the ever-growing reading list

Every day I discover at least one more book I want to read. Half of the time, I forget the name before I even get it written down somewhere. My post-baby brain is pretty faulty these days. Here is my current “hope to read soonish” book list:

{1} The Grace Effect, Larry Taunton: Written by my cousin’s former Bible study leader. A wonderful story from what I’ve heard.

{2} The Hunger Games trilogy: Because I’m the only literate person on earth who hasn’t read them yet.

{3} The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis: This will be my second C.S. Lewis selection for the summer.

{4} You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins: Got it for free (!) on Amazon the other day. Really excited about this one.

{5} Grace for the Good Girl, Emily P. Freeman: I’ve been meaning to read this for many months and am determined to get to it this summer. The excerpt I’ve read is so promising.

{6} Dream Big, Heather Boersma: I have it downloaded but haven’t read it yet. Can’t wait for some inspiration from this one.

And I’m currently reading:

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis: This book does not disappoint. It lives up to all the hype and praise that has been heaped on it for decades. Lewis’ words feel timely and poignant even though they were written in a different era. And the guy is seriously funny….like laugh out loud in a room by yourself funny. (Or maybe I just like the humor of academicians?)

Quiet, Susan Cain: I finally got around to this book about introversion and am finding it very interesting and relatable.


giving up on good: being intentional, again

Last week I was overeager and wrote a Giving Up On Good post….and then there was no link up. Oops! Here is the link to my post from last week about being more intentional toward the things I choose to give up. How are you deciding what good to give up in order to allow the best to flourish in your life?

how great Thou art

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with how good everything is?

I know we all have our troubles. The past few months have seen the highest and lowest of my days.

But I walk out of my house and see the green fields stretching out below the sun, and my heart surges with gratitude.

I love this life the Lord is giving me.

The enemy tries to tell me, in my moments of praise, that I should fear the time it all comes crumbling down.

And at some point, I know, there will be another valley. Perhaps even before this day is through. The intensity of those possibilities presses on me harder now than ever, now that I have so much preciousness to lose.

But I will not give into that fear.

I will close my eyes and feel the evening sun warm my skin. I will take it in. All this goodness, all this peace.

And I savor it all the more because I know God has been teaching me something about holding onto my contentment even when the sun goes behind the next coming cloud.

I will stumble, but His grace will catch me, buoying my head above the water.

There is always hope. And there is no fear in Love.