Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What I'm Reading...

 I was an avid reader all throughout middle school and high school.  I loved reading!  A good book could have me hooked like that, it was as if nothing else existed at the moment. At some point during my high school years I realized I had gotten stuck on romance novels.  I did not want to be a romance novel girl.  It was then that I decided to take a break from fiction.  Some time later I graduated high school and started college and I soon had my plate full with reading assignments and other activities. Aside from required reading I had pretty much stopped reading altogether.

Then with a college degree under my belt, a newly acquired full time job, and the pursuit of quite an attractive young man my post college life left me little time for leisurely reading.

Flash forward a 5 years (yikes! can't believe its 5 years already) I still have that same job, and I married that handsome man but lets face it, as far as reading goes, its time to get back at it.  My goal this year is a bit modest but something to get me back on pace: read one book a month!  With a new baby on hip and working part time I didn't want to go to overboard! 

My current philosophy on reading is to use it to advance and challenge my thought processes and ideas.  Although I still try and stay away from fiction, I might throw one or two in there to keep up my stamina.   I've heard it said from many different people that readers are leaders, and that is something I hope to be someday!  So hears to moving forward and growing!  What have I read so far?  Here you go!  

JANUARY: Quitter by Jon Acuff

I can not say enough good things about this book, it's absolutely fabulous!  The tagline is "closing the gap between your day job and your dream job"  Our society creates heroines out of people who take the leap of faith and quit their job to follow their dreams.  While this is a great idea it's important to make sure your timing is right or else what you thought was your dream could turn into a nightmare.  Jon does a great job of getting in there and giving you the not so fun, but honest truth, about common mistakes on doing this.  When done properly being a quitter can actually be a positive experience and following your dream won't be quite as risky!

FEBRUARY: Getting NAKED by Patrick Lencioni

I literally read this the last week of February because I forgot about reading until then! This book actually worked out quite well it was one I couldn't put down.  It's a business fable about how vulnerability in business can create amazing customer loyalty and produce huge dividends.  Patrick unpacks three simple fears that commonly prevent us from being transparent with each other. Simple but powerful! 

MARCH: To Kill a Lion by Bruce Lengeman
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Sexual addiction is something that is running rampant in our culture.  There is a pull quote in the book that says "The F.B.I.'s own study on serial homicide shows that the most common interest among serial killers is pornography. It's true."  Bruce goes through his own story of sexual healing and what God has showed him through the process.  This book has some profound insights on this issue and takes you step by step through a process to overcome the addiction as well as move forward with a healthy sexual life as God designed and intended it to be.  This is good book but definitely not a quick read.  It took me a bit to get through it but the information is great!

This book has been sitting on our shelf for a while and I've just never gotten around to reading it.  While I was working on To Kill a Lion I needed something a little lighter and easier to read to keep me going so I decided to pick this up!  To be honest I read it in a day, it was one of those days that I just really didn't feel like doing anything and the book was one I didn't want to put down!  Ever since I was a kid I've always had these images in my imagination of what Heaven is like, but you never really know if they are true or not.  This book is really encouraging!  It puts images to those childhood ideas.  It's a story about a little boy that went into emergency surgery for appendicitis. While he was in surgery he got to experience a bit of heaven.  His experience starts coming out a year afterwards when he begins talking about things that he really should have known nothing about.  His parents slowly begin to piece the story together as different events bring out different parts of his experience in heaven. 

So there you go! April is already well under way and I'm working on another great book...  excited to share it with you once I'm finished.  Until then get reading! 


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