15 Books For Your Personal Library
By: Mandy B. Anderson
You may have heard it said that “Readers are Leaders.” Not sure who coined that phrase, but there is a lot of truth to it. Reading is very beneficial for us, no matter our age. Reading helps build our confidence, engages our brains, improves analytical thinking, reduces stress and helps our minds settle down.
Two years ago I started the goal of reading 1 personal growth book per month. I’m amazed at how I have grown personally, spiritually, and professionally since implementing this simple goal. It’s possible for you to grow leaps and bounds in the coming year too! Here are some of my top 15 suggestions of books for your personal library to help you begin this important habit of reading…
1.) Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic
The real life story of Nick Vujicic, a young man who was born without any arms and legs, is an inspiring MUST READ. He shares pictures and stories of what life was like for him. Some of the topics he touches on include self-acceptance, a healing attitude, using fear as a motivator, and taking ridiculous risks.
2.) Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
This book is AMAZING! Instead of explaining it to you with my words, I’ll let Joyce say it in her own words:
“It is life-changing when we discover that wrong thoughts are the root of our problems and that we can change our life by changing our thinking. God’s Word teaches us that our mind must be renewed so we can learn to think like God thinks. When we do, then we can enjoy the life that God wants us to have – one of freedom, fruitfulness, peace, and joy. …There is a war going on, and your mind is the battlefield. But the good news is that God is fighting on your side.” ~ Joyce Meyer
3.) Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
Have you ever felt like other people suck up all of your energy? This book will shed light on where you might be feeling pulled in the wrong direction, why, and what to do about it. You’ll discover what a “boundaryless” life looks like, what a boundary looks like, why they are important and how they are developed.
Here’s a tip: Boundaries are everywhere. You have them with your family, your friends, your spouse, your children, your coworkers, yourself and God. If any one of them are causing you stress – you need this book!
4.) Dr. Sears’ LEAN Kids by Dr. William Sears, Dr. Peter Sears, & Sean Foy, M.A.
This book is an outstanding resource for parents and individuals who desire healthy lifestyles. It touches on subjects like moving more, craving “green light” foods, helping kids learn how to like their body types, thinking joyfully and so many more useful tips that you’ll have to highlight everything and refer to it often!
5.) Soul Detox by Craig Groeschell
I could not put this book down! This book will teach you how to purge the false promises of materialism; how to love unhealthy people without getting sick yourself; how to identify moldy legalism, spoiled churches and sour Christians and what to do about it. It will also bring you into a deeper relationship with God as you answer the tough questions about yourself.
6.) Greater by Steven Furtick
Talk about a book that speaks truth into your life and fills you up at the same time. Some of the truths that totally spoke to my heart while reading this are:
“Greater isn’t living on autopilot, just getting through each day. Greater is an intentional decision. God will use you in greater ways AS you obey his simple instructions. Do your part!”
Maybe you need some encouragement to become Greater? This book will help for sure!
7.) Prime Time Health by Dr. William Sears
Don’t let the size of this book intimidate you. It is the easiest to read health book I’ve ever read. The amount of tips that I underlined are outrageous! Prime Time Health focuses on equipping you to use the “Pills & Skills” Method of taking control of your health. It’s written by an extraordinary doctor who totally grasps the relationship between whole food nutrition, health, and medicine.
8.) Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel
Altar Ego deals with the feelings that all of us have – feelings of insecurity and not measuring up, always feeling like we want to be in control, the tendency to get offended, and our longing for approval from others. It reigns us in and peels back all of these layers so we can begin to see ourselves as God sees us. This is a must read for sure.
9.) The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The stories in this book are riveting – they capture your attention better than I anticipated! Anyone who wants to kick bad habits and start healthy habits of any kinds needs this book.
10.) Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
Ever felt like your prayers are kind of…well…dull? I know I have at times. I want to see the God who parted the Red Sea do crazy miracles in my life. Yes, I’ve seen a few throughout my thirty one years, but I want to see more. This book stirs you up and encourages you to look for miracle moments in every day events. One of my favorite quotes so far is:
“If the size of your vision isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God.”
That’s pretty humbling and I don’t know about you, but it sets my soul on fire for all that God has for me! If I’m not intimidated and a little scared about what I’m doing, I’ve come to learn that it’s usually not of God. I’m really looking forward to finishing this book!
11.) Made To Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
This book is OH SO GOOD! I picked it up to read so I could better help my health coaching clients and wound up discovering that I had my own hidden bad habits when it comes to satisfying my deepest desires with food instead of God. It’s an easy read, with small chapters and personal reflection questions at the end of each one.
A handful of the nuggets I underlined included…
- “Our souls were created to crave Him and love others to Him. See, there are many people waiting to hear the message of your calling. Don’t get stuck in defeat and held back from it.”
- “Not only are there changes going on in your body that you can’t see, there are changes going on in your spirit – with your discipline, your courage, and your willpower. Keep going!”
- “So, because my brokenness with food runs deep, my new healthy habits have to have time to run even deeper.”
So good! I highly recommend this book to anyone that is working on getting healthy (especially my coaching clients) – just get it!
12.) The Omega-3 Effect by Dr. William Sears
When it comes to fat, we don’t need a no-fat/low-fat diet; we need the RIGHT FAT diet! Omega-3’s are the right fats and this book gives you a better understanding of what they do and how to get them. For instance, did you know that Omega-3’s can help you breathe better, tame inflamed tissues, prevent inflammation, help diabetes, and are good for your gums? You do now! This book is jam packed with tips on how to easily add this important nutrient to your diet!
(Remember, part of eating healthy and moving more is to also always keep growing. Reading books to help make health your hobby is a wise skill to use!)
13.) Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton
This book is for all my girlfriends who question their worth and destiny when it comes to being powerful for God, and for the men who dare to encourage and empower them.
In the words of Kris, “We need the sleeping beauties of the world to be kissed awake by their Prince.” It’s true!
Men, take courage – rise up and encourage your women to be ALL that God designed them to be! Women, stop apologizing for who God made you to be and start dreaming again – the world needs you! This book will equip you to do so.
14.) So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore
Rejection. Self-sabotage. Shame. Living in constant terror of loss. This book addresses it all and then some! I highly recommend it, but I’ll let Beth do the talking…
“Attitude is everything when it comes to limitations, and the way you view yourself will acutely shape how others view you. Nothing is more impressive than a person who is secure in the unique way God made her.”
It’s powerful. You won’t regret this purchase.
15.) Great By Choice by Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen
“Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – why some thrive despite them all.”
That’s the tagline on the book cover. This book is based on an intense study of companies that thrive and companies that die under the same exact circumstances. It begs you to question: Does circumstance matter more or does attitude matter more?
While it has a business focus, I’d recommend it for anyone who wants to break outside of the mundane lifestyle and step into a life of greatness.
There’s my top list of 15 books to get you started. Make the coming year one of your best and pick 5-12 of these books to start with. Have a fabulous day and may you be blessed, be healthy, and be inspired!
What are some of your top recommendations for books? Share it with us in the comment section below!