There are times when I sink deep into the crevices of my own mind. I become self-absorbed and dull. Excitement leaves me and I lack motivation, direction and hope. That is when I pick up a book. There are some books that are so true, so inspiring, so funny, that I just can’t stay away. These books recharge me in such a way that I feel like I can go run a marathon (I can’t)! Some build courage and hope. Others illustrate an admirable level of bravery and resilience. They renew my faith and remind me of all that I believe in. Maybe I am not a lost cause after all!
When a book really grabs me I buy it on my kindle because I just can’t wait to read it, and then I go buy it again as a “real book” because I just need to have it. I need to be able to see it in my house, and touch it, and remember. These are books worth reading.
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, By Ann Voskamp
My unofficial review: Ann has a beautiful and poetic way with words. She weaves some of her own story in with encouragement and gratitude. You will be challenged to notice all of the beauty around you, and be grateful for it. I started my own list of one thousand gifts a number of years ago. I have had quite a few stops and starts, and one big dry spell, but I have collected over 800 gifts along the way. I will soldier on to 1000. The shift in focus and perspective is awesome.
My unofficial review: I could go on and on about this book. It is enlightening and inspiring. It helps you understand yourself and your emotions. I can’t help but feel connected, brave, and pumped up after I read it.
Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, by Glennon Melton
My unofficial review: Glennon’s book is honest, entertaining, and motivational. She opens up about her own journey, and beautifully explains how we are all connected. This book is a movement. You will think about it, and become a more connected and caring individual when you do. We can do hard things!
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker
My unofficial review: Jen is both funny and relate-able. In this book she chronicles the journey of her and her friends as they examine our cultural norm of excess. They experiment with drastically cutting back in different areas, and then share lessons learned in each. It is entertaining, thought-provoking, and challenging.
My unofficial review: This is the only book I don’t have a paper copy of. I think I lost it in the divorce, but don’t let that irony keep you from reading it. Bob Goff shares fascinating vignettes from his extraordinary life and heart. He calls for a life of complete engagement. He challenges us to live out our faith and love, because after all “Love Does.”
The Shack, by William P. Young
My unofficial review: A deep and insightful book. It requires a careful and thoughtful read, but its message is profound. It helped me see and understand elements of my faith in a new way.
What would you add to this list?