8 Books I Want to Read (Again) in 2017

8 Books I Want to Read Again in 2017 - Helpful books for Christian women and young women. This list is has eight books worth reading again this year. A helpful resource for Christian women looking for good books to read!

Hi Friends,

Last January I shared a list of twelve books I wanted to read again in 2016. Well, thankfully I managed to read 10 of them and I began the last one (The Secrets of a Happy Heart) as a Bible study with a young friend of mine.

This year I hope to read through another set of books I’ve already read in the past – ones that were helpful to me and ones I hope to study out a bit more this year. Following is a list of each book I am planning to read again in 2017 and why I chose it.

*Please know that I can’t recommend every single book 100%. Every book we read should be read carefully and judged by the perfect standard of God’s Word, the Bible!

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8 Books I Want to Read Again in 2017 - Helpful books for Christian women and young women. This list is has eight books worth reading again this year. A helpful resource for Christian women looking for good books to read!

1. The Choice is Yours: Life Happens. Walking with God is a Decision by Terrie Chappel

Life happens. That little phrase it so true. For me, I sometimes let my walk with God get pushed to the side when I get busy. I don’t want that to happen and I know what I need to do to fix it. I hope to read this book to be reminded and encouraged to keep my walk with God #1 when “life happens”.

2. Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes

This book is all about the disciplines we should have in the different aspects of our lives. From the disciplines of prayer and worship to the disciplines of singleness and marriage… Mrs. Hughes covers so many different areas of a woman’s life. If you desire to be a godly woman, this book will be very helpful for you… I am looking forward to reading this one again myself. 🙂

3. Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

Joy is such a precious (and contagious!) thing… and gratitude it one of the surest paths to joy. I want joy to be one of the characterizing traits in my life, for sure.  For that reason, this book easily made it onto my “to read again” list.

4. Beautiful in God’s Eyes: The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman by Elizabeth George

This book has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I read it twice in the past and can’t wait to read it again. God desires that each one of us models the example in Proverbs 31 and this is an excellent book to guide us in doing just that! ♥ (Be sure to check out the book’s Growth and Study Guide, and Beautiful in God’s Eyes for Young Women.)

5. It’s a Wonderful Life: Serving God Joyfully in Marriage and Ministry by Terrie Chappel

Last year I read my Mom’s copy of this book and I loved it. It’s definitely written for wives, especially those in ministry… but wow. I learned so much! My mom and I often talk about this book and the funny “ministry stories”. If you are single (and want to serve the Lord), married, or in any kind of ministry – I would highly recommend reading this book! You will enjoy it. 🙂

6. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

I already began reading through this book again- my special someone and I decided to go through it together. Let me just say: this. book. is. GOOD. Tozer writes all about desiring God and seeking Him. This book has already been a great reminder to me that the best life is the one that is spent seeking God and spending time in His presence. I would highly recommend reading this one!

7. Life Quest: Braving Adulthood with Biblical Passion by Cary Schmidt

Adulthood isn’t something to take lightly. Life gets exciting and whole lot more serious when you reach adulthood. There are options to weigh and consider, choices to make, and much wisdom that should be gleaned through the counsel of others. This book talks a lot about decision making and braving adulthood with godly wisdom and (as the title says) passion.  This is a great book for older teens and young adults… and since I fall into that category myself… I’m planning to read this one again too!

8. God is More than Enough: Foundations for a Quiet Soul by Jim Berg

This is basically the same material as the Quieting a Noisy Soul DVD Kit (which is great too!). I love watching the DVD series but I am more likely to read the book. This book starts out with “The Way Down”, talking about the noise that enters our soul. Then Jim Berg talks about “The Way Back” and realizing that God is MORE than enough for us. Many of the chapters talk about God’s attributes and how truly knowing God will quiet the noise in our souls and bring us true joy and peace.  This is an excellent book and very helpful for any born again Christian, especially those struggling to find true peace.

A Few More Thoughts

This year, I am trying to read less books and more of God’s Word. I want to learn to turn to my Teacher and Guide for life (the Lord) before turning to other others and the books they write (which is a tendency of mine). However, there are a few more books I hope to read again in 2017, but some of them I cannot fully recommend and/or just decided not to include in this list. However, the books I mentioned above are very Bible-based and I believe each one will help you grow in your walk with God. I am excited about reading each one again. I know I may not manage to read each one again this year, but I plan to prioritize them by where I am in my life and what I am going through when I read them – of course all the while striving to keep God’s Word first. 🙂

How About You?

