1. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp – This is such an insightful book about praising and glorying in God’s gifts to us! Written by a writer for Dayspring greeting cards, it is refreshingly simplistic in though, but so deep with wisdom! It has inspired me to consciously and on purpose think and reflect upon the blessings God graciously gives us every day no matter how trivial or common.
2. The Five Languages of Apology by Gary Chapman – This book talks about the different ways people apologize and how it affects those receiving the apology. Resolving conflict and accepting others’ ways of reconciliation are the main topics.
3. Best Friends With God by Christy Bower – This book takes a simple approach to becoming best friends with God. From knowing God loves us, to loving Him in return through our attitude and actions are the books main points.
4. A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot – This biography of Amy Carmichael’s life is filled with lessons for any one to apply to life! Her story is captivating and and humbling!
Time Management Books:
1. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think! by Laura Vanderkam – This is a different approach to time management in that one accounts for the hours in your week and schedules time according to the hours available in your day.
2. First Things First by Stephen Covey – Because this is a very in-depth look at priorities and time management, it will definitely need some time, thought and patience to work through this challenging book. Included are worksheets and tracking sheets to aid in your progress to better time management.
3. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – As its name suggests, this book gives the disciplines it takes to be an effective individual, especially in the area of making your time worthwhile.
4. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald – This time management book is all about organizing your “me” time, in all forms. How can your life be organized and efficiently managed if your personal time is in chaos? If your personal, private world is managed and nurtured properly then there will be an outflow of the same kind in your relationships, jobs, ministries, etc.
5. Making Habits, Breaking Habits by Jeremy Dean – This book is all about why we do things, why we don’t and how to make any change stick!
1. Love and Respect by Emerson Eggrichs – This book begs the claim that in order for a satisfied and happy marriage women must be loved and men must be respected. This is a very helpful and honest look at what makes marriage “tick.”
2. His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley – There are five basic needs that must be satisfied for both a man and woman to feel complete in their marriage. This addresses everyday issues that come to the front within a marriage.
3. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman – A classic book that dissects an individuals’ display and reception of love. This helped me personally in understanding by husband, family and friends in respect the communication of love.
4. Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat – A great book that discusses the sex act within marriage! The performance, mindsets and techniques of this marriage act is analyzed in length.
5. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas – This book doesn’t delve too much into the practicality of marriage but talk more about the sanctity of marriage and how marriage can help Christians to become more holy by treating it like our relationship with Christ. The subtitle of the book, “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy”, is a great book description!
6. Speaking of Love by Fred & Anna Kendall – Have you ever felt as if you and your spouse were speaking different languages? Perhaps you are speaking different languages — differ¬ent languages of love. By discovering each other’s behavioral Life Languages, you will open new vistas of understanding.
7. I Promise: 5 Commitments Determine the Destiny of Your Marriage by Dr. Gary Smalley – I LOVE THIS BOOK! “Writing in his trademark style, Dr. Smalley delivers a lifetime of information, true experiences, encouragement, and wisdom for anyone who wants their marriage to be not just safe, but the safest place on earth. Creating security is easier than you think. It takes only five simple promises to each other. Promises you can most certainly make – promises this book will equip you to keep.”
8. Covenant Marriage by Gary Chapman – This books talks about the difference between the world’s view of marriage as a contract and the Christian’s view of marriage as a covenant. What is a covenant marriage? How does a couple tailor their marriage in covenant style? This is a well-written book that gives insight into couple communication and intimacy as well!
9. The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman – Could it be that what we have called ‘love’ is not love at all? Could it be that for most couples, love comes after the wedding…? The author looks at the key issues that will help you build the marriage you’ve always wanted , answering such real-life questions as… Why won’t they change? Why do we always fight about chores? Why should we have to work at sex?
1. Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf – In a very thorough and profound way, this author argues the fact that in order to be a good leader, one must first be simply a servant. With that mindset one is more likely to be an effective and successful leader. Take your time with this book as it is not a “walk in the park” to read.
1. The Schools We Need & Why We Don’t Have Them by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. – Written in an easy to understand format, this is a very informative book about the decline of American education, the reasons for the educational decline and the reasons for American education continuing along this vein.
2. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp – “Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book
provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart
into the paths of life.” This is a Biblical approach to rearing children.
3. None Dare Call It Education by John Stormer – This book is an account of how education reforms are undermining academics and traditional values. If you’ve got children in public schools, I would definitely recommend that you read this!
1. Raising A Son: parents and the making of a healthy man by Don Elium – This fully updated and expanded edition follows the psychological development of boys from infancy to young adulthood. Look for new sections on:
• media and violence
• the “boy code”
• age-appropriate morality
• the out-of-control son
• triggers for aggression
• when and how to get help
• coping with guilt
• the highly sensitive son
• triggers for withdrawal
• why he gets overwhelmed
• hypersensitivity and ADD
• the right role models
2. Boys Adrift: the five factors driving the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men by Leonard Sax – Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies which educators have found effective in re-engaging these boys at school, as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework, to video games, to medication.
3. Why Gender Matters: What parents and teachers need to know about the emerging science of sex differences by Leonard Sax – Dr. Sax offers fresh approaches to disciplining children, as well as gender-specific ways to help girls and boys avoid drugs and early sexual activity. He wants parents to understand and work with hardwired differences in children, but he also encourages them to push beyond gender-based stereotypes.
4. Bringing Up Boys: practical advice & encouragement for those shaping the next generation by James Dobson – Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, boys are suffering. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of boys have many questions. In Bringing Up Boys, Dr. James Dobson, America’s most trusted authority on family issues, tackles these questions and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.
Pregnancy & Birth Books
Before you take any of my book suggestions to heart, please read this post about where I’m coming from in my book selection.
1. The Attachment Parenting Book: a commonsense guide to understanding and nurturing your baby by Dr. William Sears
2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel
3. Understanding Your Moods When You’re Expecting – Lucy J Puryear
4. A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth & Mothering – Karen Salt
8. Birthing a Better Way: 12 Secrets to Natural Childbirth – Kalena Cook
9. Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin
10. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
14. Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp
16. The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child – Robert Sears
17. The Holistic Baby Guide: Alternative Care for Common Health Problems – Randall Neustaedter
18. Child Health Guide: Holistic Pediatrics for Parents – Randall Neustaedter
Health & Nutrition Books
1. Real Food: what to eat & why by Nina Planck
4. Cultured Food for Life by Donna Schwenk –