“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

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.

 

4082: The NIV Narrated Bible  1984

The NIV Narrated Bible 1984

By F. LaGard Smith / Harvest House Publishers


Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time

 

 

 

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler

 

Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free

 

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

 

Simplify

 

How to Market and Sell Your eBook – Everything You Need to Know to Make Money with ePublishing

 

The Gatekeepers: Whatever God Can Get Through You, He Will Get to You

 

 

 

438444: Be All You Can Be Be All You Can BeBy John C. Maxwell

 

 

061417: Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman"s Guide to Finding Contentment Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding ContentmentBy Linda Dillow

 

 

515983: For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those Who Shaped Our Nation For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those Who Shaped Our NationBy Marilyn Boyer

 

 

928731: Experience Your Bible Experience Your BibleBy Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell

 

 

737601: Womanly Dominion: More Than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit Womanly Dominion: More Than a Gentle and Quiet SpiritBy Mark Chanski

 

 

768513: Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless GodBy Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski

 

 

405881: Divine Design: God"s Complementary Roles for Men and Women, repackaged Divine Design: God’s Complementary Roles for Men and Women, repackagedBy John MacArthur

 

 

1650X: Knowing God Knowing GodBy J.I. Packer

 

 

720254: You"re Born an Original - Don"t Die a Copy You’re Born an Original – Don’t Die a CopyBy John Mason

 

 

864901: Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual ReadingBy Eugene H. Peterson

 

 

730635: Why I Jumped Why I JumpedBy Tina Zahn & Wanda Dyson

 

 

3402X: Beautiful Girlhood Beautiful Girlhood By Karen Andreola

 

304501: Bringing Up Boys, Paperback Edition Bringing Up Boys, Paperback EditionBy Dr. James Dobson

 

 

730771: That"s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of CharacterBy Rick Johnson

 

 

521358: I Kissed Dating Goodbye, A New Attitude Toward Romance and  Relationships I Kissed Dating Goodbye, A New Attitude Toward Romance and RelationshipsBy Joshua Harris

 

 

520090: Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of JesusBy Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson

 

 

905480: Grace-Based Parenting Grace-Based ParentingBy Tim Kimmel

 

 

 

42827: Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us HappyBy Gary Thomas

 

458575: Every Woman"s Marriage: Igniting the Joy and Passion You Both Desire Every Woman’s Marriage: Igniting the Joy and Passion You Both DesireBy Shannon & Greg Ethridge

 

 

0210917: 10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage 10 Great Dates to Energize Your MarriageBy David & Claudia Arp

 

 

925228: The Husband Project: 21 Days of Loving Your Man--on Purpose and with a Plan The Husband Project: 21 Days of Loving Your Man–on Purpose and with a PlanBy Kathi Lipp

 

 

925280: The Marriage Project: 21 Days to More Love and Laughter The Marriage Project: 21 Days to More Love and LaughterBy Kathi Lipp

 

 

85563: Rekindling the Romance Rekindling the RomanceBy Dennis Rainey, Barbara Rainey & Bob DeMoss
810477: Love Talk Starters: 275 Questions to Get Your Conversations Going Love Talk Starters: 275 Questions to Get Your Conversations GoingBy Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

 

 

732073: Dwelling: Living Fully from the Space You Call Home Dwelling: Living Fully from the Space You Call HomeBy Mary Beth Lagerborg

 

 

617856: EntreLeadership EntreLeadershipBy Dave Ramsey
46603: The Generosity Factor The Generosity FactorBy Ken Blanchard & S. Truett Cathy

 

 

553691: The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial FreedomBy Carrie Wilkerson
525080: The Treasure Principle The Treasure PrincipleBy Randy Alcorn

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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!

Beth Cranford,

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.