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My Best Books of 2018

My Best Books of 2018

I spent the last decade studying full time. Then I set out working and studying simultaneously. Somewhere along the way, I lost my love of reading. Having to read, memorise and research endless amounts in medicine, I associated it with work.

In the last year, whilst immersing myself in writing, I have discovered a passionate love of reading.

Books! They are glorious. What’s more, I also discovered audio books! Mind blowing. Now I listen to books at the gym and while I drive. I get to read a separate one at night too in hard copy. In doing this I have been able to reach my goal of a book a fortnight.

I know a lot of my readers are also writers. I encourage each and every one of you to read, read and read some more. Not only are books simultaneously relaxing and stimulating, I have noticed that while I have been reading relentlessly, my writing has started to pour out of me like never before. Do you have writers block? Read. Be inspired. It gives you creative ideas and insight to different perspectives. I genuinely believe it makes you a more interesting well-rounded person.

I like to alternate between novels, biographies, books on leadership and books on Christian living and Spiritual Growth.

Here are my top five favourites in 2018

Dare to Lead – by Brene Brown.

Dr Brene Brown is a research professor who wrote this book after two decades of studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. Honestly I think it is a book that every leader should read. Mark and I loved it so much we are getting a copy for each of the leaders of The Academy. It was profound.


Culture of Honour: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment – by Danny Silk.

One of my favourite qualities is honour. I desperately want to learn how to live a life where I am known for the way I respect and honour. I want to build and be a part of a culture that honours. Danny Silk teaches this in the most practical and engaging way. I loved every word.


AD 30: A Novel. By Ted Dekker

After I read this, I could not believe I had lived to 32 and not read a Ted Dekker book. Hands down the best Novel I can remember reading. He is such an incredible writer I have found myself dreaming multiple times about what kind of person he must be to be able to write with a whole new realm of creativity. He is next level. Clearly a genius. He looses you in this other world and it is memorising. The love of the Father came alive to me in a way it never has before through this powerful novel… It actually was quite life changing for me.


Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller.

I read this book and now listen to his podcast multiple times a week. All I have to say is that if you own or are building a business, fancy yourself an entrepreneur or have finance on your life. You have to read this. Enough said. Your welcome.


Living a Life of Fire: An Autobiography by Reinhard Bonnke

I am listening to this on audio. I have never been so wrecked. Every time Listen to it I am changed. It changes everything. My perspective, my mood, the way I view the Father, the way I see people, the way I see ministry and the way I see life. I am being forever changed as I listen to this book narrated by a man who is changing history through his obedience and passion. If you only read one of my suggested books read this one.

What were your best books for 2018?

You are richly loved and deeply cherished!

Christine Greenwood

The Healthy Hiccup

5 thoughts on “My Best Books of 2018

  1. Sarah says:

    Awesome list. How good is Ted Dekker I have loved him since a teen. So glad you’ve read storybrand – I can tell 😉
    Gonna get onto that Bonke x

  2. Kristie Wauchope says:

    Thanks Christine. Great books! I love Brene Brown ❤️. You’ve inspired me to read again. Your eclectic list also speaks to my heart – biographies, novels, spiritual development & heart books are my top categories. I also love interior design journals & gut health cookbooks. I love your hunger for learning! Currently reading Ecstatic Prophecy by Stacy Campbell after doing the School of the Prophets at GCC. And James Goll’s The Discerner. Bless x

    1. Christine says:

      Kristie!!! I would love ecstatic prophecy. I will put that on my list xx

  3. Shennie says:

    What a list!! I’ve read Culture of Honor and it is my ALL TIME favourite. I will now be looking to get the others – for reals – I love reading. If you love Ted Dekker – check out The Circle series. 4 books. Gripped me.

    1. Christine says:

      Yes the circle series I must read this. Gosh Ted Dekker is such an inspiration x

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