Have you ever felt like you’re not seeing the growth that has taken place in your life?
I used to be really discouraged that I was seeing the same bad habits and making the same mistakes month after month. I wanted to see God make major changes that would last.
So at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, I committed myself to reading God’s word and also reading books that would help me target major areas in my life where I wanted to see growth. It was the best decision I could have made. I am a completely different person this year than who I was last year thanks to reading God’s Word and applying what I learned, but also because, in a way, these books helped mentor me into maturity.
Reading For Life Change
Today, I’m recommending 10 books (other than the Bible) that completely changed my life this year by helping me take ownership of my thoughts, emotions and actions.
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I’ve read about 30 books this year. I am a homemaker, involved in several ministries at my church, and managing lots of other endeavors including some side businesses and this blog. So how was I able to read so much? Audiobooks. I have read many *eBooks (free Kindle app) and hard copies of books and this year, but I was able to read so much by “reading” audiobooks while I cleaned the house, drove around for errands, and during my downtime. I was determined to learn what I didn’t know so that I could grow.
By the way, Amazon has a special promotion until December 30, 2018 where if you sign up for a free trial with their audiobook service, Audible, you’ll receive *2 free audiobooks that you can keep even if you cancel the subscription after the trial period. Go ahead and get your New Years’ goals started early, girl!
Practical Christian Living Advice
Some of the books I read were very inspirational (i.e. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish – audiobook 😂, NOT kid-friendly), and a number of them were just delicious (i.e. Ayesha Curry’s The Seasoned Life), and a few were delicious, inspirational and educational (i.e. The Potlikker Papers)…
But the books below most helped me grow in a practical way. Most of the following recommendations have a Christian or biblical (i.e. Jewish) viewpoint/author, but may be beneficial to non-Christians too. Feel free to recommend some books that changed your life too so I can check them out. Thanks!
Also, 7 of these 10 books I borrowed from my local public library and 3 of them I got for free when a mentor of mine was getting rid of some books to update to e-books. Get a library card or borrow a friend’s book for a better life! Lol 😂
10 Books That Will Change Your Life In 2019
1) If you feel like life is out of control, read *It’s Not My Fault: The No Excuses Plan for Overcoming Life’s Obstacles by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend. Warning: It will challenge you, to take back control of your life form the inside out, but you’ll be stronger because of it.
2) If you sometimes struggle with feeling like an outsider, rejected, left out, or lonely, read *Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst.
3) If you want some practical advice for being a successful Christian in the “real world,” read *The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success by Devon Franklin
4) If you get offended easily, read *The Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense by John Bevere. This book actually “offended” me, but in a “God confronted me” kind of way so I needed it! It was like surgery for my spirit. I decided that I am going to read this book every year because it really prepares my heart to go into the New Year. It can be seen as preachy, I don’t recommend for non-Christians.
5) If you have a hard time saying NO, read *Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend. They also have a book about how to set boundaries *for your kids and in your *marriage. This series helped me to stop being a people pleaser and helped me find so much freedom!
6) If you want a biblical perspective on money, especially if you’re going into business, read *Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. I recommend this one in several blog posts that I’ve written because it radically changed my perspective on finances. Dave Ramsey wrote the foreward to this book so you know it’s good!
7) If you feel like you have NO time, read *Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam. She also has a guide, *What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, that is VERY good, as well as the book *I Know How She Does It. I’ve read them all this year and I’m currently reading her book *168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. These books are not religious, but she has been featured on Christy Wright’s Business Boutique podcast so I slipped this one onto the list. I’ve learned so many hacks for time management in a way that makes me feel like I’m living a life I love versus always pressed for time.
8) If you’re a Christian mom who is also a homemaker, read *Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman. Not recommended for non-Christians.
9) If you’re a procrastinator as a result of being a perfectionist, read *Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff. I read this at the top of the year and it broke the cycle of “dream, work, give up” that I was living.
10) If you constantly beat yourself up over things or even struggle with anxiety or fear of what other thingk of you, read *Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others by Steven Furtick.
Needless to say, I struggled and grew A LOT this year 😅 If you can’t relate to any of the above issues… tell me what you’re reading! 😂 Also, would you be down to join me for an online book club? ⭐️
Hey sis! I’m Imani, the Young Moms’ Advocate and Legacy Activator, who is here to help your family prosper. Also, I’m probably dancing to Michael Jackson right now.