#shareitsaturday / books – what I loved in 2018, what I’m reading in 2019

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I get asked about book recommendations often and it’s been a long time since I shared a book list here on the blog, so here we go.

First, my favorite books in 2018 (in no particular order). FYI: All books are linked via Amazon affiliate links below.

 

Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington: How to Find Peace & Purpose in a World of Crazy

This was an Ollie’s discount store find and the message was exactly what I needed in this season of craziness for our family. Alli’s reminders were relatable and mirrored my real life. I have almost every page corner turned down. This was a GREAT read for people that are busy.

 

Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge

Draw the Circle has been an annual read for me over the past 5 years. I actually read this twice in 2018. If you’re looking for a daily challenge to pray more and mean it, this is the devotional for you. Mark talks in everyday language that is easy to read and to the point.

 

Philippians by William A. Simmons: A Path to Joy

This study on the book of Philippians was used by our Sunday School class this year and I love how the author specifically outlines studying the Word of God. William uses an in-depth process for studying and meditating on the Bible. I loved this study and the content actually stuck with me – REJOICE!

 

The Beatitudes by John Stott: Developing Spiritual Character

Our Sunday School class is currently studying the Beatitudes and we’re about to finish up this study by John Stott. This is a simple look at part of the Sermon on the Mount and how we can learn character from the words of Jesus that were meant to be lived.

 

The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice — How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life

Something about the cover of this book caught my attention on one of my book trips to Ollie’s. The message could not have been more timely for me at the beginning of 2018. I feel God calling me back to read this one again as I start the new year. Michael takes us along as he spends a year living life differently than ever before.

 

The Christmas Box Collection by Richard Paul Evans: The Christmas Box, Timepiece, and The Letter

The only fiction book on my list, this trilogy of books by Richard Paul Evans. If you’ve never read anything by this author, this is the perfect place to start. I found this copy at our Public Library and I’m pretty sure I read the entire thing in one day on vacation. This book will make you cry and the messages of love and family stay with you long after reading.

 

My List of Reading for 2019

 

Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith: More Style, Less Stuff

The Nester is one of the most inspirational people in my life. Anything she writes goes on my list. Oh, how I need to learn how to live with less stuff.

 

Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

This book came from another author’s reading list and the words spoke to everything that is me – winning your never-ending battle with stuff. Yes. And amen.

 

Embraced by Lysa TerKeurst: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close

I received a free 10-day preview of this devotional last year from Lysa and I LOVED the daily devotions that capture stories of real life and reminders from scripture that God is always there. Lysa is one of my all-time favorite authors. This is a fantastic devotional book for ladies!

 

Homebody by Joanna Gaines: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Is it any surprise I love Joanna? Who doesn’t? I snapped up this book at Costco the week it came out. I’ve already scrolled through many of the pages and her words on how she treats her Master Bedroom has been a complete game changer for me. I’ll blog more on that soon.

 

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

The newest book from Lysa TerKeurst will not disappoint. Lysa gets real and shares how God has been there through some of the toughest battles of her life the past few years. I’m already half finished with this book and it is probably the most relatable book I’ve ever read. We all have that thing in our life that wasn’t supposed to be this way. Lysa guides us on where we go and what to do with those feelings and thoughts.

 

Praying the Scriptures for Your Children by Jodie Berndt: Discover How to Pray God’s Purpose for Their Lives

After purchasing this book several years ago, I’m not sure that I finished it completely. January 1 I picked it up again and have determined that 2019 will be the year I started praying for my kids more than ever. If I don’t pray for them, who will?

 

7 by Jen Hatmaker: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (The 7 Experiment) (Volume 1)

This is another re-read for me. 7 by Jen Hatmaker changed my life. If you battle with excess and stuff, this perspective will shake you to the core. I’m reading this one again in 2019.

 

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

Yes, a third book by Lysa on my list. I did mention she’s one of my favorites, right? I’ve been struggling lately when it comes to spending my time wisely. I’m not choosing the best yes and this book has been in the back of my mind during those struggles. Time to read this one again.

 

The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You

This last book on my list for 2019 is one I’m most excited about reading. Emily P. Freeman had this to say about why this was one of her top 10 favorite books in 2018:

Genre: Christian Living/Social Issues

About the book: “For Christ-followers living in an increasingly complicated world, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to live a life of intention and meaning. Where do we even begin? Shannan offers a surprisingly simple answer: uncover the hidden corners of our cities and neighborhoods and invest deeply in the lives of people around us.”

Why I loved it: In a world where hope seems dim and solutions feel complicated and partisan, Shannan offers us a starting point that is as radical as it is domestic: widen your circle, hush your mouth, and pay close attention. This book is the right book for this moment in time and I simply cannot get over it. I either laughed or cried on almost every page. We need these lyrical, prophetic words now more than ever before. – Emily P. Freeman via her blog

 

I’d love to hear from you! What did you read in 2018 that you loved? What are you inspired to read in 2019? Let’s share the love of reading together, friends!

ps – I’ve added all of my books to my favorite book list on Amazon for quick reference.

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