Bruce Eric Kaplan, also 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
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
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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
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
Here is whatI’ll be reading for the month of July!
In To live is Christ to die is gain, Chandler takes readers on a walk through the book of Philippians where Paul teaches what it means to be a mature Christian.
The set apart woman is an excellent guide to living life centered on Christ in a not so Christ centered world. It deals with overcoming daily obstacles, distractions and overcoming behaviors that try to divert the heart and mind from sacred living.
In Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Hagerty masterfully draws from the narrative of her life to craft a mosaic of a God who leans into broken stories. Here readers see a God who is present in every changing circumstance. Most significantly, they see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well. Whatever lost expectations readers are facing―in family, career, singleness, or marriage―Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet will bring them closer to a God who longs for them to know him more.
Joy Cho, of the award-winning Oh Joy!, offers expert advice on starting and growing a blog, from design and finance to overcoming blogger’s block, attracting readers, and more.
A uniquely written year long daily devotional inspired by the word and spirit of God.
Looking for healing, wholeness and the love of God in the midst of pain, shame and defeat? Heart made whole is painstakingly transparent and powerful as Christa shares her own journey through personal hurts and pain. For those who are ready to stop running from the pain and begin running towards the healer.
Amy Poehler’s comedic memoir filled with hilarious stories and surprisingly awesome inspiration.
The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women is a simple and very practical guide for women who are seeking financial stability and direction from a biblical perspective. This book includes useful advice on paying down debt, saving money for retirement, cutting expenses, and sticking to a budget.
From falling crazy in love with Jesus to the perfection of songwriting skills, here are my current reads for this month. You can find out more about these titles and more by surfing through my bookshelf page…ENJOY ♥
“Crazy Love deals with the idea of the average Christian’s love of God and learning how to further develop those feelings into a “crazy, relentless, all-powerful love” I have purchased the book, workbook and dvd resource guide and have taken on this study with a friend. if you are looking for a book that challenges your complacency as a believer, draws you into a deeper love for god and a greater understanding of this God who is madly in love with you, Crazy Love by Francis Chan is the perfect place to start.
Knowing God is a must read for all believers, in my opinion of course. It is definitely for those who are looking to challenge their thinking and deepen their understanding of the character of God. I suggest the audio book on this one because it is quite the lengthy study.
I have found very little on songwriting in the secular world, so as you can imagine I’ve found even less on Christian songwriting. However, when I came across this book I was SAVED. If you are interested in learning more about songwriting technique process, publishing and more from a Christian point of view I highly recommend “The Craft of Christian Songwriting”