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Best Books of 2018

I’ve always been an avid reader. Some of the best books I’ve had the pleasure of reading through the years have been ones I’ve acquired from the library and Goodwill. But lately I’ve been using Audible to listen to my books since I’m a busy mom of six. Audible makes a great addition to those long car rides, by the way. I’d highly recommend it.

I just added this beauty this morning.

Living Well on a Budget

I actually already own the paperback version of Ruth Soukup’s Living Well Spending Less, but it’s so good that I’m reading it a THIRD time on Audible. This time I’ll be listening and typing notes for myself whereas the first TWO times I read it I made notes in the margins. I also highlighted a LOT of text. Again, it’s well worth reading. So please do.

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How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul. Yes, this is also by Ruth. She truly is a dynamic author that you should check out if you haven’t already. She’s an inspiration in so many ways. I personally not only read her books, her blog, but I also enrolled in her Elite Blog Academy which has helped prepare me to launch this very blog into a full time career. Again, if you’ve never read anything by Ruth, do yourself a favor. Check out her blog and check out what she has to say. Love her!

Jeff Kinney                       The Last Straw

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Are you surprised this made my list? Think it’s a book series for your pre-teen? Give it a chance!

This book series is hilarious! My boys love it and have read and re-read almost the entire series. Again, they love it. And I love reading it to them.

If you’re looking for a book series that will have you laughing out loud, then these are it. Check out Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


J.K. Rowling

After singing the praises of a funny preteen series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I couldn’t not post my ALL TIME FAVORITE Book series.

Yes, folks. I’m a Harry Potter fan.

Love, love, love these classic tales. And yes, I loved the movies too (although I think the books are better- shhh!).

Personally, I think many of never outgrow the awe and wonder of magic. J.K. Rowling did an amazing job with this series which will always be one of my favorites. And, by the way, her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just had a sequel to the first movie come out. It’s pretty good, too.

Andy Stanley Irresistible Reclaiming Irresistible by Andy Stanley. Andy Stanley happens to be not just a best selling author of many many books (all of which I’ve loved) but he’s also the head pastor over the North Point Ministries based out of Alpharetta, GA.

In my opinion, anything Andy has written is well worth reading. This book, Irresistible did not disappoint.

If you’re looking for an inspirational and eye opening account of how to refresh your faith, then read this.

Jesus was revolutionary. He brought good news- the very BEST news in fact, to the world. But many people have become disenchanted with our faith, or perhaps more accurately, the church. If you’re feeling that way, then check out this book. Inspiration at its best with practical applications.

Early to rise

Next we have The Miracle Morning. For those that missed my recent blog post about waking up early, this is the (as Hal Elrod puts it) the Not-So-Obvious key to success- waking up early! The early bird not only gets the worm, but apparently success!

Levi Lusko

Through the Eyes of a Lion. By Levi Lusko.

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I had the privilege of hearing Levi speak at my church, Woodstock City, a couple of years ago. And his story had me in tears.

The book’s description, Facing Impossible Pain, Finding Incredible Power, details Levi and his family’s loss of their daughter just days before Christmas, and how they have been able to keep going despite their horrible pain.

This story is one of strength. Of Christ living within us to help us overcome even our most painful moments. And the hope we find in Him alone, knowing each day we are one day closer to meeting our loved ones that have gone to heaven before us- and before their time. Inspirational, but not for the faint of heart.

Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face. This was my very first Audible purchase. I listened to it and listened to it, for hours. But I was honestly reluctant to put this one on my list of best books.

While I believe this to be an amazing story for the entrepreneur inside of all of us, I was reluctant to place it on my top books list because I believe it is marketed as a Christian book. Hollis mentions her faith multiple times throughout the book, but I’m conflicted on whether the message that our hope lies in Christ alone is conveyed in this story effectively.

Regardless, Hollis is truly an inspiration. She has an incredible story to share that is chock full of example after example of obstacles she has faced and overcome. But after hours of listening, I was personally disappointed that her faith, and not just her faith, but the cornerstone of it- Christ- was not more of a main character in her story.

It’s still worth a read and if you’re looking to have a fire lit under you about becoming an entrepreneur, this is it. But if you’re looking for more of a Christ centered story, perhaps look at one of the other titles I mentioned about faith above. Or check out anything by Andy Stanley.

Aussie Dave

Aussie Dave Adamson is an author, YouTube sensation, father, and inspiration. His book, Chasing the Light, is meant to highlight the beauty around us while giving practical, biblical, teachings.

Dave is an inspirational person whose story was riddled with obstacles and trauma that would break a person not grounded in Christ. His faith is exemplary and this devotional he’s put together complete with AMAZING photos is accurately titled “to grow your faith”.

If you are in need of a daily devotional and love visuals, I would highly recommend this book. And if you get a chance, check out Dave’s YouTube channel where he gives practical insight into the Bible with humor and enthusiasm. Wonderful.

Ruth Soukup Clutter free

31 Days to a Clutter Free Life. Yes, another best book by Ruth Soukup. In this wonderfully practical edition to grow your Ruth Soukup collection (and my own). Did I mention she’s amazing? It gives practical tips to clear your home and schedule. So get clutter free. Because whether we recognize it or not, clutter is killing us. Read more on my opinion of why we should all live minimalist lifestyles here.

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Andy Stanley. Again, this is one of my favorite authors of all time. He’s a pastor, father, church leader, writer, and he also appears in Your Move. He is a man of many talents. A man after God’s own heart.

The New Rules for Love Sex and Dating is a must read, even if you’re single.

While compiling my list of best books of the year, I keep using the terms inspirational, practical, and terms like awesome, because they’re all true. These are the kinds of books you want to have in your library. To have to refer back to again and again. Because trials happen, questions arise, and these stories and others like them provide hope that there is something more out there. That there is a higher purpose. And they are full of advice for the here and now.

Now onto my Audible wish list. And again, if you haven’t tried Audible, what are you waiting for? Go for it!


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In being savvy with my finances, I’m building on the virtue of patience.

I love Audible, so I’m adding the books below to my Wish list and I truly believe I’ll be writing a review next year adding these to my best books review. And in keeping to my budget (patience, remember) as my monthly credits come available, I’ll be using my credits on the books below.

If you’d like to check them out first and leave a review below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Currently on my Wish list are:

Living Well Spending Zero

31 Days of Living Well and Spending ZERO by Ruth Soukup.

I’ve actually read several books by Ruth and thus far, I’ve fallen in love with all of her works. I highly anticipate this one will be just as good.

She’s also the author of Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul.

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Do It Scared Which, by the way, she also has a podcast up by the same name. How amazing is that?!

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Ruth Soukup

And really, after all the Ruth Soukup novels, I could just start adding Andy Stanley titles. Andy and Sandra Stanley titles. Like Comparison Trap.

Sandra Stanley  

Because comparison is the thief of joy. And we need to avoid it- comparison. By all means pursue Joy.

Dave Ramsey

And lastly (for now) I’ll leave you with The Total Money Makeover. Because we could all use a proven plan for financial fitness.

Granted, I’ve already been through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. I’d encourage you to go through it, too, if you haven’t already.

The financial guru was once (gasp!) bankrupt, but has since learned valuable lessons in terms of how we ought to biblically handle our finances and he’s sharing them. Dave knows his stuff because he’s been a financial failure and come back. Boy, has he! He’s now a well known finance expert. So The Total Money Makeover is a must read.


Now that you’ve looked through my list of favorite books from the past year, which ones would you add? Have you read any (or all) of the above?

Comment below and let me know what you think! I’d love to have people weigh in on their favorite inspirational and practical books.


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