Book Club for One
I’m going to take you into my book club dream for just a moment. My book club is comprised of incredible women who need book club like we all need sun right now, in February. We live for book club. On book club night, we gather for dinner and stay seated around the table late into the evening. We can’t bring ourselves to end our time spent sipping wine, lost in meaningful conversation about the pages we traveled this month. So, we just stay sitting. We sip. And we continue conversing. It’s the best.
However, that’s just the book club that happens in my dreams. The opportunity for that community has not presented itself yet, but I’m looking forward to when it does. In the meantime, I have decided that I can still have a book club. I call it a book club for one, but let’s be honest – Lincoln comes too.
Reading as a Goal and a Tool
If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably heard me talk about #PowerSheets. I use #PowerSheets as a tool to set, cultivate and achieve good, meaningful goals. The yearlong sets are sold out, but you can still pre-order the six-month set. I cannot recommend highly enough! Anyway, one of my goals for 2017 is to read two books each month. Every month I will read one book on marriage and one book for leisure. January has come and gone (what?!) and I achieved 1/12 of the goal – huzzah!
I read Sacred Marriage while we were engaged. Sacred Marriage is written by Gary Thomas and in this book, he poses the question, “what if God designed to make us holy more than to make us happy?”. Sacred Marriage was, and is, a huge influence in our marriage, but I wanted to read it again to keep the knowledge fresh. It was just as good the second time around, if not better. It was certainly more meaningful now that I have a year-and-a-half of marriage under my belt. I’m hoping to do the full study someday! If you’re married (or getting married) and striving for a God-honoring marriage, Sacred Marriage is a must read. And lucky for you, the book has been released with an updated cover. It’s pretty.
The Broken Way
A few years ago, the book One Thousand Gifts took the world by storm. Ann Voskamp has a way with words unlike any other, so when I saw that she was releasing another book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Husband came through at Christmas and I found The Broken Way under our tree. He taped the wrapping paper TO the book, bless his heart. The Broken Way revealed places in my heart that I didn’t know existed. I walked away from reading Ann’s latest book with a renewed view of my brokenness. Of course, I appreciate and recommend the content, but I could probably read a book on garbage if Ann wrote it.
Coming Up: February
I’m already half way through Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. This book is hard for me to put down, and I don’t often feel that way about books. While I was reading chapter seven I felt like Erin was writing a story on me. I’m looking forward to reading the second half. I might even finish tonight!
I will be reading The Mingling of Souls for marital inspiration and guidance. I’ve been meaning to read this book by Matt and Lauren Chandler for quite some time. Matt Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in Texas and I really enjoy listening to podcasts of his sermons.
What books are you reading right now? Let me know if there is something I simply must add to my list – I’m all ears.
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