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I’m a little late in getting this post up, but here is a sampling of books I read in 2019. I didn’t get through as many books as I wanted this year, but I am trying to be more intentional about APPLYING all the good things I read (that’s the challenge, right?!). So, I picked my top 5 reads for the year.
Hopefully it goes without saying (although for some readers, I always feel the need to say this): I do not necessarily agree with nor endorse everything written by each of these authors; having said that, I feel each has much to offer in the specific topic on which they are writing. With this in mind, it’s the perfect time for my first recommendation…
I loved this book on multiple levels. I believe Viola’s main goal in writing this book is to show that not even the “best of Christians” get it “all right all the time”. He lays out some of the shocking beliefs of great church heroes like Calvin, Luther, Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis – not in order to denegrate them, but in order to show that we all have blind spots and need to show grace to one another (particularly in the church!!). This book greatly impacted me and is easily one of my favorite reads this year!
This book felt like a detailed follow-up to Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. Clear lays out an excellent framework for stopping bad habits and establishing good ones. Well-researched and provides excellent illustrations in each chapter! If you struggle to maintain good habits, you will really benefit from this book.
I love Ken Boa and his love for Christ! If you’ve ever read Brother Lawrence’s “The Practice of the Presence of God”, this book takes those elements into the 21st century, sharing practical ideas on how to get away from modern day distractions and develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus. Equally devotional and practical!
This book has become one of my favorite health books ever! Extremely well researched and chock full of natural protocols to help prevent and treat cancer, this health book is definitely one you’ll want to own and implement! If you or a loved-one is going through cancer (or if you just want to learn how to become healthier), I highly recommend getting a copy of this book!
This book beautifully weaves the Gospel into everyday parenting. I wish I had had this book when my boys were little. Jeannie is like a sweet friend that keeps pointing moms back to Christ and showing us how the Gospel empowers us to live and parent in freedom. Having gone through the book myself, I’d love to go through it with a group of moms now for even greater impact!
Okay, now it’s your turn! What were your favorite reads of 2019? I’d love to hear!