What better way to start off the new year than with a list of new books recommended especially by your friends here at (in)courage?

In January we’re kicking off our winter Recommended Reads series on our online book club, Bloom (in)courage. As you probably remember, our summer Recommended Reads series was a big hit and a time for introducing great new books to our community. Think Emily Freeman’s Grace for the Good Girl, Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave, and Sarah Mae’s 31 Days to Clean.

Come the new year, we have a whole new, hand-picked line up waiting for you of our favorite books, e-books, and Bible studies. Take a look at the schedule below and be sure to tune in!

January 2012

January 2-6
Tsh Oxenreider/ One Bite at a Time

One Bite at a Time is an e-book that brings you 52 ideas for simplifying your life. You can do them in any order, at your own pace, and customize them to fit your needs. 52 projects, 52 weeks in the year. We’re starting both with week 1 of 2012!

January 9-13
Kelly Hancock/ Saving Savvy

Kelly provides practical saving secrets that will help readers cut their spending in half. In Saving Savvy, you’ll learn to: plan meals wisely, teach your children money and budgeting principles, and live generously.

January 16
Katie Davis/ Kisses from Katie

Kisses from Katie is a story of relentless love and redemption by a would-be college student who moved to Uganda instead. Katie is “writing with the hope that as you cry and laugh with my family you will be encouraged that God still uses flawed human beings to change the world.”

January 18
River Jordan/ Praying for Strangers

What if there was something readers could do that could positively influence others and change their lives in the process? In Praying for Strangers, River Jordan tells of her amazing personal journey of uncovering the needs of the human heart as she prayed her way through the year for people she had never met before.

January 23-27
Lisa Whittle/ Whole

{w}hole gives an honest look at the holes in your life– and how to let God fill them. For every believer who wants to be more.. and every skeptic who thinks believes can’t get real. You’ll learn how to get past whatever’s holding you back—and start living a whole new story.

January 30
Jeremy Camp/  I Still believe

How will you respond amidst life’s hardest trials? I Still Believe follows Jeremy’s life from growing up in Indiana and his struggles as a teen, to his love for his first wife Melissa and her untimely passing. You’ll learn how to discover hope and healing in the midst of life’s deepest valleys.

February 2012

February 1
Matthew Paul Turner/ Churched

In this first-hand account, author Matthew Paul Turner shares amusing-sometimes cringe-worthy-and poignant stories about growing up in a fundamentalist household. Matthew shares about his journey towards God despite the confines of countless bizarre, strict rules of religion. And lived to tell about it.

February 6-10
Melissa Michaels/ NOT a DIY Diva

In the image-obsessed, try-hard-to-keep-up world we live in, this ebook inspires us to seek authenticity and find beauty and contentment in the home and life we have. Whether you are a DIY genius or not-so-much-one, you’ll find encouragement to live a life that is authentic to YOU.You’ll learn how to create a authentically-inspired life in a Pinterest world.

February 13-17
Julie Hunt/ Relate

We’re wired for relationships, but that doesn’t mean we always understand them. Relate: Knowing, Loving, and Forgiving the People in Your Life is a Bible study that takes a practical, scriptural approach to different types of relationships, including parents, siblings, friends, dating, marriage, and coworkers.

February 20-24
Renee Swope/ A Confident Heart

Often the biggest obstacle to living out our faith is our own doubt–about our worth, our abilities, our relationship with God, and situations in our lives. A Confident Heart gives voice to the questions, doubts, struggles, and hopes so many women have.

March 5th– New Book Study Announcement!

So, curl up in your snuggie, pour a cup of hot chocolate and let’s read the winter away together!

  • Angie W.

    Hi! Question- I see that there is a new book every 4 days…is the expectation to finish each book in 4 days? Just wondering… Thanks!

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Yes, the idea is for us to simply introduce some books – we won’t be doing a full study on each of these. The next full study starts in March.

  • http://mythoughtsaplenty.wordpress.com/ Phronsie

    Not reading them, just kind of reviewing them and telling why we should read them. I think.

  • Paola Rarick

    Thanks, Bloom! This looks like fun!

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  • Melissa R

    I am going to be a busy “reading” woman as I find all these books to be of great subjects. Loving the list of books and inspired about what I can learn from each of them.