One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp Broke my heart open and took me months to get through her rich use of language, but she's such a sweet wind from a time gone before us. She helps us to see where thankfulness and naming our thanks to God both refreshed and spurs on our faith, but is also an act of worship. So great.
Grace For The Good Girl by Emily Freeman. Such a refreshing read for anyone either raised in the church or toeing the line of enjoying moralism and it's successes over the pure, free grace of Christ. So. Good.
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider Enjoyer her perspective on slowing down and the concepts of really building in thoughtfulness before activities. Meaning before doing.
Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist TOP 5 FAVES! As someone who most feel's God's pleasure in making food and sharing a table with folks, this book spoke straight into my heart. Shauna's writing feels like the best easy chair with a side of perfect coffee. Her recipes are so wonderful and the organization of the book makes it a joy to read. She's made many a blueberry cobblers possible in our home. LOVE.
Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. by Lara Casey Ah. Lara is a kick in the pants in the best, grace-filled kind of way. A perfect book for kicking off a new season, a new year or for getting out of that rut.
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp Enjoyed doing the devotional SO MUCH with my little family. Voskamp's writing is thorough and detailed as always, but certainly made more approachable for families as they treasure Christ in the advent season.
Shauna Niequist Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way Read this gem in a hard season and was so blessed by Shauna's transparency and pointing us to Christ in the hard and joyful seasons and looking for God's grace and goodness there. Love. Her.
Cold Tangerines Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life ADORE this book. It is exactly what it says: a cold tangerine - and might I add, on a cold day with a dear friend. When you read any of Shauna's books you just want to find her little home and go there to hug your dear friend.
The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life Melanie is both a hoot and a pro at chatting about the realities of marriage. Not so much a 'here's how to do marriage better' book, but more a 'here we all are in this hilarious, glorifying mess that is ridiculous yet glorious.' LOVE her straightforward chatting.
Great book, but is worth taking your time through and reading twice. Photographer friends, take the advise of my wise teacher and replace her references to writing with photography - will change the way you think about creating and the process of making images.