5 Books You Should Read Before the End of 2023

Written By: Woodside Content Team


September 25, 2023

Believe it or not, September is coming to a close, which means there are only three months left of this year. Whether you’re trying to meet your year-end Goodreads reading goal or just looking for a new book to read before the year ends, we’ve got you covered.

We hope these books will encourage you in your walk with the Lord. We’ve given a brief description of each and linked them. Be sure to comment on your favorites as you read them, and let us know some of your favorite chapters, quotes, and more!

10 Words to Live By – Jen Wilkin

In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin presents a fresh biblical look at the Ten Commandments, showing how they come to bear on our lives today as we seek to love God and others, to live in joyful freedom, and to long for that future day when God will be rightly worshiped for eternity. Learn to see the law of God as a feast for your famished soul, open to anyone who calls on the name of the Lord.

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Why I Do What I Don’t Want to Do – JP Pokluda

We live in an upside-down culture. We wink at our vices as coping strategies while restricting our virtues to our online personas, where they won’t interfere with our real lives. And we wonder why we feel empty, exhausted, and directionless. But why do we do things that we know are harmful for us?

There is a better, more fulfilling way to live, and it doesn’t involve looking inside yourself for the answers–because that’s not where you’ll find them. With his signature wit and wisdom, JP explains, unpacks, and expands on the age-old virtues we’re told to pursue in Scripture: humility, forgiveness, generosity, diligence, self-control, authenticity, rest, and optimism. Far from being restrictive, these God-given goals for living free us to love and live as we wish we would.

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Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

Many spend their lives on trivial diversions, seeking earthly comfort and pleasure above all else. But Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it,” calling us into the eternal purpose and God-exalting life for which we were made.

In this bestselling book, John Piper warns readers of the dangers of an irrelevant life that counts for nothing and calls Christians to the deeper joys, and risks, that matter for eternity.

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Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel – Russell Moore

As the culture changes around us, it is no longer possible to pretend we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What’s needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts – Jennie Allen

In Get Out of Your Head, Jennie inspires and equips us to transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. Our enemy is determined to get in our heads to make us feel helpless, overwhelmed, and incapable of making a difference for the kingdom of God. But when we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways.

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