I’ll be honest. As time has gone by, I have become less and less a fan of the whole New Year’s resolution thing. I guess because I don’t like failure (who really does) and most years my resolutions are rarely accomplished. So I did not make a resolution this year BUT I have been challenged the past few weeks to reassess those rectangular items stacking up on my nightstand.

So what books are on my shelves? Well, there are quite a few novels, most of them are Christian fiction, with an occasional spiritual growth book scattered here or there. Please know I do not want to belittle novels. There are many good ones at the local bookstore and I have learned much from those I have read. But God has been working on my heart. He has been revealing to me how I have replaced my spiritual growth reading with novels. I’m ashamed to say many times this means I have put aside my Bible to pick up the current novel I’m enraptured with.

Now how does this apply back to me not to make a new year’s resolution? Well, in some ways I have but I hope this is a new life resolution that will last for more than just 2009. First of all, I have gone back to the first love letter ever written to me, the Bible. My personal reading time begins with my Lord and Savior. Secondly, I don’t want to say, “I’m going to read X amount of non-fiction books over the next 11 months (is it really February already?).” I feel like I’m just setting myself up for failure. But I do want to expand my horizons and influence my perspective. And I believe one of the greatest ways for me to do this is through what I choose to read.

Amy Colon, a fellow church planting wife and blogger, did a similar post and shared some of her favorite reads over the past year. She made a few suggestions that I plan on picking up but I would love to know what some of your favorite books have been? It can be anything from spiritual growth to church planting to strengthening your marriage. I want to know, what’s on your shelf?

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