I’m not an avid book reader by nature, but I’ve learned over the years that the knowledge those bound papers hold are priceless. Not to mention the encouragement that leaps off the pages into your soul.
I tried to raise my reading game this year. In doing so I found some books that have molded and changed my life. I’m listing 12 of them below in random order. It would be hard to pick a favorite.
1. The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing — it was a joy to travel to Guatemala with Jeff Goins the author of this book in February. When this book released it was the perfect time in my chaotic life to realize that the frustrating in-between times are a gift. I needed to slow down and see them as so.
2. Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage — I read this book on a cruise in October. I couldn’t get enough. Love the writing style and the journey was captivating. It book made me want to travel, be adventurous and not let my baggage hold me back.
3. The UNBLOGGER: Discovering the Power of Story in a “How-To” World — If you are a writer or any sorts, you need to read this book. It is such a great reminder that we need not get caught up living behind our desk, but to live life. Live a a good story so you can impact others through your authenticity.
4. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World — Full of short little snippets of how love slows down to do for others. You will not want to put this book down.
5. Activist Faith: From Him and For Him — When I received this book for review, I was excited to read about the different ways each of us could get involved in homelessness, orphan care, poverty in our own communities. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it became the book that showed me where God was leading me in the area of human trafficking.
6. Not in My Town: Exposing and Ending Human Trafficking — If you think human trafficking is not happening in your town — think again. This book is eye opening and a great read. Written from an investigator that wanted to prove it wasn’t happening in his city. Needless to say his eyes were opened to a very dark truth.
7. Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children — Need information on human trafficking, start here.
8. The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking — One in every four girls is sexually abused, and one out of every six boys. This book provides incredible information of the challenge of healing those who have been exploited sexually. Written by Mary Frances the found of Well Spring in Atlanta that I got to tour in October.
9. The Early to Rise Experience: Learn to Rise Early in 30 Days — Looking for a more productive 2014. Start here. Andy Traub’s book in very motivational, plus upon purchase you receive many other bonuses. Let’s make 2014 a great year!
10. The Unlikely Missionary: From Pew-Warmer to Poverty-Fighter — I loved this book! At times I felt like Dan King’s story was my story.
11. Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting — When I left for Guatemala in February, I had no idea how it would change my life. I read this book upon returning and realized that in south Texas the number one country children are trafficked from is Guatemala. This book has great information.
12. Undaunted: Daring to Do what God has Called You to Do — Are you looking for an inspiring and encouraging read? Start here. you will be challenged to step out and do what God has called you to!
There were so many other books that helped change my thought processes this last year. I also read a few great books by my friends — Dear Dad by Sundi Jo, Becoming a Life Changer by Tammy Helfrich, and It is Finished by Michelle D. Howe.
Are you an avid reader? Do you have books on your shelf that I should read? What are they?