My 5 Star Reads of 2016

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My 5 Star Reads of 2016


Sharing about books is one of my favorite things to write about.  I get giddy just thinking about this post – getting to recall all the amazing books I read throughout the year. So without further ado, here are my My 5 Star Reads of 2016.


Love Does

Love Does by Bob Goff was by far, my most favorite book of 2016.  Additionally, if I were to make a list of my top books of all time – it would easily secure a spot. Love Does is an easy and inspiring read.  The chapters are short essays about Bob’s life and how he has taken loving others beyond thought and actually does! This book has over 2,000 reviews on Amazon and is 5-star rated.  It is not just me; this book is fantastic! If you buy just one book this coming year – it should be Love Does! You can ready my full review here.


Falling Free

Falling Free by Shannan Martin was an unexpected 5-star read of mine.  Just like Bob Goff, I had never heard of Shannan Martin before a friend posted about her launch team.  I’m so glad I was chosen for the team! Shannan’s life and God-story are encouraging and challenging! I was only able to read her book a chapter at a time because I had to think and process what I was feeling when I was reading it. Here is my full review of Falling Free.


5 Star Reads of 2016


Teaching From Rest

Teaching from Rest by Sarah Makenzie was a book that I kept hearing about in my homeschool circles.  I finally decided I needed to read it and asked for it for my birthday in September.   Additionally, in September, Jeff and I went away for a few days sans kids, and this was the perfect read for me while I was enjoying some rest. Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide To Unshakeable Peace is a must-read for every homeschooling mom. It is written by a homeschool mom for homeschool moms. Honestly, it is one of those books that you should probably read every year.  Looking at my book now, I forgot how much of it I underlined.  Here is just a bit of the encouragement in it:

You don’t have to be a homeschooling superstar to feel good about the kind of educator you are for your kids.  Just be yourself. Embrace who you are. You are made in the image and likeness of God, and you have exactly what you need to be the mother that He wants you to be.  {Sarah Makenzie, Teaching From Rest}


Listen Love Repeat

Listen Love Repeat: Other-Centered Living In A Self-Centered World by Karen Ehman was undoubtedly the most fun launch team I have been on and therefore consequently made it the most fun book to read.  A friend of mine was the launch team manager and she rocked the launch team. I was able to “read” this book via audio as my friend recorded all the chapters for us if we wanted to listen.  But this is about the book and not the launch team – however, when you are a part of a book’s launch, the launch is to closely knitted to the book.  Karen Ehman is joy-filled and lives what she writes. It was a real blessing getting to know her some through the book and our private Facebook group.  I also had the pleasure of having lunch with her in Grand Rapids. You can read my full review of Listen Love Repeat here.

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Present Over Perfect

I am not quite finished Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist, but I am calling it a 5 Star Read. I only have a little bit to go, and I know I will finish in the next couple days.  Even though I started reading this book in September with book launches and some other books that I got from the library, I needed to put this one aside for a bit.  I am thankful that I am finishing the year reading it as it is the perfect read as I ponder what I want 2017 to look like. It is no question that I am a huge fan of Shauna’s writings, and  Present Over Perfect did not disappoint. Present Over Perfect is a call for you to embrace a life of meaning and connection and to leave behind busyness and perfection. Here is one of my favorite quotes:

This life you’re building is entirely your creation, fashioned out of your dreams and fears. What do you want? What do you love? What ways of living have you simply acquiesced to, because someone told you to? Because it seemed smart or practical or easy? Are those the best words to describe how you want to live? … The world will tell you how to live, if you let it. Don’t let it. Take up your space. Rasie your voice. Sing your song. This is your chance to make or remake a life that thrills you.  {Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect}


So, there you have it! The five books that I gave 5 Stars to in 2016.  What did you read this year?  What books earned your 5-star ratings this year?  I would love for you to share with me in the comments!


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2 Responses

  1. Kelly R Smith
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    Love Does has been on my shelf for a year. It will get read this year and SOON! We have several of the same favorites 🙂 Love reading alongside you, Heather!

    • Heather
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      You will love it! Wish we could discuss our books in person over a cup of coffee! One day!!

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