Reading lists are a great way to share with others about books that may be overlooked or may be unsure about! I love reading lists! As a parent, reading helps broaden our minds and while we are doing so, we are also encouraging our children to read by demonstration. I am sharing a reading list each month so that I may inspire not just myself but YOU to pick up a book and read. These lists will help inform others of books that I think will be a great read… mostly religious self-help books (I love them) but I’ll try to throw some fiction in there as well. The books I’ll mention are ones I have read this month or have on my list to read based on previous recommendations.
I am told that it is a good idea to have goals to reach for so my goal is to finish ONE BOOK.
We’ll see….ahhh the life of a mom!
The books are not in any particular order, I will list them as they are stacked in the picture below.
Absolutely fabulous book if you’re looking for a resource that will educate you spiritually. Of course, most of Billy Graham’s books are eye-opening but in this book he does a great job digging into the content of the question Who is the Holy Spirit and What is His Role? I find that there are many pastors who tend to skip over the the role of the Holy Spirit. This leaves many young Christians confused, believing the Holy Spirit is less than God the Father and God the Son rather than equal.
What surprised me in this book was how Billy Graham provides countless examples and verses that show the works of the Holy Spirit through out the Old Testament! I have read much of the Old Testament and before this book I can honestly say I did not realize the depth of the works He had done before Christ’s death and resurrection.
You can find the Holy Spirit on Amazon HERE
- The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarckson
This book is such a gem! I preordered The Lifegiving Home six months before it was released, I would like to say I waited patiently but I did not! I am only halfway through it so this is my goal book for the month.
Originally I bought the Lifegiving Home to help me break out of my shell to become the hostess I have been aching to become. I want to entertain and provide a comforting atmosphere for my guests. What I didn’t realize when I bought this book is that it’s so much more than welcoming guests! This book is about creating a home atmosphere that your husband and children can rely on to help provide rest and security. To help start their day out right and to end it on a positive note. It’s about creating meaningful memories and learning to love the simple things in life. You do not have to have the “ideal” family to create a lifegiving home, in fact, you can be single and still apply some of the tips to your home to help create peace to your own lifestyle just like Sarah Clarckson — the co-author.
You can find the Lifegiving Home on Amazon HERE
To top it off, Sally and her son also published a study called The Lifegiving Home Experience: A 12-Month Guided Journey to go along with the Lifegiving home. This study helps with applying what you learned to your home and routines. Each chapter is designated to a month out of the year but I did read ahead because my goal is to finish the book this month, not in a year. However, the idea of assigning one chapter a month helps to really ground that way of thinking and applying it to your lifestyle.
So, you can find The Lifegiving Home Experience: A 12-Month Guided Journey on Amazon HERE
- The Confident Woman: Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear by Joyce Meyer
I found this book helpful with conquering my fear and what I would consider “anxiety” of putting myself out there. Joyce Meyer is great at telling something how it is and not sugar-coating the subject. I find that many self-help books written for women often are ummm sappy, trying to sugar-coat a subject so that nobody is offended. I’m not saying that Joyce is out to offend anyone, but she likes to slap a little reality in your face and tell you to get up and do something with your life which is often what we need to hear but our companions are too shy to say! The Confident Woman helped me to recognize and help establish a confident business woman demeanor. Reminding me that I am a strong woman and I do not need to be pushed around!
You can find The Confident Woman on Amazon HERE
- The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman PhD and Ross Campbell MD
Here is a book that you NEED to read if you have not already. The Five Love Languages of Children is a #1 New York Times bestseller along with their books The Five Love Languages (for couples), The Five Love Languages for Teenagers, and The Five Love Languages Singles Edition.
The idea behind the five love languages is to learn how the people in our life perceive love and give love. There are five different categories as to how a person demonstrates love: gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, physical touch, and acts of services. Which one is your child? Which one are you? It may not seem too important now but everyone needs love and as parents it is important that we know how to show our children that we love them. We know we love our children but do they know?
I have not read the singles edition or the teenagers edition (yet) but as for the other two I am very impressed with! Many Christian counselors use The Five Love Languages in marriage counseling and in family counseling. Although my daughter is a little too young yet to fully analyze, I do like having this knowledge in my “brain bank” where I can pull it out when needed.
You can find The Five Love Languages of Children on Amazon HERE
- A Fierce Flourishing: An Invitation to Celebrate, Rest and Notice Goodness
The theme for books this year seem to be centered around rest and this book obviously follows the theme!
With the constant go go go in our society today it’s becoming more and more important to remind yourself how important it is to REST. Our bodies need it, our minds need it, and our soul needs it!
I am not sure if you can purchase the book individually or if you must be active in a MOPS group but I wanted to mention it because I am planning on finishing the study this month. If you have not heard of MOPS I highly recommend checking them out! You can visit the website HERE and you can check out my post MOPS Gave me a Sense of Self to read about my experience.
This small study was written by four fairly well-known authors/bloggers who each take over a topic that us mothers may be struggling with SUCH AS — stress, friendship, sexuality, and space. The chapters are only a couple of pages long which makes finishing the book fairly easy and they include reflection questions to help you engage in the topic.
I can always use a good book to help me remember that I am not alone in this motherhood journey and something to remind me to rest!
There you have it! I am so blessed to have the opportunity to read all these books and to share the knowledge with you. Technology can be a stinker in some cases but I love that I can easily connect with all of you and discuss my favorite topic: books!
Check back next month for my new book suggestions and reviews! Also, you can find me at Goodreads for my latest reading challenges and ratings on recently read books.
What good books have you read this month? Please leave a comment below to expand on my reading list!
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