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#EmptyShelf Challenge, with a twist

I am participating in Jon Acuff’s Empty Shelf challenge. I am an avid reader, so I love the idea of joining in with others to focus on reading more in 2014.

My bigger challenge was clearing the space to have an empty shelf. But, that’s when I got an idea. I LOVE to share inspiring books, and I’ve done it multiple times here on the blog.

So, here is my #EmptyShelf challenge, with a twist. The top picture includes the books I cleared off to make an empty shelf. I’ve read all of them, and I want to share them with you to help you add another book to your #EmptyShelf.

emptyshelf I know it’s hard to see some of the titles, so here is a list. I would love to pay these forward to you, as long as you don’t mind a few underlines in the book!


From top to bottom (on left):

  1. On Writing – Stephen King
  2. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller
  3. The Seed – Jon Gordon
  4. Life after Art – Matt Appling
  5. Are you Living or Existing? – Kimanzi Constable
  6. Joshua – Joseph Girzone
  7. Joshua and the Children – Joseph Girzone
  8. Creating Magic, 10 common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney – Lee Cockerell
  9. Wild Things, the art of nurturing boys– James Thomas
  10. The Grace of God – Andy Stanley
  11. Permission to Speak Freely – Anne Jackson
  12. Kingdom Journeys – Seth Barnes
  13. Managing Brand You – Wilson Blumenthal
  14. The War of Art – Stephen Pressfield


From left to right (on right):

  1. You Can’t Make Me – Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
  2. I Dare You – Joyce Meyer
  3. Too Small to Ignore – West Stafford
  4. Dreaming with God – Bill Johnson
  5. Take 2 – Leeza Gibbons

Leave a comment below with which book you would like. If there are multiple comments for the same book, I will randomly choose a winner. I will notify winners on January 3, 2014.

So, which book would you love to read? Go!


  1. I love Donald Miller’s books, but haven’t read A Million Miles. I would love to!

  2. I’ve heard fantastic things about The War of Art! I’d be interested!

  3. Lucky #13 … I would like …
    Managing Brand You – Wilson Blumenthal

  4. I would love Wild Things by James Thomas!

  5. I have been wanting to read the war of art! :) <3 you Tammy! :)

  6. Michele Lunar Clark

    December 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Tammy – you’re awesome! I would like to try Are You Living or Existing. I think that’s pretty fitting for me.

  7. this is so great! I would LOVE “the war of art”. if that one is already taken, I’d also love “dreaming with God”. I’m so excited to pay this forward someday soon!

  8. Awesome idea. I just did something similar yesterday! I’d love to read “On Writing” by Stephen King.

  9. I would love A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller or Are you Living or Existing? – Kimanzi Constable

    This is a great idea! Thanks Tammy!

  10. This is great. I would like”Are you living or existing” or ” managing brand you” thanks for sharing

  11. Awesome idea! I am looking forward to Jon’s challenge. I would love On Writing or I Dare You. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  12. How kind of you! I’d love to read On Writing, The War of Art or Creating Magic!

  13. I would be interested in in “The Grace of God” by Andy Stanley.

  14. Tiffany Buxton Warner

    December 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    What a nice way to share the gift of reading. I’d be interested in Creating magic or On Writing. Thank you.

  15. I would love The War of Art (or Life After Art).

  16. Dreaming With God seems interesting.

  17. Wild Things, the art of nurturing boys looks really interesting to me! :)

  18. Kingdom Journeys sounds very interesting.

  19. How about The War of Art or On Writing. I’m starting on the first book for my challenge now.

  20. I’d love #2! Thanks Tammy!!!

  21. Stephanie L Quick

    January 1, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I’d love Creating Magic by Lee Cockerel. Thanks Tammy!

  22. Debi Estopellan

    January 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Since I am late to the party, please just choose one you think I would benefit from. I trust your judgement since we like similar books. I do plan to start writing this year, so that might help you decide. Or if you gave one away that you would highly recommend for a new writer, please just tell me the name. Then, maybe we can meet for coffee again soon, Happy New Year!

  23. I thought about doing this same thing. Put my name in the hat for Creating Magic, 10 common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney – Lee Cockerell; The War of Art – Stephen Pressfield; On Writing – Stephen King

  24. Susan Carol Bohannon

    January 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I am participating in this also. I started a FB book club and have my books outlined for the year. I did this to hold me accountable and motivate others to read. I would love to read your Andy Stanley book, The Grace of God.

  25. I would love to read Stephen King’s “On Writing”! Especially with someone else’s highlights in it.

  26. I would love to read “Dreaming with God” or “Too Small to Ignore.”

    Thanks for doing this Tammy!

  27. Stephen King’s “on Writing” would be great :)

  28. Managing Brand You – Wilson & Blumenthal | Thank-you for doing this!

  29. I have picked the winners! I will leave a comment, but also email you so you can send me your address. Thanks for joining in. This is fun!

  30. Christa Sterken

    January 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Tammy! Chris Morris shared your post with me when I told him I wanted to do the same thing. you inspired me!

  31. I can’t believe I’m just now seeing this! Such a great idea & one of the reasons I initially didn’t join the challenge… I can’t find an empty shelf! Time to purge.

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