3 Books to Read Before the End of the Year

3 Books to Read Before the End of the Year

There are two ways to approach the end of the year.

You can either lament the fact another year is nearly gone, along with all our its unmet goals, or you can try to cram so much in before you turn the calendar page – that you miss out on the time with family and friends. Reading may be a goal that gets pushed aside during the rest of the year but is easier to fit in when your schedule is more relaxed.

Completing a new book always gives me the feeling of accomplishment, and I have finished several good books lately. These books may help you as you begin to plan goals for 2015.

The Legacy Journey

The Legacy Journey, by Dave Ramsey

You may think another book by Dave Ramsey would just talk about finances. Having read his other books and listening to his show for hours, I can definitely say this book is different. Not only is this book more focused on the babysteps after paying off debt, but reading it is more like reading a devotional than a self-improvement book. I found myself underlining verses and foundational truths throughout the book. Personally, I recommend getting the hardcover instead of the ebook so you can share it after reading. I’m looking forward to being able to give generously like those in Ramsey’s many examples from this book.

It Starts With Food

It Starts With Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

The website for Whole30 really has all the information you would need to give your body a reset. Shopping lists, scientific explanations, and preparation tips are all there – so why am I recommending the book? The book provides a much deeper explanation of why many foods are completely eliminated for 30 days, when to extend it to 60 or 90 days, and why the Whole30 plan is not a forever-way of eating, although it’s pretty close. The authors know how unlikely it is that you would go the rest of your life without a taste of birthday cake or having an occasional glass of wine. In the book, they also share how to reintroduce foods so you can determine what is best for you in the long run. If you are considering a health change in the new year, I highly recommend It Starts With Food and www.whole30.com.

The 13th Gift

The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle, Joanne Huist Smith

I know, I know, I’ve recommend a book on finances and health for a little ‘light’ holiday reading! This last book may seem like heavy reading at first glance, but I promise it will encourage your heart. The 13th Gift is based the true story of how the lives of a family who had just suffered the loss of their husband and father were forever changed by a series of anonymous gifts leading up to Christmas Day. The story is well written and quick to read. I found my copy at the local library, but the Kindle version is just a few dollars. I hope it will encourage you to find creative ways to encourage someone you know who is struggling after the loss of a loved one.

I hope you will find yourself somewhere in the middle as you wrap up the end of the year. Finish your goals strong, with the same energy in the last ten days that you give it during the first ten, but finding the kind of harmony with your time that allows you to enjoy the festivities of the season. Let me know if these will be on your list of 3 books to read before the end of the year.

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