A brand new year is upon us!

Of course that means new goals, a fresh start… and a January reading list!

I love books and consider them to be a life-line of knowledge and personal growth.  I nearly always have a half-read book (or three) on my night stand, and a list of must-reads in my Amazon account.

I thought I’d share a list of my top favorite reads over the past several years, plus a few I plan to read in this year.

Obviously, I can’t read 100 books in a month, or even a year, so this really isn’t a January reading list… more of a 2017 and beyond reading list.    

To keep things simple, I divided the books into lists according to topics. The titles marked with an * are on my list for this year.  The rest are books (and a few Kindle books) that I consider must-reads for every wife, mama, and Christian lady.

If you need a few good reads for the year, here are my top 100+ books-


 Personal Growth & Devotional

Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh Demoss

Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh Demoss

Keep a Quiet Heart, Elisabeth Elliot

Dancing With My Father, Sally Clarkson

The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippits

*Big Love: The Practice of Loving Beyond Your Limits, Kara Tippits

*Biblical Portrait of Womanhood, Nancy Leigh Demoss

*A Woman’s Walk With God, Elizabeth George

*You Are Loved, Sally Clarkson

*Own Your Life, Sally Clarkson

Personalities, & Relationships

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

The Color Code, Dr. Taylor Hartman

Color Your Future, Dr. Taylor Hartman

The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman

The Five Love Languages of Children, Gary Chapman

*The Spirit Controlled Temperament, Tim LaHaye

*The Spirit Controlled Woman, Beverly LaHaye



Created to Be His Help Meet, Debi Pearl

Preparing to Be a Help Meet, Debi Pearl

Sacred Marriage, Gary Chapman

The Power of a Praying Wife, Stormie Omartian

Sheet Music, Dr. Kevin Leman

Intimate Issues, Linda Dillow & Lorrain Pintus

*What’s it Like Being Married to Me?, Linda Dillow

*Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior, Kimberly Wagner

 Motherhood, Children, & Child Training

10 Gifts of Wisdom: What Every Child Must Know Before They Leave Home, Sally Clarkson

Our 24 Family Ways: A Famlily Devotional Guide, Clay & Sally Clarkson

Loving the Little Years, Rachel Jancovick

Raising A Daughter After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George

The Shaping of a Christian Family, Elisabeth Elliot

Raising Real Men, Hal and Melanie Young

Samuel Learns to Yell and Tell: A Warning For Children Against Sexual Predators, Debi Pearl

Sara Sue Learns to Yell and Tell: A Warning For Children Against Sexual Predators, Debi Pearl

Sacred Parenting, Gary Chapman

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp

The Mission of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson

More Than Rules (ebook), Bambi Moore

*Grouchy to Great (ebook), Ruth Shcwenk

*The Ministry of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson

*Fit to Burst, Rachel Jankovic



Educating the Whole-Hearted Child, Clay & Sally Clarkson

The Charlotte Mason Companion, Karen Andreola

Making Brothers & Sisters Best Friends, Sarah Mally

Homeschooling With a Meek and Quiet Spirit, Terri Maxwell

*Caught Up in a Story, Sarah Clarkson

*Read for the Heart, Sarah Clarkson

*A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual, Catherine Levison

Check out my ebook, Homeschooling Day by Day!

 Herbs & Health

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler

The Naturally Healthy Woman, Shonda Parker

Herbal Antibiotics , Stephen Harrod Buhner

Herbal Antivirals, Stephen Harrod Buhner

The How to Herb Book, Velma J. Keith

Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, Ellie Phillips

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World, Sharon Heller

*A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use, Rosemary Gladstar

*Cure Tooth Decay: Heal & Prevent Cavities With Nutrition, Ramiel Nagel

*Cancer: Step Outside the Box, Ty M. Bollinger


Natural Motherhood 

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Robert S. Mendelsohn M.D.

Trust Your Intuition, Jenni Wilson

Making Babies, Shoshanna Easling

The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy, Shonda Parker

Natural Child Birth the Bradley Way, Susan McCutcheon

Mommy Diagnostics, Shonda Parker

The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults, Randall Neustaedter O.M.D.

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, Dr. Robert W. Sears

Baby Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents, Vimala Schneider McClure

Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Karyn Seroussi

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies, Kenneth Bock

Teating Fevers Naturally (ebook), Meagan Visser, RN., F.H.

*Be Your Child’s Pediatrician, Rachel H. Weaver

*Be Your Own Doctor, Rachel H. Weaver


Homemaking Inspiration

Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home, Miss Mustard Seed

Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome & Wanted, Karen Mains

Once-A-Month Cooking, Mimi Wilson

*Clutter Free with Kids (Kindle book), Joshua Becker

 Saving Money/Making Money

The Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey

Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Ecomony (Kindle book), Jonni McCoy

*How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul (Kindle book), Ruth Soukup

*The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home (ebook),  Carolyn McCulley

*Blog at Home Mom: Balancing Blogging and Motherhood (Kindle book), Christin Slade

*The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year, Crystal Paine


Whole Foods

Trim Healthy Mama, Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett

Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon

The Maker’s Diet, Jordan Rubin

Virgin Coconut Oil, Brian & Marianita Jader Shilhavy

*The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food, Kaayla T. Daniel

*Seeds of Deception, Jeffery M. Smith

*Nourishing Broth: An Old Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World, Sally Fallon

 Gardening & Green Living

Making Vegetables, Shoshanna Easling

The Backyard Homestead, Carleen Madigan

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, Edward C. Smith

Vinegar Fridays, Hana Haatainen Caye

Clean & Green: The Complete Guide to Nontoxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping,  Annie Berthold-Bond

*The Naturally Clean Home, Karyn Siegel-Maier

*The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Carla Emery

Check out my ebook, The Cottage Mama’s DIY Guide!

 Missionary Biographies & Stories

Hungry Devils: And Other Tales from Vanuatua, Bryan Webb

The Savage, My Kinsman, Elisabeth Elliot

Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliot

The Jungle Pilot, Russell T. Hitt

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot

Dorothy Carey: The Tragic and Untold Story of Mrs. William Carey, James R. beck

*Kisses From Katie, Katie Davis

*The Heavenly Man, Paul Hattaway

*The Sons of Cannibals, Bryan Webb


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3 thoughts on “January Reading List {Kristy’s Favorite Reads for 2017}

  1. What a wonderful list, Kristy! I’ve read many of them, but am adding a few new books to my “must read” pile. 🙂 Thanks!

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm
  2. Thank you so much, sweet friend! What a pleasure to read your comment.

    We are doing quite well and looking forward to what God has in store for another year.

    Blessings to you!

    Posted on January 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm
  3. Hi, Kristy,
    I thought of you and had to stop by! I love almost all of these books and have either read them or have them on the shelf. I hope you are well and your family growing in the Lord! Have an awesome 2015.
    Blessings 🙂

    Posted on January 3, 2015 at 8:43 pm