Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 Reading List

Taking a few minutes to look over my reading list for 2015 (see that list here) and prepare for an exciting year of learning in 2016. Did you have a reading list for last year? How'd ya do? I got through 11 of my 15...I've been pretty out of commission the past three months with Baby O so I kinda fell off the reading bandwagon the end of the year. I'm ready to jump back on this year, with a little more realistic expectation I think. I did read almost 15 books, I just happened to add a few in that weren't on the list. :)  Of the 4 I did not get to, I'm moving 2 of them on to 2016. I lent both of these out this year, so I'll use that as my excuse of why I didn't get to them! For 2016, I plan to read the following...and I'm hoping to find a few more good parenting books to read before Baby O's arrival in July. 

Here's what's on my list so far:

1. For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn

What's going on in a man's mind? From their early days, every woman has struggled to understand why males behave the way they do. Even long-married women who think they understand men have only scratched the surface. Beneath a man's rugged exterior is an even more rugged, unmapped terrain. What bestselling author Shaunti Feldhahn's research reveals about the inner lives of men will open women's eyes to what the men in their life - boyfriends, brothers, husbands, and sons - are really thinking and feeling. Men want to be understood, but they're afraid to "freak out" the women they love by confessing what is happening inside their heads. This book will guide women in how to provide the loving support that modern men want and need.

2. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst

Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:
  • Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. 
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. 
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.

3. One with a Shepherd by Mary Somerville

One with a Shepherd is a wealth of God's wisdom and grace for the wife of a man in ministry. It is biblical, practical and personal. Whether one has been a pastor's wife for some time, or is just starting out, this book will serve as a faithful friend in equipping and encouraging the minister's wife in her quest to exalt Christ and have joy in the journey.

4. Gripped by the Greatness of God by James MacDonald

When was the last time you were truly gripped by God's greatness? Most Christians recall heartfelt resolutions around a fire at bible camp as children or a revival meeting. But what causes the fervor of those experiences to translate into a consistent life pattern?
Pastor and author James MacDonald believes that the better we understand God, the better we understand ourselves, and the less likely we are to favor our own will over God's. He writes, "God is not safe and He will not be squeezed into some neat, respectable Sunday discussion... No. To know God at all is to watch Him explode any box we put Him in with His terror, majesty, and indescribable wonder.'"

Expounding upon Isaiah's encounters with God, MacDonald prods snoozing saints to rediscover the wonder of God's attributes. He also shares candidly from his experiences in life and ministry where God proved Himself to be the Great I AM.

This book will spur new and seasoned believers alike to detest mediocrity in their spiritual walks. Ideal for individual or small group study.

5. Instructing a Child's Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp

From interaction with their peers to the instruction and correction that they receive at home, Children interpret their experience from a worldview that seeks to answer their fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I exist for? Where can I find joy? We need to provide our children with a consistent, persuasive, biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it. Instructing a Child's Heart is essential to Shepherding a Child's Heart. The instruction that you provide for them not only informs their mind; it is directed to persuading their hearts of the wisdom and truthfulness of God s ways. Impress truth on the hearts of your children, not to control or manage them, but to point them to the greatest joy and happiness that they can experience delighting in God and the goodness of his ways.

6. Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child's Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.

7. Raising Kids Who Hunger For God by Benny and Sheree Phillips

Biblical principles for raising kids who want to love, know, and follow God.

In addition to these books, I'm also reading through the Bible chronologically this year with my team over at Deliberate Women. I've never done this before, and I'm really excited about this year. If this is something you are interested in, we'd love to have you join us. We even have a Facebook Group where we encourage each other and share what we are learning. I'm personally using The Chronological Life Application Bible (KJV-this is the one I have), others in the group are using The Daily Bible.

I'd love a few more suggestions to add to my 2016 reading list...any ideas? What's on your 2016 list?

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