I am, admittedly, a very fickle reader. This post would be more accurately titled “9 books I read (or finished reading) in 2013” because a few of these I had to carry over from last year!
I love starting books. Finishing them, well, sometimes that happens too!
Now, for the list.
1) Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
This book changed my life in some painfully radical ways. It grew me, convicted me, and changed how I view my life and interact with others. I cannot recommend this book enough!
2) Expecting Grace: The Miraculous Survival Story of a Hyperemesis Gravidarum Pregnancy
This book was written by one of my best friends. You can read my full review of the book here.
3) Tired of Trying to Measure Up: Getting Free from the Demands, Expectations, and Intimidation of Well-Meaning People
4) Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk about God’s Deliverance
This was another carry-over from 2012. I started reading it for a PWOC Bible study back in the fall of 2012, but fell behind in the reading. I really loved this book – especially the personal, easy-to-read writing style. Legalism, perfectionism, control, pleasing people, and all of the guilt and shame that go along with all of those things were my pit; this book helped me climb out of it.
5) Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul
I loved this book as well. It met me at a time when I was questioning some personal choices, wondering if the fallout from those choices was worth doing what God was calling me to do. It helped me sort through those emotions and portrayed surrender in a beautiful light.
6) No More Christian Nice Girl: When Just Being Nice–Instead of Good–Hurts You, Your Family, and Your Friends
This book shares a lot of similarities with the Boundaries book listed above, but is more personally applicable to the Christian woman. I highly recommend this book, especially in conjunction with the Boundaries book.
7) Hope for the Weary Mom (Expanded Edition)
I read Hope for the Weary Mom last year, but in the mean time, Stacey and Brooke expanded upon their original release and made the book even better. I recommend this book so highly – I promise that it will be a breath of fresh air to you as a tired momma!
8) “Do What You Can” Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better
This book will forever make me laugh, as it took over 11 months for me to read!! Seriously though, this book is very easy to read – the chapters are short. And it’s motivational, inspirational, and doable!
9) Stillness Manifesto: A Call to NON-Action (Complete with Step-by-Step NON-Instructions)
This very short FREE e-book is fabulous. It really brought me back to a place of wanting to commune with God, without the pressure to necessarily read my Bible, pray, or follow some regimented “quiet time” schedule. I highly recommend this book for every Christian, but especially for those who find themselves DOING instead of BEING.