Books Read in 2013

1.  From Clutter to Clarity– I have focused a lot this year on decluttering and simplifying all areas of my life.  This was a quick and enjoyable read.

2.  The Meaning of Marriage– Excellent book on marriage.  I recommend it.
3.  Praying Circles Around Your Children– Awesome. Recommend this super fast and easy read.  
4.  The Joy of Less (How to declutter, organize and simplify your life)- Good read.  Some good points from it:  Don’t keep inherited stuff out of obligation, we need space to live, a cluttered room usually leads to a cluttered mind,  your stuff make you feel overwhelmed or overjoyed?,  and what story does your stuff tell- pack rat or one who travels lightly?
5.  Intentional Parenting– Awesome parenting book. I was encouraged and inspired
6.  5 Dysfunctions of a Team – This is not just a business book.  We all work on teams whether it be as an employee, at church, PTA, sports etc.  Very insightful.  Highly recommend it in order to be a healthy team member and leader.
7.  Overcoming the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team- A followup book to the original.  It is like a field manual for that book.  Good read.
8.  The Help-  a great fiction.  Glad I read it.
9.  Jesus is ______.  I really enjoyed this book.  It was all about Jesus.  Great book.  
10.  The Passionate Mom-  I got this one free if I reviewed it.  It was ok.  I really enjoy her blogposts.  I guess it did not read as quickly as I thought it would.
11.  The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes–   So this helped me to realize that we place our worth in usually 2 things: the opinions of others or in our accomplishments.  The author urges us to find our true worth in who God says we are and not those other things.  Insighful book.  I loved the little quizzes in it. Really opened my eyes to see that I fear what others think about me.  So it helped me to focus on what God thinks of me instead of dwelling on that fear.

12.  The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors–  Wow!! This was so good.  I feel like it will be a book I return to often to reread.  So good for church planters and pastors everywhere.  Too many measure success of church based on the number of people, building size etc.  But that misses the mark.  Success is staying obedient to the call God has on your life and leaving the results up to Him to build his church.  It was a good reminder that success is staying faithful and obedient to God.

13.  Emotionally Healthy Spirituality–  Another all time favorite.  This was so good for my heart.  I really want to pursue health emotionally and spiritually.  I do not want to pass on my junk to my kids.  I want to break cycles of generational dysfunction.  It is best done with the workbook.  A book I will reread often.

14.  The Emotionally Healthy Church– I really enjoyed this too.  I loved the test in it that helped to identify my emotional health in 5 different areas.  The goal being to function as an adult in all.  It was insightful and showed me where I am functioning as a child or teenager in some areas.

15.  Celebrating and Savoring a Simple Christmas- an quick ebook that I liked.

16.  Unglued: Making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions– LOVED this book.  A tool that I refer to often to help me not come unglued. 🙂

17.  Alkalize or Die-  an interesting health book

18.  Next Generation Leader- a good read for anyone

19.  21 Days to a More Disciplined Life- a quick, good ebook.  Really helped me get some organizing done and be on task

20. Sacred Rhythms– WHOA! I could not put this done.  The subtitle is arranging our lives for spiritual transformation.  It talked about rest, prayer, Sabbath, rhythms etc.  One I reference often and will definitely reread.

21.  Your Child’s Strengths –  My oldest is 10 years old. I want to make sure I encourage her in discovering her strengths and help them grow.  I think how empowering to know at a young age what you are good at instead of focusing what you know you stink at.  I enjoyed it.  

22.  A Churchplanting Wife– This was a gift from a conference.  So good for my heart.  I recommend it to every pastor’s wife I met.  But it has so much good stuff about being a woman like friendships, supporting your husband etc. that I think it is a good read for any lady.

I had been keeping track of titles on my phone.  I had no idea I surpassed my goal.  I believe I was shooting for one book a month.  


One comment

  1. Jeremy Copeland · January 20, 2014

    Proud of you!


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