5 Books to Read to Jumpstart the New Year

Looking for some inspiration to get you going this year? I read some great books last year that challenged both my faith and creativity and motivated me to pursue good work and cultivate a deeper devotion. If that’s what you need as you work through goal setting and resolutions, then consider the following titles. These are great books to read to jumpstart 2016.

5 Books to Read to Jumpstart 2016

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Start by Jon AcuffStart: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff

I love Jon Acuff! In Start he challenges you to face your fears and pursue awesomeness. We all want to do work that matters in this world and that can only happen when you determine to ditch the mundane and start on the journey to awesome.

I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook (or any of his books on audio for that matter) because Acuff reads his books really well and it’s an extremely entertaining listen!

The Art of Work GoinsThe Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do  by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is another of my favorite authors and in his latest book, he talks about looking at calling and creativity and what it takes to pursuing what you were meant to do in life.

When you can take a passion, that thing that you wake up dreaming about every day, and pair it with the mission to to fulfill the needs of others, you’ve got something wonderful. But it takes rising above the status quo and chasing something more than what society expects of you. No gimmicks here. Just hard work, passion, and a love for your fellow man. I read the hard copy I have (which was great cause I did much underlining!) but you can get the audio as well. Goins reads it himself and it is a pleasure to listen to as well!

Tortured for ChristTortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Okay, so let’s shift gears to something a bit more intense. I lie — way more intense. I listened to this as an audiobook and amazing doesn’t do this book justice. I’m going to take the liberty and assume that your spiritual life could use some bolstering. Mine always does.

I don’t spend enough time truly considering the religious freedom I enjoy and what Christians have suffered and continue to suffer for the cause of Christ. Don’t start another year forgetting what being a Christian truly means. Start off the year with a spiritual awareness, humility, and boldness to live for Christ in all you do. This book isn’t for the faint of heart but I HIGHLY recommend it. It will give you a series kick in the pants and should send you to your knees in prayer.

Radical David PlattRadical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

This is another kick-in-the-pants kind of book. Not quite as intense as the previous title but inspiring nonetheless.

It’s easy to get comfortable in our microwaved, mega-sized, over-hyped, suburban church culture. But is what we have what Jesus had in mind when He was here? No doubt our experience is worlds different from that of the 1st-century church.

This year, take a counter-cultural look at your Christian experience and challenge yourself to embrace the walk Christ set out for us. I listened to the audiobook version of this one and it was quite enjoyable!

Make it Happen CaseyMake it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take a Leap. Live on Purpose by Lara Casey

This one’s for the ladies. Casey tells the story of her life before she truly got a life. I remember listening to this audiobook in the car and thinking “Yes! I so needed this!”. Life is full of surprises and takes turns that we couldn’t have anticipated. Living in fear isn’t the answer. Embracing purpose and taking chances, trusting God leading and timing is the way to live a meaningful life. If you’re nervous about starting something new, if you’re tired of being stuck in the mundane and don’t know how to get out, if you need encouragement and the assurance that you’re not alone, then read this book. If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a heavy audiobook listener and can definitely recommend this one!

Lara Casey also has a great website with some great products that are definitely worth checking out!

What titles do you have on your book list this year?

Happy Reading! 


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The 2016 Reader's Notebook Page

November Reading

I love reading in the fall! Favorite pastime during my favorite season :). 

At the beginning of the year, I set out to read 100 books by December 31st. I realized by about July but have been in denial until October that 100 books isn’t going to happen so I’m cutting it down to 50 — a goal I should have no trouble meeting. I mentioned in another blog post that I was going to quit book blogging at Unscripted and move everything over here but I’ve decided against it. I’ll keep my site up and do book reviews on that site and do everything else on this site. It may work, it may not, I’ll just have to try it out and see what happens! In the mean time, I’m going to list my monthly reads at the beginning of each month and then a follow up post at the end of the month. Here’s what I’m currently reading and planning to read in November.

CURRENTLY READING NOV-15

 

Hardcover/Softcover

Money Making Mom – I started reading it the day it came in the mail last week and I’m a couple chapters away from the finish. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Crystal Paine is so awesome and I just love all the great wisdom and information she offers in this read. 

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions – I’ve already read both The Best Yes and What Happens When Women Say Yes To God by Lysa Terkeust so when Proverbs 31 Ministries announced that the next online Bible study book was going to be Unglued, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. I love Terkeurst’s honesty and transparency and so far, the book is a great read!

Dating With Pure Passion – I got this book shortly after the BF and I started dating last year and have yet to read it! So I’m determined to get through it this month. I’ve flipped through it a couple of times and I think it’s going to be really good!

Happier at Home – I started Gretchen Rubin’s second book early this year and just haven’t finished it. It’s on my TBR list for the year and I need to get through it! Especially since I really want to read her other book Better than Before.

Audiobook

An American Tragedy – I bought a softcover copy of this last fall at an airport bookstore. It’s on my Classics Club list and my TBR for this year. There’s no way I’m going to get through the print version so I’m listening to the audiobook. So far, pretty good!

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters – I love Jon Acuff. I listened to Do Over earlier this year and loved it. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while and put it as an alternate on this year’s TBR. Since Acuff does such a great job reading his own books, I figured I might as well enjoy this one on audio as well. 

In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars – I know absolutely nothing about this book, I think I got a free copy of it somewhere but I don’t remember exactly – maybe christianaudio.com? But the title is intriguing so I’ll give it a try!


I’m off to a good start already so I’m hoping I can finish all these titles and maybe even complete the other stragglers that I’ve been reading on the slow for the past several months!

What are you reading this month?