A Booklist for Habitual Improvers (Addendum to an MMD booklist)

This is an unsolicited addendum to a fantastic list, 15 Inspiring and practical books to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions, on Modern Mrs Darcy. I was so excited to read through this list and add some more books to my booklist, but to my surprise I had already read (or tried and decided it wasn’t for me) nearly every book (there are two I’ve not read!) on the list already! How’d that happen? I guess I am just bookish and a very devoted follower of everything Anne Bogel. (Can you spot her book in the picture above?)

But anyway, back to the booklist.

I suppose i could always reread, but i’m really not much of a rereader.

So I sorted through my TBRs on Goodreads and made my own list of books for New Years Goalsetters and Improvers in general. So if you’re also in this place of no books added to your list when you expected it, here are few to consider to help you do the work and live the life you want. I’m including favorites I’ve read and some I haven’t yet. All inspiring and helpful for achieving those New Year’s goals.

Read and Loved:

Better than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits by Gretchen Rubin – for when you’re looking to make changes in your life and need some new strategies because you’re tired of making the same resolutions every year.

This is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick – for when you’re wishing you felt like you belonged and want to dig into the idea of communities, place, and how we live in them.

How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices by Therese Huston – to get inside your own head and find out you really do think like a girl. But it’s not a bad thing, just knowledge to help you. Or to help you understand those women around you. ($7 for hardcover right now!!)

Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan – for when you are not connecting with God in the way you are used to or think that something changed in your relationship with God. Your soul has seasons. And it’s ok. I need to read this one again.

The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call of Self-Discovery by David G. Benner – Somehow I think we missed the memo in church that God created us to be our own self. Not a mob of the same person. This little book is a slow read and full of good things to encourage you to be yourself.

Embracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh and Bone by Tara M. Owens – When you are convinced your body isn’t right or good or important to who you are. I need to read this one again, too.

And a few from my TBR list:

The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile (coming out in April!) – by the co-author of The Road Back to You. I am so stoked for this one from the angle of relationships. Now to get everyone around me to tell me what their number is. ;)

100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self by Annie F. Downs – This one is self-explanatory.

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs – I like the idea of a book telling me how to think, somehow I think it will fall short of that goal, but at least it is probably insightful

The Practice of Spiritual Direction by William A. Barry and William J. Connolly – I am very new to the idea of Spiritual Direction, but I really would love to explore it.

The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon – Another good neighbor book. I think we all need it whether we want it or not.

The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life – A Creative and a Practical Guide by Margaret Lobenstine – the subtitle of an older edition of this book reads: “Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Just Pick One”. I like that title better and I’m hooked.


What are you looking forward to reading this year? Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear! :)

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