Love Lives Here

In Love Lives Here, Maria Goff is a strong Christian woman who explores what she needs in a world telling you what you want. She shares stories of heartache and love, struggles and joy, talking to the reader as if they are a friend. Pick up this book if you need encouragement in life’s daily tasks.

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The Healing Path

This book is intense (in a good way!). In The Healing Path, Dan Allender digs into how trauma changes our lives and what it looks like to heal from said trauma. Allender is a very educated Christian man who weaves in how to grow a deeper relationship with Christ through the process of healing. This is a book to pick up if you’re looking to dive deeper into your story and find redemption of your past.

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Live Fearless

In Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson’s second book, Live Fearless, Sadie gets real about her struggles with fear and how God led her on a path to overcoming her fears. She asks challenging questions throughout her book for the reader to take to heart and act upon. I highly recommend this book for young ladies who love Jesus, but want to grow in a deeper relationship with Him.

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Braving the Wilderness

Brené Brown’s fifth book, Braving the Wilderness, is simply spectacular. She discusses how to remain true to yourself while still maintaining respect for other people and their opinions. Some items that specifically stuck out to me were the topics we’re hearing a lot about in the news and on social media: race and politics. I urge you all to pick up this book and begin reading it open-mindedly. 

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Reading Challenge

Hi friends! I have a bit of a reading challenge for you, but not in the normal reading challenge sense. You see, I have noticed this problem with people taking every author at their word and not challenging the text. More specifically, I see all too often people who love Jesus taking a book author’s viewpoint and running with it without viewing it through a biblical lens. I myself have fallen prey to this mentality way too many times, so I want to help you out in your exploration of books.

Here’s my challenge: when reading a book, take in the message and see how it applies to living a life following Jesus.

Here are some practical questions to ask yourself while reading:
Does this line up with what I know to be True?
Does scripture back up this thought?
How can I take this concept and apply it to my life while showing others the love of Christ?

I applied these questions to a book I recently read, and oh wow did it transform how I absorbed what I was reading. I was able to interact with the text on a whole new level, which helped me take in and process the book in ways I never would have before.

I would love to know: what are some thoughts/skills you apply to your own reading?

Rising Strong

In her fourth book, Rising Strong, Brené Brown encourages digging into and accepting our own personal stories in order to live wholeheartedly. She discusses trauma and grief as we process through and radically accept each of our stories. With her theory, when we get honest with our stories, we’re able to write the endings. Also remaining true to her research, Brené incorporates the importance of remaining vulnerable in order to overcome shame.

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Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly is Brené Brown’s third book, and in this one she explores shame and vulnerability at an even deeper level. In this book, she stresses the importance of daring to be vulnerable in order to discover the importance of our lives. The truth that our lives are important is widely overlooked in our culture, so Brené challenges us to put on “vulnerability armor” in order to discover our wholehearted selves.

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