LOOP by Jennifer J. Camp is a devotional that I LOVE! I love it so much that I wish I could pass it out to all of you like candy but who do you think I am? Oprah? You will have to get your own. Seriously though, I read this almost every morning and I think you will love it as much as I do.
SCARY CLOSE by Donald Miller. I read this in February right after it was released and I regret not telling you about it sooner. It is good. I am obsessed with everyone’s story and Don (that is what I call him because I have known him since way back when he wrote BLUE LIKE JAZZ and I have met him NEVER but that is beside the point) opens up about his past relationships, learning to be himself and loving Betsy. I was a wreck by the end of the book because of all of the things that he said about love and relationships.
He says stuff like:
“How can we be loved if we are always hiding?”
“Sometimes the story we are telling isn’t half as endearing as the one that lives inside us.”
“What if part of God’s message to the world was you? The true and real you?”
and “Children learn what’s worth living for and what’s worth dying for by the stories they watch us live.”
He said all of these things and it hurt so good!
DARING GREATLY by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW. Brené brought me to tears more than once as I read through and processed all of her research on shame and vulnerability. I also went to YouTube and watched several of her TEDx talks because I could not get over how big a role I had allowed shame to play in my life and in my relationships. I had to conquer it.
Brené says crazy brave things like:
“Vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel is to be vulnerable. To believe vulnerability is weakness is to believe that feeling is weakness. To foreclose on our emotional life out of fear that the costs will be too high is to walk away from the very thing that gives purpose and meaning to living.”
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
I underlined so much of this book and even included her definition of shame in my own book: “Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.”
Brené talks about how we are hardwired to connect with others and that is what gives meaning and purpose to our lives. She says, “It is human nature to want to feel worthy of love and belonging. When we experience shame, we feel disconnected and desperate for worthiness.” She goes on to talk about how disconnection causes real emotional pain.
I love it when she says “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” I know that to be true.
I wish I could tell you everything I loved about this book – I would especially write out the entire chapter on parenting but I am concerned with copyright laws and I cannot afford to go to jail again. Do they put you in jail for breaking copyright laws?
Okay fine, I will tell you one quote from the parenting chapter “Are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be?”
See there. This is good stuff. DARING GREATLY was just recently released in paperback and I get zero dollars for recommending it to you but it changed my life and I have to tell you about it.
I also loved YAWNING AT TIGERS: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying by Drew Dyck, THE ART OF WORK: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do by Jeff Goins and THE ARTISAN SOUL: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art by Erwin McManus.
One more: THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES by B.J. Novak. This is a children’s book that Faith asks me to read over and over again. I even brought it to her school one day and read it to the class. It is hilarious and I only suggest reading it if you like to laugh.
What are you reading? I must know so that I can read #allofthebooks