I love reading, but it’s funny the seasons I go through. There are times I spend four or five days completely engrossed in a book and then other times I can go weeks without picking one up. It all depends on what I’m interested in at the moment and whether or not a book aligns with that interest.
There are books on my book list that I’m really not interested in right now, and instead of making myself read them just to check off the list, I’ve allowed myself the freedom to add to “the list” and go with what interests me instead.
SO, what have I been interested in lately? Books that challenge and inspire me to write. Books that talk about time (or life) management and how to do all that I feel called to do (be a wife, mom, ministry leader, and keeping Jesus my number 1 relationship while doing so).
The top 2 that have just blown my mind are:
1. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
This book completely MESSED me up (in a good way!). It’s not a Christian book (for any of you wondering), but it was so good and just what I needed. It helped me to think through whether I’m serious or not about writing, and if so, WRITE- no excuses! This is a great book for anyone with the dream of doing something significant for the greater good of humanity. Sounds weird I know, but if you read it, you’ll get it.
2. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
by Donald Miller
This book has topped my list as a personal favorite for the year. I wasn’t much of a Donald Miller fan before (maybe because some of the Blue Like Jazz fans got a little strange, no offense to Donald- it was a great book!) but this book was fantastic. It’s the idea that we are all telling a story with our lives- it’s just a matter of what kind of story. Good, bad, boring, exciting? I’m sure we’ve all read a bad story, seen a movie that bored us out of our mind, or rather heard a fascinating story. Our lives are the same way. While War of Art challenged me to write, this book challenged me to make it beautiful.
There’s a couple more great books I’ve read, but I’ll post that later. Here’s a hint though- they were written by women.
Now your turn. What are you reading or have read lately that is blowing your mind?!?!?!