And just like that the first month of January is coming to an end! Is it just me or did the first month of 2017 just fly by? People used to say that time flies by as you get older – they were absolutely right!!!
In my New Years Resolution post I talked all about the goals I had for 2017, one of those was to read AT LEAST one book a month. Well since the first month is almost over I figured it was probably time to decide what books I would be reading!
In case you want to join in or see what I am reading I have compiled my list below!
As you scan through the list you will notice most of the books are focused on marriage and faith. Tim and I are loving marriage, and I want to keep it that way so I figure why not do some reading now to help us become more knowledgeable about this precious gift God has given us! Some of the books listed were given to Tim and I as gifts, others were books I found online that had great reviews, and some are books I previously had, yet never read.
Links for books below.
Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Love & Respect was given to us by Pastor James, who led our wedding ceremony. So far I am a huge fan of Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and cannot wait to finish! I have learned a whole lot about Love and Respect and how God called us in Ephesians 5:33 as wives to “respect are husbands,” as husbands have been called to “love their wives.” Great read and highly recommended!
The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler
I got this book for Christmas from my sister, Jenn. Matt Chandler is a widely known pastor from The Village Church. He is an incredibly knowledgeable and insightful pastor, who has several podcasts and books about biblical messages ranging from marriage to how to develop a deeper faith. I am eager to experience it for myself come February!
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
You guys I have heard RAVES about this book! Every review, article, and/or blog post I have read all states that it has been one of their favorite books ever – so of course I am really looking forward to it! The book is focused on reminding us that we are loved by God, even when the world or individuals make us feel uninvited. Come on March!!!
Love Busters by Willard Harley
The book focuses on the 6 most common “Love Busters” that can easily take foothold in your marriage. Each chapter helps you identify the busters, but also provides you with tips to combat them! This book is written by Willard Harley, the author of bestseller His Needs, Her Needs (which is also on my list!).
The Unveiled Wife by Jennifer Smith
This book is written by the same author as the Wife After God devotional I am currently doing. I have enjoyed the way Jennifer Smith writes in the devotional so much that I jumped at the opportunity to read another piece by her! It is her real life love story that is full of her refreshingly raw, transparent journey touching the deep places in her marriage that only God can reach.
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
An Amazon favorite, Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist is an invitation to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. Shauna challenges that this book will change everything and I CANNOT wait! I originally heard about this author from another blogger and everything I have read has stated that her novels are a must read!
His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley
This book was also given to us by Pastor James and I have only heard wonderful things about it! Focused on the different relational and emotional needs of men and women, the novel helps couples grow to appreciate what their significant other brings to their marriage. I feel like this book will have a similar focus as Love & Respect, so it will be a nice refresher toward the end of the year!
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
I bought this book several years ago after seeing an older woman read it in an airport. I have yet to read it so I am excited to make it happen this year! You’ll find that it is a little different from the other books but I really want to finish it in 2017! The Case for Christ is a former journalist’s personal quest to uncover historical, scientific, and psychiatric evidence that supports the claim of Jesus Christ!
It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke
If you have never read a book by Jefferson Bethke, do yourself a favor and check him out! You guys – the man is a phenomenal writer and offers perspectives that you may have never thought of before! This particular novel is Bethke’s challenge that maybe Jesus came not to change this world but to restore it. I could not put his other book Jesus > Religion down and ended up reading the book over 5 days…..so I have a feeling this book will not be any different!
Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
This novel is written by Shauna Niequist. I actually heard about Bread & Wine when researching her other novel, Present Over Perfect. Everything on Amazon said this was a must read so I added it to the list. Niequist talks about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish those around them. As a food lover I am so intrigued to read the comparisons that Niequist writes about!!!
How’s Your Soul? by Judah Smith
I felt like in 2016 I was extremely busy, and 2017 is quite the same thus far. With that being said this book will be such a good reminder of how to cultivate my soul in the midst of this chaotic life. Focused always on how to center your soul on the one fulfilling thing – God, and how to redirect it back when you feel like everything is spiraling out of control, the novel offers such great insight!!!! I feel like this book has my name written all over it!
Jesus is ________. by Judah Smith
Through illustrations, bible verses, passion and humor author Judah Smith shows readers that Jesus is life. Smith’s writing in this book is unlike many others on the list, he speaks as if he is talking to his best friend not as if he is a world renowned author talking to an audience. I have heard about this book several times over the years and I am excited to finally take the time to read it. And what better time to be reminded that Jesus is life then the Christmas season?!
Have you read any of these books? Or do you have any suggestions for how to make sure I stay on track to finish them each month? I would love to hear your reviews as well as any tips you may have!!!!
Off to go read 🙂