As some of you may know, I faced a few difficult things (like we all do) over the past couple of years and at the beginning of 2013 I knew I needed to make changes in my life. (Like moving away from Texas. Read about my move here)
Many factors played a role in getting me to where I am today and to the level of happiness I have been experiencing. Things like prayer and family support of course but something else that helped was reading books on life and positive thinking. You may think "oh it's just a book, how much could it help?" but seriously, my life has changed.
It's crazy how one sentence, one thought, can change a person forever. That's why I love getting to know new people, listening to music, and watching movies. There is great power in words. (read my post on how today could be the best day of your life here) So I picked up a few books that were either recommended to me or simply stood out at the book store. Reading them put a new perspective on my life, gave me courage, made made me feel more hopeful and excited for today and tomorrow.
Which is exactly why I love reading. It allows you to step into somebody else's story, their thoughts for a time, and view things differently. It's amazing.
So pick up one of these books, or any book that catches your attention. Open your mind and let new ideas form. Growth is essential and a good book could change you in the best way possible.
MY SUMMER READS:
LOVE DOES BY BOG GOFF
“Failure is just part of the process, and it's not just okay; it's better than okay. God doesn't want failure to shut us down. God didn't make it a three-strikes-and-you're-out sort of thing. It's more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so we can swing for the fences again. And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups.”
CAPTIVATING BY JOHN & STACY ELDREDGE
“Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful. Stop for a moment and let that sink in. We’re so used to evaluating everything (and everyone) by their usefulness that this thought will take a minute or two to begin to dawn on us. Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful. Which is to say, beauty is in and of itself a great and glorious good, something we need in large and daily doses.”
I DECLARE: 31 PROMISES TO DECLARE OVER YOUR LIFE BY JOEL OSTEEN
"Our words have creative power. Any time you speak something, either good or bad; you give life to what you are saying. Scripture says, “We will eat the fruit of our words.” That means you will get exactly what you’ve been saying. You are prophesying your own future. That’s why it’s so important to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go. You can’t talk defeat and expect to have victory. You can’t talk lack and expect to have abundance. You will produce whatever you say."
TWENTYSOMEONE: FINDING YOURSELF IN A DECADE OF TRANSITION BY CRAIG DUNHAM & DOUGH SERVEN
"This book aims at being real, which means we must deal with the ugliness of life in order to understand the glory of it as well. We hope to save you some grief by sharing with you a semiconcise approach to making sense of the process of discovering who you are and why it’s important you know. We hope we’ll help you feel a bit of weight come off your shoulders. And we hope to move you from being a twenty-something (and a cultural statistic) to being a TwentySomeone (and who God has made you to be), discovering and doing what you enjoy because you know what you enjoy and why."