Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Reading List

This summer I'm hoping to be more intentional about reading and have a few books from my growing list that I want to really try and finish.  Shelly jokes with me that the reason I don't enjoy reading more is that I read too many self-help books! :)  And while I know that she is 100% right, these are the books that really draw me in!  I love books that make me dig deep and that also encourage and motivate!  If you've read any of the books on my list, I would love your feedback!  And, if you know of any non-self-help books that would be quick and easy reads, send those suggestions my way!!!

I have a long list of books to read, but these are my top five...

No More Faking Fine - Ending the Pretending by Esther Fleece

If you’ve ever been given empty clich├ęs during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away. 
But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.

Only Love Today - Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford

Only Love Today is the inspirational read from best-selling author of Hands Free Mama, Rachel Macy Stafford. Millions of Stafford’s fans from her blog and her books find hope, challenge, and inspiration through her poetic and powerful short pieces on her blog. Only Love Today brings these pieces and many new, original entries together in a beautiful book based around the four seasons. From finding daily surrender in the autumn and daily hope in the winter, to daily bloom and daily spark in the spring and summer, you will always find fresh beautiful words for your day. 

Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

Unstuffed:  Decluttering your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup

STUFF.  It's everywhere.  Lurking in corners and closets, spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere we look.  And it's not just the physical clutter that weighs us down.  Oh no, it is the stress of overbooked schedule, and the weight of a life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain--she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not just our home, but our mind and soul as well. Unstuffed is real, honest, and gets right down to the question we are all facing--how can we take back our lives from the stuff that is weighing us down? 

Looking for Lovely:  Collecting the Moments that Matter by Annie F. Downs

Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who we are and what path God has us on, we all need to look for lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day!

I'm looking forward to lazy summer evenings and maybe even a few quiet moments to read here and there!  What's on your reading listl?

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  1. Some people prefer self-help books. I used to have a friend who loved them, but she often insisted that she had never been able to read for pleasure. If you like a book and it interests you, then I'd say you're reading for pleasure.


  2. Anything chick lit!!! I'm not too deep of a person sooooooo love me a fun beach read!

  3. I haven't read any of these but hopefully they are all good! I do love a good self-help book. :)

  4. One of my friends is reading Only Love Today - I want to read it next! I'm not into self help books but I will read a Lysa Terkeurst book every now and then since she's local. Gotta support the local girls LOL. I like chick lit and sometimes I like mysteries/suspense but I like to read to be happy so chick lit generally wins! Have a fabulous weekend!

  5. Great list! I just posted my top 6 books to read this Summer. I've got a few of these on my to-read list - but there is always a huge wait for them at my library!

  6. It took me forever to get through Daring is deep and so worth it but it is definitely one to soak up. While Jordan loved looking for lovely and related alot with it....I didn't at all. I really think because alot is about her still being single, etc I just didn't find it easy to get through. You should definitely look at Breaking up with Perfect too....I think you would find some goodness in that one.


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