2017 Booklist: August Update

I love reading!  Here are the books I’ve read so far this year.  If you have specific questions or want a recommendation of what to read, let me know!  I would be happy to answer any questions!


1. The More of Less, Joshua Becker

2. Holiness for Housewives, Hubert Van Zeller

3. The Magicians Nephew, C.S. Lewis

4. Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life, Margaret Kim Peterson


5. Make It Happen, Lara Casey

6. Reforming Social Media, Mandy J. Hoffman

7. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

8. Hoodwinked, Karen Edman and Ruth Schwenk

9. Imagine Heaven, John Burke

10. 90 Minutes in Heaven, Don Piper

11. For Better or For Kids, Ruth Schwenk

12. You and Me Forever, Francis and Lisa Chan

13. Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander


14. C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller, Geoff Benge

15. Forgotten God, Francis Chan

16. Mission of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson

17. Big Love, Kara Tippets

18. The Horse and His Boy, C.S. Lewis

19. Raising Chickens, Jermone Belanger

20. King’s Cross, Timothy Keller


21. The Green Ember, S. D. Smith

22. Ember Falls, S. D. Smith

23. Growing Kids God’s Way, Gary Ezzo

24. They Found the Secret, V. Raymond Edman

25. Realign, Josh Lawson

26. We Shall See God: Charles Spurgeon’s Classic Devotional Thoughts on Heaven, Randy Alcorn

27. Prince Caspian, C. S. Lewis


28. Adventures in Prayer, Catherine Marshall

29. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis


30. Triggers, Amber Lia

31. The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis

32. I Heart Heaven, Tracy H. Goza Ph.D.

33. To Heaven and Back, Mary C. Neal

34. Prayer, Tim Keller

35. None Like Him, Jen Wilkin

36. The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis


37. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown

38. The Holiness of God, R. C. Sproul


39. Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline, Catherine McNeil

40. Cultivate, Lara Casey

41. Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

42. For the Children’s Sake, Susan Shaeffer Macauley

43. Go Make Disciples, Drew Steadman

44. Clara Barton (Landmark Book), Helen More Boyleson

45. Parenting, Paul David Tripp

Random extra books/Booklets that I’ve enjoyed this year:

How to Celebrate Everything, Jenny Rosenstrach

The Whole 30, Melissa Hartwig

100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous, Lisa Leake

Simply Clean, Becky Rapinchuk

Cut Flower Garden, Erin Benzakein

Helping Children Understand the Gospel, Sally Michael, Jill Nelson, and Bud Burk

The Majestic Names of God, Lisa Kay Hailey Blair




  1. This is incredible!! I love reading as well, but my goal was 20 books this year. ha! What’s your secret to getting in all these great books?

    1. Such a great question! I’m hoping to do a more complete post on this topic soon, but the main things are :
      1. finding books I’m excited about reading (If I get midway through a book and don’t love it, I stop reading. No shame. And I follow lots of book lovers on instagram and am constantly culling lists of books I want to read, and placing books on hold at the library).
      2. limit other media influences (We haven’t had a tv in a long time and haven’t missed it! So many evenings when the kids go to bed, Jared and I will talk and then I get some reading time in during the evenings when most people would use that time to watch shows.)
      3. I read several books at a time. (I know that isn’t for everyone, but I find that it allows me to pick when I’m in the mood for and makes me want to read more.)
      4. Take a book with you wherever you go! I like to keep one handy in my purse for random spare minutes here and there!
      Hope that helps! And thanks for your comment! I definitely want to address this more completely in an upcoming post!

  2. Amazing!! Could you share your rhythms and routines that help you get this much reading in??

    1. Thanks for your question! I am hoping to address this more soon but listed a few pointers in reply to Jillian (see above)! I think the main routine that has helped is simply reaching for a book instead of social media or tv, and creating pockets of time in my day that are open for reading – usually during my kids’ naps/rest time, and after they go to bed at night. I don’t ONLY read during those times, but I know that it is easy to fit in during those little pockets.:)

  3. […] Also, I wanted to include an updated (and complete) list of books I read in 2017. The original post can be found here. […]

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