9 Life Changing Books To Read in 2018

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Hello readers! Today we will be going over 9 life changing books to read in 2018. Or really, anytime! Some of these books I have read and thought were quite amazing. Others, I haven’t read yet, but they are very high on my to be read list and have been highly recommended by family and friends. These books cover topics like Christian life, wise finances, relating to people,  inspirational biographies and autobiographies, and overall, are just helpful guidebooks in living a successful life!

So why, do you ask, is it a list of 9 books? Why not 10? Or 12? Well, don’t ask me, ask the people who make the blogging rules. 😉 According to blogging rules, apparently you’re supposed to use odd numbers (Not even!) when you’re compiling lists and writing titles. Don’t ask me to explain, I just nod my head yes, follow the rules, and here we are with a list of NINE books!

So are you ready to check out some great books? Okay great, let’s get on to the list!



The Total Money Makeover


The success stories speak for themselves in this book from money maestro Dave Ramsey. Instead of promising the normal dose of quick fixes, Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.

The success stories speak for themselves in this book from money maestro Dave Ramsey. Instead of promising the normal dose of quick fixes, Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.

The Total Money Makeover isn’t theory. It works every single time. It works because it is simple. It works because it gets to the heart of the money problems: you.



The Legacy Journey


Dave Ramsey shares Biblical wisdom on the legacy we build with our wealth.

What does the Bible really say about money? About wealth? How much does God expect you to give to others? How does wealth affect your friendships, marriage, and children? How much is “enough”?

There’s a lot of bad information in our culture today about wealth–and the wealthy. Worse, there’s a growing backlash in America against our most successful neighbors, but why? To many, wealth is seen as the natural result of hard work and wise money management. To others, wealth is viewed as the ultimate, inexcusable sin. This has left a lot of godly men and women honestly confused about what to do with the resources God’s put in their hands. God’s ways of handling money caused them to build wealth, but then they’re left feeling guilty about it. Is this what God had in mind?

In “The Legacy Journey,” “New York Times “bestselling author Dave Ramsey takes you deep into God’s Word, revealing His perspective on wealth, your personal and family legacy, and how He wants to use you to further His kingdom work around the world. You can truly live–and leave–a legacy. The journey starts today.



The Hiding Place


At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. However, with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, a story did ensue.

Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch Underground, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room and aiding their escape from the Nazis. For their help, all but Corrie found death in a concentration camp. The Hiding Place is their story.



A Chance To Die


A Chance to Die is a vibrant portrayal of Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty-three years in south India without furlough. There she became known as ”Amma,” or ”mother,” as she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for underprivileged children. Amy’s life of obedience and courage stands as a model for all who claim the name of Christ. She was a woman with desires and dreams, faults and fears, who gave her life unconditionally to serve her Master. Bringing Amma to life through inspiring photos and compelling biographical narrative, Elisabeth Elliot urges readers to examine the depths of their own commitment to Christ.



7 Habits Of Highly Effective People


When Stephen Covey first released The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the book became an instant rage because people suddenly got up and took notice that their lives were headed off in the wrong direction; and more than that, they realized that there were so many simple things they could do in order to navigate their life correctly. This book was wonderful education for people, education in how to live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a ‘success’ in life.

But not everyone understands Stephen Covey’s model fully well, or maybe there are some people who haven’t read it yet. This is definitely true because we still see so much failure all around us. Now, I am not saying that by using Covey’s model, or anyone else’s model for that matter, you can become a sure-shot success, but at least we should have seen many more successes around us already judging by the number of copies the book has sold!







Worth It All: Running the Race Of A Lifetime


We are all running a race.
A race that will change our lives…
This is the personal race-the journey-to know Jesus more deeply than we could even imagine, and live completely dedicated to Him. It’s the race of a lifetime. In her third book, “Worth it All,” National Bible Bee Alumnus Isabella Morganthal, shares about her journey as a Bible Bee contestant for five years. Comparing her time as a contestant to a race, she encourages readers to run their own race of knowing Jesus well.
“Worth it All” is meant to inspire you to live for Jesus radically in a way that shows the world He is worth more to you than anything or anyone else.
So if you’re willing to step onto the racetrack for the race of your life, begin reading.
Ready? Set…


Eat That Frog


The legendary Eat That Frog! (more than 450,000 copies sold and translated into 23 languages) provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more.


168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think


There are 168 hours in a week. This is your guide to getting the most out of them.

It’s an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. We tell ourselves we’d like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals. But then we give up because there just aren’t enough hours to do it all. Or if we don’t make excuses, we make sacrifices- taking time out from other things in order to fit it all in.

There has to be a better way…and Laura Vanderkam has found one. After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realized that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there’s time for the important stuff. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer.

Vanderkam shows that with a little examination and prioritizing, you’ll find it is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter.


What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are a madcap time for many of us. We wake up in a haze—often after hitting snooze a few times. Then we rush around to get ready and out the door so we can officially start the day. Before we know it, hours have slipped by without us accomplishing anything beyond downing a cup of coffee, dashing off a few emails, and dishing with our coworkers around the water cooler. By the time the workday wraps up, we’re so exhausted and defeated that any motivation to accomplish something in the evening has vanished.

But according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives.

Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day. While many of us are still in bed, these folks are scoring daily victories to improve their health, careers, and personal lives without sacrificing their sanity. For instance, former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Steve Reinemund would rise at 5:00 a.m., run four miles, pray, and eat breakfast with his family before heading to work to run a Fortune 500 company.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your morning routine and jump-start your life before the day has even begun.


So now I want to hear from YOU! Have you read any of these books? If so, which ones? Are you going to be adding any of these to your to be read list? What are some books that you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments down below!



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16 thoughts on “9 Life Changing Books To Read in 2018

  1. I’ve read several of those… Dave Ramsey, Eat that Frog, The Hiding Place… an Amy Carmichael but not that one…

    I really enjoyed Miracle Mornings for time scheduling. Right now I’m reading Love Does… really, really enjoying it!

  2. Those are all amazing books! I have read almost all the books you listed but I don’t think I read the Corrie ten Boom one but I do plan to read it sometime. I am currently working on reading the “Noticer” by Andy andrews and it’s really good. I am also reading the cricket in times square which is a very interesting book. Alright gotta run I have to go to work!

      1. Yeah you should check them out. I have gotta say though that not all of the noticer book is “good” but it’s over all okay. And same with the cricket in times square some of it might not be good but it’s been awhile since I read it so I honestly don’t remember. Have a great night!

  3. Well… you probably know my favorite books on that list! 169 Hours & What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Another great one along those lines is Crystal Paine’s Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.

    BTW if you have a copy of the Amy Carmichael book I’d like to borrow it!

  4. It’s funny, because, I was just searching through Amazon yesterday, trying to decide what New book I wanted to read. Now, you’ve given a list of very interesting ones, that I’m definitely going to add to my wish list. Now, to decide, which one will be first. 😉 Thank you for this post!

  5. Hi Cynthia,
    I love how your blog has grown! It’s awesome!
    I really like this post – because I am crazy about books! I am actually reading Eat that Frog right now… I listened to the audio book way back when, but I recently found it at my library and decided to read it in book form. I really like it 🙂
    I’ve read several other titles that you mentioned, but you also gave me some new ones to look into as well. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! What a fantastic list! And several of these, I haven’t read! I’m going to have to get the book by Laura Vanderkam. That’s one I definitely NEED to read! 😉 Thank you; thank you! I love your blog…

    And in fact, although I don’t know if you accept blog awards (It’s okay if you don’t), but I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find more details at http://throughinkandimage.com/2018/03/15/two-blogging-awards/

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