My Favorite Books From 2017

The days that follow Christmas always feel so strange. Did You know December 26 is National Pajama Day? What a great day to be National Pajama Day. If your family is like ours, you've been traveling, eating too much, sleeping in, and way out of a normal routine. With the New Year approaching, you also might already be itching for your normal routine back.  

Whether you are enjoying the break from your everyday, or you're ready to have your structure back, here is a list of some of my favorite books from this year that might help pass the time until next week! Or if reading more books is one of your goals for 2018, this might be a good list for you to look through.

(Side note, these books weren't written in 2017, I just read them this year. Also, I've included my Amazon Affiliate link to each of the book titles. This means you can click on the title to review it on Amazon, and if you decide to purchase any books, I will receive a small commission from the sale, at no additional cost to you.) 

I would love to know what your favorite books from this year were in the comment section! I'm always looking for something new to read!

 

Kristin's Favorite's:

As an introvert, I was so encouraged reading Rosa Park's beautiful story. She made such a mark in history by simply standing for what she believed in. Because of her known character, others more well known such as Martin Luther King made a stand with her, and put a voice to her story.  The story of her integrity, courage and dignity were very captivating. 

I highly recommend this book to all  women in ministry, especially women with special needs children. Kay talks about several aspects of ministry that pastor's wives deal with, such as being introverted, struggling with how to use her gifts, and balancing how to raise her children and support her family through difficult seasons of ministry. 

Tim and I are huge Dave Ramsey fans. We have goals to be completely debt-free in the next few years. While we aren't looking to be millionaires, this book is full of surprising habits and everyday, practical lifestyles that we have implemented to get out of debt and have a more simple lifestyle. 

This book is such a classic. I try to re-read it every few years. I first read it was in my early twenties and working toward becoming a Mary Kay director almost ten years ago.  It has great leadership advice, as well as practical everyday tips for how to better relate to others. 

One of my goals in life it to live a simplistic, intentional lifestyle. With two small kids and another one on the way, we are learning it takes a lot of work to keep things simple. One of my goals this year is to be more intentional with our meals, children's toys, and activities we are involved in. This book talks about this family's journey and struggles of living a simplistic lifestyle in such a fast-paced, busy world. 

Jennie Allen does a great job of addressing the busy striving we see in many parts cultural Christianity today. We often spend so much time and effort doing and seeking the approval of others, we don't leave room for prayer and our relationship with God. Jennie walks through her experience of seeking others approval from a young age, and how she finally found freedom from chasing and striving.

This book addresses the root issue of coveting with rich Biblical thought. Melissa Kruger does a great job of making this issue relatable to women with her everyday life examples, while also deeply addressing a sin issue we all deal with. 

Last year I read Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and loved it! If you haven't read it, I highy recommend it as well. Tim and I had a unique experience of flying to New York and spending a few days with the author of both books, Peter Scazzero. We are so blessed to be part of a cohort of church-planters from around the country who we can learn from and be encouraged by. This year, we were able to all meet in New York and have The Emotionally Healthy Leader training with Peter Scazzero himself.

His books address the importance emotional health has on our spiritual health and spiritual growth. If you have been feeling stuck in your spiritual walk and asking yourself which book you should read this year, I would suggest this one. 

 

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!!

 

Kristin Milner