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I set a purpose to end 80 books in 2020. I ended up solely ending 67 books, however I learn and listened to some nice books, so I’m going to name {that a} win — even when I fell wanting my purpose!

I’ve liked utilizing GoodReads to trace my studying. It is actually motivational to see my progress and to have a one-stop place to see all of the books I learn + my star score of them.

Of the 67 books I learn in 2020, I picked 10 favorites. These had been the ten that impacted me probably the most, that I loved probably the most, that resonated with me deeply, and/or are those that I’ll carry classes from for years to come back.

Here are my Top 10 Picks (in no specific order):

The Giver by Lois Lowry

It’s uncommon that I re-read books, however each as soon as in awhile, I take pleasure in a e book sufficient to re-read it. The Giver was one such e book. It’s intriguing and makes you suppose at a deep degree.

I don’t know that “enjoy” is essentially the phrase I might use to explain my emotions on it. Maybe “genuinely thought-provoking” could be a extra correct phrase.

Kaitlynn and Silas truly instructed that I learn it aloud to them, in order that’s truly what motivated me to tug it out. Silas hadn’t learn it earlier than and it sparked so many nice discussions. And once I ended the e book this time, I had a unique tackle the conclusion than I did final time.

Here’s my evaluate that I wrote once I learn the e book again in 2017 and it’s nonetheless legitimate:

Finally, I learn The Giver for the primary time. And you guys, I don’t fairly know what to say about this e book. At first, I used to be so annoyed by the ending. That’s it?!?! No! There must be extra!

And then I needed to ponder and ponder over the e book. I couldn’t get it out of my mind. What am I lacking? Why is it haunting me?

The extra I contemplated, the extra I actually began to like the e book and the highly effective method it reminds us that with out ache and struggling, we will’t expertise emotional connection or really really feel at a deep degree. If we took all the ache away from the world, it might additionally take away a lot depth and the power to expertise life in full shade.

I needed I might have learn this e book with a e book membership. And I completely perceive why some individuals like it and a few individuals don’t prefer it in any respect. Have you learn it? If so, I’d love hear your ideas on it.

Note: This e book talks about issues that would probably be disturbing or upsetting to delicate children. I’d suggest studying it forward of time and probably studying it with them.

Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad

I knew inside studying only a few pages of this e book that I used to be going to like it. I’m solely vaguely acquainted with John Eldredge and had by no means learn any of his different books, however I really discovered this e book useful and provoking.

In truth, I discovered it so useful, that Jesse and I recorded a podcast collectively with a few of my preliminary ideas from the e book final week. Then, we invited John to come back do an interview with me the place he shared much more about what first prompted him to write down this e book (he was feeling burnt out and hooked on his telephone and electronic mail) and every day practices which have helped him to regain his perspective, renew his soul, and refresh his spirit.

We recorded the podcast episode with him right now and I can’t wait to share it with you subsequent week! I believe you’ll discover his ideas on caring on your soul, the ability of the one-minute pause, and cultivating magnificence in your life to actually be an inspiration!

And, if you happen to can’t inform, I additionally positively suggest studying this e book! 🙂

Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

Y’all! Do you understand how a lot our ideas can influence our life — for good or for dangerous? If we dwell on poisonous ideas, it may smash so many issues in our life — from our perspective to {our relationships} to our marriage and a lot extra.

If you battle with insecurity, stress, frustration, or feeling like you might be failing, this e book is for you. If you end up doubting whether or not God is nice or if He actually cares about you, this e book is a should learn. If you’re feeling like you might be caught, overwhelmed, or continuously frazzled, learn this e book.

I assumed that the primary few chapters had been particularly useful. Jennie Allen shares actually about her personal journey with getting caught in unhealthy beliefs and thought patterns after which shares how she discovered a method out.

While a few of the e book appeared somewhat redundant and like there was some filler info (particularly the second half of the e book), I discovered her insights to be very useful. My favourite half was the illustrations that gave tangible methods to vary your considering.

The Boy on the Wooden Box

We learn this aloud as a household and it was a winner e book — that means, all of us loved it and located it participating. It is the true autobiographical story of Leon Leyson, a boy who survived the holocaust because of being on Schindler’s List.

While I’ve learn a whole lot of books about World War II, this one introduced perception and perspective on some issues that I hadn’t heard earlier than. I assumed it was an particularly good learn for our present occasions because it reminds you of how a lot we nonetheless have, regardless that it may really feel like there’s a whole lot of unrest, unknowns, and upheaval in our lives.

It sparked a whole lot of nice dialog and dialogue across the dinner desk. Do word that a few of the materials it covers may be scary or unsettling for teenagers who’re particularly delicate. While it didn’t delve into the atrocities of struggle and focus camps in actually graphic phrases, it did cowl a few of the hardships and brutality that the Jews suffered.

Raising Worry-Free Girls

Whether you have got sons or daughters, I believe this can be a useful learn. Yes, all of her tales, anecdotes, and recommendation is extra girl-driven, however I believe a lot of it applies to boys (and adults!), too.

There is an epidemic of tension occurring amongst our youth. This e book offers you some beginning locations, nice instruments, and many food-for-thought that can assist you fight your children’ anxiousness.

I discovered so many new insights, sensible recommendation, and sensible concepts for us to implement in our dwelling via the pages. This e book will not be a alternative for counseling or remedy, however it might be a unbelievable beginning place if you happen to really feel like your baby may be battling anxiousness.

The Whole-Brain Child

I actually can’t cease speaking about this e book. Poor Jesse has needed to hearken to me rave many times about it! 🙂

This was extremely really useful to by one in every of our youngsters’ counselors and and one in every of their therapists prior to now few years and I lastly learn it. It is full of nice recommendations and techniques for serving to our youngsters course of the world, relate higher with others, and really feel extra liked and safe.

It will not be written from a Christian perspective, however I discovered the sections on mind science to be fascinating and actually enlightening. If you’re a mum or dad or work with children in any capability, I extremely suggest this e book that can assist you higher love, perceive, educate, and nurture the youngsters in your life.

Note: I might have given it 5 stars, however I disagreed with a few of the factors (and felt a number of weren’t fully Biblical) so I solely gave it a 4-star score.

Romancing Your Child’s Heart

Romancing Your Child’s Heart is a e book I believe each Christian mum or dad ought to learn. In truth, it’s the most effective parenting books I’ve learn.

While a few of the illustrations may appear somewhat outdated or not one thing which are relatable for your loved ones (the writer could be very a lot an outdoorsman kind of particular person and he and his spouse raised their children in the identical vein), the premise of the e book is one thing I believe all of us want to listen to.

It’s really easy for us as dad and mom to deal with rules-based parenting and spending our days correcting our youngsters as a substitute of cheerleading them and studying to speak properly with them. And whereas boundaries and parameters are necessary, we will miss relationship within the course of, if we’re not cautious.

I like how the writer actually challenges dad and mom to take the time and make an effort to construct relationships with our youngsters, to hearken to them, to embrace them for who God created them to be, and to not attempt to make them into one thing they aren’t or that we predict they’re speculated to be.

Catch Me If You Can

I can’t cease speaking about this e book! It is the fascinating story of Frank Abagnale who was a daring con man and imposter. I listened to the audiobook and saved having to cease it to share one more unbelievable story with Jesse of one thing that he did.

Frank traveled all around the world posing as a pilot, cashed 2.5 million {dollars} in cast checks, and even labored as an lawyer and medical physician (when he hadn’t gone to highschool for both!).

If you want a great pay attention of a narrative that’s virtually so loopy that you would be able to’t consider it’s true, I like to recommend this e book. It’s additionally a great reminded that not the whole lot is prefer it appears and we shouldn’t take the whole lot at face worth! It additionally was such a telling story about how cash can’t purchase happiness.

I’m giving it 5 stars as a result of I couldn’t cease speaking about it. I’d love to listen to your ideas if you happen to’ve learn it/listened to it.

Note: There is a few language and a few PG-13 subjects in it.

Standing Strong

I liked this e book and gleaned a lot from it (as you possible know if you happen to observe me on Instagram since I saved speaking about it there!) This e book is Alli’s story of struggling via some onerous seasons and what she discovered about trusting the Lord within the face of adversity.

Here’s one put up I shared on Instagram because of studying this e book:

You aren’t sufficient — in your personal energy. But, in Christ, you are able to do ALL issues!

As @alliworthington goes on to say in her new e book, Standing Strong, “You could not really feel capable of stand robust. You could also be full of self-doubt. When you hear others speak about nice ladies of God, you could say, ‘Oh, that’s not me.’

“But pal, it’s you. You are greater than you suppose you might be.

“A superpower exists inside you. If you are a believer, the Holy Spirit lives in you. We can’t keep walking around feeling powerless like life is happening to us, like we are victims. The Spirit of God lives inside us, empowering us for greatness. We just have to tap into it.”

If you wish to hear extra of my ideas on this e book and listen to a few of the highlights, make sure to hearken to my podcast episode with Alli Worthington.

Atomic Habits

This is, by far, my very favourite e book on habits. James Clear, the writer, does such an excellent job of unpacking why and learn how to construct good habits.

I’ve learn a whole lot of e book on this subject and I really feel like he has a really recent and inspiring method. The e book will not be written from a Christian perspective so I disagree with a few of his worldview and conclusions, however there are such a lot of nice nuggets of fact and inspiration on this e book.

If you’re feeling like you might be ceaselessly failing at observe via otherwise you simply can’t appear to stay with good habits, I extremely suggest studying this e book.

I listened to it a couple of 12 months in the past and liked it a lot that I purchased a tough copy after which slowly learn it once more this 12 months. That tells you ways useful I discovered it!

Honorable Mentions

Five Days in November — A really intimate and private have a look at what it was like to guard Mrs. Kennedy throughout the days main as much as and after President Kennedy was assassinated

Orphan Train — A must-read for anybody who’s contemplating adoption or foster care. This is well-written and fascinating and sheds gentle on the orphan trains (part of historical past I hadn’t heard of) plus modern-day foster care struggles. Note: It incorporates a number of sections on baby molestation that may be triggering to some.

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget — A good looking story of learn how to sensible stroll out forgiveness when it feels inconceivable. Listen to my podcast episode with Lysa TerKeurst on this subject right here.

Coming subsequent learn: my studying targets for 2021 + an inventory of books I plan to learn.

What had been YOUR favourite reads in 2020? I’d love to listen to!

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