Well, it’s a new year so it is time I share my final reading list. I think this is completely updated.
Books are a funny thing. Sometimes you read something and it immediately rings true and helpful particularly because of a life situation you are in. Other times you enjoy a book while you are reading, but it isn’t really until weeks or months later that you realize how much you benefited from it.
All the reading I did was beneficial, enjoyable, and helpful in some way. But some were especially so. It was a good year reading. I’m excited to plunge into another year and am trying to decide exactly how I want to approach my reading.
A few things stuck out to me in looking over this list. I hardly read any fiction. I really want to read more fiction this next year. That will be included in my reading goals. I also read a whole lot in the parenting and education topics. That simply speaks to the stage of life I am in. Not everyone needs or will find it interesting enough to read about dozens of educational philosophies.
Anyway, here it is:
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to “The Passion of the Christ by Stephen J. Nichols*
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper
Practical Theology For Woman: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives by Wendy Horger Alsup
A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love by Milton Vincent*
Parenting and Family
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman*
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross*
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman*
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families by Michelle Anthony*
Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days by Jamie C. Martin
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell*
When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
How Children Learn by John Holt
Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin
Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning by Oliver DeMille*
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay*
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand*
Home / Simple Living / Organization
Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes.
Nurturing Creativity: A Guide for Busy Moms by Renee Tougas
The Organized Heart A Woman’s Guide to Conquering Chaos by Staci Eastin
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Soule Blake
Money / Time Management
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam*
21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine
Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free by Amy Lynn Andrews
The Gift of An Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir by Katrina Kenison*
My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’Homme
Writing / Blogging
Simple Blogging: Less Computer Time, Better Blogging by Rachel Meeks
Building a Life out of Words by Shawn Smucker
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
I ended up reading 47 books. I also read 8 chapter book read alouds with the kids. I do count those because well written kid lit is a beautiful thing to read–even for an adult. All together I read 55 books.
I’ve learned a lot and been inspired. That’s the beautiful benefit of reading.
What did you read this year? Do you have any must-reads that I should put on my list for this new year? Please share!
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