My 2015 Reading List

I have to admit it was kind of fun rounding all the books up that I read last year and taking a moment to reflect on what I've learned.  Good news is I read twice as many books last year than the year before.  I guess I'm getting in the groove of this motherhood thing and figuring out that every spare minute is precious.  If there's something that I want to do, I just have to squeeze it in as best as I can.  

I would recommend every book on this list - not one was disappointing.  If you are looking for some books to add to your 2016 reading list, check these out:

Encounters with Jesus by Timothy Keller = I really enjoyed this book.  Keller is so easy to read and I specifically love how he uses story to teach theology.  Probably one of my favorites of his.

Nobody's Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle = A lighthearted, make you laugh out loud book.  A great choice to bring along on a vacation.  It will make you want to call your best friend and reminisce on your college years.  

The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner = I read this on our beach vacation and it was really eye-opening.  It made me realize that I have to make time for my hobbies and interests, and that I will be more fulfilled by taking care of me.  Turner gives practical advice on how and when to squeeze in those things that we love and fill us up emotionally despite our busy schedules.  

Barren among the Fruitful by Amanda Hope Haley = This was the second book I've read from the InScribed Collection.  Although the author's infertility journey was very different from mine, I appreciated her point of view and enjoyed reading her story.  This would be a good resource for women who have traveled the long road of infertility.  

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp = This book was highly recommended to me by many people and it lived up to all my expectations.  I loved how Tripp emphasizes the role of a parent as a shepherd and encourages us with practical wisdom on disciplining and instructing our little sheep.  A must-read for any new parent!

Breathe by Priscilla Shirer = This six week Bible study encourages making room for the Sabbath in our every day lives.   The message is inspired and very timely, especially in today's fast-paced culture.  A must-read for every wife and mom!

Sabbath by Wayne Muller = By far my favorite book of the year!  Go ahead and order it today- you won't be disappointed!  I soaked up every word from every chapter of this book.  Muller has an excellent way of communicating the life-giving principles of practicing the Sabbath, and then goes on to tell us how we can experience this sacred rest in our real lives in the most simple ways.  

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo = (This book is not pictured since I rented it from the library.)  All I can say is, wow!!!  As a natural tidier and organizer I knew that I would enjoy this book, but I had no idea that the KonMari Method is truly life-changing!  We are about 7 months in of a major household purge.  This book changed my perspective on excess and accumulating things.  My new motto is, "Simplify, simplify, simplify."  

For 2016, I'm pulling out the parenting books.  I just finished Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic and am currently reading The New Strong-Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson.  If you have any must-read parenting books you would like to share, I'm all ears!


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