I’m always fascinated by what books my friends are reading. So, I thought, what better way of passing along good reads then to begin sharing them right here? I hope you agree.
Is reading a way you care for your soul? Welcome, friend.
It’s summertime and at the house we’re pulling back and slowing down where we can.
On vacation, my husband and I enjoyed a rare day to ourselves. We stopped for soft pretzels, hot and sticky sweet. We strolled shops run by Mennonite-capped women and overall-clad menfolk, looking for the perfect gifts to take home.
At a shop, we wandered through one cozy living area display after another. Uncharacteristically, my husband turned and said, “I could see this.” We lingered over long, I’m sure, asking questions and touching too much of everything. In the end I walked away with items small enough to fit in the back of the trunk with our camping gear.
As we were about to leave, at the register, I saw Myquillyn’s book, The Nesting Place, piled high on the counter. (A little note here. . . our home has changed very little in seven years.) Later on the same day, sitting in my blue camp-chair reading in the half-light, Myquillyn reminded me of something I used to enjoy and why. . .and I am grateful for it.
At the beginning of every month I like to share a little about the books I’m reading.… and I would love it if you’d do the same with me in the comments.
Summer is for slowing down. . .and savoring what’s right in front of us. So are this month’s soul reads. Scroll down to find what’s on the bookshelf this month, friend. I’m glad you stopped by.
I’ve finally figured out that almost no one is living in their dream house. And I don’t know anyone whose life has gone exactly like they would have planned. You make the best choices you can at the time with the information you have, and then you deal with the consequences, and that’s the part where your life happens. – Myquillyn Smith
This is more than a beautiful collection of photos. Maryquilin’s story and testimony is fascinating. Her passion for all things lovely and motto “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” is inspiring. I loved it. You will too.
Housekeeping is a perpetual lesson in futility. Cleaning an occupied house is like combing your hair in a hurricane. – Debora M. Coty
I picked it up on a whim on a date with my husband. I was far from stressed at the time, with a coffee in one hand and the promise of chocolate in my near future. But Debra’s journal questions caught my eye and her daily doses of wit and wisdom are laugh-out-loud funny. I’m passing it along.
The hardest thing about the road not taken is that you never know where it might have led. – Lisa Wingate
A lovely light read. I savored this one.
Things take the time they take. Don’t worry. How many roads did Saint Augustine follow before he became Saint Augustine? – Mary Oliver / “Don’t Worry”
I fell head over heels for this slight volume, devouring it happily in a single setting. This is poetry for the rest of us. If you’re not a poetry lover this may make you one.
Each month I chose an area that would feed my heart or make my routines operate more smoothly so I could fully enjoy the gifts I’d been given. . . My fresh start starts right here. . . One intentional moment, day, month at a time. – Alexandra Kuykendall
I’m continuing with Alexandra’s experiment this month and, who knows? Maybe I’ll start one of my own. This is mindfulness at its best. We all taste the frustration of living in a present that is always slipping past. This read will help you savor the life and gifts you’ve been given today.
But enough about me, what about you? What books have tapped you on your soul lately? I’d love to hear from you in the comments today.
Finally. . . can I get a drum-roll, please? There’s something I’ve dreamed of doing from the start. Here on this blog, I dreamed of creating a page for all of the sources and books I’ve come to love and use and share often. And it’s finished! It’s a joy to share the new Soul Reads page with you here, friend. This is for you. Enjoy.