Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
This month, I really enjoyed Tish Harrison Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary. This book really reveals to us that every moment can and ought to be used to turn our attention from God. It revealed to me that even the smallest, most mundane of things can provide glimpses of the life to come and how we can respond to today in light of the future. For example, she describes brushing our teeth as an act of defiance against the decay that is the result of the fall. Brushing our teeth is an act of hope that we will defeat death. I really recommend this book to anyone who seems like they are having a difficult time seeing the Lord’s hands at work, or for those who are disappointed that they’re lives are not filled with grand moments and grandiose work. I think you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that this is far from the case.
To read: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
Educated by Tara Westover
I was finally able to pick up Educated this month and start this memoir. Tara Westover grew up in Idaho in a family that did not attend school or visit the doctor. They lived isolated from the community and the rest of the world. Lead by a father who was radical in his beliefs and a mother who was a victim to his demands, Tara persists despite her unusual and difficult upbringing. This is her inspiring story of hope, loss, and what it means to sacrifice. This memoir is a testament to the importance of education and what it does for people, despite where and what they might come from.
The Bear Fox Principle by Bear Newman and Glen Moore
Nothing gets my mind churning about fresh marketing and leadership possibilities like quality business books. I came across Bear Newman through a Facebook ad, and the cover instantly stood out to me (well done, cover designer!). And this isn’t just a book with a pretty cover – The Bear Fox Principle reads smoothly, yet it’s chock full of real strategies proven by the authors. They both seem to have a knack for understanding where personal relationships and best practices overlap, and I’ve already absorbed a lot from the book. The chapters are short enough such that I actually remember what I’ve read, and get excited to put them into practice.
To-Read: Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy, by George Gilder
Blaze by Hope Bolinger
This month, I am delighted to begin reading Hope Bolinger’s new book, Blaze, which is a modern retelling of the story of Daniel against a high school backdrop. I’ve been recently out of the YA genre, so I’m probably overdue for another gripping YA read, especially one with a moral compass and Christian fiction spin. In this way, I am greatly looking forward to experiencing firsthand Hope’s passion for storytelling, as I dive into this “fiery” and exciting tale!