Why You Need To Read These 5 Books In 2018

How many books did you read in 2017? Are you reading any books right now? Or are you thinking you don’t have time to read?


I have to be honest; I didn’t read as many books in 2017 as I had hoped to and the reason is simple. I didn’t have my priorities straight.

Why I Love Books

I credit my Mom for my love of books and reading. From as far back as I can remember she read to me. Every day!

Once I was old enough to read we would often read together. Then as I got older, she introduced me to the library and bought books for me whenever she could.

As a result, I have been a bookworm my entire life, and God has used my reading to inspire me to write.

So what happened in 2017. I didn’t prioritize my reading. I either felt I was too busy doing other things or frittered the time I could have been reading away.

How To Find Time To Read

I have found that if I am not intentional about reading the day will slip away from me and I find myself regretting not having read anything.

I’m making it a priority in 2018 to use thirty to sixty minutes a day that I would otherwise be watching TV or scanning social media to read.

That became a reality to me New Year’s day when due to subzero temperatures my Internet went out.

Since I cut the cable and can only watch TV by steaming no Internet meant I could neither watch television or spend time on Facebook.

At first, I sat there wondering what on earth I was going to do. Then it was like, well duh, I can read.

I picked up a novel that a friend got me for Christmas and was soon so engrossed in the story that I didn’t want to put it down.

Lesson learned.

Why These Five Books

So, why am I telling you that these are the five books you must read in 2018.

Well first, let me say that I hope you read a lot more than five books this year. And I hope you continue to stop by each week to read this blog.

But I believe that if you make it a priority to read these five books, it will transform your life in a way you never imagined. I know they have had that impact on my life. They rocked my world, and I’ll never be the same. I reread them, or read highlighted passages regularly as a reminder and as encouragement.

One other thing before I share the list with you. The links for these books are affiliate links. That means that if you purchase the book by clicking the link, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

The List

Drum roll, please. Without further adieu these are the five books you absolutely need to read in 2018 are:

The Story of With – Allen Arnold
The Longing – Joey O’Connor
More Than Ordinary – Doug Sherman
The Jesus-Centered Life – Rick Lawrence
Crazy Love – Francis Chan

My Book

A couple more things before I go.

One, keep your eyes peeled. I am working on a resource page for the blog where I will have a list of many other books and courses that you may find helpful.

I’m also going to begin writing my first book this year. I’ve put it off long enough, and now it’s time to start. I don’t know how long it will take to write, but I do know I’m starting. Please feel free to hold me accountable.

Whatever you are reading, regardless if it is one of my recommendations or something else be sure to read it WITH Jesus.

Ask Him what He wants you to read and then ask Him questions while you read.

Questions like, “Jesus, what do you want me to see as I read this?” or “Jesus, what do you want to teach me?”

As you read this year be sure to share what you are reading and how it is impacting you.

What is the best book you read in 2017?

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4 thoughts on “Why You Need To Read These 5 Books In 2018

  1. The best book I read in 2017 was Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. Our ladies Bible study group did her study as well. I’m still gleaning treasures from it.

  2. i did not make 2017 intentional reading either. I totally agree about making it intentional thats my plan for 2018 . i spent more time reading how to info for my blog now I have to wear glasses because i strained my eyes from all that computer and iphone reading!

  3. This post really resonated with me. I have a ton of excuses for not reading as much as I would like, but I definitely spend way too much time on social media and email. Like you, non-Internet times have done wonders for my reading. Recently I read an article by one of my favorite authors stating that he read over 200 books a year! It was definitely inspiring. As far as 2017 went, I read a lot of great books from vastly different genres–one of the perks of being an English teacher/tutor! In addition to reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Call of the Wild for the first time, some highlights were Nothing But The Truth by Avi and Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.

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