Favorite Books of 2019

I love looking at book lists.  What did people like or hate. Which books are worth the time or which might be a waste of time. One thing I have realized from these lists that I don’t necessarily like all the same books as other people, but I am sure the same could be said about my lists.  I do find it a good starting point to find new books. I am doing this list for that reason plus it is a great way to reflect on the past year.

One of my favorite things about reading this year was that my husband and I read a lot of the same books at the same time. It was fun to talk about them when we were in the same spot and hard to not talk about them and give something away if one of us was ahead. 

My goal for 2019 was to read more nonfiction but that didn’t happen.  On the other hand, the nonfiction I read was timely for that season. 

Here are the nonfiction books I would recommend.

1. Sick of Me by Whitney Capps

This book was about sanctification which Whitney defined as both a divine process and human pursuit of being made into the image of Christ. The book was easy to read, grounded in scripture, and a good push in the right direction for me. I would love to go through it again with a group of ladies as the chapters would lead to good discussions and hopefully accountability in our walks.

2. Atomic Habits by James Clear

“True behavior is identity change. You might start a habit because of motivation, but the only reason you’ll stick with one is that it becomes a part of your identity.”

I thought this quote described well the premise of the book. James not only talked about why need need good habits but how to go about establishing them. I am still implementing some of his strategies six months later.

3. The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

I listened to this book on audio while I was in California for my daughter’s wedding. The chapters were perfect for reading or listening to one a day with a reflection and practical application at the end of each chapter. And most of all, Emily’s voice was restorative. This book will be a great resource for future decisions and transitions.

4. Women in the Word by Jen Wilkin

This was my second time reading this book. This time I was ready. Jen went through step by step how to go about studying the bible on my own. Practical. Doable. Yet still daunting as I try to study the bible on my own and do it well.

5. Sacred Enneagram by Christopher Heuertz

This book is still a work in progress in regards to application. I loved its description of the nine different types but especially how each type has a sacred path-a way to better connect to God and become whole. 

When reading fiction, I often read series so I can stay with the characters longer. My favorite authors to read this year were Louise Penny, R.J.Larson, Kristen Heiztmann, and Carol Moncado.  They were a great mix of mystery, fantasy, and royalty stories. 

What are some books or authors you would recommend for me and my husband to read in 2020?

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