One of my girlfriends invited me to join a book club last year and I’m so glad she did because in doing so she introduced me to a wonderful group of loving women and reignited my love for the written word. Joining the group has also allowed me to carve out some time for myself and fellowship with some dope ladies.
Though dormant until I joined the book club, my infatuation with books began in 1989 when I attended my very first book fair in Hull, Quebec. My father had given me twenty dollars and sent me on my way. Twenty dollars may sound like a lot of money to a 9 year old in 1989, but at a book fair it ain’t much of anything.
But God’s favor was all up on me and I was able to walk away with not one but two books authored by Bertrand Gauthier entitled “Ani Croche” and ‘Pauvre Ani Croche”. Thus began my love affair with Québec’s first Publishing House – La Courte Échelle –
Even though La Courte Échelle is now defunct, I will say that every single author housed under that publishing company produced quality literature, books that enabled me as a child to become one with fictitious characters like Ani Croche ( pronounced an-nee crow-sh) nothing provides escapism like a good book and any author/writer able to entrance their reading audience with their content is worthy of a literal praise.
Now in my thirties, my taste in books has shifted a little. Fiction is cool, but I prefer books that will help me grow in character, spiritual maturity and business.
If you find yourself interested in the same topics below are my suggestions:
Muse Of June by Tieko Nejon Wilson… When fiction meets real life! — I know I said my taste in book had shifted, but this is one of those exceptions where a fictional character gets your WHOLE life. It covers real topics, real issues of real women. I ordered mine last year as part of their pre-order but I encourage you to sign up to their news letter to keep up with updates.
This was the first book I read with my book club and I shed a few tears after reading the first chapter. It talks about shame, the power of shame and being freed from it all. Many of us are walking around here with loads of baggage and don’t even know it. Our behavior and the reasons we do certain things are often tied to past experiences or circumstances that have in one way or another caused us to be ashamed. Shame we didn’t even know we had/have. If you’re dealing with anything like this and even if you’re not, this is a must read.
Lisa Bevere is my spiritual mother in my head, I love her heart for women. I bought this book before traveling to Puerto Rico ( read about my trip here) and ended up giving it to a wonderful woman I met on on my flight back who I truly hope it blessed.
In this book, Lisa Bevere shares how a revelation of God’s love breaks these limits. You’ll learn how to stop seeing others as rivals and make the deep connections with your Creator; connections that hold the promise of true identity and intimacy. With biblically sound teaching filled with prophetic insight for our day “Without Rival” is a must read.
Most of the books I “read” for my book club I actually listened to thanks to AUDIBLE.
Audible is bae and the best thing since sliced bread. I’ve used it to “read” the two books listed below and recommend the app for anyone who can’t make time to read.
There’s beauty in saying NO and not feeling bad about it and this book has revolutionized the way I set boundaries. Drs. Cloud and Townsend show you how to set healthy boundaries which will give you the freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.
In the rush of living moment to moment, many of us find ourselves simply surviving, struggling daily with frustration, restlessness, boredom, and ever-fleeting joy. But if we would pause, we’d find that the things that matter most in life, what we are searching for in our busyness—stability, peace, hope, love—are rooted in the health of what Judah calls the “inside you.”
God willing, below are a few books I plan on adding to my reading list.
a) The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dream and Greatest Fears by Pastor Mark Batterson
synopsis: According to Pastor Mark Batterson, drawing prayer circles around our dream isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.
reason it’s on my reading list: I’ve got big dreams and serve a BIG GOD.
b) In The Light of His Glory ( got this for Christmas from my sister in law)
synopsis: 366 inspirational devotions on God’s Power and promises for you.
reason it’s on my reading list : encourages me to spend time with God and in His Word.
c) The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
synopsis: The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna offering their fans a detailed look at their life together, to the project that nearly cost them everything.
reason it’s on my reading list: I love them and the book was 30% off at Target.
d) Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Volume 1 – by Ken Ham
synopsis: Addresses over 40 issues of contention in the Old and New Testaments, Equips you to accurately defend your faith while challenging secular or humanistic agendas revealing that inconsistencies in the Word are merely misconceptions.
reason it’s on my reading list: y’all aint gonna catch me in these streets contradicting my faith ;)
e) The Bible ( NKJV)
synopsis: John 1:1
reason: I need it.
Plan on reading any new books? Share below.
Until next time.
” your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” – Psalm 119:105