6 Books to Read When You Need Some Inspiration

imageThere are times when I sink deep into the crevices of my own mind.  I become self-absorbed and dull.  Excitement leaves me and I lack motivation, direction and hope.  That is when I pick up a book.  There are some books that are so true, so inspiring, so funny, that I just can’t stay away. These books recharge me in such a way that I feel like I can go run a marathon (I can’t)!  Some build courage and hope.  Others illustrate an admirable level of bravery and resilience. They renew my faith and remind me of all that I believe in. Maybe I am not a lost cause after all!

When a book really grabs me I buy it on my kindle because I just can’t wait to read it, and then I go buy it again as a “real book” because I just need to have it.  I need to be able to see it in my house, and touch it, and remember. These are books worth reading.

imageOne Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, By Ann Voskamp

My unofficial review:  Ann has a beautiful and poetic way with words.  She weaves some of her own story in with encouragement and gratitude.  You will be challenged to notice all of the beauty around you, and be grateful for it.  I started my own list of one thousand gifts a number of years ago.  I have had quite a few stops and starts, and one big dry spell, but I have collected over 800 gifts along the way. I will soldier on to 1000.  The shift in focus and perspective is awesome.

imageDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brene′ Brown

My unofficial review: I could go on and on about this book.  It is enlightening and inspiring.  It helps you understand yourself and your emotions.  I can’t help but feel connected, brave, and pumped up after I read it.

imageCarry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, by Glennon Melton

My unofficial review: Glennon’s book is honest, entertaining, and  motivational.  She opens up about her own journey, and beautifully explains how we are all connected. This book is a movement.  You will think about it, and become a more connected and caring individual when you do. We can do hard things!

image7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker

My unofficial review: Jen is both funny and relate-able. In this book she chronicles the journey of her and her friends as they examine our cultural norm of excess. They experiment with drastically cutting back in different areas, and then share lessons learned in each.  It is entertaining, thought-provoking, and challenging.

imageLove Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, by Bob Goff

My unofficial review:  This is the only book I don’t have a paper copy of.  I think I lost it in the divorce, but don’t let that irony keep you from reading it.  Bob Goff shares fascinating vignettes from his extraordinary life and heart.  He calls for a life of complete engagement. He challenges us to live out our faith and love, because after all “Love Does.”

imageThe Shack, by William P. Young

My unofficial review:  A deep and insightful book.  It requires a careful and thoughtful read, but its message is profound.  It helped me see and understand elements of my faith in a new way.

What would you add to this list?


7 thoughts on “6 Books to Read When You Need Some Inspiration

  1. These all sound great. I have read Carry on, Warrior and really liked it. “You can do hard things” has been used a few times with the kids and my youngest one day reaffirmed to himself”I can do hard things”!! I parenting moment to cherish!

    The Happiness Project was the last book I completed. I wanted to take notes it was so good! The author takes a very systematic approach to defining happiness for her and then outlining and living out her list of things she thinks defines happiness. Lots of personal stories, references to literature and science, plus blog reader postings. Highly recommend!

    Thanks Dana; I’m off to Audible to download a few new books!


  2. I LOVED “Love Does!” Great book! just ran across your blog…nice to have a fellow Colorado blogger. I also read your letter to Anna. Very powerful! Thank you fo sharing.


  3. Thank you for the suggestions….

    Reading “My Heart Will Always Cry ” …written by Janell Haworth Desmond of West Bow Press who wrote a generous view of her ongoing application of her faith in Jesus Christ to heal from her personal tragedy and look forward to all that her life has ahead.

    Other books of interest may be found on these various links.

    May I suggest you take a look at these reviews….it is a great resource site for things that concern Bible believing Christians.


    Reviews for One THOUSAND GIFTS






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