Fill Your Soul: A School Year Reading List

By Paige Ferrari

A book with flipping pages

I know, I know. The last thing that you want to do on top of reading all of your notes, lectures and discussion questions for class is read more books.

But, it’s important to shut your mind down for a moment – and I don’t mean mindlessly watching Netflix and eating popcorn at 1 am.

There is something so refreshing and therapeutic about reading something that is going to fill your soul. So here is my list of soul-filling, refreshing, challenging and just beautiful good reads for this next chapter of life.

“Scary Close” by Donald Miller
“God is going to reveal me as a flawed human being as fast as he can and he’s going to enjoy it because it will force me to grapple with real intimacy.” 

“Love Does” by Bob Goff
“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” 

“One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp
“I want to see beauty. In the ugly, in the sink, in the suffering, in the daily, in all the days before I die, the moments before I sleep.” 

“The Art of Neighboring” by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak
“It’s easy to become numb to the Great Commandment. If we aren’t careful, we can take the most important teaching of Jesus and turn it into a catchy saying that we don’t live out. And in doing so, we become immune to its impact on our lives and the lives of others.” 

“Boundaries” by Henry Cloud
“Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins, leading me to a sense of ownership. Knowing what I am to own and take responsibility for gives me freedom. Taking responsibility for my life opens up many different options. Boundaries help us keep the good in and the bad out.”

“Bittersweet” by Shauna Niequist
“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.” 

Do you have favorite reads to help fill your soul? Have you read any of the books above? We would love to hear from you – please comment below!

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