This has proven to be true for me. When I look back at who I was five years ago, and five years before that, I’m happy to see that there has been some growth. I’m pretty sure I can find a close connection between the growth and the people with whom I associate, whether in books or “in real life”. I fully plan to continue growing and in five years, be a different (better) person. I only know of one way to do that, and that is by surrounding myself with successful people in my personal life and by reading the thoughts of successful people in their books. Of course God’s word is on the top of my list and is the foundation of every other thing I read or relationship I build.
God says If we walk with the wise we will grow wise (Proverbs 13:20)
In his grace, he has provided wise people for me to “walk with”. I want to grow wise, so I am committing to spend my time with wise people, both in person and through books.
Along with the Bible, here are some of the books I plan to read or listen to this year. It looks like a long list but some of them are very quick reads. Listening also allows me to experience more books because I can do that while I’m busy with my hands doing such things as ironing, exercising,cooking etc. It makes my work much more enjoyable and I learn along the way.
By F. LaGard Smith / Harvest House Publishers
|Be All You Can BeBy John C. Maxwell|
|Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding ContentmentBy Linda Dillow|
|For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those Who Shaped Our NationBy Marilyn Boyer|
|Experience Your BibleBy Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell|
|Womanly Dominion: More Than a Gentle and Quiet SpiritBy Mark Chanski|
|Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless GodBy Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski|
|Divine Design: God’s Complementary Roles for Men and Women, repackagedBy John MacArthur|
|Knowing GodBy J.I. Packer|
|You’re Born an Original – Don’t Die a CopyBy John Mason|
|Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual ReadingBy Eugene H. Peterson|
|Why I JumpedBy Tina Zahn & Wanda Dyson|
|Beautiful Girlhood By Karen Andreola|
|Bringing Up Boys, Paperback EditionBy Dr. James Dobson|
|That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of CharacterBy Rick Johnson|
|I Kissed Dating Goodbye, A New Attitude Toward Romance and RelationshipsBy Joshua Harris|
|Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of JesusBy Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson|
|Grace-Based ParentingBy Tim Kimmel|
|Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us HappyBy Gary Thomas|
|Every Woman’s Marriage: Igniting the Joy and Passion You Both DesireBy Shannon & Greg Ethridge|
|10 Great Dates to Energize Your MarriageBy David & Claudia Arp|
|The Husband Project: 21 Days of Loving Your Man–on Purpose and with a PlanBy Kathi Lipp|
|The Marriage Project: 21 Days to More Love and LaughterBy Kathi Lipp|
|Rekindling the RomanceBy Dennis Rainey, Barbara Rainey & Bob DeMoss|
|Dwelling: Living Fully from the Space You Call HomeBy Mary Beth Lagerborg|
|EntreLeadershipBy Dave Ramsey|
|The Generosity FactorBy Ken Blanchard & S. Truett Cathy|
|The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial FreedomBy Carrie Wilkerson|
|The Treasure PrincipleBy Randy Alcorn|
I’d love to see what books you’re reading this year. Please share them in the comments. Maybe I’ll have to change my list a little once I see yours!
Reading good books, to become a better me
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This is the only place you’ll see me offering affiliate links to products I have not yet used. Since I haven’t read the books I can’t say for sure that they are good. I’m sure some of them won’t be what I had hoped. I’ll try to let you know what I think of each book as I go along.