Ah, the start of a new year. New challenges, resolutions to write, fresh opportunity. For me, I love getting the year started with a good read and a piping hot peppermint mocha. Whatever your jive, here are five books sure to help you get the year off to a great start! Though not every book is geared just to moms, I’m confident that most women with children (small or grown) will enjoy the read. If you’re not a parent, these books make great gifts too.
I’ve been following Kristen Welch’s blog for nearly a decade, in awe of her transparency, failures-turned-triumphs, and down-to-earth practical work to help the poor. When I found out she’d written this book for moms, I immediately added it to my Amazon wish list.
The title and peppy cover caught my eye as I browsed a local bookstore. And what a fun/inspirational/encouraging read it turned out to be. Not only does Gretchen Rubin outline her own happiness project with monthly goals, but she shares loads of happiness research from dozens of books and ancient wisdom that’s practical, doable, and even makes you laugh out load.
Each year I aim to read through the entire Bible, starting in July. Last year around that time I picked up this Bible from a friend’s bookshelf and haven’t put it down since. Reading the Bible in daily doses, pre-divided out for you in pieces of Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day makes Bible reading easy and assures you that you’ll finish in one year. It’s a bit different than my usual chronological read, and for that reason I’m getting even more out of it!
This year marks my third read through this book. There’s a lot of insight here, especially for worn out parents or those just hoping to gain wisdom and insight toward raising well-behaved, healthy kiddos.
If you love making friends and family feel special via thoughtful gifts, you’re gonna loooove this book! It’s full of creative, unusual, and ultra-personalized gift ideas that your loved ones will remember for years to come. Lauren Lanker is another blogger whose creativity is limitless, and I’m dumbfounded by the clever ideas she’s packed inside this book.
Fill us in! What books are on your reading list for 2017? Leave a comment below and share your favorite reads.