9 Inspirational Reads That You'll Never Want To Put Down

9 Inspirational Reads That You'll Never Want To Put Down

You're never too busy to pick up a book and get lifted and inspired. Whether there's trouble in paradise or you're in a search of purpose and vision, these reads will help you get on the right track.

Published April 12th

Many people wake up and take out time to meditate in God's Word, while others take time to crack open a Daily Devotional. Whether you need some motivation or a little redirection, these 9 books will give you the perfect push in the right direction. Each of these reads vary from subject to subject, but they are all inspirational in their own way. Each discuss important life aspects, everything from relationships, to enduring tumultous trials, to trusting and understanding God.

Eliminate your distractions and take a deep dive into these uplifting books!

#1 - Silent Seasons: Trusting God When You Don't Understand by Heather Lindsey

There's something beautiful about the "silent season" Heather Lindsey refers to in Silent Seasons: Trusting God When You Don't Understand . We uncover what it means to develop your spirit and spend time growing in God, as well as resting in Him. In this book, you will learn how to rest in God and combat overwhelming feeling of rejection, feeling stuck, feelings of being lost, feelings of being forgotten. When you feel God's voice is hard to hear or you don't like where you're at in life, then get ready to read how silent seasons are "an opportunity to grow closer to the Father..." and a great way to learn "how to stay strong in the midst of tests and trials, how to avoid comparing your life to others, how to be faithful with small, how to stretch your faith to do what God is telling you to do." Get ready for your silent season! Purchase here . Check out more about Heather Lindsey here .

#2 - Revelations from the Heart of God by Carol Reid-Grevious

Carol was called to publish this book of poetry, Revelations from the Heart of God . The book's goal is to encourage and uplift readers going through difficult moments in life. The poetry filled pages are a testament to her unrelenting obedience to God. Carol is a first-time published author and a member of Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center in Sayreville, N.J., where she serves as an Elder. Carol is dedicated to her love for worshipping in dance, and is a recent graduate of TEN (The Eagle's Network) for Dance Ministry, where she feels God has led her. She was inspired years ago to minister to those who "need a word in a season," and what came from that were these inspiration-filled words that are bound to transcend time. Carol's story of learning to follow her passion for poetry and her heart for God is one we can all respect and aspire for. Purchase here . Check out more about Carol Reid-Grevious here .

#3 - A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper

Food is what keeps us nourished day after day, and we often allow our stomachs to determine how we act, feel or desire. But did you realize hunger doesn't always mean physical food, it can also be attributed to spiritual food - our longing for God's Word and being satisfied by God's glory. Our longing for God, alone, is what will make us as believers victorious. Do you have that hunger for Him? As John Piper puts it: “If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”  The world pushes the pressures of self-denial and self-indulgence closer to us, but through fasting we can explore our supreme hunger for God. "And when you are most satisfied in Him, He will be most glorified in you." Purchase here . Check out more about John Piper here .

#4 - God's Leading Lady: Out of the Shadows and into the Light by T. D. Jakes

If you're looking for a word to help lead you to victory, to help you recognize the Lord's calling on your life, to help challenge and charge you to forge a godly and successful legacy set to inspire and influence others around you and beyond your expectations then this book is for you. No. 1 Bestselling author, Bishop T.D. Jakes, offers ladies a guide to taking control of their destiny and discovering God's purpose for them by providing the inspiration tools needed to overcome life's obstacles. Purchase here . Check out more about T.D. Jakes here .

#5 - Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

This #1 New York Times bestseller will be sure to make you uncomfortable in the best way possible.  Daily, we all experience moments of risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure that challenges us to be daringly great or open. Dr. Brené Brown's years of pioneering research exposes the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and disputes that it is, at best, our most critical measure of courage. Brown writes: "When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives."

Daring Greatly is about courage in a society where "never enough" dominates the narrative and feeling uncomfortable or fearful has become normalized. While it may be risky, it is best we step back ad observe ourselves, because we will soon find that nothing is as uneasy, scary, and emotional as looking back on our lives and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step out into what we had been longing to do. This read is a powerful and refreshing perspective on us exposing our truest self. Purchase here . Check out more about Dr. Brené Brown here .

#6 - Visioneering: Your Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision by Andy Stanley

Life will lead you, but wouldn't you feel better if you had control on where it led? Well now you can, with Visioneering: Your Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision by Andy Stanley. Take the reins on what breaks you, distracts you, the future and more. You can discover your purpose through personal vision and principles from the Bible. Visioneering will stear you on the right path by helping readers to follow exercises and time-tested ideas that will promote decision-making, personal growth and leadership. Whether you're trying to soldify your home life, work life, or relationship, you can catch a glimpse of God’s incredible vision as it pertains to you. Purchase here . Check out more about Andy Stanley here .

#7 - The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

People often try to find what the difference is between a dreamer and those who make their dreams come true. In The Slight Edge , Jeff Olson deep dives into what makes people "successful" and what simple exercises and tools can yield great results to lead you straight to success. You'll find these tools are already engrained in you, all it takes is the discovery of the key that will propel you to achieve your goal. Purchase here . Check out more about Jeff Olson here .

#8 - The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Selling over 2 million copies worldwide, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment  is much more than just a simple principles and practices. The book will takes readers on a deep and inspiring spiritual journey to tap into their personal and discovering spiritual enlightenment. 

This book is a rebirth of sorts, a freedom, a self-awareness that will help readers to embrace the present. Purchase here . Check out more about Eckhart Tolle here .

#9 - She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst

Look at yourself in the mirror and tell us what you see. Do you recognize yourself, the woman staring back at you? Has she drifted away from relationships, plans, dreams, friends, family or opportunities that once were so clear and close. Chrystal Evans Hurst wrote this book for herself and other women who have been dealing with those same issues of wandering from what's important in life. In She's Still There, Chrystal encourages readers to find their way back, as she holds their hands and cheers them on to be who they are intended to be and undoubtedly capable of being. This book is a reminder that you are not alone in your challenges, and that others are also searching for their direction too. Purchase here . Check out more about Chrystal Evans Hurst here .

Written by BET Staff

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