What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Y’all know I love books. I’m constantly in the middle of three or four and, let’s just be honest, there are stacks of books piled high all over my room.

Here are three recent reads — a book, a devotional, and a journal — that you might be interested in.

In addition to my thoughts on each read, I’ve linked to where you can find more information and/or order the book.


100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self :: Annie Downs

My thoughts: If you read Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs and loved it… or if you know a teen/college girl who longs to be brave… or if you need a great birthday/Christmas gift for a friend… or if you long to be brave and need an encouraging friend to come alongside you as you take the next right step… this devotional is what you’ve been looking for.

Each entry is very short, easily readable in 5 minutes or less, and has a practical application step at the end of each day. Annie is honest, encouraging, and inspiring. This devotional feels like the perfect follow-up for those who want to put Let’s All Be Brave into action.




The Daily Question: My Five-Year Spiritual Journal
The Daily Question: My 5-Year Spiritual Journal

My thoughts: As soon as I saw this brand new five-year spiritual journal, I knew it would quickly become part of my daily life. I’ve mentioned the One Line a Day Memory Book dozens of times, and this spiritual journal is much like it in many ways.

There are just a couple small lines to fill in your answer to the “question of the day.” For 365 days, you answer each different question. And then you start the year over again, filling in the second section under each day — but answering the same question as before. This way, you can see how your answer changes each year.

This daily journal feels like a keepsake already, a way to reflect on one spiritual question each day, while also enabling you to easily see changes over time. An example of a few questions:

What attribute of God are you thankful for today?
What in Scripture are you grappling with these days?
What have you been studying in the Bible lately?




Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life :: Drs. Cloud and Townsend

My thoughts:¬†This book should be required reading for all humans. I wish I had read it years ago, but I’m so grateful that I’ve read it now. A mix of interesting stories and scenarios with tactical tips and practical ways to apply what you’re learning, the subtitle really does explain what the book is about: learning when to say yes and how to say no so you can take control of your life. I especially appreciated the updated portion of the book — boundaries in the digital world.

There’s a reason this book has sold over 2 million copies. I highly recommend it!



PSA: I received these books in exchange for honest reviews. Affiliate links are used on this page.