I have a lengthy reading list. And stacks of books and a full Kindle account to back it all up.

And it’s just not working for me.

The list is just too overwhelming and when I look at it, I just don’t even know where to go next!

So, for 2013, I’m picking just 13 books I WILL read, plus the {.1} in the form of two books I will be rereading! And WHEN {not if} I finish those 13.1, I’ll make a new plan!

This list, in no particular order, is a little eclectic – I like to keep things interesting!

1. Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus by Mary DeMuth – I’m already a few chapters into this and loving it! Underlining things on every single page!

2. Covenant of War by Cliff Graham – Mom confession: I got this book while pregnant with Double J. I started reading it and REALLY thought I finished it. Then I had a conversation with a friend about the book and had no idea what she was talking about! I went back to look and my bookmark was still in the middle! So…that was embarrassing… I am backing up in this second book of the Lion of War series a bit to refresh my memory!

3. The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynastyby Willie and Korie Robertson – Love the family. Love the show. Can’t wait to read the book!

4. Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run by Kristin Armstrong – A sweet friend passed this book on to me and I can’t wait to be inspired by it! A year ago, I would have NEVER thought I would love running this much!

5. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson – I’ll be reading through this with The MOB Society book club starting Monday! You can join in over there as well!

6. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff – I just love this title. And everyone raved about in 2012. I’m caving to peer pressure – in a good way.

7. Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. & Mary Moerbe – My heart skips a beat as I think about reading this book. God has put a major calling on my heart since September regarding families and I know reading this book will be another step in the journey He has me on with this calling! {Thank you to Ann for pointing me to it!}

8. Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy by Sally Clarkson – You know I love Sally and this book seems to fit in so well with my word of the year!

9. The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer – I read my first Tricia Goyer fiction book last year and I’m hooked! Excited to start on this one next!

10. Hints on Child-Training by H. Clay Trumbull – A dear fellow boy mom friend ranked this as her top read from 2012. It went on my 2013 list right away. And it’s written by Elisabeth Eliot’s grandfather!

11. You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You by Holley Gerth – Super excited for this book to release in March! I know it will be PACKED full of encouragement!

12. Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb – I’m a history nerd. When a friend shared this book on GoodReads {a place to track and rate books you’ve read}, I knew I wanted to check it out!

13. The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People – I will share more about this book next week, but in a nutshell, we are reading this as a family in 2013! There are versions for preschoolers, kids, and teens as well, so it is the perfect family Bible reading experience! Stay tuned for details next week!

And the {.1}…

Two of the best books I read in 2012 haven’t even been released yet, but they will be very soon! And I will be rereading them in 2013 – one with my local Bible study, and one with any of you who choose to join me right here on the blog!

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson is releasing THIS MONDAY! Oh friends, this book was life-changing and soul-refreshing for me. And I am thrilled to be going through it with my Bible study gals starting January 18th! To find out more about this book, come back here Monday for my review and all sorts of fun announcements to go along with its launch!

Upside-Down Prayers for Parents: Thirty-One Daring Devotions for Entrusting Your Child–and Yourself–to God by Lisa T. Bergren is a powerful prayer resource for parents that will bring you to your knees before God in all the areas that are tough to pray for your kids AND for yourself! Upside-Down Prayers comes out in February and I’ll be going through the book again with YOU! More details as we approach the book’s release date! You won’t want to miss it!


Whew! That feels good to get my list written down and shared with you! Please share your reading list for 2013 here as well!

And to see my super-long reading list, including books I actually finished in 2012, click here!


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