Never Get Tired Of Growing and Learning {2013 Book List}

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Okay, I have a confession to make.

I love reading. I love books. And I guess you can say, in the past I loved buying books.

Last year, in May, I tackled what became an entire project- by sorting, organizing, and donating books. This was great. There’s something about de-cluttering that instantly removes stress caused by the excessive accumulation of things.

Fast forward six months to January 2013 and well, I’m bothered by the remaining books on my shelves and in my baskets. Some of these books I’ve already read and loved. But others, well… others are reminders of my half-finished business. Still others have yet to be opened.

They sit there taking up space and accumulating dust. Every week, when it’s time to dust those tables, I lean down to those books, dust the their covers, and think, ‘I’m going to finish you. I will.’

And so, this may seem like a silly post, but I created a 2013 reading list for myself. Not a reading list composed of all the amazing books out there. (Although I was so tempted!)

Instead, I went through all my books and took out the books I wanted to read through this year. I placed them on my {Stepping Stool Bookshelf} making them easily assessable. And I’ve made a commitment to read through them this year.dsc_0070_thumb

First Things First

This book list would not be complete if I did not mention the Bible.

It is the first book that I start my day with. All the answers you will need, to all your questions, will be found there. All the wisdom, knowledge, peace, and understanding you’re seeking… it’s there too.

I went through a Bible Reading Plan last year and it was wonderful. We also have the Word of Promise on Audio CD, which is a great way to listen to the Scriptures.

So first things first. Be accountable to daily time in God’s word. Then, after you’ve taken the time to be in the word of God, then choose to continue growing by reading books that edify, encourage, uplift, instruct, and correct you in your own Christian walk.

2013 Book List

Spiritual Growth





UPDATED May 2013:




There you have it folks. There is over $170 worth of information sitting on my shelves. I commit to not buying any more books until I’ve gone through the wealth of information already available on my own bookshelves. How’s that for making the most of what’s already in the house?!

What’s The Point?

  • Choose to grow. Choose to learn. Choose to educate yourself.
  • Remove the guilt of all the unfinished stuff lying around. Get rid of it or put it to use.
  • Writing it down helps you keep focused. Got 20 minutes? Read a chapter or two.
  • Learn about areas in your life that need attention: Spiritual Growth, Marriage, Children, Home, _you fill in the blank__.
  • Stop the financial waste and the clutter by making use of what you already have.
  • Broaden your view. Broaden your understanding on a subject matter.
  • Live life and live never stop learning.

How about you? What’s on your 2013 reading list?

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Posted on January 3, 2013, in DAILY LIFE, LIFE, SPIRITUAL GROWTH and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I love to read as well, and have so many books, that I’ve yet to finish reading. I really need to organize my library as well, so this is a great idea. I have a chair next to my rocker in my quiet room with books that I hope to read, and I put them there purposely so that I can see them, but I always gravitate towards the Word, and my journal. Really I do need to get to reading. Thanks for the great idea!

    • Hi Maggie! Thanks for stopping by {In Pursuit}, it’s great having you! You can never go wrong with your Bible and journal so good for you for prioritizing. Love the idea of a quiet room. My quiet room consists of my living room sofa before the kids wake up, lol. Would totally love a room with a glider and ottoman (so on my wish list!).
      Organizing our books is such a great way to see what we actually have… (ever purchased duplicate books? I have!) At the same time, it helps us to find the resources we need when we need them. Would love to see what’s on your bookshelf! Send me a pic on Facebook or share some of your favorite titles 🙂

  2. Jessica Gonzalez

    Great idea… I need to start working on my list

    • I definitely recommend it. It doesn’t have to be long. Try committing to one book. Preferably, The Resolution for Women (wink, wink). The point is to not have all this unfinished business all around you. It brings unnecessary shame and guilt. So go ahead girl. Make your list and share it with us.

  3. That is a lot of books! As we discussed last night it would probably take me a decade to finish all those hahaha. I will read some books this year, thank you for such great idea.

    • I know Rachel!!!! lol

      But I do love to read. Your list doesn’t have to be that long. And some have lists that are much longer. The point is to make a plan and then work at it. When my husband saw me with all the books all over the place, he looked at me strangely. I explained that I was tired of these books mocking me telling me, ‘hey here’s some more unfinished business’… and I really did want to read them. So I shared my plan. And the next thing I knew, he was going through the books and picked several as well. They too are on our {Stepping Stool Bookshelf}. He is not a reader like me. So just seeing him make a decision to change that and to grow is awesome. So even if it’s one book you commit to, Like the RESOLUTION FOR WOMEN, {hint, hint, lol} do it. Then take action and feel good about the growth you’re experiencing.

      P.S. Just don’t substitute Bible Reading with Books. If you barely have time for Bible reading, then I suggest putting the Bible on your table and picking that up any chance you get. That’s priority!

      • Thats exactly where I keep my bible most of the time lol
        I will make a list and will finish reading those books this year!

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