What We're Reading

Just a quick glance at what’s in our reading piles as of late! 

1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling 
Obviously... YES this is my very first time reading this series. YES I tried as a kid and just didn’t love them. I am a closet literature nerd and at this point they’re basically classics, so I figured it was about time. PLUS, I thought I would appreciate them more as an adult. Currently in book 3/7.

2. Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
I’m just about done….like I have two pages left. I can’t do it, I can’t finish them. I have absolutely loved and hated this book. It’s a read that was a required part of the training for some volunteer work I am going to be doing. It’s a deep and very hard read all about the problem of human trafficking and the layers upon layers that create the problem and follow it. It’s written by an incredible survivor who tells her crazy inspirational story of grace and redemption and how she learned to use her traumatic past for the good and the future of other girls like her. If you have any interest at all in this topic, I highly recommend this read. Take it slow and soak it in!

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
YES still. It’s one that I have been picking up and putting down since October. I do really really want to finish it and I do really really love it while I’m reading. Sigh. Someday. I have got to know what becomes of this Jo character. On the bright side, I did read the very fascinating intro about the author and learned a lot of really cool details about her life that parallel the book. It’s certainly making the reading more interesting from that angle!

4. The Sacred Slow by Alicia Chole
Boy am I taking that title to heart! I am moving very very slowly through this book. Honestly I think I may not have picked it up quite in the right season. It’s a fantastic book that focuses on personal reflection and discipleship and really encourages you to slow down as you go through it. It’s a bit different than I expected--in a wonderful way--but me being already naturally reflective and wanting to make everything deep and meaningful--this is a book I really need time and space for. I’m getting to it when I can but not as much as I would like. NOT for lack of interest simply because I desire to give it a lot more than I have to give right now!

So I made a pretty challenging reading goal for myself this year. One book per week. Granted there are some weeks that can't really happen, but basically that it equals out to one book a week; 52 books for the year! So here's what I've been reading/am reading for February/March.

1. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
This is one I am taking some time with. So I am not holding this to a week and reading on it a little bit a day because it has a lot of information in it. The jury is still out on this book for me. Lots of great things in it but still chewing on it.

2. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
I know, I know, you don't know how I am JUST now reading this, but I am! I love Mark Batterson books but I am trying to spread them out so I have a variety of reads. Which will explain my next book of choice...

3. The Polygamist's Daughter by Anna Lebaron
Yea, it may be an odd choice. But while it was quite a long read I was a pretty interesting read, hearing the story of someone being transformed and coming to a knowledge and understanding of Jesus after being raised in a world without a Savior. And like I said, trying to change things up with the genre of books I am reading. 

4. Forgotten God by Francis Chan
Whew-ie! I am looking forward to this one! It was recommended to me many years ago and I am finally getting to it. It is all focused on the Holy Spirit and how He has been overlooked, forgotten, and put in a corner. I don't know about you, but I am ready to see Him SET LOOSE! 

5. Uncluttered by Courtney Ellis
Because we all need to de-clutter our lives, right? This book is all about slowing down long enough for God to remind you of His truth and what it means to be His child. Less stress and more Jesus. I can get onboard with that! 

We hope you’ll share what you’ve been reading too so we have picks lined up! 

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