One of the best things in the world is reading! Am I right? I’ve loved reading since I first learned to do it. I read 60 books in 2018, and I would love to share a few of my favorites with you!I should mention that I will read anything. I love to read Christian fiction, mystery, historical fiction, memoir, non fiction, and self help. Here are some great ones from this year:
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
What an excellent book! Here’s a few of the many great quotes:
“Daring leaders who love into their values are never silent about hard things.”
“When we have the courage to walk into our story and own it, we get to write the ending. And when we don’t own our stories of failures, set back, and hurt, they own us.”
“Courage is contagious.”
She also mentions that intense, in the moment discomfort only lasts eight seconds.
I think we can all survive 8 seconds. This book is great for any leader in any capacity!
Becoming a Welcoming Church by Thom Rainer
This book was very simple and short, but so practical! Them Rainer talks about viewing your church through the lens of a first time guest. It was so eye opening to think through what would I see at church that would scare me off or make me feel like I belong? Definitely worth reading!
The Lucky Few by Heather Avis
This book was the story of a couple that struggled with infertility for a long time and finally decided to look into adoption. When the adoption for a Down Syndrome child opened up, they felt convicted to pursue it, and built a family of children that some people in society might frown upon. I found myself crying and cheering all within the pages of this book. Moving and thought provoking!
5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz
Some day I will write about the enneagram, and how much that has impacted my life. I say that to say that this book is INCREDIBLE for an enneagram 9! An enneagram 9, which is me, can often just decide to quit things or not even start things that seem too hard. This book talks about how we just need to get up and do things despite how we feel. This book helped spur my decision to change for last into “BOLD.” Let’s be people who don’t quit!
There were many other good books last year. I do not recall reading any books that i did not enjoy. My goal for 2019 is 75 books! Here’s to a great year of book reading!