Monday, March 26, 2012

What I'm Reading

I'm a voracious reader. . .books, magazines, blogs, back of cereal boxes, shampoo bottles.

Nonfiction words are my preference. I love to wander the library or book store aisles and check out biographies or the latest on home decor, home organization, Christian living, parenting, entrepreneurship, marriage, personal growth. 

Every now and then, I like to share what I have been reading in posts titled What I'm Reading. You can find that sublabel under the label Other Features on the red bar at the top of my blog. Here's my latest 3 reads:

1.  You're Already Amazing by Holley Gerth

Holley Gerth, popular blogger at Heart to Heart with Holley and cofounder of (in)courage knows that God has big plans and a unique purpose for each of us. She also knows that we women can get so hemmed up in stepping out in that purpose because of the lies we believe, the guilt we feel for focusing on ourselves, and the fact that we just aren’t intentional about figuring out who we really are.

You're Already Amazing gives you tools and exercises to figure out who you really are and what your purpose is. Reading Holley's book is like sitting down with a life coach, counselor, and girlfriend all in one. Which by the way, Holley is a life coach and counselor too. Holley's writing style is casual and chit chatty. However, do not let that fool you into thinking this book is fluff.  You're Already Amazing is not a quick read and is filled with some truth zingers like:

Dare to embrace who you are. Dare to do those weird things you do. Dare to trust God’s whispers into your life more than the demands of the world around you about “the right way”. p.149

God has a journey for your life. It looks different than anyone eles’s. The road he’s carved out for you is yours alone. It’s always the road less traveled because you’re the only one who is ever going to walk it. p. 79

If most people don’t do what you do, and you’re passionately pursuing Jesus with your life, then it’s probably not just a human plan. The heartbeat of God is probably somewhere within it. We need you, just you, to fulfill that purpose, complete that project, bring that gift to the world in a way no one else can. p. 18

Oh, how those excerpts excite me. I get it and so belive that if you and I could grasp hold of these truths, we would change the world.  You're Already Amazing is more of a workbook than beach reading material. All 219 pages help you dicover who you really are and then give you the courage to let the world see and know that woman.

Disclosure: The publishers of You're Already Amazing sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. The opinion expressed here, however, is all my own. And if you are interested in getting a copy of this book, DaySpring has them on sale for $9 (instead of $13.99). Click any of the You're Already Amazing links for details. These links are affiliate links. However, you can certainly borrow my copy.

2. I am following Karen Ehman's Hospitality series and today's post on organizing your kitchen was one of my favorites so far.

This organizing your kitchen post is a GREAT review for those of you who recently took my Home Organization & Home Decor class.  It is a short read and a great reminder that "many of life's blessings happen in the kitchen."  And if you leave a comment and actually win the book Karen is giving away on this post, I so want to borrow it.

3. Michael Hyatt's blog is one I am reading daily. Daily. Because every single one grabs me at the title. Every single one of them I mention to my husband over dinner or I shoot him an email during the day, that says. . Read this. One of my "gutsy goals" is to guest post on Michael Hyatt's blog one day.

Michael Hyatt writes on leadership, productivity, and social media. I have enjoyed these 3 posts recently:

What Would Extending Your Retirement Plans Make Possible?

How Leadership at Home Affects the Rest of Life

The Primary Difference Between the Wise and Foolish (this one I plan to share with my kids!)

Tell me, what have you been reading lately?  Anything you would recommend to me?


  1. I have been reading Micheal Hyatt to, he is practical and lives in the real world not dream land (two thumbs up)

  2. I'm reading these two books now:

    First one is titled: Power of the Positive Woman.

    I love everything about it, each chapter has a story, a call to action and a prayer. It's written in a language that anyone can relate to it. A must read for any woman.

    Second one is titled: Different (I loved how the author promoted / illustrated her book with a very creative video trailer),

    I'm reading as part of books I tackle to improve my contributions at work. For anyone who works for a company or who owns their own business it's also a must read. There are many business books out there, but this one is truly "different" and helpful if you want your business to stand out from the herd.

    Have a wonderful week!

  3. I have fallen off the reading wagon lately (lack of time); however, I have started Nudge by Leonard Sweet. It's a non-fiction book that defines evangelism in a new way - so far it's very good. Also in my que (although I haven't started it yet) is The Entitlement Trap, it's about how to keep from falling into (or letting your kids) fall into a sense of entitlement.


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