I did another quick Periscope broadcast to share with you my favorite books from 2015 and why I highly recommend you add them to your reading list for 2016.
The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
I LOVE this series of books! See, we communicate with each other in many more ways than just by language. Sure, we talk a lot, but we also use body language and love language to convey our feelings. In this book, Chapman and Campbell help you to discover your children’s love language so that you can communicate more clearly to them, just how much they mean to you. There are five primary love languages. Your child may speak one or two of these at any given time and these may also change over time…which I why I read this book every year! A must read to help you and your family communicate better.
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Want a less-stressful and more rewarding relationship with your kids? No matter what age they are, this program has been proven over and over by scientific research studies, to help parents improve their relationships with their children! Stop fighting and start connecting with your kids…read this book this year! This month! TODAY!!!
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. How to stop yelling and start connecting. by Dr. Laura Markham
Your children love you and find safety in your loving embrace. Yet all too often, we break down that love and turn safety into fear by yelling and punishing. Don’t be afraid of taking yelling and punishment off of your list of parenting tools! As a parent, you owe it to yourself and your child to learn how to regulate your own emotions and teach your child to regulate theirs. “One generation full of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.” ~Charles Raison
Let’s change the world! Pick this book up and don’t put it down until you’ve read it cover to cover!
The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman
This health book is far more valuable than any other book on the topic! Why? Because it is holistic and was proven on the testing grounds of Rick Warren’s, Saddleback Church. 15,000 people lost over 26,000 pounds in the first year of this program. But better than that, every aspect of their lives became more fulfilling and meaningful. Grab a group of friends, co-workers, family members…and get started today!
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
It can be very difficult to imagine the boundless, endless, uncompromising love that God has for us, His children. But we can never fully experience that love unless we fall equally in love with Him. Chan does a great job of shaking the sleeping Christian awake and planting an urgent need in their heart to give God more! This is a call to reignite the flame of the Holy Spirit within us, to reach out and seek Jesus and to have a meaningful and radical relationship with our heavenly Father. Don’t be lukewarm anymore – read this book!
The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard
By far, one of my favorite books on the topic of motivation and manifestation! Burchard is point blank when it comes to calling you out of your comfort zone and into a passionate and deeply meaningful life. Overcome fear, take back control of your life, learn to dream bigger, act more boldly, and love more deeply. After all, we only get one turn on this earth…what will we say to our Creator when he asks what we did with the talents he gave us? How will we feel when we disappoint our Father with a mediocre life? If you’re feeling disillusioned by the “American Dream” and wish you could do more…pick up this book and learn how you can realize your dreams!
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I think I read it three times in 2015 and I plan to read it several more in 2016. Living a life of excess is nothing new – at least not since the Industrial Revolution! In this book from the early 20th century, Lindbergh talks about how life can become so caught up and busy that we neglect to see the beauty in each moment. Lindbergh talks about her solo trip to Saint Simon’s Island, Georgia and uses shell-collecting as a metaphor for life, materialism, and relationships. This book will inspire you not to take your eye off the prize, but to realize that the journey towards the prize is full of equally beautiful and meaningful prizes that must be cherished. Don’t flounder in life…but do take time to appreciate each moment and all that it has for you. Grab this book and enjoy it on a nice cool winter evening, next to a fire, or on your hammock in the back yard this summer.