Living Your Best Life: Favorite Books for Personal Growth

We have already established that I love books. Sometimes, and by sometimes I mean mostly, I love to read mindless fiction so that I can escape reality.  I call it candy. I love real candy and book candy.

These books are not candy.

These books are fresh fruit. With incredible benefits for your soul. They are designed to heal. To uproot lies and replace them with Truth.

 Like apples of Gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time | Proverbs 25:11 | The Girl Who Lives In My Head

My friend Sandy loved Proverbs 25:11.

I can still hear her voice sparkling with delight as she read it from her Amplified Bible.

Imagine a beautiful silver bowl filled with luscious fruit.

apple

Or basket after green basket of fresh ripe berries.

berries

 

Here are five books that were a well-spoken word in the right season.

They came into my life when I needed them most.

 The Divine Romance | Gene Edwards | The Girl Who Lives In My Head

  1. The Divine Romance

This book changed the way I saw God. And my understanding of how God sees me. It is an allegory of creation. All the way to the Cross. And beyond. If you have ever struggled with the whole “Bride of Christ” concept. Read this. Yesterday.

Here what the back of the book says, “A breathtakingly beautiful saga spanning from eternity to eternity, presented from the view of angels. Experience creation, the crucifixion, and the resurrection from this unique viewpoint, and gain a better understanding of the majestic love of God. Gene Edwards’s classic tale is the greatest love story ever told.”

 Shattered Dreams | Larry Crabb | The Girl Who Lives In My Head

2. Shattered Dreams

Larry Crabb say that in everyone’s life, some dream will shatter. Something you thought you could count on won’t come through.  No one leaves this world unscathed. And whether you believe God allowed it or ordained it, He could have prevented it. And you have to make peace with that God*.  That is what the last eight years of my life have been about. Making peace with a God whose plans are different than mine.

Cure For the Common Life | Max Lucado | The Girl Who Lives in my Head

3. Cure For the Common Life

I read this book when I hated everything about my life. Especially my job. It gave me hope. And the courage to make a change. What really helped were the exercises at the back of the book that help you rediscover what you really love. And what you were made to do. It’s what led me to teaching. And back to Young Life. It was also only $.99 on Kindle at the time of this post. Click the title to grab it.

Daring Greatly | Brene Brown | The Girl Who Lives In My Head

4. Daring Greatly

Brene Brown. Is. Rocking. My. World. It is why I talk about her here. And here. She is a researcher who decided to study shame. And made a startling observation. People who live wholeheartedly embrace vulnerability. The rest of us do three things to avoid it.

Numb it out.

Perfect it out.

Or in my case, forbode it out.

I rehearse tragedy so I don’t feel pain. Meaning, I have spent most of my life running worse case scenario’s so when things don’t pan out, I’m not devastated.

But her discovery, you can’t feel true joy without feeling vulnerable.

She explains it so much better. Trust me. So worth the read.

And if perfectionism is your game, check out her book I Thought It Was Just Me.

 Jesus Calling | Sarah Young| The Girl Who Lives In My Head

5. Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling is my jam. I read it every day along with My Utmost For His Highest. It’s a daily reading written as if God is speaking to you. Not everyone is a fan. Fair enough. But I am. God uses it all the time to speak to me, encourage me and reaffirm His incredible love for me. If you decide to give it a whirl, I love the large print edition because it was the scriptures written out on the bottom. And there’s room to journal. Unofficially.

 

What is a book that changed your life?

 Or brought a well-spoken word in season?

I’m always looking for something new to read.

 

Love, Love, Love,

The Girl Who Lives in My Head

P.S. This book is wrecking me right now. I’ve just started and already cried twice.

 Looking for Lovely | Annie Downs | The Girl Who Lives in my Head

 

 

 
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11 comments

  1. Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend turned my life upside down! Currently I am loving Introverts in the Church. Thanks for the new books to add to my list!

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    1. My pleasure!! I tried Boundaries but couldn’t wrap my head around the concept. Than I read “Boundaries in Dating” by them and the lightbulb a came on!! So good!!

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  2. A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller has to be on my top 5 list of must read books. I read it at least every other year and has taught me about the loving hands of our sovereign Father through the picture of the shepherd caring for his sheep. It has brought me comfort and reassurance during periods of my life when I didn’t understand what or why God was allowing certain things to happen. This little book is a sparkling gem on my shelf!

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  3. I know most people read this years ago, but I finally got around to “Same Kind of Different As Me.” Holy moly… such a great read. This morning I finished “7” by Jen Hatmaker. Funny and convicting all at the same time. Don’t want to take up all your space–the rest of my suggestions are on my website. 🙂

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    1. I LOVED “Same Kind of Different As Me.” Such a great read. I need to finish 7. It was before I heard Jen live and developed my crush.

      Here is where you can read Carrie’s faves:

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  4. such a good list! mine are Ragamuffin Gospel and Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning, Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen, Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence and House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout…at least off the top of my head 🙂

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