7 Exceptional Books that will Change Your Life Tremendously


It was the most interesting discussion.

As we were enjoying lunch together, my husband, my son, and I began to talk about the things we’d been reading.

~ What books had impacted us?

~ Stayed with us?

~ What books had made a significant difference in our lives?

Weeks before, I’d talked with other friends and family members who’d also recommended books that had encouraged them and inspired them.

I began to make a list of great books – books I’ve read recently, books my family members have read, and books my friends have read.

All of these books come highly recommended.

Indeed, they aren’t just interesting reads; they are life-changing pages.

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These books are powerful and impactful. Additionally, they are books that have changed our lives personally and could change yours.

So, why not take a minute and check out the list?

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7 Exceptional Books that will Change Your Life Tremendously

Maybe you will find your next book to read… something that could impact your life for good.

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One – Thirsting for God by Gary Thomas

I happened on this book through the recommendation of a friend, and I’m so glad I did. It took me several months to read the entire volume, taking only a few pages at a time.

Packed with wisdom, author Gary Thomas takes a look back to wonderful writers of old and shares their insights with readers.

Topics include things like: simplicity, soul surgery, radical transformation, temptation, and joyful surrender.

This book has profoundly impacted my heart, and I plan to read it again and again. It’s a work I want to keep handy to be able to refer back to in the future.

– Life changing possibilities on a scale of 1 to 10… 10.

Two – Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan

My 25-year old son is quite the reader. This year, he has read countless books. However, when I asked him what he would recommend, he suggested this little volume.

The Red Sea Rules is a wonderful little book that will encourage you – especially if you feel that you are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Additionally, this short book offers practical suggestions for how to respond when you feel trapped and uncertain.

When I first read this short volume, our family was in a tight place – a place of feeling stuck. The words and the principles in this book greatly helped us and gave us perspective. I’ve gone back to it many times to read through its wisdom once more.

– Life impacting possibilities on a scale of 1 to 10… 10.


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Three – The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff by Andy Andrews

This book came as a recommendation from my mom. She happened upon the book while perusing suggestions on her Kindle Reader.

She loved this book, and she talked about the incredible impact author Andy Andrews had on her life perspectives.

To enjoy the small things, to savor the simple things, and to spend time making much of whatever God gives us to do – these are all essentials in this book.

It’s also a book that implores you to find joy in the life that you are living right now. Don’t wait for things to change; enjoy life today – no matter where you are or what is going on in your world.

– Life-giving possibilities on a scale of 1 to 10… 10!

Four – The Indwelling Life of Christ by Ian Thomas

When I asked my husband for his life-changing book recommendation, he gave me this one. Ian Thomas is a favorite author of his, and he loves to use these books when mentoring younger men.

In fact, he has been working through the truths in this book with a young man all spring. They have both enjoyed, learned from, and greatly benefited from the truths in this inspirational volume.

– Life altering possibilities on a scale of 1 to 10… 10!


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Five – Finding Favor: God’s Favor by Brian Jones

A friend suggested this book to me a few weeks ago, and I picked up a copy. I have so enjoyed reading this book.

Written by a pastor, father, and husband, I’ve found the words to be funny, encouraging, and so good.

Author Brian Jones discusses the favor of God and what that means for believers. Does God’s favor mean health, wealth, travel, fun, and frills in life? It may, but it typically does not.

In fact, we can have God’s favor and be chronically ill, impoverished, and suffering as so many in scripture.

This book offers such a unique perspective and such refreshing honesty. I found myself taking a big sigh as a read and appreciating the balanced truth on the pages as I read.

– Perspective changing possibilities on a scale of 1 to 10… 10!

Six – 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz

Have you ever gotten to a place where you can’t take it anymore? You want to give up or pitch in the towel? Maybe in your dreams, job, or relationships? There are so many different areas where we feel like quitting.

And, when I picked up this book, I was ready to quit on some things. But, somehow through the honest stories, examples, and challenges of this book; I was given the impetus to press on.

I believe you will be encouraged to press on as well as you read through the pages and work through the practical activities in this book.

– Hope-infusing possibilities on a scale of 1 to 10… 10!


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Seven – The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit the Fixer Upper stores and take a tour of Waco. It was fascinating to hear the stories and see the renovated homes and the updates to the city as a result of Magnolia Homes and Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Upon returning from my trip, I picked up this book and began to read Chip and Joanna’s story. I greatly enjoyed reading their story and hearing how it all began.

Beyond that, God used this book to remind me that He is sovereign and in control of our lives. His timing is perfect, and He works everything out for our good and for His glory.

Moreover, Chip and Joanna’s story reminded me that God carefully orchestrates the details of our lives. He has a master plan, and He is close, behind the scene of things working on our behalf.

Do you need to be reminded that the Creator of this universe cares about you and the details of your life? Do you want to be inspired to hope again?

– Encouragement giving possibilities on a scale of 1 to 10… 10!

More books that I’d like to read that I believe will bring life changes:

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Unexpected by Christine Caine

Adamant by Lisa Bevere

Take Hold of the Faith You Long For by Sharon Jaynes


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What about you?

Are there some books that have changed your world or greatly impacted your life?

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6 thoughts on “7 Exceptional Books that will Change Your Life Tremendously

  1. That Red Sea Rules looks really interesting! I’m going to download a sample for my kindle now! And I have the 5 Habits book, but haven’t read it yet!

    I loved Come with Me by Suzanne Eller and The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The latter is so inspiring on the subject of prayer!

    Pinning this today!

  2. Melanie–thank you so much for this list–I already have The Red Sea Rules, so I think that will be the first one I read. I will then add the others to my summer list!! I love your Blog and so appreciate your sharing with us!!! Susan

    1. Thank you, Susan!
      And, I think Red Sea Rules is a great way to start. You’ll have to let me know what you think about it.
      Sure do appreciate you and all of your encouragement!
      Blessings,
      Melanie

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