12 Books I Want to Read Again in 2016

12 Books to Read Again

Books.  I love them.  This year I chose 12 books to read again.  You see, I love to read but there is one thing I don’t like about reading: not being able to remember all the things I’ve learned.  That’s why the following books are on my list.  Each one of these books helped me in some way (even many ways!) and I can’t wait to pick them up once again.

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning…” Proverbs 1:5

1. My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word by Mike Ashcraft

This book gave me a love for words, and it showed me how powerful they can be.  I read this book for the very first time in the beginning of 2014.  My word for that year was “Conquer.”  I learned some things but didn’t really stick with the whole thing.  I read the book again last year and chose the word “Joy.”  God taught me so much with that little word! This year I am excited to journey into 2016 with the word “Pray.”  I can’t wait to pick up this book again for a refresh.  It will be like visiting an old friend!

2. How to Have a 48 Hour Day by Don Aslett

I have read through this book three times already and I am itching to read it again.  My siblings and I really enjoy this book because the author is just plain hilarious.  Don Aslett is a bowling ball in constant motion (in my opinion).  I feel ready to run a marathon just after reading the introduction.  If you need motivation to accomplish your goals or some tips on how to get everything done, this book is a must-read.  (FYI I will never be as energetic as the author – I personally need my sleep, but his methods are helpful) 🙂

3. The Disciplined Life: The Mark of Christian Maturity by Richard S. Taylor.  

I struggle with self-discipline.  I overeat. I spent too much time online.  I stay up way too late.  For those and other reasons, this book needs to be read again.  It’s a very thought-provoking and motivating book – I have entire paragraphs underlined!

4. Stepping Heavenward: One Woman’s Journey to Godliness by Elizabeth Prentiss

It’s been a couple years since I read this book!  Stepping Heavenward is the fictional journal of a young christian girl.  In her journal she writes about her struggles growing up, her temper, and eventually her joys and struggles in marriage and motherhood.  It’s comforting to read a book that we as young women can relate to and learn from whether single or married.

5. A Woman’s Call to Prayer: Making Your Desire to Pray a Reality by Elizabeth George

Every book I have ever read by Elizabeth George inspires me in some way.  Since “Pray” is my word for the year, this book had to be on my list to read again.  Elizabeth George clearly writes about how we can become women of prayer.   My mom owns the audio book so I hope to both read and listen to the book this year.

6. Life Management for Busy Women: Living Out Gods’ Plan with passion and Purpose by Elizabeth George

Here is another book by Elizabeth George!  I am always getting busier, adding more work, goals, and activities to my schedule.  Someday I hope to be a wife and mom and most likely I will still be involved with ministries at church, so I need to learn how to become a five star manager! 🙂  Although this book is mostly for wives and mom’s, it is still helpful for those of us who are single.  From caring for our bodies to maintaining friendships and housework, this book covers it all!

7. Secrets of a Happy Heart by Debbie Pryde

Everyone wants to be happy.  Really, truly, happy.  Debi Pryde is a very successful biblical counselor and this book contains life-changing truths.  My Sunday School class went through this book together and I also read through it on my own.  There is so much to soak up from this book that I know I need to make this book a priority.  I love that all the Scripture is from the King James Version.  I would highly recommend this book to every Christian woman.

8. Changed Into His Image by Jim Berg

This is another book that needs to be read again, and again.  Changed Into His Image is all about true spiritual growth and experiencing a vibrant, satisfying, and life-changing walk with God.  There is a lot to digest from this book but it’s another read I would recommend to any and every believer.

9. Motivating Your Man God’s Way: Discovering One Word That Energizes Your Husband to Love by Dr. Emerson & Sarah Eggerichs

Yes, I know I don’t have a husband.  However, I do have a little problem.  Sometimes, I have a hard time respecting the men in my life. I may be submissive but I can be disrespectful in my comments and attitudes toward my dad, my brothers, and some of my male friends.  This book showed me that men are to be respected, whether they deserve it or not.  Someday I hope to be a wife, and I realize that respect is the language of love to a man.  Respect is huge and that’s why this book made it to my list.

10. Discover your Destiny by Cary Schmidt

A friend gave me a copy of this book as a graduation gift (perfect timing right? 😉 ).  I love Cary Schmidt’s books and I remember enjoying this book a lot.  Considering I’m still smack dab in the middle of the crucial decision making years, I know I need to read this book again.

