I’ve never called myself a reader. I halfway read assigned books in high school and college, and tried my best to do required reading from text books. BUT it just wasn’t my thing. I thought I didn’t have time to read. With two children, my own at home business, a busy pastor husband (who is also still in seminary).. how the heck would I have time to read for pleasure?
In January 2015 I gave myself the goal to read 12 books in a year. One a month didn’t seem like much, but it was for the girl who “didn’t have time”. I exceeded my goal in 2015 , and vowed to read more in 2016 without putting a number on it. So now I’m calling myself a READER.
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How? I’ve been splitting my reading and listening. I read 3 of these books via audio. Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks . Yes! It’s audiobooks on your phone so you can listen anytime/ anywhere! It’s completely free for the first 2 books, just use the link above to grab your first 2 books for FREE. I especially love listening to books that the author themselves read. I also have the kindle app on my phone and when a favorite of mine goes on sale for $2.99 or less I snatch it up, to save for later. I love having real books in hand, but it isn’t always a reality to pay the price, or have the space to store them. I’m currently looking into amazon’s kindle unlimited program where you get unlimited downloads each month. There is a free month trial, and then its only $10/month after that! If you have comment below and tell me how you like it!
On to What I Read :
Sarah Bessey. Several friends have recommended her two books to me, and I finally read/ listened the them!
Out Of Sorts by Sarah Bessey was such a refreshing read, and really shed light to so many of us who struggle with the journey that is Christianity. She spent 6 years NOT going to church, but still believing in Jesus. The reality is that there are so many types of Christianity and churches, that are all so different. I loved that she found a place for each of them and shares her journey and explains the faith in real ways.
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey Yes! Yes! This challenged some of the things, “I’ve just always believed” and made me look at passages of scripture in a different way. It also gives great insight into a Christian marriage that you may not have been able to explain before. I encourage you to read this, if you are struggling to be a woman within Christianity. OR if you just need someone to challenge some of those thoughts in your head.
The Loving Diet by Jessica Flanigan is specifically written toward people who are struggling with autoimmune disease. I am not struggling with an autoimmune disease but I’ve found it very helpful as I journey through some other health issues. If you are walking through any hard area of life, this is a great short read to heal your body being physically or emotionally through the way you view yourself.
Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman has been perfect for my current season! Emily writes in such a relatable manner. She’s also a mama and a former pastor’s wife so that helps too. This book talks about embracing the small moments. I’ve learned so much from this book and I think it’s slowing creeping up into one of my must reads for life! I’m inspired and encouraged to be me, be small, and stop searching for something BIG to be/ see/ do. Inspired to appreciate the everyday moments and remember that the kingdom of God is RIGHT NOW.
Yes Please! by Amy Pohler was hilarious! Especially if you listen to it on audio. It’s like Leslie Knope (from Parks and Rec) is reading to you for hours. I skipped a few chapters that just really didn’t apply to me, but if you love Amy Pohler, and want a light, easy listen/read. … I say Yes Please! Go for it.
I’ve already got a mile long list for May, but I’d love to know your MUST READS! Share below in the comments!
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