These are all on my list for 2014. Some I've read, some I want to read, some I want to read again, but all of them have one thing in common:
Books to build your faith as you walk into 2014. What could be better than that?
Non-Fiction Books for You
Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer. This book is meeting me right where I am these days. I consider Tricia a writing/homeschooling mentor of sorts, and she's nailed the dance work-at-home moms wrestle with.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine. Another book that's challenging me at the beginning of a new year. After a crazy 2013, my 2014 needs to be filled with more "no's" and more of me controlling my schedule instead of it controlling me. If you need that too, this is your book.
Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose by Candace Cameron Bure. Are you seeing a pattern? I feel so inspired by all of the opportunities coming my way, but my family is my priority and it has to stay that way. Hoping this book will challenge me in this direction.
Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions by Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer. Again, I want to prioritize and celebrate my family. Not just on the big days (like Easter and Christmas) but in a million little ways, too.
A Confident Heart, Learning to Live in the Power of God's Promises by Renee Swope. I've struggled some, during this path to publication, to remember who I am—or more accurately—who God says I am. I'm very excited to read Renee's book!
Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle. I've heard it's hilarious, and since our prayer for 2014 is to have more joy, I'm really looking forward to this one!
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick. This book still ranks up there as one of my favorite parenting books. I promise, it will challenge you outside of your comfort zone.
10 Gifts of Wisdom: What Every Child Must Know Before They Leave Home by Sally Clarkson. Sally is one of my favorite boy (and girl) moms. I find her to be full of wisdom herself, so I can only imagine that this book is full of wisdom too. (Bonus: The MOB Society will be using this as our featured book club book starting in February! We haven't officially announced that yet, so consider yourselves the first to know! To get involved in the book club, request to join our private FB page).
The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood: A Proven Game Plan for Raising Sons by John Croyle. I had the opportunity to hear John speak very briefly at the DotMom Conference in 2012. If his book is as inspiring as he is, it's sure to be a good read.
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis. I've heard it's a tear-jerker, but also a great, inspiring read. I'll save it for a time when I'm not too emotional already just from life!
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist. I adore this book. Reading it made me feel like I was truly getting to know the author, and it gave me a new perspective for what and who sits around my table.
How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) by Ruth Soukup. I'm reading this one now and just loving Ruth's perspective. A great read for the bloggers and writers out there.
Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess by Me and Stacey Thacker. If you're weary, you should read it.
How to Control Your Emotions, So They Don't Control You: A Mom's Guide to Overcoming also by me. It's a biblical, highly practical approach to getting your emotions under control.
Books on Prayer
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson. Yes, I know this book was controversial, but I loved it. I highly recommend that you read it for yourself and formulate your own opinions.
Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most by Yours Truly. You know...if you're a boy mom (wink, wink).
How to Pray for Boys: A Mom's Guide to Creating Scripture-Based Prayers for Her Sons again, by Yours Truly. It's the companion guide to Praying for Boys, and you can get it free through 1/14/14 over at the MOB Society.
The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience by Stormie O'Martian. It's free. Grab it up.
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller. Hands down my favorite book on the topic of prayer. Paul Miller is so very real. You'll walk away knowing that his understanding of prayer comes from a life full of experience.
Books to Read with Your Kids
Sammy Experiences God: An Experiencing God at Home Storybook by Tom Blackaby. Experiencing God impacted me in a big way as a teenager, and it continues to today. I'm excited about using this book, based on the original, with my boys.
Christian Heroes Books 1-5 Gift Set (Christian Heroes: Then & Now): We're reading these as a part of our homeschool this year, and just couldn't love them more. I love how they make missions come alive for my boys!
Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen Taylor. Our family reads a chapter from this book every day. The chapters are short, and easy for a child to understand, but MAN are they packed with meaning. It's not unusual for me to tear up while reading it to the boys. It's just that good.
Walking on Broken Glass by Krista Allen. Read this one several years ago, loved it. It's a story of recovery that is surprisingly deep.
Wish You Well by David Baldacci. This book is set near my home in the mountains of Virginia. In fact, parts of the movie are being filmed in the county I grew up in!
Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer. I love Tricia's WWII series. This one is great.
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes. This one, written by a local friend of mine, is an aware-winning book, and for good reason. It captured me to the very end.
Song of War by Cliff Graham. I've enjoyed all of Cliff's books in the Lion of War series about King David and his Mighty Men. They're a bit on the gory side, but such was life back then. They're a great read for your older boys (teens), you, or even your husband.
David (The Hall of Mighty Men) by Cliff Graham. Cliff has written several companion books to the Lion of War series, and this one is on the top of my list for 2014. King David is my favorite.
When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffee. Billy lives about an hour from me in Virginia, and I started following his career several years ago. This is the first of his books I've read, and it was amazing. Full of suspense, with very real, believable characters and storylines, I highly recommend this book. It will give you goosebumps. That's it! What's on your reading list for 2014?
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