11. Push Yourself by Abb Thomas

This book is super motivating.  In every chapter Abb Thomas makes the message of his book loud and clear, we need to push ourselves to be all we can be while serving the Lord. I  just love the practicality of this book… it’s filled with action tips and ideas on how to learn and grow.  This is a great book for those involved in church -from faithful church attendees to Sunday School teachers.

12. The Twenty-One Tenets of Biblical Femininity: Transitioning Girls Into Young Ladies by Jerry & Sheryl Ross

I had a tough time deciding on the 12th book, but after awhile I realized it needed to be this one!  For me, this book shares the keys to living a life of godly womanhood.  In a world where femininity is misunderstood and quickly disappearing, this book a must read for me and every woman who wants to live out her God-ordained purpose.

There you have it.  

Those are my 12 books  to read again this coming year.  My goal is read one a month from January to December.  I am so excited to dig into these books again to get an even better grasp of the knowledge and wisdom each one contains.

Please realize that just because I enjoy these books and plan to read them again doesn’t mean I agree 100% with everything written in them.  Whenever you read a new book, always read it with the truths of God’s Word firmly implanted in your mind.  His Word should be the ultimate authority for everything we do and say.

I Would love to Know

  • Have you read any of the books on this list?
  • Are there any books you have read more than once or twice?
  • Do you have a “books to read again” list?

Share your answers in the comments below – I hearing from all of you!

Rebekah Joy (2)

23 thoughts on “12 Books I Want to Read Again in 2016

  1. I had on my list to read this year, Stepping Heavenward and do a Bible study with it. I found a free Bible Study on this book at thelegacyofhome.blogspot.com I also want to read some of Debbie Pryde books as well.

    The book Life Management for a Busy Women looks like one I want to read. Also, the library has How to have a 48 hour day, which I may have to get out sometime.

    1. I will have to look into that study… It sounds very helpful!
      I think you would like the Life Management book from Elizabeth George. I see them a lot in thrift stores so I’ll keep my out and see if I can grab you one! Don Aslett is very entertaining… I’m sure you would enjoy his book 🙂

  2. Yes! Books are wonderful to have! 🙂
    I’ve read Stepping Heavenward and I thought it was pretty good. 🙂
    No, I don’t have a “books to read again” list, but I have several books that I haven’t read that I’m planning to read. 🙂

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed Stepping Heavenward! It’s not as easy to read as some books -that’s for sure, but it is a good book for learning and is still enjoyable 🙂
      A “To Read List” is just as important… I hope you get a chance to read all the ones on your list!

  3. These sound like great books! The only one I’ve read is Changed Into His Image(with the study guide) and it was an amazing book!! I am reading an Elizabeth George book now, and parts of it are good and parts of it not the best. I rarely read books more than once, but there are some that I can’t get enough of, and I seem to take away something new from each time I read it!

    1. I’m glad you got a chance to read Changed Into His Image (the study guide is great too!). Which Elizabeth George book are you reading? There are only a few books I have ever read twice so I’m with you on that! Now that I have read more books I know which ones are worth reading again!
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

      1. Hey! The Elizabeth George book I’m reading is called Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials. A lot of the points she has made have been very helpful, but then there was one major thing I didn’t agree with. But it wasn’t anything that was Scripturally incorrect, so that’s good! It was just a matter of opinion. I’m about halfway through now!

        1. Okay I see. My mom has that one but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet!! I’m glad you are still getting some things out of it 🙂

  4. Not one of these books have I ever read or heard of, but every one of them I want to read now! Thanks for this great list!

    1. I’m glad you are interested in reading them…. I’m sure you would learn from each one 🙂 Thanks for commenting!!

  5. I feel as though I’ve found a kindred spirit and fellow book lover! I’ve read “Stepping Heavenward” and “Changed into His Image,” but it’s been a few years. There are many books on my list for this year, but one that I’m especially excited about is Elisabeth Elliot’s Passion and Purity. I’ve heard only good things about it, just received it in the mail last week, and can’t wait to dive in.

    Thank you for finding me at thinktruethoughts.com. Your blog is beautiful, and I appreciate your heart for encouraging your sisters in Christ.

