequist
I already finished this book and I wanted to include it here because I wanted to be able to color in one of the books on my printable right off the bat! Do you ever do that with your to-do list or am I the only one? This is a very tranquil book that takes you through Shauna’s personal journey away from perfection to a less hurried, more present life. At first, I didn’t really connect with Shauna, but I think it was only because we are at two different places in our lives. She has a well established career where success was drawing her further and further away from her family and the things she truly enjoyed. I on the other hand have been a stay-at-home mom up until last year and really don’t have anything that pulls me away—all too often I need a break from family, ha! But her overall message to lead a life that YOU enjoy, that is simple and lovely to YOU is what brought me around to loving this book. Plus, she talks about vacationing on Lake Michigan where my family and I love to go. Talk of the lake drew me in and I floated on the waves of her words all the way to the end. If you’re interested in minimalism and simplicity, you’ll love this book!
The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp
Oh Ann. How do I love thee? I’m in the middle of this book as well. If you haven’t read Ann’s other book One Thousand Gifts, start there. The Broken Way digs deep into suffering and brokenness in a way that is so beautiful you’ll want to take all your own broken pieces and lift them up as an offering to God. I literally want to capture every other sentence in an Insta-graphic or tweet it is so good.
Yep, another one I’m in the middle of! Does anyone else read multiple books at once? I can’t figure out if this is a good thing to do or not! Anyway, Parenting—Paul is right-on when it comes to raising kids in light of the Gospel. If you have children, this is a MUST.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert
I’ve been listening to The Goal Digger podcast by Jenna Kutcher religiously and she—and a lot of her guests—mention this book from time to time. My friend Jenne from Babes and Blue Houses is currently reading it—I can’t wait to hear what she thinks!
As some of you know, I’m a Young Living leader with a team that’s about to reach Silver! I can’t wait to apply some of the strategies in this book to my business and in-turn teach others how to reach Silver and beyond!
My friend Andrea from Grace Blossoms posted about this book recently. I think she said she’s doing a review of it so stay tuned and I’ll link over to it!
The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
I read A Loving Life, by Paul Miller and it was absolutely fantastic. I’ve also heard great things about this one. I really can’t wait to read this!
The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming, Sally Clarkson
I’m not a homeschool mom and I know that Sally Clarkson has a lot of homeschool titles, but I’m hoping this book has practical advice for all Christian homemakers! I have a strong desire to build a home that my children feel loved and encouraged in. I also want them to come back and visit one day with fond memories that inspired the rest of their lives.
Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul, Ruth Soukup
I’m so ready to throw out half of the stuff in my house right now! I’m all about minimalism and a less cluttered life. I might be moving this book to the top of my list for some spring cleaning inspiration!
The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have, Melissa Michaels
I absolutely love our home, but it is in need of quite a few updates. Sometimes, I just need someone to tell me to chill-out and appreciate what I already have. This book sounds like just the right message.
Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv
This book came through as a recommendation from a holistic doctor we use to see. I really loved taking the kids to a doctor that was more natural-minded, but it was over an hour away and I just couldn’t make the drive anymore. I’m absolutely set on getting my kids outside more so this might be perfect nudge in that direction!
Soup: A Recipe to Create a Culture of Greatness, Jon Gordon
Another recommendation for my Young Living business. I just love books about team building and leadership!
You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are, Rebekah Lyons
I’ve seen a lot of people reading this book lately but I haven’t heard much about it. If you’ve read this or any of the other books on this list let me know in the comments below!
Here is a great article from my friend Jenne on how to get your hands on ALL of these books and more!
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