My Favorite Books

My favorite and most recommended books on personal growth in faith and life . . .

Following are some of my favorite and most recommended books by category. (If you're not "a reader," see my post How to Enjoy Reading.)

Dividing books up by category is a little bit challenging, because many of these books fit into more than one category. Most of them could fit into a broader "Personal Growth" (or "self-help") category; these types of books draw my attention because they are largely topic driven and applicable to daily life.

My favorite reads usually show the growth and life lessons in a person's life experiences rather than telling how to do something. I love being invited into someone's story, and many of my favorite books do just that.

I also share some of what I'm currently reading on Instagram under #BeginnerBeansReads and in the read section of my story highlights.

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Safer than a Known Way by Pamela Rosewell Moore
The Joy of Doing Things Badly by Veronica Chambers
Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Post Traumatic Church Syndrome by Reba Riley
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
Never Broken by Jewel
There Are No Grown-ups by Pamela Druckerman
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
God Never Blinks by Regina Brett


Believing God by Beth Moore
Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lammot
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
The Life You've Always Wanted by John Ortberg
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Clairborne
A Beautiful Offering by Angela Thomas
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Unity, Justice, Love

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
One and Every Little Thing by Deidra Riggs
Falling Free by Shannan Martin
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski
Love Does and Everybody Always by Bob Goff
Love, Skip, Jump by Shelene Bryan

Personal Growth

Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado
Quiet by Susan Cain
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson
This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick
The Best Yes and Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
Comfort Detox by Erin  M. Straza
What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Start by Jon Acuff
Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Writing/Creative Life

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
How to Style Your Brand by Fiona Humberstone
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

Home + Food

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
Apartment Therapy by Maxwell Ryan
Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan


Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
7 by Jen Hatmaker
Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Marriage + Parenting

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Desperate by Sally Clarkson and Sara Mae
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


A Book that Takes Its Time by the editors of Flow magazine
Powersheets by Lara Casey/Cultivate What Matters


Also see:
How to Enjoy Reading

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