My Bookshelf

She Reads Truth: The Story We All Share

Do you ever find yourself in the pages of a book or on the movie theater screen? The Little Mermaid captivated me in the junior high years. Emerging from childhood into adulthood isn’t a graceful transformation. Ariel knew exactly how I felt. I remember singing “Part of Your World” with such gusto and heart. Wandering free, wish I could be part of your world.  Ariel’s [Read more...]

Finding a Different Beautiful in Unexpected Places

“When we can see the beautiful in the unexpected, we learn to find joy and celebration in what is, instead of mourning what isn’t.” (Courtney Westlake, A Different Beautiful) The beaches of the Florida Panhandle are hard to beat. White sand and blue water under the pinkish-orange sunset sky is a true masterpiece of our Creator. If you ask me to take you somewhere beautiful, this [Read more...]

5 Book Recommendations from My Mid-Year Favorites

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to read two books a month. I started with a list of titles I wanted to read. Along the way, I picked up book recommendations from my sister, my friends, and a few writers I follow. The number of books I want to read far exceeds the amount of time I have so I appreciate others’ endorsements to help me narrow the list down a bit. We are at the [Read more...]

Six Women Who Need to Read Giddy Up, Eunice

In the years before my first child came along, my husband and I spent a lot of time with a couple five years ahead of us in life. Ross and Jeanna’s marriage served as an example to us newlyweds. We watched as they learned how to navigate the new world of parenting. I learned so much about mothering in those five years of shadowing my dear friend. I am sure it wasn’t easy on Jeanna to [Read more...]

My 10 Favorite Books of 2015

I read 48 books in 2015 and narrowed the list down to my 10 favorite books. After several years of neglecting one of my favorite hobbies, I set a goal to read at least 2 books a month in 2015. I started the year with a list of books. That list grew longer and longer. Several books from that list are going with me into 2016; there just wasn’t enough time for all of the words. I discovered [Read more...]

18 Helpful Goal Setting Resources for an Amazing Year

Christmas is over. It’s time for countdown lists of the top this and best that. It’s time to look back at our own year and evaluate. What do you feel when you look back? Are you satisfied with your accomplishments? Regretful at the time lost? There is value in looking back, in learning from yesterday’s successes and failures. However, don’t spend too much time on the past. [Read more...]

Turn Your Passion into Cash

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a school bus driver. I rode my bike around our neighborhood, stopping at all the houses. I would open the pretend door and wait for my pretend passengers to find their seat. I made the route often, dreaming of driving of such a fine, yellow vehicle. I’m not sure why I was fascinated with the idea. The thought of that many children sitting behind me [Read more...]

Words to Live By

I love words. I love to read them, write them, and highlight them. I like to read a book with a pen and highlighter in hand so I can tactilely engage with the written word. When I capture a great string of words, I like to box them up like a pirate collecting booty. Today’s #FridayFive is a look into my treasure chest of quotes. I could flip through my favorite books and share so many [Read more...]

#FridayFive: Five Re-Reads

I am headed to Austin today to attend a party at Jen Hatmaker’s house this weekend. I wrote that all nonchalantly, but on the inside I am all “eeeeeeek!” I will join over 200 For the Love launch team members to celebrate the community created out of this book launch. Because I am going to my first book launch party, and because I love books, today’s #FridayFive is Five [Read more...]

For the Love: An Experiment in Authenticity

Several months ago, I opened a book that ushered a new grace into my life. Sprinkled in between some of the funniest writing I have read in ages were these deep, challenging truths that made me feel known and understood. People crave what they have always craved: to be known and loved, to belong somewhere. (Jen Hatmaker) Jen Hatmaker wrote a book when she typed out the words that became For the [Read more...]