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September 14, 2015

The Five Books That Have Impacted Me the Most

Writing this post feels vulnerable because there are far more books on my ‘to be read’ list than the list of books I have actually finished. I have read more books over the past year and a half than any other time before, but I read slowly and I have a bad habit of giving up on books instead of seeing them through to the end. After reading these posts from Nancy and Val, I want to develop the discipline of reading a little bit every day because there are so many great titles out there to be learned from, but I often skip that part of my morning routine because it’s hard to sit still. Of the books I have read, these five each jumped out at me while I was coming up with this list over the weekend.

5 Books That Have Impacted Me The Most - Kyla Mary

Make it Happen by Lara Casey (read December 2014 and May 2015)

This book is a rich resource that applies to all areas of life. Lara asks the tough questions to help you dig deep into what matters most, while also providing the comfort of a friend though scripture and her own life examples. I wouldn’t be at all disappointed if you left this post to go buy this book right now.

What Women Fear by Angie Smith (read October 2013)

This book holds a special place in my heart. I was on my way home from my very first doctor’s appointment for my back when I felt this crazy burden to stop at the bookstore on the way home to buy this book specifically. I think God knew that it was exactly what I needed to hear in that time because I devoured every word into the early hours of the morning and finished it in a day.

168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam (read July 2014)

This book is thought provoking. It turned all of my thoughts about time management upside down and helped me to see the value in being realistic about my use of time. Laura gives applicable examples of how to stop mindlessly wasting time and how to instead be more efficient with the things that fill our days.

Love Does by Bob Goff (read March 2015)

Bob Goff is one of a kind, but he doesn’t place himself on a pedestal. Instead, he teaches that everyone has the same capacity to do great things and make a difference in the world. This book left me thinking throughout the day, shifting my world view and helping me to see more opportunities to do good in the big and small alike.

Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes (read February 2015)

While I was originally drawn to this book for its pretty cover (guilty),  the pages are full of practical wisdom, breaking down different ways to grow spiritually and be obedient to the Lord in every aspect of life. Barbara includes lots of scriptural examples throughout the chapters and writes in a way that can resonate with followers of Christ in any season.

This post has been part of the 2015 Blog-tember Challenge

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