15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

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I don’t know about you, but I know sometimes I really struggle with discontentment. Most times it lingers in the background and thankfulness is stronger. And then there are those days that I feel more like a green envy monster that wants everything I don’t have. Like my neighbor’s car, my friend’s house, the bigger blogger’s earnings, the hair of the lady in front of me and for goodness sake, why can’t I have the body I had at 20 again–this time I would appreciate it more!

On those raging with discontentment days, it is often something I read that will help me calm down and realize I have enough already. Sometimes it isn’t even a book I read that day, but one I read years ago that planted a seed of contentment and gratitude in my heart.

 

Boost your contentment and gratitude with these books!

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Financial & Consumer Contentment

1. More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity

Do you really need more? Or could you get by with less? Could you share what you have already and still have enough? The book More or Less will challenge you to think through all these questions and more. Most of us all have some type of excess in our lives and we can help change the world by sharing it.

2. Enough: Finding More by Living with Less

When is enough, enough? What is your financial enough? Are you striving for the right financial things? If you lived on less could you do more? These are the questions Enough: Finding More by Living with Less will help you work through.

3. Enough, Revised and Updated: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity

Enough is a tiny book, but its pages are packed with wisdom that will help you become more financially content, overcome financial fears and discover joy through simplicity and generosity.

4. Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption

Seeking a happy, contented life means swimming against the current of our consumerism society. Satisfied will help open your eyes to which way you have been floating in the consumerism pond and how to start paddling towards the shore of a contented, satisfied life.

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Self Contentment

5. Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful: Embrace Your Quirks and Live Your Strengths

I LOVED this book! If you have a quirky personality like me, chances are you need the message of Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful. Guess what? Your unique personality is exactly what this world needs.

6. Free to Be Me: Becoming the Young Woman God Created You to Be

So this book was written for young adults, but even though I am above 40 years old now I got a self-contentment boost when I read Free to Be Me.

7. Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough

If you have ever been told that you need to turn your personality down a little or that you need to be more, then Wild and Free might be just the book you need to be content in all you are.

8. A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

You are an artist–yes, you. Stop listening to your inner critic that says you are not an artist just because you can’t draw, sing, or write and start seeing the art you create in your everyday life. That is what you will find when you read A Million Little Ways.

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Mom Life Contentment

9. Longing for Paris: One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure—Right Where She Is

If in the middle of sweeping up Cheerios for the millionth time this week you have found yourself thinking, “Is this really all there is to my life?” Then Longing for Paris is the book for you. Learn how to find beauty and adventure in the often mundane mom life.

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Home Sweet Home Contentment

10. The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful

Learn how to let your personality shine in your home so that you love every inch of it, imperfections and all. That is what The Nesting Place will help you do–and in a way that doesn’t cost you money you don’t have.

11. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

Is all that stuff making you happy or is it making you more discontent? Within the pages of The More of Less, learn how to say no to more stuff so you can say yes to more life.

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Life Stories That Will Inspire You To Grow In Contentment And Generosity

12. Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough

Is the pursuit of a safe life keeping you from living a contented life? The author of Rhinestone Jesus admits it was for her and when she pushed it aside to follow a crazy plan God placed in her heart, the results were simply amazing. Many lives have been dramatically changed for the better because of the work Kristen Welch said yes to.

13. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

The heart of the author of Kisses from Katie is WOW! I can’t think of a better word to describe Katie–a teenager whose heart for orphans is so HUGE! (well, she isn’t a teenager now, but she was when she started her work).

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Growing A Heart Of Gratitude

14. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Learn how to see the gifts in even the littlest of things around you is key if you want to live a contented life. One Thousand Gifts will help you do just that.

15. Purchase And Use A Gratitude Journal

The daily practice of writing down a few things I am thankful for each day before I go to bed has dramatically affected my contentment and gratitude. I started with a simple dollar store, week-at-a-glance calendar that I created a cute cover for. But a few years back I received a five years at a glance journal and have been using it instead–(it is similar to this five year one). I enjoy being able to see what I was thankful for a year ago and the year before that.

There are, of course, journals made specifically for gratitude entries. Pick what suits your pocketbook and personality best.

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More Than Just Making It: A Book Full Of More Than Just Financial Advice

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(I received a free copy of More Than Just Making It, but the opinions I share here are 100% mine.)

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Are you struggling financially? Or perhaps you aren’t, but you are struggling with how to help those who are? If you fit either description, More Than Just Making it: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated is a book you need to read.

This book is unlike any other financial help book I have ever read. The author Erin Odom, who runs the popular blog The Humbled Homemaker, weaves her family’s personal story of economic struggle into the pages so well that I often felt like I was reading a real page turner of a biography instead of a money management book.

More Than Just Making It: A Book Full Of More Than Just Financial Advice

Yes, there is some great money saving advice in this book too, but if you read the book just for that, you would be missing out. This book comforts those that are financially struggling as well as gives them hope that their efforts to get out of the more month than money cycle will eventually pay off. It also challenges those who are financially beyond just getting by.

Why Both The Financially Challenged And The Financially Thriving Need To Read More Than Just Making It

More Than Just Making It: A Book Full Of More Than Just Financial Advice

Financially Challenged

Be Inspired

Erin’s slowly unfolding story in the pages of the book is how her family went from lining up for food stamps to financially thriving. Her story telling skills will keep you reading way past bedtime. With each page your “I can do it spirit” will be lifted.

