What can I say? Except time has gotten away from me, friends.
My excuse for waiting to write this post isn’t original, I’m afraid, just the usual “I’ve been busy” we’re all in the habit of throwing around.
I’m the mama of three and within the last month our eldest finished high school. (It’s early, I know. But we home-school so it can happen.)
I told you I would post at the beginning of every month a little about the books I’m reading. I’m calling these soul reads. Because in the middle of crazy or calm reading remains a way I care for my soul.
My bookshelf consists of an armrest, mainly. On a wooden platform on one side of the couch, in my curl-up corner, sits an ever rotating, small stack of books.
This month, scroll down to find reads for your prayer life and for the writing life. There are books to lead you to love. . . and lend you a hand. There’s rest for our souls here.
Psst. . .pull up a chair and I’ll tell you a secret. . . You don’t have to do more, be more, have more. I’m sure there are security alarms going off somewhere. . . But it’s true. It’s the kind of true that will change your life, set you free, and make you wake up smiling for the first time in a long time. I know because that’s what it did for me. – Holley Gerth
I’m not reading this book alone! Beginning next week, I’m meeting with a group of women weekly in my church to discuss the book and talk about what we’ve learned. (I’m terribly excited.)
In love we find out who we want to be, in war we find out who we are. – Kristin Hannah
With the calendar so busy this month between work, school and events, a little fiction in the evenings goes a long way in helping me wind down. This one is shaping up nicely so far.
In order to keep the Sabbath well—to embrace the rest of God—we need a right view of work. Without a rich theology of labor, we’ll have an impoverished theology of rest. We’ll find that both are hectic, sporadic, chaotic. We’ll find no joy in either. – Mark Buchanan
I deliberately picked this favorite. If I could choose only a handful of books to recommend, this would be one. Can I just be honest? I am terrible at rest. And I need to hear this message again. Right now. (Can’t recommend enough.)
If you want to improve your prayer life, try writing. If you want to improve your writing life, try praying. The two require many of the same practices, disciplines, and virtues. . . If you’re experienced in one, you may find opportunities for personal or spiritual growth by trying out the other. – Ed Cyzewski
I’m a passionate journaler. (Like, I don’t miss a day, folks.) So this e-book has been right up my writing alley. So much so, I went ahead and downloaded a few more of Ed’s e-books, just in case I have the time.
Now it’s your turn. . . What books have tapped you on your soul lately? I would love to hear about these in the comments.
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