Last January I shared a list of twelve books I wanted to read again in 2016. Well, thankfully I managed to read 10 of them and I began the last one (The Secrets of a Happy Heart) as a Bible study with a young friend of mine.
This year I hope to read through another set of books I’ve already read in the past – ones that were helpful to me and ones I hope to study out a bit more this year. Following is a list of each book I am planning to read again in 2017 and why I chose it.
*Please know that I can’t recommend every single book 100%. Every book we read should be read carefully and judged by the perfect standard of God’s Word, the Bible!
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1. The Choice is Yours: Life Happens. Walking with God is a Decision by Terrie Chappel
Life happens. That little phrase it so true. For me, I sometimes let my walk with God get pushed to the side when I get busy. I don’t want that to happen and I know what I need to do to fix it. I hope to read this book to be reminded and encouraged to keep my walk with God #1 when “life happens”.
2. Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes
This book is all about the disciplines we should have in the different aspects of our lives. From the disciplines of prayer and worship to the disciplines of singleness and marriage… Mrs. Hughes covers so many different areas of a woman’s life. If you desire to be a godly woman, this book will be very helpful for you… I am looking forward to reading this one again myself. 🙂
3. Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth
Joy is such a precious (and contagious!) thing… and gratitude it one of the surest paths to joy. I want joy to be one of the characterizing traits in my life, for sure. For that reason, this book easily made it onto my “to read again” list.
4. Beautiful in God’s Eyes: The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman by Elizabeth George
This book has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I read it twice in the past and can’t wait to read it again. God desires that each one of us models the example in Proverbs 31 and this is an excellent book to guide us in doing just that! ♥ (Be sure to check out the book’s Growth and Study Guide, and Beautiful in God’s Eyes for Young Women.)
5. It’s a Wonderful Life: Serving God Joyfully in Marriage and Ministry by Terrie Chappel
Last year I read my Mom’s copy of this book and I loved it. It’s definitely written for wives, especially those in ministry… but wow. I learned so much! My mom and I often talk about this book and the funny “ministry stories”. If you are single (and want to serve the Lord), married, or in any kind of ministry – I would highly recommend reading this book! You will enjoy it. 🙂
6. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
I already began reading through this book again- my special someone and I decided to go through it together. Let me just say: this. book. is. GOOD. Tozer writes all about desiring God and seeking Him. This book has already been a great reminder to me that the best life is the one that is spent seeking God and spending time in His presence. I would highly recommend reading this one!
7. Life Quest: Braving Adulthood with Biblical Passion by Cary Schmidt
Adulthood isn’t something to take lightly. Life gets exciting and whole lot more serious when you reach adulthood. There are options to weigh and consider, choices to make, and much wisdom that should be gleaned through the counsel of others. This book talks a lot about decision making and braving adulthood with godly wisdom and (as the title says) passion. This is a great book for older teens and young adults… and since I fall into that category myself… I’m planning to read this one again too!
8. God is More than Enough: Foundations for a Quiet Soul by Jim Berg
This is basically the same material as the Quieting a Noisy Soul DVD Kit (which is great too!). I love watching the DVD series but I am more likely to read the book. This book starts out with “The Way Down”, talking about the noise that enters our soul. Then Jim Berg talks about “The Way Back” and realizing that God is MORE than enough for us. Many of the chapters talk about God’s attributes and how truly knowing God will quiet the noise in our souls and bring us true joy and peace. This is an excellent book and very helpful for any born again Christian, especially those struggling to find true peace.
A Few More Thoughts
This year, I am trying to read less books and more of God’s Word. I want to learn to turn to my Teacher and Guide for life (the Lord) before turning to other others and the books they write (which is a tendency of mine). However, there are a few more books I hope to read again in 2017, but some of them I cannot fully recommend and/or just decided not to include in this list. However, the books I mentioned above are very Bible-based and I believe each one will help you grow in your walk with God. I am excited about reading each one again. I know I may not manage to read each one again this year, but I plan to prioritize them by where I am in my life and what I am going through when I read them – of course all the while striving to keep God’s Word first. 🙂
How About You?
What books are you planning to read this year?