Thursday, December 19, 2013

December Daily: 10 Books That Have Impacted My Life

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A Facebook friend tagged me the other night to name 10 books that have touched my life. As I was making my list, I thought what a great blog post this would make! So here is my list of books that have made an impact on my life in some way.

The Bible - You knew that was a given, didn't you?! Although I didn't include it in the list on Facebook (I did mention it in the comment I left), it is the most important and life-changing book, because it is a living book! It is my inspiration, my guide, my instruction manual for life. Without it, my life has no foundation.

Not My Will by Francena Arnold - I've mentioned this book before. Awesome book! It tells the story of headstrong Eleanor Stewart and how the Lord changed her heart and life to make His will her will.

A Woman After God's Own Heart® by Elisabeth George - This is the best basic book on Christian womanhood I've ever read. Lots of practical advice on living close to God on a daily basis.

What Do I Know about My God? by Mardi Collier - This book changed my devotional life! I reviewed it here and shared my Scripture journal with you here.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - This book introduced me to the infamous Anne Shirley and is a classic for girls. It brought imagination to life for me, and I later read the the complete series. I could so relate to Anne!

The Choice is Yours by Terrie Chappell - This book reinforced what I already knew: life is made up of many seemingly small choices that actively affect my future. I'm currently teaching through this one at our ladies' fellowship monthly meetings.

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke - This book introduced me to romance in a sweet and gentle way. I have loved Janette Oke's books ever since, and they were some of the first ones I introduced to Beth when she was coming into her teen years. This is the story of Marty Davis, who lost her young husband as they traveled west and her subsequent marriage to Clark in order to survive. The series follows Marty's life through her old age, and to me, they are classics! Many life lessons of love, faithfulness, perseverance, holiness . . .

For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn - This book opened my eyes to how men think, why they need respect, and why we ladies need to dress modestly. As I read it, I asked my husband if different parts of the book were true in his experience. His answer? Shaunti's observations were dead-on! If you want to honor your husband (or any men in your life that you love) and understand what makes a man's mind work, you need to read this book.

Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot - This book convinced me that I was not as surrendered to the Lord as I thought I was. The five missionaries who were killed by the Auca Indians in January, 1956, were totally devoted to the Lord, willing to go to their deaths if He so desired. Their diaries and actions convicted me and helped to change my heart about my own commitment to God.

The Diabetes Miracle by Diane Kress - I reviewed this book here and told you how it had changed my life and health. It's a must-read for Type 2 diabetics or those who love them. My doctor was so impressed by my success that he bought a copy for himself!

Now it's your turn! What books have most impacted your life and how? I'd love to know!

Day 19 Scripture: 
"The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD." Lamentations 3:24-26


  1. If you haven't read the book 'For Men Only' I would highly recommend that one as well. It is the same concept as the 'For Women Only' book. It didn't teach me about what being a woman is like, it taught me about what being a man is not like. For example, I could not fathom before how single minded men are. As a woman, I always have multiple windows open at once. He has one, then he can close it and open another. How can they get anything done?!?

    1. Hi, Amber! My husband has "For Men Only" and I've glanced through it. I appreciated seeing that several statements had me nodding and saying, "Yes! What he said!" LOL Really, all husbands and wives should probably read these two books. They are the best I've read on the subject of understanding where your spouse is coming from.

      My husband and I laugh about the windows open on our computers all the time. He will have one, maybe two open depending on what he's doing. There are times that I look up and see that I have 5 or 6 - or more - open at once! We both wonder how the other works like that! ;) Thanks for your recommendation!

  2. I will have to read some of these! Have you read "To the Golden Shore" about Adoniram Judson? Or "Climbing" buy Rosalind Goforth? LOVE these books!


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