The first book I picked up is Kingdom Journeys by Seth Barnes. The title caught me and it was a couple dollars on Kindle, so I went for it. This book speaks of the literal, physical journeys many people have made on their path to follow Christ. There's something about seeing the world outside of your own that gives you a sense of the bigger picture. Since I have a husband, full time teaching job, and three busy children, it soon became apparent that an actual journey would be impossible right now. But as I read I began to think of close to home "journeys," such as volunteer work. The stories and ideas ruminated in my mind for a couple months and I knew that the right situation would come up if I waited for it.
Another book I read, along the same lines, is Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, by Jeff Goins. The title screams "Ouch!" And as it turns out, Mr. Goins has a website/blog and talks about writing and publishing quite often. I've been following him since October 2012 at goinswriter.com . Anyway, the book forces you to take a step back and think about your life in regards to the world around you. Quite honestly, Amazon's summary does it justice, so why reinvent the wheel: "Wrecked is about the life we are afraid to live. It's about radical sacrifice and selfless service--how we find purpose in the midst of pain. It's a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places. It's about living like we mean it. It's a guide to growing up and giving your life away, helping you live in the tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane."
These were the first two books I read (the rest of my posts are grouped by topic too, but not necessarily in the order I read them). These were a starting point for reiterating that relationship with other people is important and they're worth the effort. Reminds me of the song "My Own Little World" by Matthew West.