Different seasons of my life have led me to each of these books, all of which have encouraged and challenged me, all making a profound impact on my life. This is an ever growing list, but a darn good place to start.
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
“A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.” -Shauna
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
“Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two” -Shauna
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
One of my favorite devo’s- I swear it is magical because almost everyday it speaks a word that my soul desperately needs to hear that day.
Love Does by Bob Goff
Full of love and full of grace, “Love Does” is one of my favorite books of all time. It is a quick read and lights your soul on fire.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
A re-telling of the story of Gomer and Hosea- every page is filled with word of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all consuming love. Don’t let the number of pages scare you off!
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
Many dietitians (and non-dietitians) go-to book on how to build a healthy relationship with food and learn to listen to your body to #screwtherules that “they” have engrained in so many of our minds.
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors
I have always had an inexplicable crazy passionate heart for international missions. I read this book for the first time in high school and was so moved by Katie’s ability to leave a life of comfort, move to Uganda and adopt EIGHTEEN orphans.