Books are everything. Well, not everything, but that’s a cute saying these days (I’ve seen it on Instagram). I do love a good book, but I’ll confess that I read far more non-fiction than fiction. I’ve been reading more than usual these days, being laid up with a cast on my leg, and it occurred to me that there are certain books that I return to and re-read. Today I’ll share seven books that I’ve read more than once, some of them lots of times.
I have a Kindle Paperwhite and it’s great for trips, but I prefer “real” books. I’m an underliner, and my favorite tool is a colored pencil. They don’t bleed through the paper and they come in beautiful colors. I just ordered a new set of Prismacolor colored pencils from Amazon, not for an adult coloring book but for reading books and marking my planner, and they’ll arrive today–woo-hoo!!
Here are seven books, in no particular order, that I’ve read more than once (and it goes without saying that the Bible is the one book that I read more often than any other):
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. One of my favorites. Common sense advice on how to think for success in life and business. The audio book from iTunes is good, too. Some books are so good I read them AND listen to them.
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. If you’re ever feeling sorry for yourself or having a hard time finding something to be grateful for, read this book.
- Switch On Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf. This one has been read and marked up at least three times. I love the explanations of how the brain works, and God’s genius design for life-giving thoughts.
- Make It Happen by Lara Casey. Everything Lara Casey does is beautiful. Her Instagram and website are fresh and inspiring. This is my second year to use her PowerSheets and they’re better than ever (PowerSheets are a tool for setting goals, evaluating life and making well-rounded plans). Her book is really the story of her life and salvation, but there are many pearls of wisdom throughout for busy women.
- The Castle on the Hill by Elizabeth Goudge (out of print). NOT Eileen Goudge, Elizabeth. I read this fiction novel years ago during a season when I was struggling with the demands of my life. It takes place during World War II and is happy and sad and profound. (This won’t count, but I’ve read James Herriot’s series on his veterinary practice more than once, too–the All Creatures Great and Small books). On an unrelated note, it just crossed my mind that Dave Barry can make me laugh until tears run down my face. Some of his stuff is inappropriate, but he has a hilarious way with words. Did you notice that I just fit about fifteen books in one number? Saves space.
- The Supernatural Ways of Royalty (and I’ll sneak in Spirit Wars, too) by Kris Vallotton. Profound insights into our identity in Christ and living a life of power and victory.
- Make It Happen in 10 Minutes a Day by Lorne Holden. This is a short, well-written, simple guide to all the things you can accomplish by setting aside ten minutes a day. Inspiring and non-overwhelming.
Now this has got me going. I’m thinking of a dozen more favorite books, but I’ll save them for another post. Meanwhile, what are some of YOUR favorite books that you’ve read more than once?
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