I remember about ten years ago, I set out to read 12 books in one year. It was a lofty goal compared to my reading pace at the time. That year I met that goal — AND almost tripled it! I truly do love reading. When my kids were little, I read so many books while watching them play. There are four of them, so they have this built-in play system between all of the siblings and I’m not much of a jump-on-the-trampoline-all-the-time mom, so our system worked well. They play and I read and make snacks. I can do that!

This month I felt like I hit a stride with reading. I’m finally back in my bedroom after a 3 month remodel, so my bathtub turns into a reading nook most nights. Also, some friends of ours went out of town and we volunteered to pool sit for them. They never asked us to do that, but out of the kindness of our hearts we recommend they use our family in this way. 

So, I read a lot of books this month and I am here to tell you about all of them! Two of them might have rolled over from June, but none-the-less, I finished them in July. If I continue to read like this, and you continue to enjoy my posts, I’ll keep posting here what I read each month!



Stand All The Way Up

Sophie Hudson is a frequent visitor to The Happy Hour podcast. In fact, she will be back on the show next month talking about her newest book, Stand All The Way Up, and we laugh a whole lot as well! I’m confident that you, too, have thought it’s not worth carrying on in something because it just seems like a dumpster fire. Sophie, in her best storytelling way, invites us into her own journey with this feeling.


The Life You Long For

Christy Nockels is one of my favorite worship leaders and also hosts a phenomenal podcast that I adore as well. She has a book coming out in November that I was able to get a copy of, and I'm so glad I was lucky enough to pre-read it. I devoured every word and would often find myself pausing mid-chapter and praying a gentle prayer to God about what she was teaching me. Check out her book, The Life You Long For, and get your hands on it in November. Also, I’m not sure why she’s never been on the podcast, and we need to remedy that ASAP! Side note — I could listen to Christy talk all day long, so you might want to also grab that audiobook!


White Awake

White Awake by Daniel Hill was a book that I have been wanting to get my hands on for a while and this Summer I made it happen. I ate this book up and immediately reached out to Daniel to invite him on to the podcast! He then informed me that he has the follow-up to this book, White Lies, coming out on September 1st.


The In-Between Place

My friend, Kat Armstrong, has a new book releasing in 2021 and I’m so lucky to get an early release to read. It is FIRE and about one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, John chapter 4, where Jesus interrupts a woman’s life at a well and offers her living water. Kat is one of my favorite Bible teachers, and her love for God’s word is so evident in this book. Pre-order The In-Between Place by Kat Armstrong today, and check out her book from last year, No More Holding Back, which I also adored!


Dear Martin

Dear Martin is a book I ordered last year and finally got around to reading this Summer after my son read it first –he loved it and I loved it. It tells the story of a young black man who, although he is a good friend and honor student, finds himself in handcuffs by a police offer who could not care less about any of those things. This young man finds himself studying MLK and writing fictitious letters to him. I highly recommend this book to adults and youth! (It has some language in it, but nothing that caused me to not let my 15-year son read – and nothing he hasn’t heard at school before)


A Greater Story

A Greater Story by Sam Collier caught my attention immediately because he starts out the book by telling us that he met his birth mother on the set of the Steve Harvey show! Who wouldn’t want to hear that story? Sam continues personal storytelling in this book while constantly pointing the reader towards a path of discovering and owning their own greater story. Also, Sam is on The Happy Hour next week! Be sure and tune in!


Born Again This Way

Born Again this Way by Rachel Gilson immediately caught my attention because of the title. Rachel describes her own unexpected journey of coming out, coming to faith… and what came next. As she does so, she addresses many of the questions that Christians living with same-sex attraction are wrestling with: Am I consigned to a life of loneliness? How do I navigate my friendships? Will my desires ever change? Is there some greater purpose to all this? She covers it all and brings so much hope to the conversation.