Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst – I read this book with my MOPS & MOMSnext group. We did our first book club this month. I was a little nervous when they voted for this book because the topic seemed heavy. I figured it would bring up all sorts of feels. Overall, I found this book had good takeaways for many different forms of rejection. The Scripture and Biblical perspective on self-worth were positive reminders on how to lived loved.
The Light In Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron – This book tells the story of a teenage girl during World War II in Poland. She boards with a Jewish family and works in their shop until the war tears their world apart. Based on a true story, this book is moving and inspiring. I found myself deeply engaged in the characters and their survival. This was a book club pick for Courty’s Book Club.
The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield – This book was a Courty’s Book Club pick. The direction this book took went many different ways. At first I thought it was about neighborhood hospitality then I thought it would be about fostering/adoption and then it dove into loving the LGBTQ community. The author’s life has been a testament to hospitality in many forms and to many people.
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Come Rain or Shine, To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon – These three books wrap up the Mitford Series and my journey with Father Tim. Jan Karon saved her best books for last. I adored the conclusion of this series, but was so sad to leave Mitford and the characters I have come to know and love. This 14 books series was slow to start, but the reward for making it to the end was worth it!
That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby by Annie F. Downs – The title of this book had me hooked. When I got the boys their 3rd quarter of school completion reward, I picked this up as a reward for their teacher. As an Ennegram 7, Annie is all about fun. In health, Enneagram 1’s move toward the positive traits in the Enneagram 7. Enneagram 7’s literally help me move toward being my best self. When it comes to being an amateur and having a hobby, these are things that I have recently seen great benefit from and I wanted to read more about the topic. Annie’s essays are honest, encouraging, and fun.
Pat of Silver Bush & Mistress Pat by L.M. Montgomery – I love sprinkling a little Montgomery throughout each month. Prince Edward Island is my home away from home in the book world. I return there often. The more I visit the world of Patricia Gardiner, the more I love her, her home, and her people. Pat has a deep love of her home and her greatest hope is that things never change. I might not feel quite as deeply as Pat, but she is so relatable!