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In 2018, I made it my goal to read more books in 2018. In August, my whole life is going to be changing as I become a mother and I’m sort of on a little road to rediscovery before that happens. I think I have a pretty good handle on who I am so it’s not an entire personality overhaul but there’s definitely a lot I want to learn before this little one comes. So, I made it a goal to read more books in 2018 that will teach me some things about life and myself.
I’ve been reading a lot about some habits of the ultra-successful and one of the top habits included reading…a lot. I think nowadays, reading is a seriously underrated activity, one that most of us dread because it was forced on us in school, but it’s underrated nonetheless. I only realized the real magic of books once I finished school.
My amazingly sweet friend, Crystal (check her out here) has honestly been such an inspiration to me for lots of reasons. First off, she’s just an amazing, genuine person, and so so sweet. Secondly, she is a devoted follower of the Lord and she reads the Bible every single morning. She proclaims her love for him in such a sweet way every time I hear from her. She’s just kind of a ray of sunshine in an all-too-often gloomy world. I’ve always been a follower of the Lord but since early last year, I’ve just felt a really strong call to grow nearer to Him. I go to church super often and I always feel fulfilled whenever I leave (our pastor is such an amazing woman). However, I find myself wanting to dig deeper. So, sweet Crystal has inspired me to begin reading the Bible. I want to start taking time to myself each day to interpret His word and really feel his presence as I draw nearer.
So, the Bible is on my top must-reads for 2018! As per Crystal’s suggestion, and upon looking into it myself, I’m going to be following along with the good Word using the She Reads Truth Bible. Over on their website, there are loads of free reading plans. These will guide you through different parts of the Bible which I personally am going to utilize. Along with that, I’ve joined the Bishop’s Good Book Club. Beginning this Sunday, everyone in the entire Episcopal diocese, nationwide will start reading the Book of Luke. Then, after Easter, we will read the Book of Acts. I’m really excited about it, and if you’re interested, it’s free to join. Best part is, you don’t have to be an Episcopalian!
Next up on my list of must-reads is a book I randomly came across in Target. It just caught my eye and I knew I needed to have it. It’s called 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do and it’s by Amy Morin. I’m already two chapters in and so insanely happy I picked it up on a whim. I’ve already found so much truth is what Amy is saying. So much of what she’s saying is totally changing my mindset and really has me thinking. It’s a great, easy read and I’m loving it already. I’ve been having to limit myself to just one chapter a night to pace myself!
For me, these two books are only the beginning of what I hope will be a long and exciting journey of finding books and words that really speak to me. I’m hoping to find words of wisdom, words of inspiration, words of hope and so much more. I want to take my time when I’m reading whatever books I may find, in the hopes that I will really hear something in each authors’ words and thoughts. I want to find things that speak to me and make me think or reflect.
What inspirational or other amazing books have you read that you can recommend? What have those books done for you and why did you love it so much?