Monday, January 4, 2016

Mom's Must Read Books for 2016

I love to read! However, I don't have much time for reading. Between homeschooling, cleaning and taking care of my husband and kids, it's all I can do to fit in some quiet time. I make sure to wake up early and read my Bible each morning, and I try to read it here and there throughout the day, as well. But this year, I have decided to set a goal of one book per month to read! Most of these books will be encouragement or spiritual growth books, but these are areas that I need to work on!

JANUARY: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer: This books is about deepening your relationship with God, which is my everyday prayer and goal in life. I ordered this book today, so I will start reading as soon as I receive it!">The Pursuit of God: Updated Edition

FEBRUARY: The New Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson: I am reading this book for an obvious reason: I have a very strong-willed child {or two}! This books tells how to raise strong-willed children to become men and women of God, and how to shape their will without breaking their spirit.">The New Strong-Willed Child

MARCH: 50 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren Wiersbe: I cannot wait to read this book. Warren Wiersbe looks at the lives of fifty "spiritual giants of the faith", showing us their lives and faith in God. It looks like a great and interesting read!">50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith

APRIL: Grace by Max Lucado: Have we settled for a "wimpy grace?" That's what this book explores - how much do we really know about grace?">Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
MAY: Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan: I have read Crazy Love by Francis Chan, and it was such a convicting book! I am excited to read Forgotten God. It talks about how we have neglected the Holy Spirit in our Christian living, and how important the Holy Spirit is to believers!">Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

JUNE: Be Amazed: Restoring an Attitude of Wonder and Worship by Warren Wiersbe: Another book by Warren Wiersbe! This book is more like a commentary. It takes you through the Minor Prophets {Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk and Malachi} examining how God wants to connect with His people.">Be Amazed (Minor Prophets): Restoring an Attitude of Wonder and Worship (The BE Series Commentary)

JULY: True Worshippers by Bob Kauflin: This book explores what true worship is and why is matters to God.">True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God

AUGUST: The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer: This book talks about the attributes of God and how to rejuvenate our prayer life, meditate effectively and experience God's presence more fully in our lives.">The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life

SEPTEMBER: Bringing up Boys by James Dobson: I am excited to read this book! I have 3 boys, and I would love some practical advice on how to raise them to be strong, godly men. {Plus, I love the simple cover to this book!}">Bringing Up Boys

OCTOBER: Bringing up Girls by James Dobson: I can't leave my girls out! This book helps you "face the challenges of raising your daughters to be come strong and confident women who excel in life."">Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women

NOVEMBER:  Wife after God by Jennifer Smith: This book is a 30 day {chapter} devotion-style book with Biblical concepts and challenges for drawing closer to your  husband and to God. I am super excited about this one, and thought about moving it up on the list, but I feel like November is the perfect month for it. So I will be patient!">Wife After God: Drawing Closer to God & Your Husband
DECEMBER: Preparing for Christmas by Richard Rohr: I felt like this would be a perfect book to read in December to prepare my heart and mind for celebrating the birth of Jesus. Isn't it a gorgeous book?">Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent
I am planning on posting a short summary or review on my blog after I read each book to help hold me accountable. Tell me, what book from my list would you most like to read? {I may do a giveaway with one!}
See what the rest of the Crew will be reading in 2016!


  1. Lots of great books on this list! You make me realize that I need to read more non-fiction. Love Tozer's writing, just as relevant today as when first published. Wiersbe and Lucado - what's not to like? I'm familiar with most of the other authors, but haven't read a complete book by them yet. Thanks for sharing on Tina's linkup.

    1. Thank you! My 2016 goal is to fill my mind with good things, and I believe these books will be very edifying! I've never read Tozer but my mom loves his works!

    2. His writing is deep, Megan, but I love it. For me, it's slow reading because I keep going back to re-read certain thoughts. Pursuit of God is the only complete book I've read, but what an impact it made! I'd love to know what you think when you've read it, Megan.

  2. I'm so impressed that you've planned your reading for the year! I'm usually doing good to know what I'll read next. I'm also terrible at reading non-fiction. I should totally do this and plan out one book a month! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm excited to read your summaries of each book through the year! I'm so glad you linked this up at Booknificent Thursday and I hope you'll keep coming back and linking up your book-related posts!