Live Original

Written towards high schoolers, Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson discusses what it’s like to remain true to your faith while navigating being a teenager and dreaming big. Each chapter closes with a “Live Original Challenge” to really get you thinking about how to apply her guidance towards your life. This is a must read for young ladies trying to figure out how to be themselves while living for Jesus.

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Braving the Wilderness

Brené Brown’s fifth book, Braving the Wilderness, is simply spectacular. She discusses how to remain true to yourself while still maintaining respect for other people and their opinions. Some items that specifically stuck out to me were the topics we’re hearing a lot about in the news and on social media: race and politics. I urge you all to pick up this book and begin reading it open-mindedly. 

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Rising Strong

In her fourth book, Rising Strong, Brené Brown encourages digging into and accepting our own personal stories in order to live wholeheartedly. She discusses trauma and grief as we process through and radically accept each of our stories. With her theory, when we get honest with our stories, we’re able to write the endings. Also remaining true to her research, Brené incorporates the importance of remaining vulnerable in order to overcome shame.

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Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly is Brené Brown’s third book, and in this one she explores shame and vulnerability at an even deeper level. In this book, she stresses the importance of daring to be vulnerable in order to discover the importance of our lives. The truth that our lives are important is widely overlooked in our culture, so Brené challenges us to put on “vulnerability armor” in order to discover our wholehearted selves.

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The Gifts of Imperfection

I’m a long time follower of Brené Brown’s work, and The Gifts of Imperfection is by far my favorite book of hers. In this book, Brené gives very useful “guideposts” on ways to cultivate wholehearted living. When I first read this book, I journaled as I went along and I highly recommend doing the same. I now reference The Gifts of Imperfection multiple times a year, and I’m sure I’ll be rereading it soon!

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I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)

Brené Brown begins her writing career strong with I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t). This book sets the stage for understanding shame and overcoming its potential control on our lives by discussing the power of vulnerability with people was trust. We live in a world that tries to tell us who we are and who we are meant to be, but Brené challenges you to live authentically.

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Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband

Ladies, Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband is a wonderful resource to own. Jennifer Smith writes in prayers you can pray word for word, but she also includes journaling space. Each prayer has is given a subject and Bible verse, so you can reference it when you’re needing help in praying a certain topic over your husband. As a newlywed, this book was incredibly helpful in opening my eyes to different areas in which my husband might need prayer, and I know this will be a book I reference frequently.

Shopping for Time

Shopping for Time is aimed at women who want to better organize their time. The writers (Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw) offer practical tips for evaluating your time, commitments, and relationships. Most importantly, they recommend offering your time to God for Him to help give you guidance on how to best serve Him with time usage. Bonus: it’s designed to be a quick read (less than 100 pages)!This book is a must read for women who want to re-evaluate their time but don’t know where to start!

Love Does

This book, y’all… Wowzers. Bob Goff sure knows how to challenge you to love well each day. In a series of short stories, Bob shares his story of living radically to push boundaries and love others. He makes sure to include the fact that it’s is faith in God that has led him to pursue loving others and taking bold steps in his life. Love Does is a quick read that I recommend to literally everyone!

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BONUS: He also came out with Love Does for Kids! I know what I’ll be getting some tiny humans in my life for Christmas!

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Made to Crave

This book. Wow. I have heard many people speak positively about Made to Crave, and I now understand why. Aimed towards women, Lysa TerKeurst shares her story of struggling with food and her weight and explains how to relook at food cravings (or any craving for that matter) and focus the craving on God. This book challenges you to reflect on your life and relationship with God, and all of her points are backed up with scripture. It’s an easy read with short paragraphs, and I recommend it to any woman struggling with any craving!