The Ultimate 2018 Book List

As part of my “word of the year” plan for this year, I want to focus on reading more amazing content. No, I’m not talking about just a quick read of a blog and digital content (although I love them too!- obviously;)). I’m talking cold, hard, turn the page, real books like I have shared in some of my other book lists and posts.

I’ve been spending the past couple weeks trying to narrow down which books I want to read this year. My goal is to read at least 24 books, but there are just so many amazing books to choose from!

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Today, I’m sharing my list with you! I hope this list motivates you to pick up or book or two this year and read with me. If you pick some books off this list, let me know in the comments below so we can read it together!

PTSD/War

Warrior’s Return: Restoring The Soul After War. The fight doesn’t stop when you come back. This book covers how to restore and settle back into life after war.

Warrior's Return: Restoring the Soul After WarWarrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War

You, God, and PTSD. As a strong advocate of PTSD awareness, this one definitely makes my list. I love how it pulls in our faith in God to put it all into perspective.

You, God, and Ptsd: Faith-Based Healing in Our Military's Chaplain CorpsYou, God, and Ptsd: Faith-Based Healing in Our Military’s Chaplain Corps

Shock Waves. Loving someone with PTSD can be mentally and physically tiring. This book looks great as a practical guide on how to do just that!

Shock Waves: A Practical Guide to Living with a Loved One's PTSDShock Waves: A Practical Guide to Living with a Loved One’s PTSD

Once a Warrior–Always a Warrior: Navigating The Transition From Combat To Home–Including Combat Stress, PTSD, And MTBI. How in the world do you go from war to home life? This books looks like a great guide to help navigate that transition!

Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating The Transition From Combat To Home--Including Combat Stress, Ptsd, And MtbiOnce a Warrior–Always a Warrior: Navigating The Transition From Combat To Home–Including Combat Stress, Ptsd, And Mtbi

And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO. This one goes over the harder aspects of war: death.

And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NcoAnd Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary Nco

A Stranger In My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back From the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Stop letting PTSD take control! This book by Sprague helps you with simple steps to take back control of your life.

A Stranger In My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back From the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran's Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderA Stranger In My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back From the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI. There is hope! And this book looks like it does a great job of showcasing that to anyone who needs to hear it.

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBIWounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI

Faith

I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is. Struggling in your faith? This one looks great with 60 days of help!

I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He IsI Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. We all have times where we feel like that – and this book looks like it will really come in handy for digging us out of that mess!

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and LonelyUninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God. Sometimes we just need to be quiet and listen.

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of GodWhisper: How to Hear the Voice of God

Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity. Are you overwhelmed? There’s no reason to be. Stop it with these steps laid out by Kathi Lipp!

Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your SanityOverwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity

Wait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans. Sometimes it’s hard to find peace when it’s eerily quiet or when plans don’t go your way. I’m excited to see how this book can help!

Wait and See: Finding Peace in God's Pauses and PlansWait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans

Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul. 40 days of devotionals. This looks like a great one to revitalize!

Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God's Love to Revitalize Your SoulWhispers of Rest: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul

Wounded by God’s People: Discovering How God’s Love Heals Our Hearts. God can heal our broken hearts. Let’s find out how!

Wounded by God's People: Discovering How God’s Love Heals Our HeartsWounded by God’s People: Discovering How God’s Love Heals Our Hearts

Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus. This one looks so good. I can hardly wait to read this!

Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow JesusHiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Another really interesting one that I can’t wait to read!

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters ChristianitySeeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything. Wondering what just one day of kindness can do? Let’s try it together!

Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change EverythingYour Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything

40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast. I’m ready to spend 40 days decreasing while HE increases!

40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.

Appointment in Jerusalem: A True Story of Faith, Love, and the Miraculous Power of Prayer. I love reading these true stories. They are so inspiring and encouraging!

Appointment in Jerusalem: A True Story of Faith, Love, and the Miraculous Power of PrayerAppointment in Jerusalem: A True Story of Faith, Love, and the Miraculous Power of Prayer

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World. You don’t have to be extraordinary to have an incredible life.

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary WorldLove Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Joseph: The Hidden Hand of God. Let’s learn more about Joseph and his life!

Joseph: The Hidden Hand of GodJoseph: The Hidden Hand of God

The Lie: Evolution (Revised & Expanded). In order to teach my children to defend their faith and answer questions from those who don’t believe, I teach them about the fallacies of the theory of evolution.

The Lie: Evolution (Revised & Expanded)The Lie: Evolution (Revised & Expanded)

Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics. Ah, religion and politics. This one will be good!

Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in PoliticsLeft, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics

The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene. I can’t wait to read more about these important ladies!

The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary MagdaleneThe Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene

Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison. Letting what society says overrule our lives is so easy to do. Here’s how to stop!

Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of ComparisonSeated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison

When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up. I’ve read this before and it is so good! I can’t wait to read it again!

When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give UpWhen Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up

Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer. How are your prayers?

Before Amen: The Power of a Simple PrayerBefore Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. Stop letting this world rule our thoughts! I’ve read this one before and it is powerful!

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic WorldAnxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World

And the Angels Were Silent: Walking With Christ Toward the Cross (Chronicles of the Cross). Let’s take a walk together….

And the Angels Were Silent: Walking With Christ Toward the Cross (Chronicles of the Cross)And the Angels Were Silent: Walking With Christ Toward the Cross (Chronicles of the Cross)

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living. We can try all we want, but we can’t be perfect.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of LivingPresent Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Muscle and a Shovel: 10th Edition with Randall’s Secret, Endnotes and Biblical References. Follow this couples gripping story!

Muscle and a Shovel: 10th Edition with Randall's Secret, Endnotes and Biblical ReferencesMuscle and a Shovel: 10th Edition with Randall’s Secret, Endnotes and Biblical References

Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole. Struggling with something? Let’s put the pieces back together.

