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So, like I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been pouring into myself over the past several months, in a way that I had never done before. I’ve been attending some amazing self development seminars, and reading (or really listening on Audible to) some amazing books. My goal at the beginning of the year was to read one book per month (or was it two??). I’m not quite there, but I still have time, don’t I? But I know how hard it can be to find great books that are actually inspiring, so I wanted to share a few of my favorites from this year (and one from last year that I just couldn’t leave out!).
What I love most about Audible is that it will make suggestions based on your preferences, and you can add books to your wish list to keep track of what you want to read. I’ve been using Audible for about a year now, and my wish list is already 4 pages long! And they added two free Originals books (similar to the Netflix Originals shows) in addition to the one monthly credit you get for a regular audiobook. This is perfect for people who find themselves reading A LOT. Plus sometimes you can find codes for free books on Retailmenot.com. It’s really hit or miss though, but one time I got a credit for Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, which turned out to be phenomenal. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I highly recommend it if you are a fan, or if you’ve ever wondered what it was like to grow up in serious poverty and oppression.
Anyways, let’s get right down to it and get to that list of great books. Like I said, these are mostly books I’ve read this year, that had a big impact on my life. This isn’t ALL the books I’ve read this year, just the top few. Plus the one I read last year that was too good to leave out.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of this book by now. If not, or if you are on the fence, I cannot say this loudly enough. READ THIS BOOK! I honestly haven’t heard a single person say they didn’t love this book. Rachel is honest, and witty, and genuinely herself. She touches on several different lies that we tell ourselves, and how to stop listening to those lies and start living a more meaningful life. Plus, the book is read by the author, which I really enjoy because it makes the book seem that much more authentic when it comes from the author themselves. Bottom line: Read this book, like now.
Much less known than Girl, Wash Your Face, but it is just as good. Also read by the author, Packing Lightly is about how the author packed up her life, threw a few things in a car with a friend, and traveled around all 50 states. Allison doesn’t sugarcoat her story for us, but tells about the good times, and the really bad, hard times as well. She doesn’t glamorize a 50 state road trip like some might be inclined to do, but lets us see all the raw details, including her shortcomings, without giving into feelings of shame. This book is an easy read/listen, and will help you to really hone in on what is most important in life. Highly recommended, especially if you tend to overthink things.
Wow, just wow! I’m not even sure how I stumbled across this book, but it turned out to be amazing! The author is a short term foster mom in the UK, whose identity, as well as the identities of the children, were changed for confidentiality, but the story itself is true. She has written several books about her experience fostering, but this particular book is about a girl who is extremely troubled, and was placed with her after her long-term foster family decided to give her up. The story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, as you see all the emotional struggles that both the girl and her foster mom face, and how they grow to love and respect each other. Being interested in fostering or adopting in the future, I really gained some good insight into how difficult the journey can be, but also how rewarding it can be.
Recommended by several friends, this book did not disappoint. This devotional was the perfect companion for my journey to grow closer to God, and my husband. Each chapter focuses on a certain area, like His Purpose, His Health, His Fatherhood, etc, includes a story either from the author’s personal life or from the life of one of her friends, and talks about the importance of that area of life. Then short prayer and a few scriptures follow, to support that area of focus. For someone who has struggled with confidence in knowing “how” to pray, this book helped tremendously, and it definitely brought me closer to God, and to my husband. The best part though, was that it illuminated the areas where I could improve as a wife.
So there you have it, the books I personally think you should NOT miss! Make sure you comment below with your favorites from this month, or year, so I can check them out too! I still have a few more I need to fit in to reach my goal for the year!