Be Comforted

Too often those that can’t pay their bills at the end of the month are shamed. Well, that doesn’t happen in this book. Instead, the financially struggling will find comfort.  Through the chapters of Erin’s book you are going to feel like you just got a big hug and a “you are not alone.”.

Become Educated

With chapters on budgeting, meal-planning, second-hand clothes shopping, creating income and more you will finish More Than Just Making It with an arsenal of practical advice to help you not just trim your budget, but fatten your monthly income.

More Than Just Making It: A Book Full Of More Than Just Financial Advice

Financially Thriving

Become Educated

Confession–I have stood behind many a person using food stamps and said to myself, “Why do they get to afford steak when I can barely fit the marked down chicken into my family’s  budget?” Chapter 12 of More Than Just Making it convicted me into seeing how wrong that thought is. The truth is I do not know the story of the woman buying the steak with food stamps.

Erin’s words in the section of the book entitled “Judging Grocery Carts” convicted me of this wrong judgment of mine.

“I can’t count the number of times someone has mentioned seeing a person use food stamps to buy steaks or birthday cake, which seems luxurious and unnecessary for those the country has deemed as living below the poverty level. Couldn’t they make the stamps stretch further if they used them just for the basics? There is no doubt they could, but what if you happened to be at the grocery store with that person before a big celebration (like a birthday)? What if he or she just secured a job and decided to celebrate with a steak dinner? Are the poor not entitled to memorialize life’s victories and milestones as much as the rich. “

Not everyone on food stamps is scamming the system, yet many, including myself, are often treating everyone on food stamps like they are.

Become Challenged

If you are like my family and are more than just making it financially, Erin’s book will challenge you to rethink your thoughts about the working poor in America and beyond. Is the church serving them well? Is the community? How can both work together to help better those working for low wages? How can our own family help? How can we as individuals give?

More Than Just Making It: A Book Full Of More Than Just Financial Advice

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12 Books For Moms Wanting Wisdom & Encouragement

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I haven’t met a mom yet who hasn’t had a least half a dozen meltdowns about how she mothers–and those are just the ones she will admit to. Motherhood is tough! We moms need all the wisdom and encouragement from others in the trenches that we can get. These 12 books for moms do just that!

12 books for moms needing wisdom and encouragement for their motherhood journey.

12 Books For Moms Wanting Wisdom & Encouragement

1.The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

Moms need time to refill their tanks so that they can help meet their children’s needs. But how do you do that with a packed schedule? That is where the book The Fringe Hours can help. This book will show you little slivers of time in your day you probably  never knew you were wasting that could easily be converted into time to do things that bring you joy.

2. Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

If motherhood is making you feel so overwhelmed, if you feel that you don’t measure up as a mom Desperate has words that just might help you see that you are not alone and you are the mom your kids need.

3. The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow: Simplify, Embrace the Chaos and Find an Abundance of Time at Home

Are you constantly go, go, go? Can’t relax until the house is clean, yet it is never clean enough to meet your standards? The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow can help you to let go and start fully enjoying those precious moments with your children.

4. Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!

The full title for Hand Free Mama perfectly describes what the book is capable of helping you with. Stop getting busy with the unimportant and start paying full attention to what really matters.

5. Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More

Hands Free Life truly changed how I parent. I thought I was pretty good at putting my kids before distractions, but this book showed me otherwise and helped me tune into my kids and my husband on a whole new level.

This book convinced me to take several apps off my smartphone–including email. It convinced me to splurge a little more often on outings and small treats that my children love (gifts is their love language). It convinced me to hug more and type less.

6. Life Creative: Inspiration For Today’s Renaissance Mom

If you have a God-given creative passion that you feel guilty taking time to develop during your current season of motherhood, Life Creative can help you let go of the that guilt and find the right balance for your family between pursuing your passion and caring for your children.

7. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

Not sure what you should say yes to and what you should say no to? The Best Yes can help you decide how to wisely say yes to the best things and no to all the other things.

8. Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love

I can’t think of a better way to describe the wisdom and encouragement moms will find within the pages of Own Your Life than those written in the book description below.

“Do you ever long for days full of joy and energy―days that bring out the best version of you rather than leave you exhausted? Do you sometimes catch yourself wishing life was more impactful and fulfilling? In a world that’s moving so fast, it’s easy to lose your sense of purpose. So now is the time to make each moment of your ordinary, everyday, beautiful existence count. It’s time to own your life.”

9. Longing for Paris: One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty and Adventure—Right Where She Is

If you are finding the job of homemaking a bit mundane, if you long to break out of the same old same old, then Longing for Paris can help open your eyes to the world of adventure right in front of you.

10. Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom

I will admit as soon as I found out that this book was written by someone who never thought she wanted to be a mom I thought I wouldn’t find much within its pages that would speak to my “wanted to be a mom since I could walk” self.

I was DEAD WRONG.  Surprised by Motherhood warmed my mommy heart and left me so encouraged.

11. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life

If you are looking for a guide book to get you through an overwhelming motherhood stage, don’t look any further than Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. Its pages are cram packed with strategies that will help you organize your days in a way that will give you time to breathe.

12. Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You In The Mess

“Do you ever feel like you’re fresh out of amazing? Daily pouring yourself out for your family, you’re tired, overwhelmed, and have nothing left to give.” (from book description) Hope for the Weary Mom can help you find your amazing again.

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