Read Better, Not More Books in 2015 (+ My Book List)

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Growing in His Glory: Read Better, Not More in 2015

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, but it’s something I really have to make time for or it doesn’t happen at all. Unless I’m intentional about taking time to read, then many days may pass by without picking up a book. There are just too many distractions. But, oh, how much we grow when we make reading a regular part of our daily routines!

The caveat, of course, is that we must read books that promote and encourage growth, for we all know that not all books are created equal. That being said, I want to challenge us to read more in 2015, and not just to read more, but to read better. What do I mean by that?

To read better means to read books that:

  • uplift, encourage, and edify you in your daily walk as a Christian
  • give you helpful, useful, Bible-based focus or direction
  • stir in you a greater love for the Lord and a desire to please Him even more
  • help you improve in any of your God-given roles as a wife, mother, homemaker, homeschooler, etc.
  • keep your mind focused on the true, the honorable, the just, the pure, and the lovely

We can read tons of books this year, but if none of them help you to grow, then what good are they? Are you not wasting your time and exposing yourself to worldly things that can separate you from your eternal focus? Let me encourage you to be very careful what books you choose to read this year. Satan is prowling, friends. You must be careful what you allow into your minds.”Oh, be careful, little eyes what you see!”

Lest I present myself falsely, here’s what I’ve learned over the years of reading. There are books that I can escape into — thrillers, mystery, fiction. Those books can take me out of my present life and transport me to somewhere more exotic. Those books in themselves are not bad unless they are filled with filthy language or impure situations. However, if I allow those books to hold me captive and keep me from doing the housework, or disciplining my children, then they are certainly not helping me to grow.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you shouldn’t read books that bring you enjoyment. My hope, however, is that you will balance those pleasure reads with books that will help you to improve yourself in one way or another. That is what I mean by reading better.

-Finally, brothers, whatever is

In 2014, I read 43 books. (You can see my favorites here.) In 2015, I aim to read 45 books.

Here are a few books I plan to read in the upcoming year. Most of these book are Christian. Some deal with motherhood, others with homeschooling, and a few pertain to blogging. All have been highly recommended by women I deeply respect. However, I do ask that you use your discretion. I have not read any of these books myself, so I cannot confirm that they are all better books. I will let you know if I read one and it does not meet my criteria 🙂

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity by Jen Hatmaker

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, & Lead by Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It’s Too Late by James MacDonald

Hands-Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, & Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie

Restless: Because You Were Made for More by Jennie Allen

Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson

Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson

How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens by Dannah Gresh

Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval–& Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes by Jennifer Dukes Lee

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane

The Attributes of God: Volume 1, A Journey into the Father’s Heart by A.W. Tozer

Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

In closing, do you think reading better books might help you to grow this year?

What are your thoughts on reading better books?

Have you read any of these books?

Do you have a book you would recommend?

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this booklist! You’ve given me a lot of great ideas. I am aiming to read more books this year, but like you, I’m being more mindful of the books I choose.

  2. I may just have to use a couple of your suggestions this year! I try to limit my fiction reading to the evenings when I’m past the point of being productive and read the non-fiction during the day when I can focus on what I’m doing. I’d like to read at least 25 books this year AND remember what I’ve read!
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    • Nonfiction during the day and fiction at night is a good idea for the reasons you listed. I cannot concentrate very hard at night, so pleasure reading is definitely ideal then. And my goal too is to remember what I’ve read! I actually started taking notes on the nonfiction books to help me remember what’s important because my memory is so bad.

  3. I completely agree with this concept Keri. Said very well too! A few of your books caught my interest so thank you for sharing your list. I will be pinning it too 🙂
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