Since my last bookshelf update, I've finished a couple, started some new ones, I'm still working my way through a couple, and I've dropped a few to return to at a later time. The good thing is, my Christmas vacation includes a six hour drive to see family in Memphis, so many books accompany me on the trip. Here are a list of books I've read and a few that I'm still currently reading.
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst | This book was on my currently reading list last post. I've since finished it and can say that it was such a timely read! I preordered this book the moment I saw the title: Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. I have felt like all three of those things and during those times, I feel anything but loved. This was such an encouraging read for my heart and soul, giving me words I desparetely needed to hear, when I felt unseen and forgotten by God. I read this book along with the Proverbs 31 Ministry and their online Bible study. It was a fun experience to read this book along with that community and hear from other women who have felt many of the same things I have. It also allowed me to go through the book slowly, really soaking in Lysa's words. If you've ever felt less than, left out, and lonely, I encourage you to pick up this book. It's less than $10 on Amazon right now!
Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson | This book really opened my eyes to pride that I have in my life and how that can hinder me from really finding rest with God. Humble Roots explores how pride hinders you, but humility grounds you as it also feeds your soul. Anderson often compares gardening to the cultivating of humility in our lives. The similarities of how gardening and growing, as well as learning humility and overcoming pride, both take time, is a fresh insight and reminder that what we want isn't always going to appear overnight. At times, I felt like Anderson could have dived deeper into her findings, as some points felt short lived and cutoff, leaving me wondering and thinking there was more, only to not be found later on. Humble Roots also has beautiful sketches before each chapter. Whether they were to be colored or not, my copy is now full of colorful flowers and fruits, perfect to accompany my many margin notes and thoughts. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple | I saw this one floating around social media and blog worlds awhile back. I was strolling through the bookstore one day and picked it up off the bargain shelf. Halfway through the book, Bernadette was still (and always ways) a central character in the story. I was beginning to wonder when she would disappear or if she would. There were many characters, but all fit together so well. Towards the end, I wasn't sure how it was going to end and who's side I would be on, only knowing that I felt for Bernadette's daughter, Bee, in her journey, and how all she wanted was simple trip for good grades. This was a fun, fast read, perfect for the days I found myself laying on the couch fighting a sore throat over Thanksgiving.
Rest Assured by Vicki Courtney
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery