I’m all about getting a bang for your buck! I believe in making sure that your time is spent well. Looking for a book that’s definitely worth the time? Me too!
I’m always on the hunt for a really good book. I want to learn and grow as a person from a book, I don't want it to only be another book I’ve read that I check off of a list. If you know about the enneagram test, I’m a 3. Meaning I always want to accomplish things! I want to complete goals and make progress. At my best, I have the ability to connect and really want to see people grow and fulfill their passions!! A few other 3’s are Oprah, Tony Blair, Tony Robbins, Reese Witherspoon, etc.
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THE ROAD BACK TO YOU - IAN CRON AND SUZANNE STABILE
READ IF: You’re looking to learn more about your own personality and how that connects with others.
To jump off of the above, I’ve found it very helpful to learn about myself and how I find worth if I’m healthy or unhealthy. Now, this isn't the Bible so it’s not perfect, but it’s a fun way to learn how you connect with others. You learn about some of your strengths and weeknesses, and if you’re a healthy you and an unhealthy you how you react at times. I’ve also made so many of my friends take this test! I’m a little obsessed.
THE BIBLE - BY JESUS
READ IF: You’re looking for meaning in you life, or you’re confused about what your purpose in life is
I really got a good chuckle from the author. I find it funny, I mean he created Ostriches what are they for? Anyway, back to the point. The Bible is the most important book in my life. It can’t imagine where I would be without it. I’ve learned about the most important man in history, connected with my creator, and learned about His plans for my life. What more could you ever want from a book. Non fiction with life changing abilities! Number one, would recommend! I also really love the JOURNALING BIBLE that I have because it gives me the freedom to write in the margins without writing over all of the words!
GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE - RACHEL HOLLIS
READ IF: You need to be reminded that you’re not alone in the woman world of not being perfect
This is a more recent love, but I appreciate this book more than I love it. I really like in GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE how she connects and gives real insight into her life. She discusses her family and work life. She is venerable multiple times, but the time that really sticks out to me is when she is talking about how she is a workaholic. I’ve never considered myself that, up until this past year when I realized that’s exactly what I am. I dive sometiems too far into work without even realizing I should come up for air, or food! I’ll work 11hrs and not take a break because “there’s too much to do.” Not ok. It was nice to see another female discuss that in a real way.
LEADERS EAT LAST/ START WITH WHY - SIMON SINEK
READ IF: You’re looking to be a better leader. You’re looking to be a leader that inspires others to be their best.
Flash back to a few years ago when I was a new leader. I was green when it comes to leadership skills, except for seeing some leaders in my life that were wonderful and set a great example, and there were some that I learned what not to do from. Besides that, I was basically winging it. LEADERS EAT LAST really changed the way I thought about leadership. I love the example of good leaders and how they create an environment of safety. They understand that inside vs. outside the organization how safe do we feel at work? How safe do you make your employees feel at work? I also love his other book START WITH WHY because it’s the internal question. What is your why? Why do you do what you do? How does that translate to leadership? All are answered in this book!
5 LOVE LANGUAGES - GARY CHAPMAN
READ IF: You’re looking to learn more about how others in your life receive and give love.
This is the book that helped me look within and realize what I value most in a relationship, both romantic and platonic. It helped me narrow down what is important to me when it comes to my loved one and helped me realize what’s important to them. What my LOVE LANGUAGES are may not be theres and I have to realize and take action on that knowledge. If they receive love by gifts vs. quality time how am I showing them love based upon how they receive it?
It also really helped with understanding the differences between loved one. For example, someone may think they are a quality time person, but find out that how they show love is quality time, but how they receive love is gifts. My mom found that out. It helped our relationship me knowing that, because this whole time I never fully understood why every gift meant so much, because for me gift giving is neither how I’m programed to show or receive love.
Now that I know that I’ve made sure that all gifts for her are very specific! She knows Iove her without gifts, but it strengthens our relationship for me to know that it’s important to her weather she realized it at the time or not.
THE GREAT GATSBY - F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
READ IF: You’re looking to be reminded that whatever you’re going through isn’t as bad as Gatsby
This is one of my favorites when it comes to fiction. I love how sad and joyful it can be all at the same time. I love how some of the characters learn about themselves and life in general, and how some really have never connected with reality or will.
The first time I read this I was in high school, and now whenever I go to a bookstore I’m always on the hunt for a vintage copy of this book. I have this thing about always wanting to “save” old books. I’m positive I’m not the only one doing that!
THE OXFORD SHAKESPEARE THE COMPLETE WORKS - STANLEY WELLS AND GARY TAYLOR
READ IF: You’re looking to expand your horizons, and read one of the greats.
This was back in high school again, just getting into reading for fun and not for school and two authors came across my path thanks to my english teach. Shakespeare and Poe. Both of these authors changed the way I saw books. I love that Shakespeare when he couldn’t find the word, just made it up, I loved how Poe didn’t hide his feelings, and I loved how they both took them wherever the story was. This book changed the way I thought about reading.
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS - C.S. LEWIS
READ IF: You need a reminder of how we sometimes get in our own way, and how easily humans overlook the obvious.
This is a once a year at least, read for me. When I first read it, I was a little confused because the premise of the book is one daemon writing to his trainee pretty much. When they say “the enemy” it’s God, not Satan. Satan is the father. I know, it sounds backwards. The main reason I love this book is because of the obvious things that we, as humans, either blame on Satan that is really just us putting roadblocks in our own way, or other things that we do as humans that are obviously dumb, but that we don't realize are dumb.
THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER - DAVE RAMSEY
READ IF: You’re looking to get out of debt/ control your finances.
Looking to correct or verify your finances? This book is the one I used for pretty much mu life. Now, I’m not perfect, and don’t tell Dave but I have a credit card *hides face, but I really do try to follow many of the principles in this book.
There are so many good ways to live that are so counter culture, but so helpful! My favorite quote of Dave Ramsey is “Live like no one else, so that later you can live and give like no one else.” Genius!!
FURTHER READING: 7 STEPS TO GET AHEAD OF YOUR FINANCES
THE MAGNOLIA STORY / HOMEBODY - CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES
READ IF: You need some home inspiration, or you want to be reminded that you’re not the only one who doubts their God given talents.
Love them! I basically want to grow up and be Joanna. I love how she cares for everyone and has learned to trust God and her instincts. I appreciate how her relationship with Chip brings out aspects of their personalities that separately they may not have trusted themselves to.
I also love how much she loves her children. She has found a way to be a woman in business, a mother, and a wife. More power to her!!
BONUS: TWO BOOKS NEXT ON MY LIST ARE
15 INVALUABLE LAWS OF GROWTH - JOHN MAXWELL
BRAVING THE WILDERNESS - BY BRENE BROWN
What’s the book in your life that changed your thinking? I would love to add it to my list!