Keep Calm and Read a Book: Ten Books That Have Impacted My Life

I was nominated by a sweet friend on Facebook to name ten books that have stuck with me over the years, but decided it was easier to blog about it rather than write a long post on her wall.

Books have been a big part of my life since I was a young girl, and spent many countless hours with my nose in a book. Finding the time to read proved more difficult during my child-bearing years, but I would often lose sleep because I couldn’t resist reading “one more chapter”.

It wasn’t difficult for me to list ten, but it would be more difficult if I had to put them in a Top Ten LIst.  So my obvious #1 is the Bible, but the rest are in random order.

Here they are, complete with links to Amazon if you’re interested in purchasing:

  1. The Bible:  (a no-brainer!)  My guide-book for life, the source of TRUTH, the WORD OF GOD.
  2. Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby: As a young adult, it was pivotal in my spiritual growth.
  3. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman:  Helped me to really understand the way we love and what it means.
  4. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren:  Filled in some gaps spiritually that I wasn’t even aware of.
  5. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel:  A must have book for help in answering the questions of skeptics.
  6. Where’s Mom? The High Calling of Wife and Mother in the Biblical Perspective by Dorothy Patterson:  A revelation and confirmation of my purpose.
  7. Enjoying the Presence of God by Jan Johnson: Reminded me that prayer is not just an activity we do, it’s how we survive and thrive spiritually.
  8. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp:  Changed the way I think. The gift that keeps on giving–I still record 1,000 blessings every year.
  9. Deadline by Randy Alcorn:  I’ve read lots of novels over the years, but this is one that I’ve shared more than any other.  Fascinating perspective on eternity.
  10. Seven Steps to Becoming a Healthy Christian Leader, Warriors in Hiding, and Immersed by Doug Munton: Couldn’t help but give my husband a shameless plug–He IS a great writer and these books have changed our lives in more ways than one.

If you order a book with Amazon, don’t forget to order with AmazonSmile, where you can designate your favorite non-profit (mine is the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention!), and they will donate 0.5% of the price to the organization of your choice.

I would love to hear from my readers about books that have influenced you–and if you read any of these, what you think!

Keep Calm and Read A Book


 For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword,penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

  10 comments for “Keep Calm and Read a Book: Ten Books That Have Impacted My Life

  1. momssmallvictories
    October 31, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I want to read 1000 gifts, I have heard wonderful reviews on it and goes in well with my small victories theme on my blog to find the joy in little things along the way.


  2. October 24, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I appreciate the book recommendations. I have read some, but not all. I would add, Sacred Marriage & Boundaries, to my own list.


  3. October 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Follow my Blog? I do reviews on Rock n Roll Autobiographies and True Crime Books


  4. October 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I have only read two on your lit. I pinned this and look forward to finding some new treasures. Thanks for sharing! ~Blessings~


    • October 19, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks for pinning! Maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own list! 😃 (I’d be the first to read it!)


  5. October 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Oh, and I didn’t know about AmazonSmile. I’ll have to check that out.


  6. October 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Great list! I’ve read a lot of books but I have not read 9 of the ten on your list. I’m reading The Case for Christ right now. I’ll pin this list for later reference.


    • October 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      That’s awesome, Tina–just shows how influential they are! 😃


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