My Top Ten Reads of 2018


Every year I make a reading goal. I knew 2018 would be a hectic year, so I set my bar a little lower. My goal was to read 36 books. And I am finishing the last few books this week.

Books speak to us in different ways. A book we read this year may not have spoken to us a few years ago in the same way. But here is my list of top ten that met me and spoke to me in powerful ways. I hope you will give a few of them a chance in the new year.

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Brene Brown knocked it out of the park…again! Any book of Brown’s is a good bet. But, seriously, if you are a leader, then you need to read this book!

Reality-Based Leadership by Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman makes you take a look at drama in the workplace in a fresh way. Her book is practical and immediately applicable. If nothing else, it will bring self-awareness to how you invite unnecessary drama. The first step to being a good leader involves leading yourself.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Let me start by saying that this is not a “Christian” self-help book. But it is packed with great truth. It is a memoir/get-your-act-together book. Do you need a kick in the pants? Start here.

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Sometimes we need a fresh start. Sometimes we just need to get back on track. Goins’ book can give you a strategy for both. Put it on your January 2019 list.

Healing Spiritual Wounds by Carol Howard Merritt

I do not recommend this book for everyone. If you are a fundamentalist, then it will kick you in the teeth. Don’t read it. But if you have been wounded and you need to know there are others out there like you, then devour it.

Hiding in the Bathroom by Morra Mele

Love! Love! Love! Mele is an introvert speaking the introvert language. I love her! She gives practical advice. But she also encourages the introvert that you can make a difference if you pace yourself.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold Kushner

In January, my father-in-law died. Then a cousin died. And an aunt. And some of my church members. Then some of my church members lost family members. That was the first three months of the year. My doctor, who is Jewish, recommended this book. I listened to the audio version which was read by the author. And I cried. The author does not answer the reason why, but he does remind us that we are not alone. And, in the end, it’s loneliness that hurts the most.

Finish by Jon Acuff

This was my first read of 2018. I’m glad I read it first because it prepared me for the craziness of the year. It helped me finish some big projects that probably never would have been completed.

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

I read this book in my hotel room in the Philippines during a mission trip. It wrecked me. It changed me. Read it.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I found this in the dollar bin at the library and purchased it because, well, Elizabeth Gilbert. I was not disappointed. Sometimes we need permission to be creative. Gilbert gives you permission.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 

I committed to reading at least one fiction book this year. My (adult) children insisted it was this one. So, I read it. It was fantastic. I see now why children love this series and I highly recommend it. I’m glad I let my children read it.

Feel free to share your favorite read of 2018. Send me a message or post in the comments.


4 Comments on “My Top Ten Reads of 2018”

  1. I LOVED Dare to Lead and Girl, Wash Your Face! I also really love Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber and Monday’s With My Old Pastor 🙂

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