My 2018 Goodreads summary just popped up, and I’ve spent the last few days contemplating what I read this year.
Looking back on 2018, this was a year of reading fewer books and thinking about them more. (I still have 2 more books to finish to reach my goal of 60–2 weeks left! I can do it!). I read a lot for various reading challenges, and some of my books reflect those choices. I also read books exploring Catholicism and Christianity, and have enjoyed learning more about my faith thru these avenues. Here’s a look at the first of a few reading categories:
Wilderness Exploration (aka self-discovery):
- Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
- How can you be true to yourself and also build bridges and community with those who think differently? How can we find common ground in a world that is increasingly and more personally polarizing?
- “You are only free when you realize you belong no place—you belong every place—no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.”
- Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
- Written by a popular evangelical Christian author and pastor who was recently pushed into the wilderness by her national community by refusing to fall in line with political pressures.
- Hope Heals by Katherine and Jay Wolf
- A story of a devastating stroke and its aftermath in the life of a young family. What if the answers to your prayers do not look like what you think they should? How does a young family cope with, and thrive in extremely trying circumstances? Much love goes out to this family. They are wise and have been fighting a hard battle.
- The Renaissance Soul
- Do we have to pick just one thing to do with our lives? What if we have many interests, all of which we would like to pursue? This fun book explores ways to follow all your vocational passions and still make a living.
- Girl, Wash Your Face
- How negative self-talk holds you back. Stop believing the lies and move forward.
- Gift from the Sea
- A classic exploration of life as a woman, and how we can create space for ourselves. Read it as part of an art journaling project based on one of my favorite art journaling books No Excuses Art Journaling.
- The Miracle Morning
- Get up early and spend your time in Silence (prayer, meditation), Affirmation (what will you do? Plan it), Visualization (make a vision board), Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (journaling). The changes will come.
- Plus he quotes one of my favorite passages from a favorite author, Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.”
Amen to that. And happy reading.
What are you reading in this category? What do you plan to read in the new year? Please comment below and let’s talk about all the books.