There are different ways you can invest in yourself, and one of which is to pick up a book. Who knows, the answer to that brain-racking question in your head could be found in a book you have-for one reason or the other- been too lazy to read/borrow/buy pick your sin.
When we talk about books being a qualitative investment, I hope you know we really don’t mean Harlequin books and the Chic-lit genre? Just making sure we are on the same page.
I love my novels: my Davinci, Sophie Kinsella, Danielle Steel. But I’m able to discern when my soul needs more.
It’s been a long week, at least over here – and it has been some really hectic season. What books have been keeping you balanced? Sharpening and refining your mental capacity, emotional soundness, and spiritual alertness?
I have been studying the Richest Man in Babylon, a good book if you are only just learning how to build up your finances.
The books I will be highlighting below may not be about securing your finances. But believe me, they are the concrete, spiritual, emotional, and mental investments you need to thrive.
12 Books To Motivate & Inspire Your Spiritual Glow-Up
When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams – Jill Eileen Smith
Life is full of twists and turns. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or have situations pushed upon us we never expected. Yet in all of it, God is at our side–even when He feels far away – Amazon review.
Jill Eileen Smith draws her lessons from the women in the Bible: Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Lot’s wife. Each faced unexpected plot twists and difficult life choices that even we still face today. How do you learn to trust God when nothing makes sense?
Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was and Who God Has Always Been – Jackie Hill Perry
“I used to be a lesbian.”
In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own uncensored story of how she used to be gay. And how God in his own mercies found her. This is a story of restitution, of hope, and God’s unfathomable love.
Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild – Mary A Kassian
This world is always teaching us girls how we ought to behave; don’t talk a certain way, or else you are a prude. Don’t dress like that, you look ‘churchy.’ Don’t act like that, it is so old-fashioned! We are in a never-ending cycle of wanting to belong yet, knowing that we have been set apart.
Mary Kassian is no stranger to this pressure. But she knows there’s another side to it-the devastation and heartache being wild can bring. Her insights from Proverbs on the differences between a saucy, seductive Wild Thing, and a smart, biblically-savvy Wise Thing is a must-read. This book will help you live out God’s spectacular design for you. Amazon Review.
Eat Cake. Be Brave – Melissa Radke
And maybe, just maybe, reading about my journey to find my sense of self-worth will help you rightfully believe in yours – Melissa Radke.
Sometimes you need to read another woman’s journey to stay encouraged and gather enough ammo to fight your fight. Melissa Radke is a mom who juggles parenting, her career, and her relationship with God into a beautiful mix that’s her life.
She Laughs – Choosing Faith Over Fear by Carolanne Miljavac
“The Bible says a joyful heart and laughter are good medicine, and She Laughs is definitely ibuprofen for the soul. It’s inspirational, biblically sound, and downright funny. I know it will bless readers in whatever season they find themselves.” –Susannah Lewis of Whoa Susannah, author of Can’t Make This Stuff Up.
Odd(ly) Enough: Standing Out When the World Begs You To Fit In – Carolanne Miljavac
“My reaction to the first few words of Odd(ly) Enough was, I need to hang out with this woman! Her humor, her transparency (my favorite way to relate), her stories—I loved it all. But it was her hard-won wisdom and humble willingness to lay it all bare before our sweet Jesus that kept me turning the pages. Don’t miss this one, y’all! I may reread it, slower this time!” –Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, speaker, radio host, and author of Devotions for the Hungry Heart
Live: Remain Alive, Be Alive at a Specified Time, Have an Exciting or Fulfilling Life
In Live, Sadie Robertson inspires you to:
- Thrive in the life God gave us by making choices that will lead us into the fullness He has for us, not into the emptiness the world offers
- Find confidence, deal with haters, live in the moment, discover the power of words, and identify the difference between what leads to life and what leads to death
- Wholeheartedly embrace God’s ways and God’s truth and make better choices. Amazon review
How to Have Your Life Not Suck: Becoming Today Who You Want to Be Tomorrow – Bianca Olthoff
Bianca has curated a manual for the modern woman that will help you:
- Connect with a mentor, let go of bad friendships, and find a relationship worth keeping
- Trust the goodness of God even in loss, betrayal, and unanswered questions
- Take initiative, do hard things, and achieve meaningful success
- Fall in love with God’s Word and see the Bible come alive – Amazon review.
Make Room: Finding Where Faith Fits – Jonathan McReynolds
Make room Sis, for God. Let him in on every single thing that goes on in your life. There’s no area that he shouldn’t have access to – the bible says the hairs on your head are numbered. So if you have shrugged off telling him how your hair keeps breaking because it’s not important enough to pray about, think again.
The Whole Woman – Ezekiel & Kiyanna Azonwu
I used to be the girl that held on to hurt and how someone treated me in the past to color my approach to new human interactions. Not until I read that you shouldn’t be that human who judges everybody based on that ONE or sporadic horrible experiences.
This is not what eventually changed me though. It was my commitment to be the woman on a journey of growth all day, every day. And bring my best self to whatever table I sit at that changed me(still in the process).
You can’t be so careful that you live life hurt free. One way or the other, you will have your own fair share of scars, and it will be your choice to make whether they are enough to define you.
We are all BROKEN. Our brokenness manifests in how we interact with family, friends, and especially lovers. It tears away at our security, forcing us to wall ourselves off for fear of more pain. We sabotage relationships and hinder our growth, unwilling to face the traumas of our past that hold us in bondage. Being a woman comes with its own set of challenges, but why allow your past to rob your joy of singleness and keep you in toxic relationships? Amazon review.
You need to pick up this book. Say amen! Amen!
She Prays: A 31-Day Journey to Confident Conversations with God – Debbie Lindell
I asked you to affirm that you needed the previous book, but ladies don’t get that one without getting this one too. It is time to burrow deep into his secret place – the place of prayer.
You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You – Jess Connolly
It has taken one million, maybe one zillion (who knows?!), slight moves of God’s hand to place you in this exact moment. So forget about fear and second-guessing your gifts because God has meticulously prepared you to be an ambassador for the Kingdom right where you are, here and now. Life is too short to get stuck in a holding pattern of shame, self-doubt, and comparison. GoodReads Review.
I had a responsibly hard time sifting through my selections, deciding which ones got on here and those that had to wait. Yeah, I could go on and on and on and on with books that will bless you from your head down to your tippy-toes, but you see, a girl has to drop pen – the ink has dry. Catch you later.
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