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 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.

 

The Hundred Story HomeThe One Hundred Story Home: A Memoir of Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger :: Kathy Izard

My thoughts: The Hundred Story Home is honest, vulnerable, inspiring, and encouraging. It gave me a new perspective, one which I’ll carry with me long after coming to the final page.

Izard writes about discernment, homelessness, and mental illness in a way that is both touching and challenging. I was hooked from the very first sentence.

(I do wish, at some point in the book, the “hundred story” portion of the title had been explained.)

 

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again :: Rachel Held Evans

My thoughts: Thought-provoking and honest, Inspired is a great read for anyone who is, as Rachel says, ” learning to love the Bible again.” Throughout the book, Rachel looks at different types of stories found within the Bible — deliverance stories, gospel stories, fish stories, wisdom stories, etc. She retells a handful of Biblical stories with her own interpretations using poetry, a screenplay, and through memoir — as if to remind the reader that there are different types of writing all throughout Scripture.

Do I 100% agree with every stance taken, every opinion voiced? No. But do I appreciate and respect the careful thoughtfulness given to every section of Inspired, the well-researched ideas and honesty articulated throughout the book? Absolutely.

I learned quite a bit from Inspired, and I know it’ll be a book I re-read several times. If you wrestle with Scripture, are simply intrigued and want to learn more, this book doesn’t answer every question (how could it?)… but it does remind us that wrestling and wondering and holding questions isn’t necessarily wrong. This book felt like an invitation to learn more about a great Story, one that I personally hold dear, and I’m better for having accepted the invitation.

 

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Embraced by Lysa TerKeurstEmbraced: 100 Devotions to Know God’s Love Right Where You Are :: Lysa TerKeurst

My thoughts: If your heart has been broken, if you’re currently struggling, if you’re holding doubts and questions… or if you’re looking for something to give a friend who falls into one of those “categories” — consider this new devotional from Lysa TerKeurst.

Full of Scripture, prayer prompts and encouragement, this beautiful book would be a meaningful gift or a great book to keep on your nightstand and refer back to time and again.

 

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