Five Books I've Loved in 2015

I love to read. Growing up, my best friends lived within the pages of books and I spend countless hours with them every day, loosing myself in their lives and exploring foreign lands only accessible through words. As I got older, my taste in books changed a bit and moved away from fiction, but I'll always have a great love for and find a deep satisfaction in books. 

This year, I've read several wonderful books, and today I thought I'd share a few that I've absolutely loved! 

Happy Friday!

Start with Why

I've heard a lot about this book over the years and finally got around to reading it a few months ago. And while I already understood the concept, it was incredibly helpful to read an entire book about the concept of starting with why. It was a great resource for me as I streamlined my branding earlier in the year and has made me more intentional about how I present myself and the choices I make in my  business. 

 

One Hundred and Thirteen Million Markets of One

It's been a few months since I've read this, it has been so revolutionary to the way that I view marketing. The premise of the book states that it's not necessarily the wealthy that drive American economy, but a group of people who make powerful spending choices based on their unique values and individuality. Honestly, the concept goes hand in hand with Start with Why and has helped me to further understand the importance of authenticity in everything that I do. 

 

The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs 

When Sarah Bradshaw recommended this book, I immediately ordered it and started reading it two days later. I've struggled with what it looks like to practically glorify God through my work for years, and reading this has helped me connect several dots between my work and the gospel that I hadn't before. It does a great job of laying the groundwork for the theology of work, and I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone who struggles with this idea as well.

 

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful

My secret sister Delight girl gave me this book for Christmas and I've loved reading through it. I love how down to earth Myquillyn Smith is, and how the focus of the book on gratefulness, imperfection, and savoring where you are in life. The idea that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful is truly inspiring, and a great reminder for me as I continue to learn what it looks like to create a home.\

 

Because He Loves Me 

This is the only book on the list that I haven't finished yet. I'm currently reading through it, and while I'm not even halfway finished, it's already affected me in profound ways. Elyse Fitzpatrick does a fantastic job of building a biblical foundation for the truth of God's love and how understanding that love makes us more like Himself.  It's because He first loved us that we're able to love Him, and this love serves as the basis for our faith. It's gospel centered, theologically solid, and I'm excited to finish it up in the coming weeks.

What books have you loved this year? I'm always looking for new books to read, so leave a comment below and I'll check out your recommendations!