My Personal Book List Recommendations

You know those books that you get your hands on and they absolutely transform your mindset and in turn, transform your life?  I have a list of those for you! I grew up hating non-fiction & thinking “Self-Help” books were for weak people who needed a LOT of counseling.  Sister, I WAS WRONG!!  Isn’t amazing how our mindset changes as we mature!?

A few years ago (when I began coaching other women with health and fitness goals), I realized I had a LOT of growing to do myself.  As Paul talks about in Romans 12, to transform we must renew our minds! I started reading books and creating Godly Affirmations to help me do just that!

Each week I have women asking:

  • What should I read?
  • How do I change my mindset?
  • Can you recommend me a book?

To answer that starts with a simple question:

What area of your life are you looking to improve?  

Personal growth really is personal. There are hundreds of books + podcasts out there to help, but first you much choose one (or a few) areas in which you want to challenge yourself to mature.  To help you with narrowing your choices I sub-divided my book list into categories!  I will be updating & adding & sharing with you as I continue to grow/learn/mature!

*Note, these are affiliate links connected to my Amazon.  I ONLY recommend books that I have read and have impacted my life in a serious way!*

My Bible

I read The Student Bible (NIV) published by Zondervan Press.  I’ve had several people ask about this so I wanted to share.  I’ve used this same version since I was in high school.  I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not except I cannot imagine losing all the notes in my margins! (See!  LOOK at all those notes!)

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Spiritual Growth

  1. You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth
  2. You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth
  3. The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian
  4. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  5. Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst (specifically addresses eating issues)
  6. The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer
  7. Makeover by Jen Hatmaker
  8. The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth by Christopher L. Heuertz

Growth Mindset + Goal Setting

  1.  Grit by Angela Duckworth
  2. Grit for Kids  by Lee David Daniels
  3. Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
  4. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone
  5. The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
  6. Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf
  7. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann
  8. The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins
  9. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Daily Discipline & Time Mangement

  1. The Slight Edge- by Jeff Olson
  2. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  3. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  4.  Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy
  5.  Go For No by Richard Fenton
  6.  7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey
  7. Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D.


  1. Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith  

Creating A Stronger Woman

  1. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  2. Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
  3. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  4. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
  5. I am That Girl by Alexis Jones


My ELA Classroom (Teacher Tools)

  1. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
  2. 180 Days by Kelly Gallagher & Penny Kittle


  1. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek


To Read with Your Littles

You are Special by Max Lucado