Mended: Pieces of a Life Made WholeMended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. This one is SO good and makes a great gift for anyone struggling with the gospel!

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the GospelsCold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together. It’s okay if you can’t get it all together. Here’s some help!

The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can't Get Their Act TogetherThe Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together

Awaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks. Let’s spend 90 days together!

Awaken: 90 Days with the God who SpeaksAwaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks

Speak the Truth: How to Bring God Back into Every Conversation. Stop straying…here’s how to bring Him back in to every day life.

Speak the Truth: How to Bring God Back into Every ConversationSpeak the Truth: How to Bring God Back into Every Conversation

Trade Your Cares for Calm. Stop worrying and start calming down!

Trade Your Cares for CalmTrade Your Cares for Calm

Business/Goals

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to get my whole year’s worth of work done in 12 weeks!

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 MonthsThe 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves. You don’t have to be stuck in a job you hate! Here’s how to make money doing what you love.

Business Boutique: A Woman's Guide for Making Money Doing What She LovesBusiness Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves

Parenting

Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses. It’s so easy to get angry! Let’s make a vow to replace our anger with Biblical responses this year.

Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical ResponsesTriggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith. Become Mom Strong with this one!

Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That's in You for Your Family and Your FaithBecoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith

Mother and Son: The Respect Effect. Struggling with respect? This book can help!

Mother and Son: The Respect EffectMother and Son: The Respect Effect

Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. It’s okay if what you’re doing now isn’t working. This book can help!

Parenting Scripts: When What You're Saying Isn't Working, Say Something NewParenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New

Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids. Instilling a strong character in our children is one of our most important responsibilities as a parent.

Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s KidsModern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids

What Your Childhood Memories Say about You . . . and What You Can Do about It. This one is just interesting!

What Your Childhood Memories Say about You . . . and What You Can Do about ItWhat Your Childhood Memories Say about You . . . and What You Can Do about It

The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are. What’s your birth order?

The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You AreThe Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are

Why Can’t We Just Play?: What I Did When I Realized My Kids Were Way Too Busy. Struggling with being on the go too much? Stop it in its tracks!

Why Can't We Just Play?: What I Did When I Realized My Kids Were Way Too BusyWhy Can’t We Just Play?: What I Did When I Realized My Kids Were Way Too Busy

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! Put down that phone and pay attention! Here’s how.

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!

Families Where Grace Is in Place: Building a Home Free of Manipulation, Legalism, and Shame. Is grace in place in your family and home?

Families Where Grace Is in Place: Building a Home Free of Manipulation, Legalism, and ShameFamilies Where Grace Is in Place: Building a Home Free of Manipulation, Legalism, and Shame

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes. Do you say no enough?

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest YesRaising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes

 

Novels

The Auschwitz Escape. A great book about Nazi Germany. This one looks really interesting.

The Auschwitz EscapeThe Auschwitz Escape

The Third Target: A J. B. Collins Novel. A novel about ISIS that has captured my attention.

The Third Target: A J. B. Collins NovelThe Third Target: A J. B. Collins Novel

The Hiding Place. Another Nazi novel. This one documents a watchmaker’s journey!

The Hiding PlaceThe Hiding Place

If I Perish. A novel documenting the true story of how one lady remained faithful to Jesus even in the hardest of times.

If I PerishIf I Perish

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. This looks like a terrific novel to read!

The Undoing of Saint SilvanusThe Undoing of Saint Silvanus

Marriage

The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex: (And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun). Learn how to amp up your sex life!

The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex: (And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun)The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex: (And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun)

The Politically Incorrect Wife: God’s Plan for Marriage Still Works Today. You don’t have to be on the up-and-up to have a successful marriage!

The Politically Incorrect Wife: God's Plan for Marriage Still Works TodayThe Politically Incorrect Wife: God’s Plan for Marriage Still Works Today

How to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen. This could seriously change the way you communicate.

How to Talk So Your Husband Will ListenHow to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen

Sex Begins in the Kitchen: Creating Intimacy to Make Your Marriage Sizzle. They say the way to a man’s heart is through stomach.

Sex Begins in the Kitchen: Creating Intimacy to Make Your Marriage SizzleSex Begins in the Kitchen: Creating Intimacy to Make Your Marriage Sizzle

Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage. Let’s find out what that word is!

Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your MarriageCherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage

Any of these Beth Moore books look amazing!

Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual StrongholdsPraying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual StrongholdsThe Undoing of Saint SilvanusThe Undoing of Saint SilvanusThe Quest - Study Journal: An Excursion Toward Intimacy with GodThe Quest – Study Journal: An Excursion Toward Intimacy with GodWhispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional PrayerWhispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional PrayerSo Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to UsSo Long, Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to UsAudaciousAudaciousPraying God's Word Day by DayPraying God’s Word Day by DayBreaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total SurrenderBreaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total SurrenderDaniel - Bible Study Book: Lives of Integrity, Words of ProphecyDaniel – Bible Study Book: Lives of Integrity, Words of ProphecyChildren of the Day - Bible Study Book: 1 & 2 ThessaloniansChildren of the Day – Bible Study Book: 1 & 2 Thessalonians

 

Recipes

The Daniel Fast is one you will not regret!

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier LifeThe Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier LifeThe Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for LifeThe Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for LifeDaniel Plan: Demystified - Soul Support And Healthy Weight Loss With 25 Delicious Daniel Plan RecipesDaniel Plan: Demystified – Soul Support And Healthy Weight Loss With 25 Delicious Daniel Plan RecipesThe Ultimate Guide to the Daniel FastThe Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

What will you be reading in 2018? Stay tuned as I tick books off the list and come back in the next New Year and update on how I did!

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