“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
I was a girl who loved books. In middle & high school, I spent many an afternoon curled up in my mother’s arm chair with a novel and cozy blanket. A favorite pastime was to browse the library shelves to see what treasure I might spot hidden in the long shelves.
Last year, I made a resolution to read more books. I actually had a stack that I shared with you guys on New Years Eve 2017. Motherhood had eaten up so much of my free time, I was determined to take some back for myself. 2018 was going to be my year to read all the books I had been waiting to read for the last decade.
Except, that wasn’t meant to be. I got about half way through 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and I just couldn’t take one more minute. I quickly realized that it wasn’t my dream to read that stack of books. I wanted to spend time reading books that would help shape me and allow me to grow as a mom, a woman, and a follower of Christ.
The Books that Shaped my Year
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- Forgotten God by Francis Chan
- Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson
- The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
- The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran
- Culture: Living as Citizens of Heaven by A.W. Tozer
- The Waning Authority of Christ in the Churches by A.W. Tozer
- The Harbinger by Johnathan Cahn
- The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson
- How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk, Adele Faber
- The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun
- Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
- The Bible – Chronological Bible
I’ve never been an especially quick reader. I’m even less so now. Being a mom brings near constant distractions. However, one thing I learned about my resolutions… it doesn’t matter how quickly I read or if I squeezed in so many more books that I did the year before. I just needed to keep on going… one day at a time.
I hope this list inspires you to take a chance and just jump in. It’s never too late for brand new start. It isn’t too late for a resolution to read. I hope to share with you more in the coming weeks of what I learned from some of these books – and even better, what I’m reading right now.