One of the ways I *tried* to stay sane in 2020 was by reading. I got in the habit of reading before bed when the pandemic was bad in the spring and quickly fell in love with that routine. I still do it now and at the risk of sounding dramatic, it’s been life changing. There’s just something about reading that really calms my mind. It distracts me from whatever craziness is happening in the world. And because of all the stuff going on this year, I found myself reading books mostly about faith. I ended up learning SO much and I can honestly say this year brought me deeper into my faith than ever before. I feel stronger than I did when 2020 started. These books, and what they taught me about God, are the reason for that growth.
My Favorite Books this Year
Finding Peace by Charles Stanley: I actually think I shared this book in a Friday Five post sometime earlier this year, but it was incredible. There was multiple chapters on giving up anxiety. I just found the whole book to be very eye opening and truly life changing. I can remember crying at certain points of this book because it was so powerful.
Do It Afraid by Joyce Meyer: This is an amazing book for anyone that struggles with anxiety and fear. Obviously 2020 was full of that for most of us. So I found this book to be really helpful in this season of life. The biggest takeaway I got from this book is that we should focus on being courageous instead of not being afraid. We should stop asking God to take away our fear. Instead we should pray for courage to do the things we need to do.
Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer: I’m about fifty pages out from finishing this book. I had to include it on my top five list because it’s SO GOOD. Each chapter is broken into power thoughts, or simple statements, that we should focus on to end negative thinking, stop fear, and start trusting God more. This one really focuses on the power of the mind and our thought life, which I love
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The Power of the Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy: This was another incredible book that teaches the power of our thoughts. I was really fascinated by this book. It basically proves that how we think and what we say about ourselves or our lives has a lot of power over us. This book gave super specific techniques and strategies to use in order to teach your mind how to think differently and be more positive. It was really interesting!
Make Life Beautiful by Syd & Shea McGee. OK, I have to include one “fun” book here because this story about Syd & Shea McGee was very inspiring. I obviously love their decor line at Target. It was really cool to hear about their life and the hard work that went into their success!
Well there ya have it–my top five favorite books of 2020. I’m so grateful for each one of these books this year and everything they taught me about God, my faith, and my purpose in life. I hope you take time to read a few of them. Also let me know what books you loved this year! xoxo