Five things on a Friday.

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Books I’m determined to finish before the weather warms:

1. Girls with Swords. I started it last year, and then I went a little crazy with depression and anxiety so I had to put it away until I healed a bit. I recently picked it back up and feel more encouraged than ever. This is really every woman’s anthem. Lisa has this way of pumping you up and making you feel brave but called and rooted, all at the same time.

2. Yes Please. To say this book is changing my life might sound a little dramatic, but it is definitely one of the books I’ll remember and reference and re-read for years to come. Amy is wise and humble and a little bit saucy, which combines into a fast read that inspires me and keeps me laughing. I took notes and underlined things if you wanna borrow my copy.

3. Knocking on Heaven’s Door. This title sat on my wish list for months, and Chris surprised me with it for Valentine’s Day. Romantic, right?! No but really, it’s one investigative reporter’s journey about her parents’ last several years of life. It’s part-memoir, part whistle-blower piece about the importance of discussion and planning.

4. Love Does. Is it embarrassing that I haven’t finished this yet? I originally bought it for my husband, but eventually sneaked it from his nightstand to mine. It’s a super easy read, full of essays and stories about fun acts of kindness that will brighten your day. I also like that it can be put on pause and restarted again at any time. Bob is patient.

5. Make it Happen. We’re reading this one for our network book club, and it couldn’t be more perfect for the start of the year. Lara walks people through the fears that keep them from going after their dreams, and she balances those get-after-it pep talks with a healthy dose of the gospel. This one’s a must-read for anyone who feels like they were meant for something more, but the “more” is scary.

8 thoughts on “Five things on a Friday.”

  1. I love Bob Goff and Lara’s book. I tried reading Yes Please over Christmas and I couldn’t get past the foul words, so maybe I should give it another try since so many keep raving about it. hmmm.

    1. I hear ya! Foul words don’t bother me… Never have, never will. I also read it from a place of knowing Amy isn’t trying to be anything she’s not. Meeting her where she’s at is the best way to enjoy her writing, I think. But absolutely stay away from it if it crosses a line for you!

  2. Okay, I thought Amy Poehler’s book was going to be more reminiscent of Tina Fey’s Bossypants so I got the audio book. I had NO IDEA how much wisdom I would glean from that book (Sounds so crazy to say that…haha) So I need to go get the print version, then we can compare notes. ;)

    Also LOVING Make it Happen, reading along with the book club too!

    1. Weird, right? I’m almost done and I know there’s mention of sex and drugs and blah blah blah, but I seriously gleaned a ton of wisdom from it!

  3. This is a great list! Just loaded up my Amazon Cart…because let’s be honest until I pay off my delinquent library fines for losing “Duck’s Christmas” there will be no lending of books to me. Anywho, thanks for your words of wisdom and perspective on Instagram and on your blog. Really enjoy your style and the way you give fresh air to others. Even the way your blog is designed. Inhale, exhale. Space to breathe. Love it. High fiving you right now.

    1. Dang, that was encouraging! Thank you for your words. Receiving your high five with more-than-my-usual-spunk. Read this at the perfect time.

  4. I downloaded the “Yes Please!” audiobook, narrated obviously by the one and only Amy Poehler. Need to finally just start it already. I listened to Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” on audiobook and loved it for long drives, which I catch myself doing quite often these days.

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