If you asked me what I like to do in my free time, my first answer would be reading. I LOVE books! They offer so many things to me: a greater vocabulary, knowledge, adventure to places I’ve never been, and meeting people I’d never met. I like to read a bit of non-fiction and fiction and usually a few books at a time.
Here is what I’ve read or started these last couple of months:
Falling Free by Shannan Martin: I was privileged to be part of Shannan‘s book launch team and received an early copy of this, before it was released this month. You must check it out! I love her story of God moving her from her “God’s land” in farm country to exactly where he wanted her, in an urban setting. Having moved to the big city recently, it was helpful seeing Christ’s love to her neighbors and it spurred me to think about what that might look like in my life. I appreciate how she has made me rethink about what church, family, forgiveness, love, and the life God has for me should look like. I am looking at life from a different perspective now and wondering how my middle class traditions have affected the way I live and how God really wants me to change, because of this book.
You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth: I got this quite a while ago, but had never turned to it in my Kindle, but decided to finally pick it up this month. As women we have to constantly fight lies that we hear from the world, people we’re close to, and ourselves. Holley uses this book to turn us back to God’s truths. This will definitely be a book I return to and share with friends who need encouragement with God’s Truth as the backbone. If you are short on time and needing some encouragement, Holley came out with a new little book, Do You Know You’re Already Amazing? I love that it is simplified into 30 small sections to get encouragement every day of the month, with just a little time.
Same Kind of Different as Me: I have seen this book on the shelf so many times, in the library and at the bookstore. I was browsing Facebook one day and saw it was coming out as a movie, so I decided it was time to read it. I am so glad I did. It is a beautiful true story of how God used one unsuspecting man to change the lives of a well respected business man and his wife. One of the things that astounded me was how sheltered Denver’s life was on the cotton field and how recent that was. I finally watched the preview and doubt that I will watch the movie, because the book can’t be beat.
Watership Down by Richard Adams: One of the requirements of my kid’s new school is that we, as parents, have to read to them every night. I decided to pick up this classic that a well-read friend had given us a few months ago. Though it is quite a long book, we are thoroughly enjoying the different personalities of these rabbits and the adventure that they go on.
Out of the Frying Pan: I haven’t actually read this book yet, but it is on my table just waiting to be cracked. I wanted to mention it because I had the privilege of participating in Michelle’s live book launch at a local mystery bookstore, called Once Upon a Crime. Michelle and Kelly thought up some great little additions to make their book launch more fun and I won a prize! Check out the fun book launch details on Michelle’s blog.
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What have you been reading lately?