In My Book Basket (Summer 2022)

The Lazy Genius Way

Ok. I just started reading this yesterday and just the introduction was worth the cost of the book! Kendra Adachi, the creator of the Lazy Genius movement, invites you to live well by your own definition and equips you to be a genius about what matters and lazy about what doesn’t. Everything from your morning routine to napping without guilt falls into place with Kendra’s thirteen Lazy Genius principles, including: 
• Decide once
• Start small
• Ask the Magic Question
• Go in the right order
• Schedule rest

If you are tired of trying tricks and tips that promise to help you simplify and get life done…only they don’t...I think this may be the book you’ve been looking for. To purchase, click here.

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed

I read this book when it first came out, having received an advanced copy and also asked to endorse it, which I enthusiastically did. This summer, I am reading it again. Such a fresh perspective of what matters most in a world that loves to be noticed.

Sara Hagerty unfolds the truths found in the biblical story of Mary of Bethany to discover the deep love of God and explore the spiritual richness of being hidden in him.

We may feel like we are “wasting” ourselves in a hidden corner today: The cubicle on the fourth floor. The hospital bedside of an elderly parent. The laundry room. But these are the places God uses to meet us with a radical love. These are the places that produce the kind of unhinged love in us that gives everything at His feet, whether or not anyone else ever proclaims our name, whether or not anyone else ever sees. To purchase, click here.

The Path to Peace: Experiencing God’s Comfort When You’re Overwhelmed

I became friends with Ann Swindell a few years back when we were both writing for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and I’ve enjoyed her thoughtful and inspiring writing ever since. In this beautiful book, which is part devotional and part Bible study, Ann shares how the biblical stories of eight women and men helped her realize that what she needed most in her own journey wasn’t a stable job or healthy kids or good friends–it was God’s peace. 

If you could use a little of God’s comfort in the midst of feeling overwhelmed, this book will be a helpful resource. Click here to purchase.

Waymaker: Finding the Way to the Life You Have Always Dreamed Of

This book just released this past spring and I am already on my second time reading it, many times with tears in my eyes. I first met Ann before she had even written one book when we were both homeschooling moms– me in Michigan and her across the border a little ways in Canada. Her words have a way of helping readers draw close to the heart of the Father. In this latest book, we learn that we can trust that God, the WayMaker, is always at work creating the life of our dreams, through ways we never would have dreamed for ourselves.

It is true: heartache, grief, suffering, obstacles, they all come in waves. There is no controlling life’s storms; there is only learning the way to walk through the waves. In WayMaker, Ann hands us a map that makes meaning of life, that shows the way through to the places we’ve only dreamed of reaching, by a way we never expected. Highly recommended. To purchase, click here.

Esther: Seeing Our Invisible God in an Uncertain World

You know that feeling of excitement when someone you love gives birth to, or adopts, a new baby? Well, two people I love have just had a new book baby! Amy Carroll and Lynn Cowell have crafted a resource that will help you when you have a decision to make, when your stability is shaken, or when your sure-fire plan fails and everything is spinning out of control.

Esther is the perfect partner for seeing our invisible God in times of uncertainty. Though she lived centuries ago, Esther speaks to us when we run into limited control and resources. We find in her a strength and fortitude we desperately need today. A great summer read-and-study to do with a friend. To purchase, click here.

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