It's been a sweet afternoon. I wanted to jump in here and share a few of the books I want to read in 2017. If you click on the titles below, it will take you to the book's page on Amazon where you can read descriptions or order the book for yourself. :) And, by the way, I've love to hear about the books you plan to read this year. Here we go...
1. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
Currently reading this one. Real stories about prayer and how God changes lives. It is so good and makes my heart feel like it's going to burst. Haha. A real faith builder that reminds you how good God is.
2. Kid Artists: True Tales from Childhood of Creative Legends by David Stabler
Currently reading this one, too. My sister-in-law bought this for Bek and I'm loving it. The illustrations are THE BEST. They are so clever and funny. It's fascinating to read about the childhood experiences that influenced the artist's future work. My favorite so far was the story of Charles Shulz who created the Peanuts comic strip.
3. Nobody's Cuter Than You: a memoir about the beauty of friendship by Melanie Shankle
I have talked about Melanie and her podcast here before. This is next on my reading list. :) I recently flipped through a few pages at a Barnes and Noble and had a hard time putting it down.
4. The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson
My friend Mary recommended this one to me. I've always looked up to Mary and she is one of the people I'll go to first when I need wisdom or prayer. Mary is raising some pretty amazing kids... when she recommended this book I knew I had to give it a try. I also listened to an interview with Sally Clarkson last year and enjoyed hearing her thoughts on motherhood, from the perspective of a mom with grown kids.
5. Giddy Up Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other by Sophie Hudson
Sophie records the Big Boo Cast with Melanie Shankle, who I mentioned above. I love the premise of the book. Sophie is so funny and has a big heart... I'm really looking forward to this one. Isn't the cover cute??
6. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This is a piece of the book's description as written on Amazon, linked above:
"At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s
worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with
stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying,
and the next he was a patient struggling to live."
7. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, more Soulful way of Living by Shauna Niequist
Shauna Niequist is one of my favorite authors. She has a style unlike anyone else I've ever read. Bread and Wine is my favorite of her books (so far). I keep it on a shelf in my kitchen mostly because I like having it around (also because it has recipes :)). Her writing has helped me think about loss and grief in ways I never had. If you haven't read one of her books before... you've gotta try it!
Alright friends, there we go! I have a few others on my list but that's a good start. What are you reading this year? What should I add to my list?