Man, these 6 books were incredible. When you read a stretch of books that hit you like these, it can leave you in a reading rut. This was like eating at 4 and 5 star restaurants for 6 nights in a row, then having to return to a life of peanut butter and jelly. The physical books I am reading are not 5 star steak houses, which may be why all 6 of these books are audio books. Alas, you cannot appreciate 5 star books without the occasional 3 star mixed in.
Everybody Always (audiobook) by Bob Goff: 5*
(I actually won this book on an instagram giveaway. I was so excited that I squealed. I never win contests like that.)
I read Bob’s first book Love Does and his wife’s book Love Lives Here. I want to meet Bob and his wife Maria. I want to be friends with them. I want to sign the bottom of their dining room table and ride in their sea plane to their cabin and help them paint and stain and sand to get it back in tip top shape. Their books have been so inspiring and REAL to me. I look at missional living quite a bit different after reading these books. I am a full time physician, mom of young kiddos, wife to a pastor and sometimes, the idea of giving my time and energy to another program or ministry exhausts me. We make it so much more complicated than it has to be. We just need to LOVE Everybody Always.
Reset (audiobook) by David Murray: 4*
This was a free book given to me by Christian Audio. (They give away one free book a month.) This is mainly aimed at pastors and men in ministry, but is applicable in any line of work where people are prone to burnout (ahem, medicine). It is a great way to double check and make sure you are taking good care of yourself and saving your best for your family.
Wonder (audiobook) by RJ Palacios: 5*
OH MY GOODNESS. You must read this. You must read it to your children. Would you be Summer, Jack Will, or Julian? Or are you August? I can’t decide who young Kristen would have been. I don’t want to be honest with myself because I’m scared of the answer.
P.S.- the movie is excellent too!
The Book of Essie (audiobook) by Megan Weir: 4*
I am struggling with this one. The story is really good. Its hard to put down. As a christian, I am uncomfortable with the underlying tone towards Christians. But if I’m honest, the characters in the book could, in this day and age, exist in our culture. Some of the TV evangelists turn off many Americans to even consider Christianity. They seem so disingenuous that you wonder why people are following. To me, they seem like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I digress… and I’m being judge-y.
It was a good fiction book. Obviously I’m still thinking about it. Be prepared to think a while.
Bridge to Terabithia (audiobook) by Katherine Patterson: 5*
This was one of my favorite books from childhood. I also enjoyed it as a parent, though it hit me in a much different way. What I remember from childhood was the magical land of Terabithia and the friendship between Jess and Leslie. It blew my mind when as an adult, the land of Terabithia is hardly described. (My imagination as a kid… wow… where did it go? I’ve let adulthood steal my incredibly active childhood imagination.) As an adult, the death of Leslie is what hit me the hardest. I’m still sorting through those feelings.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (audiobook) by George R. R. Martin: 4*
I didn’t want this book to end. The tales of Dunk and Egg were enjoyable. The narrator on this one was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. Think Jim Dale (Harry Potter) brilliant. Bonus points for Georgey boy not killing off all your favorite characters in the first chapter in this book.