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My 2020 reads

12.31.2020 • 1 Comment

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My 2020 Reads by Valerie Woerner | Val Marie Paper, prayer, ministry, prayer, refresh, meditation, praying for your kids, prayer warrior, war room, how to pray, pregnancy, praying for your baby, praying for your husband, books, read, book listHere’s what I read in 2020! I hope it goes without saying, but just because I read a book, doesn’t mean it’s a full endorsement of that person or every single word of the book. Usually, it can be, but as I’ve gotten more solid in my faith, I know it’s possible to appreciate a book without agreeing 100% with the contents.

It might sound silly but pray about the books you want to read. Ask God to create a stirring if something feels off as you read.  And if you come across something questionable, seek wisdom from mentors and Scripture. And if you’re new in your faith, stay away from some of the more worldly writers who appear to be spiritual. And if you aren’t sure who those people are, definitely talk to a friend!  😉

Here’s my list! Not as much as in years past but you’ll see why at the end!

To Hell with Hustle (A) by Jefferson Bethke – By now, I’ve read several books about slowing down, but this was still an encouraging read.

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst – A spiritual take on learning discipline with food. 

Everything is Figureoutable (A) by Marie Forleo – Some encouragement but honestly, very redundant for the motivational experts and would need to be read with very discerning ear. 

Forgotten God (A) by Francis Chan – About the Holy Spirit. Super helpful. 

Get out of Your Head by Jennie Allen – An important read on our thoughts and how to practically transform them. 

Out of Context by Richard L. Schultz – This book was similar to Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes and I think I preferred the latter. Super important reads, though, that have helped me read the Bible more cautiously. 

Raising Worry-free Girls by Sissy Goff – Super practical read that gave me insight into how young girls express anxiety. 

Be the Bridge (A) by Latasha Morrison – A book on race that was informative, but I still have some questions on a few things and I’m not sure if I agree with everything. 

How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur – This is a good “back to basics” book on studying the Bible.

The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza – A fiction book about magazines – my fave! 🙂

The 40-Day Sugar Fast by Wendy Speake – I read this devotional while fasting from chocolate and it was so good. 

Speak with No Fear by Mike Acker – Some of the content was helpful but the author rubbed me the wrong way. 

Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday by Me – Yep, I needed the refresher too!

The Possibility of Prayer by John Starke – I’ve read lots of books on prayer and this seemed to come at it from a different angle which was cool!

Contagious (A) by Jonah Berger – A business book on growing a contagious brand.

* What Happens When Women Pray by Evelyn Christenson – This book has been so good and some of the new content we have planned for next year was inspired by this book. 

* Rich Dad Poor Dad (A) by Robert Kiyosaki – Tyler has been getting into investing and this book helped me understand the mindset. 

The Hour that Changes the World by Dick Eastman – A very practical read on different prayers to pray. 

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – A chick-lit novel about girl drama in Connecticut.  

The Expansion Sale by Erik Peterson and Tim Riesterer – A business book, not specifically for online shops but still very helpful. 

What God Does When Women Pray by Evelyn Christenson – A book filled with answered prayers in Evelyn’s life. 

Prayer That’s Caught and Taught by Carol Madison – A great book on praying and leading others to pray more too. 

Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk – Great practical book on cleaning! I have felt so clueless cleaning and this made me confident! 

Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch – Interesting read about our genes and how to help even genetic issues. 

Well-Watered Woman by Gretchen Saffles – A very refreshing read about being rooted in Scripture. I read it at a time I was super burnt out and found it so encouraging! 

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close – A political fiction story set in DC about two couples. 

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – A fiction read about a girl and a guy who share a flat because they are on opposite hours and get to know each other through little notes.

Get Your Life Back by John Eldredge – This book was about taking care of your soul. Some good stuff, but didn’t love it all. 

Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill – Loved this read on revival and praying big.  

Dream Big (A)  by Bob Goff – Generally encouraging Bob Goff read on goals. 

Erasing Hell (A) by Francis Chan – Inspired by my reading of “Why Revival Tarries”.

* My book on prayer – Every year I write a book, I inevitably spend a lot of reading on my own book. That was for sure the case with this one! Can’t wait for y’all to read it! Release day is October 21, 2021! Sign up here to get details when we reveal the title and cover!


Grumpy Mom takes a Holiday – If you need a pep talk about motherhood.
Fresh Start for Moms – A 31-day devotional to help refresh your motherhood mindset.
The Finishing School – A great new year’s read.
Springboard Prayers – A book of 125 prayers to help jumpstart your prayers. 

* Not sure if this is just “right book at the right time” but these were the reads that changed me most in 2020!
(A) Listened to the audio version


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Thanks for sharing this list!!
I felt the same way about Be the Bridge. I just finished it a few days ago and am still wrestling with my thoughts on it.