If I could say one thing about Goal Planning is that in the last year, I have really seen great results from it. It was the first year that I had taken it seriously and made my goals public and found and accountability partner. I have always had a love for reading but was in a season of life that I just couldn’t find the time to pick up a book to read. So for 2016 I set a goal of finding the time to read at least 1 book a month.
The most important book to read for me and get my nourishment from is the Bible, this is where I like to start my days with. This year I am reading it in Chronological order following the simple print out available from here. It’s a two page print out that I end up using as my bookmark and enjoy crossing off the days as I complete the reading.
Finding time to read was my biggest obstacle but as I looked carefully at my daily schedule I realized that I could carve out the time for anything that I thought was important to me.
Investing in books is something that I’ve come to appreciate over the years and setting aside a few dollars a month for a book has become part of our budget. I have found affordable books at thrift stores or other second hand book stores such as Half Off Books. Christian Book has good prices on Christian books and I always check with what amazons prices are since with prime I get free shipping it’s sometimes for affordable to purchase on amazon.
Did you know you can get books for free? You can go to your local library and get a library card and check out books for free! Also most libraries have accounts with apps such as hoopla or overdrive where you can check out FREE audio books! For those of you who have long drives to work or are planning a road trip this is a great way to listen to a book. Also if you’re like me and find yourself folding laundry late at night when the whole house is sleeping, it’s a perfect time to turn on an audio book and help the time go by quicker.
If I could select my top choices of books that I’ve read this year I would start off with a great book on marriage. You and Me Forever by Francis Chan just rocks your world and makes you look at marriage in a completely different way. This is a great book to read with your husband/wife and talk about the chapters as you finish them.
My top choice for books on parenting is, The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. I learned how critical of a role I play in my child’s life and how much I impact those little ones. I have never highlighted so much in a book and this is definitely a book that I will reference back in the future.
My top choice for a business book is one that’s been recommended by my husband for some years and I finally got around to reading it this year. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki is a quick read packed with wonderful information.
Books I read in 2016 that I recommend:
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
Living Well Spending Less By Ruth Soukup
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget By Crystal Paine
The Total Money Makeover– Dave Ramsey
Fervent By Priscilla Shirer
Divine Design By John MacArthur
The power of a praying wife By Stormie Omartain
You and me Forever by Francis Chan
Unglued – Lysa Terkeurst
Twelve Extraordinary Women By John MacArthur
A Woman After Gods own Heart by Elizabeth George
The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
Boundaries For kids by Henry Cloud and John Towensend
A really great reference I came across after writing this post is a Christian Reading Challenge for Christian Women (they have a mens one too for your husbands) at Young Wife Guide. It has SO many great books that once I get through those on my reading list I’ll be attacking the ones on hers!