This seriously is what’s on my nightstand. As a child, I used to read one book at a time. In my adult years, I find myself reading chapters of multiple books at a time. The other day I was explaining to my friend how I try to spend an hour a night reading. Even if it means losing sleep. For me personally, there’s something great about unwinding in the evening by learning something new. Here are a few of the books I’m currently reading:
- Quieting Your Heart: 6-Month Prayer Journal This prayer journal is a really cool way to keep track of daily prayers. I’m a writer more than a speaker, so I appreciate the ability to write out my prayers. It’s also amazing to see the prayers that God answered over time.
- Sex and the Single Girl by Dr. Slattery. This is a six week Bible Study by Dr. Juli Slattery who is an expert in issues regarding sexuality and women. I’m 4 weeks in to the Bible study and have found it incredibly thorough. As well as being insightful. I highly recommend it to every woman.
- Blogging for Writers by Robin Houghton. This book is all about being an effective blogger as a writer. I recently got it from Barnes & Noble. It looks great but I’ve just started it so I can’t give a full review. So far it has had a lot of helpful tips!
- List Your Self. This book is incredibly fun! You open the book, pick a random page, and start a list. The top of the page gives a statement such as: “List your favorite foods”. All of the rest of the lines are for writing. It’s a fun way to think about the things that you like. I enjoy making random lists every night as a way to unwind.
- Horses for Dummies. This book gives an incredibly thorough guide to horses. Last winter I spent some time at Stepping Stones Farm learning about equine therapy. This is an area I find extremely fascinating. One of the sessions I assisted with had me talking to a nonverbal autistic boy. That is the power of horses and therapy. I learned how little I know about horses during that time. This book has so much knowledge on everything from horse care, feelings, and business. I highly recommend it!
- Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley. Emily does a great job of teaching about SIMPLIFYING life. This is a book for the overachievers. People who are doing too much. I just started it and relate so much. Throughout the chapters, Emily has journal exercises to help simplify your life. If you’re a perfectionist, you will love this book. A friend was listing the organizations and groups I was a part of. Then she apologized for probably overwhelming me. I told her not to worry because I was learning that less is more. This book has helped with that!
- She Reads Truth Bible. I love this Bible! It has note lines all along the side for studying. The pages are clean and crisp. Of course, it’s the Bible so it’s the best book. I really appreciate the creative designs placed throughout it as well.
- The Very Next Thing by Mark Hall. I was talking to a friend a couple of weeks ago about dreams. We are both visionaries, dreamers, and planners. It can be hard for us to see the immediate future when we see the big dreams/visions. I was working with Compassion at a Casting Crowns concert in Illinois and ended up handing this devotional to new Compassion sponsors. While the concert was going on, I found myself flipping through the book and was very impressed! I really appreciated Mark’s vision for focusing on God’s will now. Living the very next thing now and not in the future. I’ve enjoyed reading it and plan on passing on a copy of it. Also, it accompanies Casting Crowns latest album, which is pretty neat!
- Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure. As a disclaimer, I received this book for free from Zondervan and Candace as a part of the launch team. It releases on November 21, 2017. It is an awesome book on style and being fit. I’ve enjoyed reading all of Candace’s tips, as well as the box full of goodies she sent. I’m not that big into fashion but I appreciate her advice. Instead of saying dress like me, she emphasizes finding your personal style and embracing it. She also talks about the importance of confidence in yourself and loving who you are.
- In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh. So this would be the social work book I’m reading right now. I received a pdf version of it before it’s release as a part of the launch team for the book. This is an amazing book. Instead of sugarcoating life, Sheila delves right into what it’s like to be in the middle of despair, anxiety, and depression. How to survive the day to day. As well as her personal journey. If you’ve ever struggled with mental illness, this is seriously the book for you.
Hope you enjoyed the little taste of what I’m currently reading. I do recommend all of these books and hope you see some that interest you:)