They are the books you put on your shelf. They aren't the books that go in the pile to donate to the library, or consign to a used book store. They are the books you have dog-eared, made notes in the margin, underlined, and highlighted as if that new book is old and worn out. They aren't the books you talk about or recommend to your friends because they're personal and you want them to be all yours - and yours alone. These are the books after reading The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up that trip you up in your quest to purge, purge, purge.
Here are a list of books I have read fairly recently that when I finished them I wanted to pick them up and start over again. Because I wondered if I missed something. Because I wanted to hang on to a concept longer, nourish it, grow with it. Because I just wasn't ready to move on. Because I wanted to apply what I read and that meant revisiting the words.
The Listening Life by Adam S. McHugh
The Crucified Life by A.W. Tozer
The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
Uniquely Human, a different way of seeing autism by Barry M. Prizant
God is Able by Priscilla Shirer
Fervent by Priscilla Shirer
Glory Days by Max Lucado
Interrupted by Jen Hatmacker
Before Amen by Max Lucado
Joseph, a man of integrity and forgiveness by Charles Swindoll
Esther, a woman of strength and dignity by Charles Swindoll
Any J.D. Robb novels because they are still my favorite fiction series, that I can read again and again.
Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
While JD Robb novels have zero spiritual influences, they are, however, my guilty pleasure when good overcomes evil and it is done with humor, personal growth, relationship, intelligence, and just plain fun. The remainder of the selection all have something my soul, my heart, or my life is looking for, longing to see growing in me.