I made a list at the beginning of 2015 of books I wanted to read this year. A few have been added since then, which isn’t good because none have been crossed off as read yet. Because I am behind with accomplishing this goal in order to finish with all of these by the end of the year, I have to read about 3-4 books per month. So, I’m trying to carve out at least 30 minutes to read each day. I hope giving an update on my reading progress each month will help me achieve this goal.

The challenge with reading is that it’s more difficult for me to stay focused these days. I’ve always had some challenges with reading (in addition to slowness, I now I know it was because of the tendency of my mind to be distracted with obsessing). Because the obsessions are now stronger since OCD, it’s even harder to focus. It’s a challenging side affect, and I seriously empathize with anyone who is in school with the challenges of OCD. Nevertheless, if I can work on re-training my brain to focus again, reading is actually a great way for my mind to stay stimulated and engaged so obsessing doesn’t win.

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So here are some of the books I want to read this year, divided into categories. The ones marked with an asterisk are books I have already read that have profoundly shaped me, so want to read them again. The ones with a plus sign are ones that I currently reading. In the future, plan to give a monthly update on the blog about what I’m reading.

Spiritual Growth

  • Prayer – Tim Keller +
  • Sensing Jesus – Zach Eswine +
  • Women of the Word – Jill Wilken
  • War of Words – Paul Tripp
  • Knowing God – J.I. Packer
  • On Christian Liberty* – Martin Luther
  • When People are Big and God is Small – Ed Whelch
  • Running Scared* – Ed Whelch
  • From Good to Grace – Christine Hoover
  • The Best Yes – Lysa TerKeurst +
  • The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonheoffer
  • Spiritual Depression – Martin Lloyd Jones
  • The Prodigal God – Tim Keller
  • Trusting God* – Jerry Bridges


  • The Church Planter’s Wife – Christine Hoover
  • When Helping Hurts – Corbett & Fikkert
  • Loving Well William Smith


  • The Meaning of Marriage – Tim Keller
  • The Fruitful Wife – Haley DiMarco

Personal & Emotional Development

  • Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
  • Paradox of Choice- Barry Schwartz
  • Essentialism – Greg McKeown
  • The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown
  • When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough – Anthony & Swinson


  • Brain Lock – Jeffrey Schwartz
  • Stop Obsessing – Foa & Wilson
  • Can Christianity Cure Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Ian Osborn
  • OCD & Mindfulness Workbook – Hershfield & Corboy


  • Anne of the Island – L.M. Montgomery
  • Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

So there is the list of my 32 books. Are there any books I should add when I’m done with these?

1 Comment on 32 Books I Want to Read in 2015

  1. Add? You want to add to this list? You, my friend, never cease to amaze me. This is an excellent and ambitious list, and you’re inspiring me to read more.

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