Can 2013 really be coming to a close? I feel like the year just barely began. I can clearly remember sitting in our family living room writing down my goals and resolutions for the New Year. I was extremely ambitious about workout goals, reading goals, goals to share the gospel, and much more.
How can it already be that time of year again? I guess I will just have to accept the fact that the New Year is coming whether I am ready or not, and I was hoping you could help me make plans for it. Will you help me get my 2014 book list started?
For the past three years, I’ve kept an ongoing list of every single book that I’ve read. It’s been really cool to keep track of what I’ve read, how much I’ve read, and what I’ve learned—not to mention it keeps me motivated. I don’t want to look back at the end of the year and realize that I’ve only read one small book. Although it may seem simple, having a check-off list to mark when I complete a book is really motivating. When I read solid Christian books, they challenge me and encourage me to grow. They also challenge me to keep an eternal perspective on my life.
It’s exciting to think about the incredible Christian men and women who have written books that we can read and learn from. We have the privilege to gain wisdom from great missionaries, wise women, wise men, and even some of our peers. Think of edavis and phendricks here on the blog. They have both written books that we can learn a ton from. We just need a little bit of discipline, a good book list, and we will be well on our way to making 2014 a great year.
Let’s get started with our book exchange. I’m going to share with you my top five picks from this past year.
- Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick
- Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
- Surrender: The Heart God Controls by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
- The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by C.J. Mahaney
- What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp
If you’re looking for some challenging, inspiring, and encouraging books for your 2014 reading list, any of these will do. Although they each cover a different topic, they all focus on the central theme of the gospel. Each one challenges us to make Christ the central focus of our lives. Whether it’s in relationships, day-to-day activities, thought life, or future plans, we should be living with Christ on the forefront of our minds. If you decide to read any of these books, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
It’s your turn now. I want to know which books I should add to my 2014 reading list. What are some of your favorites? Which books have challenged you? If I could read only one book (besides the Bible), what would you recommend?
I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I’ll choose three of you to win a free copy of Lies Young Women Believe to get your 2014 reading off to a great start!