I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. - Jane Austen
We're all a product of the books we read and the people we meet, which means we should choose our books wisely. Here's the books that met me right when I needed them, in the order I read them. We start the journey with The Shack, which I was reading when I started this little site in 2008.
These are the books that will make you feel again, hope again, and understand the world unfolding around you. They will teach you how to love well - to love God, to love others, to love yourself, and to love the life you've been gifted as it's actually unfolding.
- The Shack
- Living a Charmed Life: Your Guide to Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary
- The Last Lecture
- The Road Less Traveled
- Women Food & God
- Love Wins
- God Never Blinks
- Crazy Love
- The Bible
- The Good & Beautiful God
- If You Want to Walk On Water, You've Got to Get Out of The Boat
- Sex God
- The Purpose Driven Life
- Mere Christianity
- Blue Like Jazz
- Irresistible Revolution
- Leap Over A Wall: Earthly Spirituality for Everyday Christians
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
- Love Does
- Grace for the Good Girl
- One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
- Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles
- The War of Art
- Jesus Calling
- Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
- Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
- The Meaning of Marriage
- Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let God of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
For the Glitterati
Books you should read because they're sparkly and fun like a champagne toast in your best dress.
- Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big
- Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City
- Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
- The Devil Wears Prada
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
- Bergdorf Blondes
- Everyone Worth Knowing
For the Literati
- Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.
To Kill a Mockingbird
- And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
The Great Gatsby
- “Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.”
- I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.
Pride and Prejudice
- I have little left in myself -- I must have you. The world may laugh -- may call me absurd, selfish -- but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.
- Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It is yours.
- Atlas Shrugged
- To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
- E.E. Cummings
For the Dreamhome Maker
Books you can reference to create a beautiful home, a culinary sensation, or anything requiring design or domestic prowess from a website to a scrapbook page.
- Kate Spade New York: Things We Love: Twenty Years of Inspiration
- 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life
- Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors
Let's raise our coffee mugs to transforming our lives through the turning of pages.
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