Struggling is something we all deal with. Whether it’s your job, marriage, faith, or even with yourself, we all know the pain it can cause.
Struggling is good (even though it is unwelcome) and often leads to personal growth.
Personal growth can come about in many ways. Learning from our mistakes, prayer, and reading are great ways to grow. I find that I grow more from the unexpected things in my life. My husband and I are currently reading Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson and each day I learn how I should approach prayer (which is the point of the book), but I’m also learning some things about myself. It’s fascinating and very eye-opening.
Personal growth is difficult when you get stuck in your same routine. I struggle with getting too comfortable in my roles of wife and employee. It’s easy to fall into a “premade” role where it’s comfortable and stepping outside of that box is scary.
If you’re wanting to shake things up a little bit, add one of these to your reading list.
6 Great Books for Personal Growth
“How do you discover your spouse’s – and your own – love language? While working as a marriage counselor for more than 30 years, Dr. Gary Chapman identified five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. In a friendly, often humorous style, he unpacks each one.”
“Most marriage books assume the author did it right, barely mention friendship, and use “intimacy” as code for “sex.” This is not one of those books.
In Real Marriage, Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, share how they have struggled and how they have found healing through the power of the only reliable source: the Bible.”
“The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion—it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance.”
“Author Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over. ”
“Author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.
But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.”
“In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. She sets out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures.”
Let me know what books inspire you?
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