It’s no secret that I love books.
I love to read them. I love to write them (although, currently I’m struggling at the writing bit–prayers welcome). I love to discuss them. I love to look at them.
Books, to me, are like friends–guides and companions on life’s journey.
Every so often I love to share with you what I’m reading or have recently read. I value knowing what other’s are reading and what books have inspired or impacted them (both non-fiction and fiction), it’s one of my favorite ways to select a book or for a book to find me.
Here’s what I’m reading and/or have recently read:
01 / RHYTHMS OF RENEWAL
I love the concept of rhythms. As I work on my own emotional health, I’ve found practices and rhythms to be essential. The funny thing is, we create rhythms whether we realize it or not. Many times, we’ve created negative rhythms, unintentionally, and they are not serving us–in fact, they are hindering us.
Rebekah Lyons gives us four rhythms to practice, daily, that bring renewal and daily rescue. The rhythms are REST, RESTORE, CONNECT and CREATE. I love that two of the rhythms are input orientated and the other two are output. If we are off balance it really can effect our stress and anxiety levels. I, personally, tend to be great at input and have to work harder at output (connect and create). The concept of these four rhythms has really helped frame a quick check for the status of my emotional health, along with practical ways to practice rest, restore, connect and create…which ultimately lead to more peace and purpose.
“With encouraging stories and practical steps, Rebekah Lyons will help you begin an intentional, lifelong journey toward sustained emotional, relational, and spiritual health.”
This is a definite recommend for me. Rebekah is one of my closest friends–I’ve watched her live this out, in her personal life, and have seen the beautiful rescue, change, and sustained health that it has brought her and, therefore, those closest to her.
02 / KEEP YOUR LOVE ON
I’m right in the middle Keep Your Love On: Connection Communication And Boundaries. I don’t see myself finishing this one quickly, although it would be easy to do (because I’m finding this book to have so many answers), as I want to don’t want to just read this book, I want to absorb it. As I mentioned, some books are guides that find me at just the right time, in my journey, and this is one. The older I get, and the further I get into heart work and emotional health and healing, I realize that so many of our relational skills are simply inherited, and by that I mean we do as we saw (or see). How we relate and respond to others is something that we carry on from our family origin–many times without even realizing it, until we do (and that is when we realize we have a lot of work to do).
I didn’t quite understand the title, until I read the first few pages and then it was like a holy deposit into my spirit….I choose to keep my love on or off. It’s my choice. Some of the words are hard to read, because I see where I’ve gotten so many things wrong or where I’ve stunted myself by feeling like a victim. But a lot of the premise is distinguishing the difference between powerless and powerful people. Truth is hard to swallow, but when you know it is truth, you take your lumps, because it is truth that sets us free.
This book is changing me. As I read the pages, I feel like the Holy Spirit is sitting right with me–Wonderful Counselor–nudging, comforting, pushing, empowering me. I highly recommend, but read it at your own risk, because you won’t be able to stay the same.
03 / THE DUTCH HOUSE
Last week, I wandered into a tiny bookstore in Seaside, Florida, overcrowded with books–in the most delightful way. Books lined into the shelves as they are meant to be, as well as books piled in front, fighting for their place in such a slight space (I’ll never be a minimalist when it comes to books and thus I felt right at home). In these type of bookstores, I don’t know where to begin, I let my eyes lead the way (thus, I confess, that I do judge a book by it’s cover, or at very least it’s title) and This book: The Dutch House, caught my attention immediately. The two words in the title are tethered to my soul. I am Dutch (and recently traveled to The Netherlands, which was a dream come true) and houses are my language. Also, the art on the cover was stunning. And then I recognized the author. I haven’t read Patchett (other than a few chapters of Commonwealth, which for whatever reason I could not get into), but I know she is a fantastic writer. When I read the back of the book, I knew it I could not not read it. It is about a house and the past. Reconciling what was…
Through her characters, Patchett, asks:
“’Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?’ “
This thought has me really thinking, as I work to reconcile my own childhood.
“Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.”
It’s dubbed as a dark fairytale, however, at this point (1/2 way through) I wouldn’t dub it dark…but rather melancholy.
I just saw this morning that Jenna Hager Bush recommend this book for her October Pick, and I know why. It’s beautifully written, mildly haunting and eloquently shares the human story as it pertains to siblings, childhood and the past.
Do you have a well-worn story that you return to? I do.
If you are reading or have read…let’s discuss!
I read Daisy Jones and the Six, this summer on vacation. And, I’d say it is a great vacation read. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a light read as addiction and human spiraling were very much part of the narrative, but the way that it was told was so fascinating (along with further insight into human nature). It was written in interview style. As if this band was being filmed for VH1’s Behind the Music. It felt so real, that I like, 1000’s of others found myself googling “Daily Jones and the Six” just to make sure they weren’t a real band in the 60’s. There is a lot of fuss about this book and good reason for it.
I just purchased this book. Which means I haven’t yet read it. I’m actually quite selective when it comes to faith based books. I’m a huge fan of Jess Connolly. There is something so pure about her belief in others and cheering them on–that’s why I know this book is going to be amazing. She believes this message and lives it. I’ve been hearing rave reviews about this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I need her encouragement, in my life right now, and I know I’ll be able to hear her voice cheering me on as I turn each and every page taking in truth. Maybe you need to be reminded that You Are the Girl for the Job, to learn how to dare to believe the God who is calling you!
07 / BEGINNERS PLUCK
I’m new to Liz Bohannon, but this book keeps popping out at me. I quite like the idea of the book… which is that we build our passion and purpose, rather than find it. That really takes the pressure off, doesn’t it?
I love this description:
Hate to break it to you, but you’re never going to “find your passion.” Why? Because your passion and purpose are something you create–actively–day by day. How? Glad you asked.
In her signature tell-it-like-it-is fashion, entrepreneur Liz Forkin Bohannon shows you how to cultivate the mindsets that will help you live like you were made on purpose and for a purpose. Sharing the hilarious and heartbreaking stories of her own screwups and successes, Liz shows you how to
· embrace your Inner Beginner
· dream small
· choose curiosity over criticism
· own your average
· and so much more
I can get so stumped (and by stumped I mean paralyzed into avoidance) on thinking that I need to have this massive dream and passion and that I might have the wrong one or that I’m just doing what everyone else is and that they are much better than me. Again, my inner work keeps brining me back to “today” and working with what I have. Not being an expert, but being available. And thus, I felt like this book just might have some major nuggets for me as I move forward in my work, purpose and passion.
What about you? Please share what you are currently reading or have recently read, Friends!
PS – More recs here.