What I’ve Been Reading…


Reading is one of my favorite things and I’m always interested in hearing book recommendations from others. With that in mind, I might share what I’ve been reading every so often. Here are some of my favorite recent reads:

The Pursuit of Perfect by Tal Ben-Shahar is a valuable read for those of us who struggle with perfectionism. There is a lot I’m still processing from this book and I plan to go back and complete the exercises and questions he provides. I appreciate that Tal doesn’t pretend that we can completely eliminate perfectionism or that we can be happy all the time. Instead, he points toward a more optimal way of living where we can accept reality, including failure and painful emotions, giving ourselves permission to be human.

In Rising Strong , Brené Brown explores the question of what happens after we’ve dared greatly and fallen. This book follows The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly in discussing what it means to live wholeheartedly. Every time I finish one of Brené’s books I immediately want to turn back to the beginning and read it again. I would highly recommend reading all three.

In Outside In , Cindy Brandt challenges us to listen to the voices of those on the edges in order to grow a more vibrant church community. She explores ten groups of people who often struggle to find their place in the church community (with the acknowledgment that there are many more) and suggests practical steps toward inclusion. In some chapters I recognized myself as one on the inside, while others highlighted areas where I don’t feel I belong. Check out Cindy’s site for a free copy.

My favorite fiction book this month was After You by Jojo Moyes. After You follows the story of Louisa Clark after the conclusion of Me Before You. I won’t say too much about it because I don’t want to give anything away. I know a number of reviewers were disappointed in the sequel, but personally I had a hard time putting it down.

I’d love to know what you’ve been reading!