What’s On My Reading List for 2017

Reading List 2017

I have to clear my conscience: I didn’t read all the books on my 2016 reading list. In true Sarah fashion, I thought I could do more than what was actually possible. So, if a few repeats appear on this year’s list, now you know why.

Okay, now that I feel better . . . Let’s talk 2017.

I’m a little excitable when it comes to new books, so I typically have three types going at the same time: something to grow as a parent, something for fun, and something that’s more geared toward personal or spiritual growth. I’ve divided them into those categories for y’all below (with some alliteration for your reading pleasure).


There’s no such thing a perfect parent. While I’d love to believe I have it all together, most days I’m just slapping bandaids on things. I find that reading books on being a better parent keeps me focused and more intentional as a mama. Here are the parenting books I plan to read this year:

Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Tedd Tripp) was actually a book I began last year, but pushed pause on it because it was TOO. GOOD. I found myself constantly sharing quotes and concepts from the book with Ben until we both decided we just needed to read it together. So, I stopped where I was, and we plan to make this book a priority in the coming year.

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men (Meg Meeker, M.D.) is geared specifically for boymoms. Raising four kids, Meeker comes with a wealth of personal experience, but she also writes from her profession as a medical doctor. Ben heard her speak and promptly brought this book home to me.

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family (Paul David Tripp) gets me so excited. I so easily get buried in the details of the day and need to find ways to stay grounded in God’s bigger picture. I’m hopeful that this book will help me do a better job of seeing through the piles of laundry and Legos and see Him in the midst.


Last year, I joined a book club, so most of my pleasure reading comes out of that. (It’s a book a month, yo.) However, a few others that I recently ordered and would love to read above and beyond book club are:

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove: A Novel (Frederik Backman) is one of those books that I’ve heard very little about, but the summary just pulled me in. A cranky old man befriended by the family next door? I’m in. Plus, it’s currently doing really well on Amazon, so I’m crossing my fingers it lives up to its ratings.

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings has been in the back of my mind for a while. I read The Secret Life of Bees ions ago and loved it, but I’ve yet to read anything else by Sue Monk Kid. I’m looking forward to it!

Personal Growth

I’m a learner at heart. Since I can’t be in the classroom these days, I love to read books that challenge my thinking, deepen my faith, broaden my perspective, and equip me professionally. The books in this category also help me think beyond life with kids and remember who God made me.

The Fringe Hours

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You (Jessica N. Turner) is one of my professional and personal growth picks. As a work-from-home mama, I’m always looking for tools to be more balanced in life. Like many moms, I have a hard time prioritizing the care of my mind, body, and soul. But I know that when I do, I’m a better mama. So I’m hoping that The Fringe Hours offers some insights into how to do this better. (Plus, there’s space in it to reflect and take notes. BONUS!)

The Road Back to You

I first heard about The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile) from some trusted girlfriends. I get together with thee women once a month to eat, to talk about God, and to support each other around the table. They’ve given rave reviews about this book and the Enneagram concept as a whole as a tool for self-discovery and growth. Plus, this particular book incorporates comes from a Gospel perspective.

For the Love

Despite the fact Ben says “you LOVE her” every time I mention something Jen Hatmaker has posted online, I honestly have NEVER read any of her books. I’m going to change that this year by reading her most recent book For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards.

Here’s to a year of happy reading!

Need a few more ideas for your own reading list? Check out the Life in Blue Resources for a few of my favorite books for kids and parents.



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