Y'all. This month has been crazy! From announcing my new book, to speaking at IF:Lead, to launching a whole new podcast, it's truly a miracle that I somehow carved out time to read a few books this month.
I'm in the process of reading a few more right now so I should have plenty to share next month! Make sure to check back here at the end of September for a whole new list! Here's what I read in August:
I'm Still Here
I've had this book by Austin Channing Brown on my shelf for a while and I'm so happy I finally got to it. During a time of so much racial injustice coming to light, it is so important to take the time to humbly educate ourselves on how we can do better. I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness talks about how and why our actions so often fall short of truly valuing diversity. Austin Channing Brown gives an eye-opening perspective on what it's like growing up Black, Christian and female in a world that claims to value “diversity”, but its actions show otherwise. For more books on educating around this topic, check out this blog post – Books to Educate.
I Am Restored
I had the honor of reading I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion But Found My Faith by Lecrae before its official release in October. I won't give too much away, but I will say that you MUST grab a copy of this book once it's out. It is truly empowering to hear his story of vulnerability as he tackles wounds from his past and strives for mental, emotional and spiritual health in his every day walk. Although it's not out until October 13th, it's available for pre-order now! FYI – Lecrae will actually be joining us on The Happy Hour Podcast on September 11th so make sure you tune in!
My Wynter Season
A lot of you know about my dear friend Wynter Pitts, who passed away suddenly a few years ago. She was on The Happy Hour a few years back, and later her husband, Jonathan Pitts, joined me as the first male guest I ever interviewed! You can find his episode here. My Wynter Season was written by Jonathan, and is another book I had the privilege of reading before its release. Not only is this book beautifully written, it also shares Jonathan's vulnerable journey of navigating grief and loss. It wonderfully captures the legacy of Wynter's life and I can't wait for you all to read Jonathan's encouraging words of being on the other side of loss. You can pre-order the book HERE. If you're interested in hearing more about Jonathan and his journey, he and his daughter, Alena, will be joining me on our new podcast On The Other Side! The episode goes live THIS FRIDAY the 4th – make sure you subscribe so you don't miss it!
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Note: Just a reminder, as you read the list of books I recommend, remember to use discernment. While I may recommend a book or author, it does not suggest that I am in full agreement with every opinion/statement that the author portrays.
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