Ahhhh, a new year. I really love this time of year…I love the fresh start, planning, goal setting, the possibilities. I dream a little bigger, work a little smarter, and focus a little sharper. It’s a time of renewal for me in so many aspects of my life.
I tend to draw a lot of inspiration from books.
What can be better than a few moments of quiet time curled up with a book, taking in some positivity and encouragement to fuel your soul?
If you are looking for some worthwhile books to boost your motivation and inspire you, here are some titles that spoke deeply to me in 2019.
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
I read this book each year as a refresher to be in tune with life around me.
A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman
As an avid Podcast listener, this book helped to reconnect all the pieces of who I am, and how God wants me to be.
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst
Such a powerful read. When life is unfolding in different ways than you planned, this is the book to read!
Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman
Slowing down, appreciating the moments and giving practical ways to do so. I loved this book and may be circling around again to read it.
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman
As a recovering perfectionist, I am in a season of re-learning a lot of habits that had me trying and trying and trying to earn friendship, belonging and acceptance. It’s done. Such a refreshing read.
Wait and See by Wendy Pope
Waiting… being in the middle of a season and not knowing when it will end. This book gave me new perspective and shifted my altered thinking. It drew me closer to God.
The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman
Again, her podcast friends….. just go listen if you have not. Getting stuck is no place to be. I love her approach to helping each of us grab hold of the Next Right Thing. Pure perfection.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
I had procrastinated reading this book because honestly, I had heard all the hype. I enjoyed parts of the book, but there were some portions that just did not resonate with my heart and that is okay. At least I read it for myself, rather than assuming from what others had shared.
The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff
As an Empath, this was really eye-opening and gave me some food for thought on how I am wired. Totally recommend it.
Love Does by Bob Goff
GAME CHANGER!! So good for truly learning to live your life as Christ would desire. This life is not about us… just not about us.
Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
Again, this second book of Bob Goff’s was just a joy to read. He is the example of someone living it all out for God. I want to be like that and have a new drive to do so.
Delay, Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle by Gin Stephens
The fasting lifestyle became part of my routine back in July and am so happy I did. It’s been so freeing, helped me feel the best I have felt in a long time and been empowering.
Feast Without Fear: Food and the Delay, Don’t Deny Lifestyle by Gin Stephens
An other extended book on the topic of fasting — so worth your time. If you are struggling with weight, health issues or exhaustion, do yourself a favor for sure!!!
Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William
Fascinating – simply fascinating and how you can use certain foods to help certain conditions. I am grabbing a hard copy to keep in my library to quickly look things up. It’s a must have book.
Medical Medium Thyroid Healing by Anthony William
Another one that was so interesting. Do you struggle with thyroid issues, Auto-immune issues, brain fog, weight gain or unexplained symptoms. Get this book and read it. You can then determine for yourself how you want to proceed.
The Seed by Jon Gordon
I just love Jon Gordon’s story telling ability – bringing a real “teaching” book into a format that is engaging and empowering. Finding happiness in both your business, community and personal life can be done.
The No Complaining Rule by Jon Gordon
Everyone needs to read this. The power of our words and how we, especially as moms can initiate complaining in our home (or not initiate it) is so eye-opening. I know I know this stuff. but to be reminded is so needed.
We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God by Kendall Vanderslice
Breathtaking…. such a treasured view of the local church redefining itself in the homes and space all over the country. As one who is looking to do more hospitable worship in this next season, I loved everything about this book.
All great books to take to the beach, read while cozied up by the fire and take a mind break for a bit!
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey
The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey
The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle
Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle
Curious, did you read any books in 2019 that will stick with you for awhile? I’d sure love to hear.