Books I Read in Q1

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Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash

I have loved reading ever since I was younger, but I stopped reading for fun when I got into college. One of my goals for 2018 was to read two books a month, or 24 books this year. Below are the books that I've read in Q1, or the first three months of 2018.

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Books I Read in Q1 of 2018

1. Don't Settle for Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts

The first book that I read in 2018 was Don't Settle for Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts. Sarah is so relatable and down to earth, and I could tell that she wasn’t trying to pretend to be some righteous person telling everybody else how to live their lives. 

Don’t Settle for Safe is a must read if you want to step out of your comfort zone and confront behaviors, experiences, and actions that keep you from becoming who God has called you to be. Sarah Jakes Roberts uses some of her own life experiences, such as having a baby at fourteen and being divorced by twenty-two, to encourage women that it’s not how you start, but how you finish.

This book really taught me to embrace everything that I’ve went through, and to also understand how what I’ve gone through impacts how I view situations today. So often we want to forget about mistakes and past failures but it is those exact things that have shaped who we are and we have to uncover them in order to heal and walk in the purpose that God has given us. I will be placing this book on my Read Again list and I definitely recommend that you read it.

2. The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

The second book that I’ve read this year is The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by don Miguel Ruiz. don Miguel is a spiritual teacher and bestselling author of multiple toltec wisdom books. He has spent years helping people discover personal freedom and self awareness.

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

This book really opened my eyes and made me think about the way I view the world. It made me look at my belief system and question if I actually believed things or if I was just taught that that’s the way things are. It also taught me to embrace mistakes and not judge myself or punish myself for them over and over. I also saw the importance of choosing to be happy and the power of love in this book. Choosing to live in love – to love yourself and others unconditionally, in spite of anything else, leads to a life of freedom and true joy.

3. The Worn Out Woman by Dr. Steve Stephens and Alice Gray

The third book that I read this year was The Worn Out Woman by Dr. Steve Stephens and Alice Gray. Dr. Steve Stephens is a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, seminar speaker, and author. Alice Gray is an inspirational conference speaker and the creator and compiler of the bestselling, award-winning Stories for the Heart book series.

The Worn Out Woman contains practical tips, steps, and ways to apply everything that they talked about in your everyday life. The advice in this book is actually reasonable and easy to follow. The stories and accounts from real women made me realize that I wasn’t alone in the way that I was feeling, and their words were very reassuring. I didn’t think I would like that it was co-written by a man, since it is a book about women, but I think his perspective allowed him to offer really good advice. 

There is a quiz at the beginning of the book that helps you see just how worn out you might be. Below are some of the statements from that quiz. If you can check off at least one of the statements, you should read this book!

  • You get irritable or impatient over little things.
  • You run out of energy before your day is done.
  • You find yourself eating when you really aren’t hungry.
  • You avoid spending time with family or friends because they just take too much energy.
  • You feel like nothing sounds fun or exciting.

Even if you didn’t check off one of those statements, reading the book can still be beneficial. It offers great tips on establishing a good morning routine, creating boundaries, and allowing yourself to say no.

4. The Wait by Devon Franklin and Meagan Good

The fourth book I read in the first quarter of this year is The Wait by Devon Franklin and Meagan Good. This book came at the perfect time for me because I am currently in my season of singleness and I really needed something to encourage me to stay the course. DeVon Franklin is an award-winning film and TV producer, New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and spiritual success coach. Meagan Good is an award-winning actress, producer, and co-founder of The Greater Good Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the empowerment and enrichment of young women. 

In this book, DeVon and Meagan share that their key to success within their relationship and marriage was waiting. They made the choice to abstain from sex until they were married. DeVon and Meagan share that waiting, and not rushing a relationship can help you find the person you're meant to be with, and ultimately weed out the people you're not. The Wait also includes personal accounts from both Meagan and DeVon about how they felt going through this experience.

I really enjoyed this book because it taught me that the discipline and self-control that you develop from abstaining from sex can help you in other areas of life. It also help me to understand that waiting is not just about becoming the best you for your future husband, but it's about becoming who God has called you to be. I would really recommend this book to young women who are interested in practicing celibacy, but aren't quite sure if it's the right decision for you. I believe that every woman should at least try celibacy, even if it's not for religious religions.

5. What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst

The fifth book I read this year was What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst. This is the second book that I've read by Lysa and I really enjoy the tone and feel of her writing. Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, a non-profit Christian ministry that seeks to lead women into a personal relationship with Christ, and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best YesUngluedMade to Crave, and 16 other books.

In this book, Lysa invites us to take the leap and discover how our life can change when you wholeheartedly seek God and say yes to His will, even when you don't feel like it. Lysa shares personal stories of being faithful and obedient to God, how she learned to discern the voice of God, and what happened when she let God affect the lives around her through her.

This wasn't the best book that I've read this year, but it certainly is a quick read that will encourage you to experience life changing results when you commit to saying yes to God! For those of you like me who often struggle with self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy, it can be hard to say yes to everything that God calls you to do. I believe that reading this book and completing the bible studies in it will help you to see that you can experience a more fulfilling and amazing life when you do things God's way. 

6. Jump by Steve Harvey

The sixth and final book I read in the first quarter of 2018 was Jump by Steve Harvey. I'm pretty sure we all know who Steve Harvey, but if someone does not, Steve is a comedian, television host of multiple shows, producer, radio personality, actor and author. He has one of the most inspiring stories - going from failing out of college and being homeless to becoming a television host of multiple shows (all at the same time might I add) and a best selling author.

In this book, Steve inspires reading to take leaps of faith in order to achieve an abundant life. He talks about his own life story and gives examples of how he's had to take pretty significant leaps in life. The idea for this book came from an inspirational message that Steve shared on an episode of Family Feud. After this message was shared, it started to circulate and motivated a lot of people. You can watch the video below. 

 

As you can see, I read six books in Q1 which was my goal. I didn't read two books a month as I had hoped, but I really made time for reading in the month of March. Now that the semester is almost over and summer is coming soon (you can't tell by the weather!), I should have more time to dive into more books. I'm looking forward to doing so!

Any book recommendations? Leave them in the comments below!