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!