After finishing only two books in January, I found more time to read in February!
- The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith. This was an excellent book on Christian growth. I read it slowly as there were so many good thoughts to ponder. I added this to my Books to Read….Again board on Pinterest as I plan to revisit it in the future. One of my favorite quotes deals with accepting God’s will for our lives and reads as follows:
“Could we but for one moment get a glimpse into the mighty depths of His love, our hearts would spring out to meet His will, and embrace it as our richest treasure; and we would abandon ourselves to it with such an enthusiasm of gratitude and joy, that such a wondrous privilege could be ours.”
- Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph. This book dealt with enriching your life by examining each area and growing it to be the best that it can be. The authors cover sleeping and eating habits, soul nourishing and friendships, your relationship with God, and other topics. A favorite thought from the book – “Worry is the waste of a good imagination.”
- Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. Read my full review of this book here.
- Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock. I took this book on our weekend trip to Myrtle Beach and it was a fairly good fiction read.
- Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup. An easy read, this book features chapters on contentment, goal setting, time management, saving money, and giving. Ruth shares stories of her past overspending lifestyle, and offers practical advice for getting on track with your finances as well as refining your view on what “the good life” really is.
- Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan. If you’re a Dave Ramsey fan, there’s not a lot of new material in this book, but Chris presents it in a way that is easy to understand. He includes enough personal and client stories to keep the subject matter entertaining. The premise of the book is exactly what the title says – he encourages readers to dream of what they want their retirement to look like, then helps them develop a plan to get there.
- Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. Another interesting fiction read, this one was a little slow in the beginning, then drew me in about a quarter of the way through. The format of the story is very much like Jean Webster’s Daddy Longlegs.
- The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner. If you’d like to find a little time for yourself in the midst of a busy schedule, Jessica offers some practical tips for how to do that, as well as ideas on how to spend those special moments in a way that will most benefit you.
I’ve now finished 3 of the 36 books on my 2016 reading list. I’ll have to pick up the pace if I’m going to get them all read this year!
Have you read any good books lately?