On The Shelf March 17′

Bruce Eric Kaplan, also51INl5DocLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartooni
sts in America. I Was a Child is the story of his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all experience: going to school, playing with friends, family dinners, watching TV on a hot summer night, and so on. It would seem like a conventional childhood, although Kaplan’s anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family outings and life at home-road trips, milk crates, hamsters, ashtrays, a toupee, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan’s cartoons, although simple, are never straightforward; they encompass an easy irony and dark humor that often cuts straight to the truth of experience. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, I Was a Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that are our parents, our families, and ourselves. – Amazon.com

 

 

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All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt
about their work. In this invaluable guide, Laraine Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice. Utilizing the breath, a vigorous movement practice designed to break up stagnation with the body and the mind, and writing exercises aimed both at self-exploration and developing works-in-progress, Herring offers a clear path to writing through illusion. Learn how to remove obstacles in your writing and develop techniques to help you relax into your own voice; discover ways to enter into a compassionate, non-judgmental relationship with yourself so that you can write safely and authentically from a place of absolute vulnerability; and discover the interconnectedness of your personal writing process and the community as a whole. The Writing Warrior will not only help you find ways to develop your writing, but also ways to develop yourself. -Amazon.com

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On The Shelf February 17′

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams. – Amazon.com

 

 

 

Wrecked by Jeff Goins

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Wrecked is about the life we are afraid to live. It’s about radical sacrifice and selfless service—how we find purpose in the midst of pain. It’s a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places. It’s
about living like we mean it. It’s a guide to growing up and giving your life away, helping you live in the tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane. This book is for us—a generation intent on pursuing our life’s work in a way that leaves us without regrets. -Amazon.com

 

 

On The Shelf January 17′

41a4igwcrgl.jpgResisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

A true story about why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves… and how to start choosing happiness again!

 

 

 

 

 

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Capture Your Style will empower you to become your own master mobile photographer, whether you’re looking to launch an e-commerce business or simply sharing a gorgeous meal with your friends, turning even the most mundane moment into Instagold. This is a must-have reference for anyone interested in the ins and outs of stylish personal branding.

 

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Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation by Matthew Kelly

How well do you know Jesus? I think about this often, and I always come to the same realization. I don’t know Jesus anywhere near as well as I would like to know him. The desire is there, but life gets in the way. There are times when I seem to be making great progress, and other times when I wonder if I know him at all. But I always arrive back at the same inspiring and haunting idea: If there is one person that we should each get to know in a deeply personal way, it is Jesus – the carpenter from Nazareth, the itinerant preacher, the Son of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Lamb of God, the new Adam, the Messiah, the Alpha and the Omega, the Chosen One, the Light of the World, the God-Man who wants good things for us more than we want them for ourselves, the healer of our souls.

 

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People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann

A debut collection of witty, biting essays laced with a surprising warmth, from Jen Mann, the writer behind the popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat

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On The Shelf: September 2016

Audacious by Beth Moore

Bold is just not enough to describe this book by Beth Moore. It is down right audacious. If you are in search of something that will give you encouragement, wisdom and strength as not only a woman but a child of God look no further. Beth breaks down barriers of fear and limits formed by our insecurities with the word of God and practical application that is sure to enrich your life, remind you of your purpose, exercise the power you have in Christ and release you to walk out your faith audaciously.

 

 

Things A Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone

Looking for a bit of inspiration and encouragement Biz Stone has just what you need. Funny, encouraging and inspirational Biz takes you on his adventure from being a visionary from Boston to co-founder of one of the largest and renowned social media platforms in the world Twitter.com. By taking risk, making his own opportunities and never giving up Stone shares the invaluable lessons he has learned along the way to living out his dreams and much more than he ever imagined!

 

 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

For fans of poetry, sincerity and words bleeding with soul. Rupi Kaur shares her personal healing and journey to self love and acceptance with transparency and emotional truth.

 

 

 

What Is Your Self-Worth?: A Woman’s Guide to Validation by Cheryl Saban, Ph.D

When you think about your worth what do you see? When you know who you are and what you are worth your whole world and your place in it completely changes. Dr. Saban delves into the many contradictions and flaws society place on women and the damaging habits and beliefes women have of themselves. This book challenges the reader to assess and grow using personalized quizzes, interactive tasks and through personal testimonies to get down to the heart of who you really are, discover what you were created for and how to correctly view yourself and others for all you are really worth!

 

Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You by Banning Liebscher

God has purpose and calling on all of our lives. He is constantly pruning, strengthening and equipping us with all we need in order to effectively live out that calling. Rooted is a great book that walks you through a period of preparedness and solitude with God where He can develop and mature us in character and in faith. Whether it’s a calling to ministry, leadership, motherhood, discipleship or something else, it is imperative to be rooted deeply in Christ, walking in obedience with the word of God and remain in fellowship with His Holy Spirit if we are going to be successful, triumphant and bold despite the storms of life that may blow along the way.