Ok…so I totally realize it isn’t April anymore. I get it, but these are my April books & were supposed to be done last month, but last month was *c*r*a*z*y. It was super busy month, but also a very exciting month, which means it was kind of a exhausting month–so here are last month’s books 13 days late and because last month was so crazy, I only have two reviews to share with you but they are both fantastic in their own way.
If you have a dream or you know you have a purpose but you don’t know exactly what it is or how to go about it or are afraid to go for…this is a book for you. Joy is a brilliant writer & she very seamlessly weaves together the passions God has placed in our lives with the gumption we each have to go for it. This is one of those kick-in-the-pants type of books that just makes you want to chase your dreams. I highly recommend reading this book with a highlight & maybe a few different colored pens & a notebook. But to make this book even more awesome, there is a study you can buy to accompany it, to really help you dig into the concepts she discusses in the book. Here are just a few things that I highlighted as I went through:
“We long for extraordinary. Because we were created for it. But we dismiss the ordinary in our never-ending search for the extra.”
“Penduka is a whisper of more and a battle cry of hope. It is an opportunity to stop sleepwalking through life, to say no to numbly surviving and yes to a life lived fully alive. This book is an open invitation to wake up your soul”
“While joy cannot actually be taken without our permission (it cannot be ‘stole’- we surrender it), it is up to us to guard it and avoid the things that threaten to suck it from our lives”
This book is special because I just so happen to have the pleasure of living next door to the author & actually heard about the book a few years ago when I was in Rose’s living room helping her set up her blog. This is Rose Chandler Johnson’s second book, but her first novel. A few years ago, she also wrote a beautiful devotional called God, Me, & Sweet Iced Tea. I was absolutely sucked into My Father’s House by the end of the second chapter. The main character Lily Rose makes you want to hug her & slap a bit of sense into her at the same time. We meet Lilly as a young girl & journey with her through college & marriage & life. Rose has done a great job of writing with just enough surprise to keep you reading & wondering what is going to happen next; not so serious to stress you out, but enough to keep your interested. As you read you can smell the southern air & just imagine the creaks of old screen doors & wood floors– the imagery in this book is great. It is the perfect read for the beach or a nice porch swing with a glass of sweet tea on a lazy summer day.
Now that the lazy days of summer are here, hopefully I will have a more loaded book review for you next month. Until then, connect with me on Instagram & see what my next read is.