    1. Aw I love meeting fellow book lovers 🙂
      Thanks you for visiting my site and commenting! I have never read Passion and Purity but I have certainly heard a lot about it. You will have to let me know what you think of it… I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Rebekah, thank you so much for sharing these! I have never heard of any of these books, but now I’ve added almost every single one to my reading wish list! Some of these I just want to read like NOW they sound so good – I love that each of these is edifying and unique to young women. Definitely going to share this with our Tirzah Mag readers on Facebook.

    1. Hi Yelena, I’m so glad you are interested in reading these books!! I recommend all of them but Changed Into His Image and Secrets of a Happy Heart are probably the ones I would recommend above all the others :). Thank you so much for commenting and sharing this post with others!

  7. Do I read books again?!? That’s like asking if I ever stay in touch with my friends! 😋 (That said, I am just learning to appreciate the type of more solid, meaningful book that appears on your re-read list.) I actually resolved a few weeks ago to make this year one in which I grow through good books (new and old). Perfect timing!

    None of the books on your list have ever come into my hands, but I’ve heard of Elizabeth George, and the second title of hers (#6) resonated with me. “Purpose” has been on my mind a lot these days as I balance prayers for the future with a need of initiative in the present… #2 and #11 sound good too!

    Thank you for the ideas! 😊

    1. Yes, it took me a little while to appreciate non-fiction. Now I can’t get enough of it! I use to read a lot of fiction but now I hardly even miss it.. I just can’t learn enough from fiction like I can through other types of reading. I’m glad this post cam at a good time for you 🙂

      I hope you get a chance to read some of these books! Thank you for commenting… I love hearing from you!

  8. I have read #4 Stepping Heavenward. #1,5,&11 sound like books I wanna read! There are definitely quite a few books I have re read… A few that come to mind right now would be: Samuel Morris (ah! I just love his story) Gladys Alward (yes I love missionary stories) and Thanks a Million by the Living Waters ministry. Well, now you’ve made me want to write a list! 😉 Enjoy reading your books, they all sound like wonderful choices. 🙂

    1. I hope you get a chance to read some of them 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy missionary stories… I used to read more of them when I was in youth group and we got “points” for doing book reviews. I have been wanting to read some missionary stories/biographies but for some reason I have a hard time getting around to those. I need to try harder 🙂
      Thank you! I will enjoy reading them -enjoy reading your books as well 😉

  9. All of those books look great! I’ve read Stepping Heavenward, Changed Into His Image, and Discover your Destiny (which I’ve read several times…it’s fantastic!). I’ve read The Hiding Place several times, and I want to read Evidence Not Seen again soon. The couple Elizabeth George books I’ve read I definitely want to re-read. Loads of good books out there :))

  10. I just started reading Discover Your Destiny (again) last night! I’m so glad I decided to start on that one first… I need it right now! 🙂 I’m glad you’ve had a chance to read it too. I read the Hiding Place and really liked it too!
    Yes! There are so many good books out there I feel torn trying to decide what I should read, what should wait, and what should be read again! 🙂

  11. Hi Rebekah,
    How powerful and amazing each of these books sounds. What a blessing to have read these books. They sound wonderful- I loved reading your insights and thoughts into parts of each. I am going to add several to my reading list- if not all 😉 I feel like it would be wonderful to read these and feel the Lord speaking to me through each of them, especially with the specific titles you mentioned that I felt a connection to immediately as I read your thoughts. I love your reason for reading the book that is about motivating husbands. I too am not perfect when it comes to having respectful thoughts and attitudes towards the men in my life even though I am not married. I love your outlook on that and I know I could learn from reading it too 🙂

    I also wanted to thank you so much for your comment on my blog. What a blessing it was to read. I loved reading you are excited for what the new year will hold and that it is off to a great start! I hope the Lord brings many blessings, delight, and joys in your new year. And thank you also for your kind words!

    I look forward to reading your blog and your new posts.
    Hugs and blessings!

    Hoping your week is going wonderfully 🙂
    Jazzmin

    1. Hi Jazzmin, your sweet comment made my day!! I am so glad you enjoyed this post. If you ever get a chance to read any of these books I would love to hear what you think about them! 🙂 The book on respect was definitely an eye-opener for me… In a big way!! We hear a lot about respect (sometimes) but this book really unlocks all the “secrets” I suppose. 🙂
      You are welcome… I love visiting new blogs!! Thank you for taking the time to hop over and visit my blog. I hope you will be back again 🙂
      Rebekah

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