Living not striving…

Random thoughts and daily adventures in my life

Whatcha readin’? January 24, 2012

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 2:34 am

Last year I don’t remember making any real New Year’s Resolutions.  This year I am FULL of them:)  I just see a LOT of areas where the Lord is asking me to become more disciplined and grow up a little.  My natural tendency is to set a very easy goal that is super attainable so I feel like I have accomplished something.  But I am slowly learning that it is okay if I don’t completely meet each goal….but it is far better to set a high goal and get as far as I possibly can.  I just might surprise myself!

One thing I want to do this year is read two books a month.  May or may not happen but I am definitely going to try!  I love to read and reading acts as both a stress-reliever and personal motivator for me.  When I make time to read a book (not just blogs) 10-15 minutes a day I find my mood to be better, much more productive and less stressed.

So for January I am almost done with these two books:


Mark Batterson is one of my favorite authors.  This book has challenged me in so many ways to learn to “pray through” and to do the work of praying and dig deep.  Some of my other New Year Resolutions involve concepts and learning disciplines laid out in this book.  Batterson also really advocates dreaming and then making goals.  One of my life goals is to attend a service at the church he pastors, National Community Church in DC.  Anything he has written is awesome, in my book:)


I’ve read a lot of books on raising boys, etc but honestly this one surprised me at how insightful it has been.  I’m not quite done but I highly recommend it.  It is very complete in the way it touches on so many things I have read in other books.  I have learned new strategies and information though and it is very simply laid out.

Here are some of the books I hope to read this year:

There are quite a few more I am interested in, but these are the ones I definitely want to read.

How about you? Do you have any suggestions for me? Some good reads you are going to pick up in 2012?