8 books that were influential
in ways that surprised me

Screwtape Letters

by C. S. Lewis

Spiritual warfare talk often includes big words that rarely feel personal, but not Screwtape Letters. A “demon” uncle is writing to his “demon in training” nephew about convincing ways to lead us astray. The personal revelance alone is why this book made the list.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

by Pete Scazzero

Spiritual maturity and emotional maturity go hand in hand. We desire to be more – we want to be MORE than SAVED. We want to be in union with Jesus all the days of our lives. If you only read 1 book on this list, let it be this one.

Sacred Rest

by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

I’ve always viewed rest as sleep or quiet time alone, but what if it’s dinner with 3 close friends, taking a jog, or painting? Dr. Dalton explores 9 types of rest that may help you get the soul rest you didn’t know you were craving.

Ep. 82: Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith | Sacred Rest

Abundant Simplicity

by Jan Johnson

When simplicity comes to mind I think about purging my home or spending less, but there’s so much more. Jan’s book helped me explore how abundance is found in more than simplfying the clutter in my home and living on a budget.

Ep. 29: Jan Johnson | Spiritual Direction, Hearing God’s Voice

Praying the scripture for your children

by Jodie Berndt

Twelve years later and I still use the prayers written in this book and not only for my children. It also taught me the power in praying God’s Words back to Him.

Ep. 28: Jodie Berndt | Praying the Scripture for Your Children

becoming mrs. burton

by Susan Burton & Cari Lynn

Susan’s memoir opened my eyes to the  cycle of incarceration and why it is so difficult to break free.  Honestly, this is an eye opener that made me a more empathetic person.

The Common Rule

by Justin Whitmel Earley

In a world that yells “more is better”, “you do you”, “make your own way”, Justin offers formational habits that are both practical and transformational.  How do I know?  I now practice many of them.

EP. 72: Justin Whitmel Earley | Habits of Purpose in the Digital Age

Sensible Shoes series

by Sharon Garlough Brown

This 4 book fiction series takes you on a journey of 4 women being formed by the spirit of God and you can’t help but be drawn in and find yourself walking in their shoes.  I didn’t expect a fictional series to impact my walk with Jesus, but this one did

EP. 152: Sharon Garlough Brown | Spiritual Practices & Formation