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My Top Five Books of 2017

“Reading changes you. It helps you think differently. It sparks your creativity. It gives you a boost of confidence. It evokes passion. It keeps you focused. And, perhaps most importantly, it expands your knowledge so you can go out and make a bigger influence on the lives of others. ” 

My goal this year? Read two books a month. Instead of turning on Netflix before and after work, I desire to turn on my inspiration with a book. Life is to short not to be intentional. My hope is that reading becomes a big part of your life in 2018 if it isn’t already, which is why I wanted to give you a few books to start with and share a few of my favorites from 2017. 

 A Wind in the House of Islam: How God Is Drawing Muslims Around The World To Faith In Jesus Christ  by David Garrison

There are nine geo–cultural “rooms” in the “House of Islam,” and the Wind of God’s Spirit is blowing through every one of them. David Garrison spent three years travelling a quarter–million miles through every corner of the Muslim world to investigate reports far and wide of Muslims turning to faith in Jesus Christ. In this amazing odyssey, Garrison gathered the stories of more than a thousand Muslim–background believers, asking them the question: “What did God use to bring you to faith in Jesus Christ? Tell me your story.”

The result is a historic and unprecedented insight into the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history. Hear the stories of men and women who have sacrificed everything – home, family, even their lives – for the sake of following Jesus. In this book, you will hear from men and women from West Africa to Indonesia and everywhere in between. You will see how God is at work through answered prayers; dreams and visions; 21st–century technologies such as Internet, satellite television, video and audio tools; and bold Christian witnesses who have often paid the ultimate price for the sake of reaching Muslims for Jesus Christ. Along the way, you will also gain insights into the fascinating background of each of these nine geo–cultural rooms in the House of Islam.

Finally, and most importantly, you will learn how you too can be a part of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history, both overseas and in your own community.

Buy book HERE

Free of Me  by Sharon Hodde Miller

We live in a culture that’s all about self, becoming the best “me” instead of becoming like Jesus. This me-centered message affects every area of our lives–our friendships, our marriages, even our faith–and it breaks each one in different ways. The self-focused life robs our joy, shrinks our souls, and is the reason we never quite break free of insecurity.

In this book, Sharon Hodde Miller invites us into a bigger, Jesus-centered vision–one that restores our freedom and inspires us to live for more. She helps readers:
– identify the secret source of insecurity
– understand how self-focus sabotages seven areas of our lives
– learn four practical steps for focusing on God and others
– experience freedom from the burden of self-focus

Anyone yearning for a purpose bigger than “project me” will cherish this paradigm-shifting message of true fulfillment.

Sharon Hodde Miller Website

Buy book HERE

Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen

All too many of us struggle under the weight of life, convinced we need to work harder to prove to ourselves, to others, and to God that we are good enough, smart enough, and spiritual enough to do the things we believe we should. Author and Bible teacher Jennie Allen invites us into a different experience, one in which our souls overflow with contentment and joy. In Nothing to Prove she calls us to…

* Find freedom from self-induced pressure by admitting we’re not enough—but Jesus is.
* Admit our greatest needs and watch them be filled by the only One who can meet them.
* Make it our goal to know and love Jesus, then watch what He does in and through us.

As you wade into the refreshing truth of the more-than-enough life Jesus offers, you’ll experience the joyous freedom that comes to those who are determined to discover what God can do through a soul completely in love with Him.

Jennie Allen Website 

Buy book HERE

Stay the Path: Navigating the Challenges and Wonder of Life, Love, and Leadership by Bobbie Houston

God calls all women to some level of leadership. Yet seeing yourself as a leader, discerning what one is meant to do, and navigating one’s role as a woman and leader can be a challenging task. Drawing on the wisdom of 40 years of ministry, Bobbie Houston helps all women to discover their specific purpose and divine calling in STAY THE PATH. She shares the truths and experiences that have kept her and her husband, Brian Houston, on course, on point, and focused on the path before them.

Readers will be able to recognize and believe in their unique gifts. Packed with personal stories, helpful advice, and leadership strategies for women, this book will challenge readers to claim their God-given potential and lead with confidence, poise, and grace.

Bobbie Houston Website 

Buy book HERE

Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money by Dave Ramsey

If you’re looking for practical information to answer all your “How?” “What?” and “Why?” questions about money, this book is for you. Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money covers the A to Z of Dave’s money teaching, including how to budget, save, dump debt, and invest. You’ll also learn all about insurance, mortgage options, marketing, bargain hunting and the most important element of all―giving.

This is the handbook of Financial Peace University. If you’ve already been through Dave’s nine-week class, you won’t find much new information in this book. This book collects a lot of what he’s been teaching in FPU classes for 20 years, so if you’ve been through class, you’ve already heard it! It also covers the Baby Steps Dave wrote about in The Total Money Makeover, and trust us―the Baby Steps haven’t changed a bit. So if you’ve already memorized everything Dave’s ever said about money, you probably don’t need this book. But if you’re new to this stuff or just want the all-in-one resource for your bookshelf, this is it!

Dave Ramsey Website 

Buy book HERE

Read my blog post how Dave Ramsey changed my life, “Three Must-Take Action Steps To Get Out Of Debt.”


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