As part of my “word of the year” plan for this year, I want to focus on reading more amazing content. No, I’m not talking about just a quick read of a blog and digital content (although I love them too!- obviously;)). I’m talking cold, hard, turn the page, real books like I have shared in some of my other book lists and posts.
I’ve been spending the past couple weeks trying to narrow down which books I want to read this year. My goal is to read at least 24 books, but there are just so many amazing books to choose from!
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Today, I’m sharing my list with you! I hope this list motivates you to pick up or book or two this year and read with me. If you pick some books off this list, let me know in the comments below so we can read it together!
Warrior’s Return: Restoring The Soul After War. The fight doesn’t stop when you come back. This book covers how to restore and settle back into life after war.
You, God, and PTSD. As a strong advocate of PTSD awareness, this one definitely makes my list. I love how it pulls in our faith in God to put it all into perspective.
Shock Waves. Loving someone with PTSD can be mentally and physically tiring. This book looks great as a practical guide on how to do just that!
Once a Warrior–Always a Warrior: Navigating The Transition From Combat To Home–Including Combat Stress, PTSD, And MTBI. How in the world do you go from war to home life? This books looks like a great guide to help navigate that transition!
And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO. This one goes over the harder aspects of war: death.
A Stranger In My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back From the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Stop letting PTSD take control! This book by Sprague helps you with simple steps to take back control of your life.
Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI. There is hope! And this book looks like it does a great job of showcasing that to anyone who needs to hear it.
I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is. Struggling in your faith? This one looks great with 60 days of help!
Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. We all have times where we feel like that – and this book looks like it will really come in handy for digging us out of that mess!
Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God. Sometimes we just need to be quiet and listen.
Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity. Are you overwhelmed? There’s no reason to be. Stop it with these steps laid out by Kathi Lipp!
Wait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans. Sometimes it’s hard to find peace when it’s eerily quiet or when plans don’t go your way. I’m excited to see how this book can help!
Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul. 40 days of devotionals. This looks like a great one to revitalize!
Wounded by God’s People: Discovering How God’s Love Heals Our Hearts. God can heal our broken hearts. Let’s find out how!
Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus. This one looks so good. I can hardly wait to read this!
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Another really interesting one that I can’t wait to read!
Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything. Wondering what just one day of kindness can do? Let’s try it together!
40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast. I’m ready to spend 40 days decreasing while HE increases!
Appointment in Jerusalem: A True Story of Faith, Love, and the Miraculous Power of Prayer. I love reading these true stories. They are so inspiring and encouraging!
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World. You don’t have to be extraordinary to have an incredible life.
Joseph: The Hidden Hand of God. Let’s learn more about Joseph and his life!
The Lie: Evolution (Revised & Expanded). In order to teach my children to defend their faith and answer questions from those who don’t believe, I teach them about the fallacies of the theory of evolution.
Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics. Ah, religion and politics. This one will be good!
The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene. I can’t wait to read more about these important ladies!
Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison. Letting what society says overrule our lives is so easy to do. Here’s how to stop!
When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up. I’ve read this before and it is so good! I can’t wait to read it again!
Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer. How are your prayers?
Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. Stop letting this world rule our thoughts! I’ve read this one before and it is powerful!
And the Angels Were Silent: Walking With Christ Toward the Cross (Chronicles of the Cross). Let’s take a walk together….
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living. We can try all we want, but we can’t be perfect.
Muscle and a Shovel: 10th Edition with Randall’s Secret, Endnotes and Biblical References. Follow this couples gripping story!
Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole. Struggling with something? Let’s put the pieces back together.
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. This one is SO good and makes a great gift for anyone struggling with the gospel!
The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together. It’s okay if you can’t get it all together. Here’s some help!
Awaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks. Let’s spend 90 days together!
Speak the Truth: How to Bring God Back into Every Conversation. Stop straying…here’s how to bring Him back in to every day life.
Trade Your Cares for Calm. Stop worrying and start calming down!
The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to get my whole year’s worth of work done in 12 weeks!
Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves. You don’t have to be stuck in a job you hate! Here’s how to make money doing what you love.
Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses. It’s so easy to get angry! Let’s make a vow to replace our anger with Biblical responses this year.
Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith. Become Mom Strong with this one!
Mother and Son: The Respect Effect. Struggling with respect? This book can help!
Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. It’s okay if what you’re doing now isn’t working. This book can help!
Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids. Instilling a strong character in our children is one of our most important responsibilities as a parent.
What Your Childhood Memories Say about You . . . and What You Can Do about It. This one is just interesting!
The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are. What’s your birth order?
Why Can’t We Just Play?: What I Did When I Realized My Kids Were Way Too Busy. Struggling with being on the go too much? Stop it in its tracks!
Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! Put down that phone and pay attention! Here’s how.
Families Where Grace Is in Place: Building a Home Free of Manipulation, Legalism, and Shame. Is grace in place in your family and home?
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes. Do you say no enough?
The Auschwitz Escape. A great book about Nazi Germany. This one looks really interesting.
The Third Target: A J. B. Collins Novel. A novel about ISIS that has captured my attention.
The Hiding Place. Another Nazi novel. This one documents a watchmaker’s journey!
If I Perish. A novel documenting the true story of how one lady remained faithful to Jesus even in the hardest of times.
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. This looks like a terrific novel to read!
The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex: (And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun). Learn how to amp up your sex life!
The Politically Incorrect Wife: God’s Plan for Marriage Still Works Today. You don’t have to be on the up-and-up to have a successful marriage!
How to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen. This could seriously change the way you communicate.
Sex Begins in the Kitchen: Creating Intimacy to Make Your Marriage Sizzle. They say the way to a man’s heart is through stomach.
Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage. Let’s find out what that word is!
Any of these Beth Moore books look amazing!
Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual StrongholdsThe Undoing of Saint SilvanusThe Quest – Study Journal: An Excursion Toward Intimacy with GodWhispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional PrayerSo Long, Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to UsAudaciousPraying God’s Word Day by DayBreaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total SurrenderDaniel – Bible Study Book: Lives of Integrity, Words of ProphecyChildren of the Day – Bible Study Book: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
The Daniel Fast is one you will not regret!
The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier LifeThe Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for LifeDaniel Plan: Demystified – Soul Support And Healthy Weight Loss With 25 Delicious Daniel Plan RecipesThe Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast
What will you be reading in 2018? Stay tuned as I tick books off the list and come back in the next New Year and update on how I did!