What books are you planning to read this year?

Rebekah Joy (2)

12 thoughts on “8 Books I Want to Read (Again) in 2017

  1. I’m planning to re-read “The Pursuit of God” as well 🙂 I think it’s a book you just can’t rush through because there is SO much in it. One can re-read it again and again. I had become a bit inconsistent concerning my reading habits in the past and started lots of books I never finished. But you and some other bloggers inspired me to actually set some readings goals (I’m also participating in a reading challenge) and it really helps me to stay on track! 🙂
    Some other books I’d like to read again are “Shadow of the Almighty” by Elizabeth Elliot, “Surrender” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Georg Müller’s autobiography and a book about prayer by a German author (I don’t think it’s been translated into English, unfortunately).

    Love, Rebecca from Germany

    1. Hi Rebecca! I am so glad you’ve been inspired to set reading goals! It really helps me to set a goal when it comes to reading. Unfortunately, I have done very little reading since the New Year and I miss it!! I am adjusting to a new and busier schedule so hopefully I will learn how and when to fit in reading time soon. I’m glad you have read The Pursuit of God – it really is an excellent book!

  2. Really amazing list! 🙂
    Some books from your list look very interesting. I must look if they are translated to my language!
    I haven’t read many Christian books, so this year I want to read more of them and aim on quality books and books that make me grow 🙂 I have made a list too! There are books from autors like John C. Maxwell, Derek Prince, Reinhard Bonnke, Daniel Kolenda and many other authors… I can’t wait to start reading! <3
    Wish you nice reading this year 😉

    1. Hi Hana, I hope you get a chance to read some of the books I mentioned – I know that would help you grow and encourage you spiritually. Let me know if you get a chance to read any of them and what you think! Thanks for commenting!!

      1. Well I have just found out that some books from your list are translated to Czech, but most aren’t… It’s a shame! But I will read that ones that are available for me and maybe one day my English will be good enough that I will be able to read them in English 🙂 And I’m sure that there are many good Christian books write in Czech!

  3. Choosing Gratitude was one of my favorites that transformed my thinking a couple years ago. I have Beautiful in God’s eyes and The Pursuit of God but haven’t read them yet . Maybe I can get to them this year. Right now I’m trying to read Humility and Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murrey which is proving to be very good! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I hope you get a chance to read both of those books this year – they are very good!! 😊 Enjoy learning from the books you are reading now! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I like to go back and read some of the same books over as well! If I ever do that with a book, it’s because it was REALLY good. I did that with a few last year! I’ve never read any books by A.W. Tozer, even though I always see his quotes everywhere, so I’m going to look into this book!

    1. Tozer has some really great books – they are a bit deeper and not quite as easy to read as modern day Christian books, but they are still enjoyable and you will glean a LOT. Let me know if and when you read one of his books! Enjoy whatever books you decide to read this year ☺️
      P.S. Thanks for the email you sent me – I will try to respond sooner rather than later but please forgive me if you don’t hear from me for a little bit. Aaaah life’s been busy!!!

  5. I’ve met Dr. Berg! he and I went to the same chiropractor for awhile! <3 He's such a lovely man (that sounds kind of weird with the masculine, but it's the best way to describe him). He's very kind and attentive, and a great conversationalist. His daughter Michelle is also a wonderful and inspiring art teacher 🙂 I haven't read any of the other ones, so I'll add them to my never-ending list! I've wanted some more spiritual growth books along these lines, so your post was well timed. Thanks Rebekah!

    1. Hi Ashley! That’s neat that you have met Dr. Berg. I have never met him but he and my pastor are acquaintances. I hope you get a chance to read some of his books – and some of the others on this list.
      I know what you mean about a never ending to-read list!! I have one on goodreads that is over three hundred books… Eeek. ☺️

      1. My mother read Changed Into His Image with my siblings and me in school. We also read the second one in that series but I can’t remember the title. I’ve also had the pleasure of hearing him preach 😀 Your list puts mine to shame. I guess I need to get cracking!

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