Winter into Spring 2018
Now that it is summer, and I am taking a lighter load of coursework in the effort of obtaining my Master's degree. I want to take a few minutes to acknowledge the books I've read outside of textbooks that have kept me sane in the process of the learning and getting back into the swing of school life and regular adulting life.
On that break from school leading into the new year, I went through a few audiobooks while working out and a few paperbacks on days where all I wanted was to stay in my warm bed. I'm from Florida, and live in Florida, so my winter days were not brutal however it was a full schedule of time with family and days spending time with nieces and nephews. So even though I was on break from school my schedule of activities did not let up. However, I left space in my schedule to read, to take the adventures and make the discoveries that books supply.
How's Your Soul by Judah Smith
I started reading How's your soul by Judah Smith when it first came out, but it took me until the new year of 2018 to finish it. It was jammed pack with some insightful thought provoking things. It wasn't a book to breeze through, it was one that required time to fully adsorb all that is being said. It was my travel read when I set out to compete for Miss Florida USA as Miss Palm Beach Gardens. It was a useful resource of encouragement and insight.
Love Does by Bob Goff
Oh my Gosh, this book is so good. Ugh, like so good! It was a read I found myself breezing through and relating to all his crazy stories. I found myself challenge in how I show love to others. It was a call to more compassion and grace towards others, because of the stories of love and grace Bob Goff shares made me want to attempt to love others better. Definitely should read this book, I listen to the audio while I did chores or while winding down for the night. The book was over too soon.
Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson
I really enjoyed reading this book and hearing Sadie's heart on life and living it. She is honest and open about her life and challenges, sharing her experiences and perspective and how God shows up in her day to day life. She shares a neat story about sharing her faith and being honest with others. It was a worthwhile listen, that you should check out. She is the daughter of one of the Duck Dynasty sons and she was on dancing with the stars. Sadie is in her twenties and has some relevant things to say to her peers.
If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey
I had never listen to Jamie Ivey podcast prior to reading her book, so I had no clue who she was or what was coming in her story. It was an honest expression of her journey of faith and the challenges she face choosing to follow Christ in her everyday life. She shares her highs and her lows, and talks about subject most people avoid discussing openly. It was a true story that makes you stop and think about your life and decisions and the strength of grace.
Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty
I cried a lot while listening to this book, which was actually a bit awkward because I listen to this book while working out, running and walking in my neighborhood. All that to say, I felt Sara's story and learn so much about how the disappoints and painful things we face in life God can make sweet. It is like the verse that declares, you turn my mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11-12). Worthwhile read, especially if you been going through some bitter things and you can't see how it could turn around.
You are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons
Another true story, autobiography, similar to Jamie Ivey in its honest approach to depicting life and walking in faith. It is a story of finding freedom and a challenge to live free in who you already are. Rebekah Lyons' story is another audiobook I listened to while working out, and it was a refreshing and challenging way to start my day. I found myself making my workouts longer just so I could finish a chapter, instead of stopping in the middle of it.
No one ever asked by Katie Granshert
This is a book I have the opportunity to read the reviewer's copy. It is a fiction story that feels very real, because of the nature of its subject matter. It was a hard read, because of the closeness of the topic to things going on in lives close around me. It is a worthwhile read for anyone, especially to be more familiar of the plight or struggle others face because of their skin, neighborhood, or financial status.
This past winter and Spring provided some insightful reads, this summer, I plan to continue the insightful reading but also add some fun adventure into the mix. I have been sticking to true stories lately because I am in the process of writing a fiction novel. It should be in the editing stages soon, and the type of books I read may take a shift. Don't get me wrong, I alway love reading true stories but I like to mix it up too.