I’ll admit it, I went a bit overboard with reading this month. I have a bit of a ridiculous goal for the year, and I think I just wanted to accomplish it all at once…maybe I just get obsessive sometimes. That and we weren’t watching television during the weeknights here, I finished 11 books this month.
Here are my favorite 4:
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is practically begging for book clubs to read it. It was sweet, but not too much to handle. An easy read, I actually listened to the entire thing while I stayed home sick one day early in the month. A cynical bookstore owner and an orphaned baby girl have their lives cross, growth and change and a sense of community follow.
Another easy read, but this one actually was for our book club. All year, we read difficult books, so we figured we’d end our winter list with something that was easier to process. Of course, it’s hard not to love Jen Hatmaker, with all her sarcasm and snarkiness. This is one of her older books that got republished once she had a great contract, and I think she wrote it before she really came into her “voice”. However, it does chronicle her transition from comfortable-American-prosperous-Christian to one who was willing to see the whole of the gospel and what it looks like to truly act out her faith. The last section was my favorite, in how she describes what her church looks like and how they “do church”. She and I should probably be friends.
I loved Lisa Bevere’s Girls With Swords, so I knew I’d love reading this one too. It is a powerful call for women to rise up, together, like the lionesses of a pride and live in the light, with fierceness and purpose. The study and imagery of the lioness in all her strength and glory is a beautiful thing to behold. Two thumbs up.
Annndddd, this one. As I begin the journey of becoming a fully funded missionary, everyone else in that field has book recommendations for me. This one was the first on the list, and nothing else even holds a candle to it so far. It is so thorough, practical, and insightful. No joke, I went from absolutely dreading the support raising process to loving the concept of it and looking forward to it with excitement– just one book did that to me! The in-depth Bible study changed my attitude toward fundraising among Christians, and how the church body supports other believers. This. Was. Amazing. I might just write a whole blog post on the missionary support raising books I’ve been given, but 85% of it would be about this one.
And, for the rest of the books this month, here you go. I wasn’t being anti-social, I was just in survival mode.