Books To Inspire Intentional Living

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Happy New Year everyone! I figured now was a great time to share 4 books that have helped me in my journey towards intentional living because I know a lot of you are trying to do the same. When I develop an interest in something, I like to read anything and everything on that topic. If you're looking for some books to help you live a more wholesome and present life, then these are for you!

1. Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall
I absolutely love this book. The author of this book gave herself nine months to do nine different experiments. For each one, she focused on a different area of her life and ways she could improve her rhythms and habits for each. Her main goal was to learn to love her actual life instead of rushing through with everything a blur. This book was an easy read, made me laugh, and really made me think about my own life and things I can change to make it more intentional.

"It is indeed easy for me to praise God when I stop and notice the details of what he has created. It is the discipline of stopping that is key."
-Alexandra Kuykendall, Loving My Actual Life

2. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
This book is not necessarily my favorite out of the four, but it's still a really great read. Shauna Niequist writes about slowing down and how our worth is not found in how much we get done or how hard we work. It's found in Jesus alone. This is definitely something I need to hear and work on because I often worship my to-do list more than I do Jesus.

"How we live matters, and what you choose to own will shape your life, whether you choose to admit it or not. Let's live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity, and beauty." 
-Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect

3. Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado
This book truly changed my life and helped me change my mindset immensely when it came to worry and anxiety. Max Lucado really hit the nail on the head with this one. I've always felt like the church always tackled the topic of worry and anxiety in the wrong way, and I always felt shameful when told that anxiety is a sin. Instead, Max Lucado gently delivered truth about worry and anxiety. And not only did he let us know that God's got this, he gave us ways to infuse those truths into our hearts and our life.

"Worry about the future? To what gain? I can't change tomorrow until tomorrow. Today, I will live today. I will face today's challenges with today's strength." 
-Max Lucado, Anxious for Nothing

4. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
This book contains a daily devotional for each day of the year. Each one is short and sweet but always everything that I need to hear. Many of them focus on finding God's voice in stillness instead of the fast paced world. I love how these devotionals are centered around rest and taking time to be with Jesus, because with a world so loud, that's something I need to be reminded of daily.

"How much better is it to walk close to Me, depending on My strength and trusting Me in every situation. If you live this way, you will do less but accomplish far more. Your unhurried pace of living will stand out in this rush-crazed age. Some people may deem you lazy, but many more will be blessed by your peacefulness."
-Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

I have found solace in all 4 of these books within the past couple of months. I highly recommend all of these if you are struggling to live intentionally and presently. Living intentionally will be something I continue to practice and read more about. Do you have any books similar to these? I'd love any recommendations!

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  1. Thank you for these recommendations! I just finished Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner - it's my new faovrite book. It's beautifully designed and has such a powerful message about slow and intentional living. So so good! :)

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    1. I will definitely have to check that book out! I've seen it a few times but haven't read it. Thanks girl!

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