I love to read. Give me time to browse a bookstore or sit on the beach with a good book and you've made me one happy little lady. I need words and their ability to sweep me into a faraway land of romance or give me courage to do that thing God has called me to do. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun today to share some of the books I'm loving right now. I think you just might love them too.
Breaking Busy is by Alli Worthington and holds so much practical insight on how to find peace and purpose in a world of crazy. I fell in love with Alli's teachings this year through my Propel Bible study and have really enjoyed learning from her in this book. I relate to Alli because she's been an event planner, mompreneur, and teacher. In Breaking Busy, she shares how she has overcome this world of busyness by finding her sweet spot, nurturing relationships, and finding peace in a world of worry. This book has helped me let go of expectations and make better decisions with how I spend my time. It's a great book for women who find themselves ragged and in need of advice on how to rest in what God wants them to do in life.
In Choose Joy, Mary Carver weaves together stories written by Sara Frankl, who died from a terminal disease in 2011. This book is teaching me that joy does not come from our circumstances and daily we have a choice to choose how we want to live. This phrase "choose joy" sits at my computer and is a great reminder that there is no guarantee for tomorrow so we must choose to live with joy today. Mary is part of a writers group that I am in and I'm so proud of her for having the courage to share such a difficult story with such beauty. If you are going through a tough season in life, this book is for you.
The SuperMom Myth
"This book isn't about raising kids...it's about raising moms." Becky Kopitzke shares this message on the back of her book, The SuperMom Myth, and I can totally relate to needing help with this myth. I find myself so easily distracted by many of the "dirty villains" she writes about in her book (anger, fear, and busyness) instead of resting in the superpower of God's grace, love, and mercy. Becky is a real mom who understand the real struggle of not feeling good enough. I recommend this book not only because Becky is a fellow writer for The M.O.M. Initiative, but she has become such a cheerleader to me on writing and motherhood. This book is great to give to your mom friends (or to read for yourself!).
I hope you love these books as much as I do. Do you have a favorite book that you are reading right now? If so, share in the comments!
Also, in honor of Ridley's second birthday tomorrow, we are having a 20% off sale on all items in our Etsy shop (includes Practice Hospitality!). Use coupon code BIRTHDAYBASH at checkout.
Start shopping now. Happy Valentine's Day!
Till next time, let your light shine,