I don’t know what this says about me (and I probably don’t want to know), but at any given time, I’m in the process of reading three or four books.
Sometimes it gets confusing–but for some reason, I find it comforting to know that I can always pick up my Kindle and jump right in to something perfect for that moment–be it a juicy novel, a self-help book, something inspirational, or perhaps pure fluff.
As it happens, none of the books I’m currently reading could be described as fluff. Actually, I would describe all of them as inspirational, albeit in different ways.
These books are helping me clarify my values, daring me to live with more courage (and vulnerability), teaching me to pursue progress over perfection, and reminding me to embrace the sacred gift of preparing food for people I love.
So take a peek inside my Kindle. Perhaps you’ll find something here you’d like to add to your own reading list.
1. Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose by Lara Casey
In Make it Happen, Lara Casey challenges us to get to the bottom of where our fears come from and the steps we can take to make real changes in our lives. She asks thought-provoking questions and prompts you to journal through them thoughtfully and purposefully. Part of what makes this book so powerful is that it guides you to add your own story to her framework to help identify and break through the barriers that are holding you back.
2. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes, by Shauna Niequist
Bread and Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Shauna is a talented, funny and honest writer–and obviously a great cook. My mouth literally waters as I read through her recipes–things like bacon-wrapped dates, blueberry crisp, and creamy risotto have renewed my resolve to get out of my cooking rut. Bread and Wine is a celebration of food, and it reminds us of the joy found in time spent around the table. It’s also a great reminder of the ways God nourishes us as we nourish the people we love.
I know I’m probably the last person on the planet to read this book. I’ve seen the Oprah interviews, I’ve watched the Tedx Talk, but I hadn’t gotten around to picking up the book until recently. In it, Brene Brown gives a compelling argument that vulnerability is the defining measurement of courage. She says “when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.” As someone who struggles in this area I’m finding this book both uncomfortable and encouraging. I appreciate that it’s showing me where I’ve shied away from venturing into the arenas that could bring the greatest rewards to my life, both creatively and professionally.
P.S. I’d love to hear what’s currently on your Kindle (or nightstand). Please share with me–I’m always on the lookout for the next good book!