I have this habit of keeping stacks and stacks of books on my nightstand. And next to it. And in my living room. Eek... there's usually at least one in my kitchen too.
I sort of love this habit because there's always something good to read when I'm in the mood to cozy up with a book. Sometimes it gets overwhelming though, because there are far too many options. I feel a little behind, like, am I way too late to be reading this now? Has everyone else already been there, done that? Is there still room for this? So I returned a few to the library, put some back on the bookshelf, and narrowed down my list.
Here's what I'm planning to read this winter:
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
I have loved all of Shauna's books. Shauna has captured my attention in ways that no other author has. She's one of my favorites, my go to when I need some soul food. I can't wait.
Wild & Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan
The way they describe it: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough.
I feel both of those things on a regular basis, so this will probably be good for my heart.
Roots & Sky by Christie Purifoy
Christie invites you into the heartache and joy of small beginnings and the wonder of a God who would make his home with us. [From the back of the book.]
I discovered this one through a blog, and I'm all about coming "home" right now.
Breathing Eden by Jennifer J. Camp
I bought this for myself for Christmas. Yup, I even wrapped it and put it under the tree. Don't judge! I know these stories of encouragement and God's perspective will be a gift as I enter into a new year.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
One of my best friends recommended this one to me. Just yes. Here's to hoping it helps me overcome my fear of putting my art out into the world.
The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
I'm still waiting to get this one, but I know that I know that I know it will be incredible. Ann challenges me to love and live a full life no matter what work of hers I'm reading. I always feel closer to Jesus after spending time in her words. That is a forever win.
No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece
I just started this one and she's got my full attention. I relate on so many levels and her heart challenges me. Thank you Esther for being real and authentic and drawing us to grieve in healthy ways.
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
I'm in the middle of this one and I just connect with her. She gets me! Every few sentences I'm all Yes! Me too! I understand! She's real and raw and tells it how it is. I'm looking forward to curling up tonight with a cup of tea to see how it all turns out.
All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth
This one I just finished last month, but I'm including it because it's amazing. I was going through a pretty rough season in my battle with depression when this book showed up. I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was right there with Edie, joining in her story of pain and loss and love. I cried, laughed, felt a lot, and was left encouraged. We're probably soul sisters.
Are you reading any of these right now? What's on your winter reading list? I'd love to hear.