Updated: Oct 15, 2019
I thought it would be fun to share with you guys what books I have on deck to read throughout the fall season. Yes, I will be spending most of my Sundays watching football, but I will still have plenty of time to keep on track with my reading goals.
The majority of the books I tend to read are personal, spiritual growth, self-help type of books. However, I have recently started also loving suspense, murder mystery type books.
I am also a HUGE journaler- so a lot of my books get marked up, underlined, and written in as I am going through and will end up rereading those markups later down the road.
As I have been working through my depression this year, I have been focusing a lot on personal growth. Mainly in the areas of self care, my emotions, emotional healing, and my personal spiritual walk. I have been learning how every instance and circumstance we got through really affects us- in ways we may not even realize. This past season of life has been such a journey for me of emotions, healing, rediscovering joy, spiritual highs and lows, and kind of everything in between. There is definitely no ‘ultimate perfection’ when it comes to these things, but rather an ever evolving, on-going process that we must maintain to work through and walk through whatever life throws at us.
So- that’s why you’re going to find these books to be a lot of self help + growth type books. I hope you’ll grab one or tow and read them with me this fall.
1. Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley // I have not started this one yet, but I grabbed it while I was at Target a while back because perfectionism is a huge strength/weakness of mine that I am learning to work with + also release. Learning to walk in freedom while still maintaining healthy level of excellence if what I want.
2. Recapturing the Wonder by Mike Cosper // One of my good friends, Tory, suggested this book. When she was talking about it, I knew I needed to read it. I jumped on Amazon and had it within two days. It has been taking a back seat the past month, but I am excited to dive in. I feel like I’ve forgotten to live as if miracles and magic are still happening every day. I am ready to recapture the wonder of Jesus!
3. Boundaries by Henry Cloud //A friend of mine had read this book years ago and was greatly impacted by it. It has been on my reading list for a while. Let’s face it: most, if not all, of us have issues with creating/maintaining healthy boundaries in some capacity. Depending on your personality, you may be better/worse at this in different area. I am ready to learn how to be better at boundaries with friends, family, coworkers, staff, etc.
4. Dare to Soar by Paula Dunn // My amazing mom bought me this book this summer. I use to dream about what my future would look like and then I woke up and life seemed so much harder and before I knew it, my dreams became a thing of the past. This book tackles letting go of the limitations that hold us back and finding the courage to soar. I have been coming through a dark, hard and emotional season- so learning how to rise above my greatest obstacles to live the life God designed for me and to live beyond my wildest dreams sounds phenomenal.
5. Unshakeable by Christine Caine //I absolutely love Christine Caine. Every time I hear her preach, I am blown away. So this is a devotional that I will start this fall and continue throughout the year. I am excited to jump in and find unwavering strength in God. His Word and His Kingdom are unshakeable; and as I move forward in emotional healing, I want to continue to cling to that truth and build my faith in our unshakeable God.
6. It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig // I started this book a couple years ago when I did the Whole 30 with my roomie at the time. It was so informative, but I ended up stopping due to my work caseload picking up and becoming distracted by life. However, while I want to work through my emotions, build on my relationship with my Creator, and focus on personal growth- I also want to focus on my health. I have been eating healthier and working out more consistency, so becoming more informed and knowledgeable on the topic would help me to stay on track to a more healthy lifestyle.
7. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer // I am tackling this book with two girls from my community group. I have only read 3 pages and have felt so much conviction mixed with life changing revelations. I am sure this book is going to have plenty of underlined paragraphs, tear stains, and written up in the margins. It will be exciting to take this journey through understanding grace and what modern Christianity should look like on a day to day basis.
8. Daniel Dilemma by Chris Hodges // My community group through my church is doing a study called the Daniel Dilemma, so I order the book and already started reading. I can get easily distracted; and in the past, those things typically pulled me way from living my life for the Lord. I allowed those distractions to impact how closely I walked with God. But this book and study leads us through Daniel’s life and how while he lived in a corrupt culture that closely resembles our own, he emerged as an influential force in God’s redemptive plan. My prayer, as I have been working through past pain + hurt, is that God will use my journey, my circumstances, my past situations, and those hurts to show His faithfulness, His grace, His mercy, His strength, and how He is our Healer, Rescuer, and Redeemer.
And that’s it, 8 books that I have on deck for the fall; they’re pretty ‘involved’ if you ask me so I think that’s a good start...ha. You may have noticed a lot of them center around emotional health + spiritual growth since that is something that I’m really focusing on right now. I am being intentional right now to take care of those tender parts of myself, while strengthening who I am at my core to be the best woman God created me to be. This is a never ending process, but it has to share somewhere + sooner rather than later.
It is so important to be a healthy, well rounded person in every possible way. Our emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental health are all intertwined and connected and must be worked on simultaneously. So, all of that being said- I am super excited to read these the next few months and hope you guys will join in with one or more. Let me know if you order any of them and what your thoughts are. xo