Ignite Your Imagination

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” ― Alan Bennett

I will forever be a book nerd and I have fully embraced and accepted that.  Words provide the best company, counsel and laughter.  98% of the books I read come from a recommendation by a friend, so I want to share a few of my favorites I have read in the past month or two in case you are looking for something good to read.

12049152_10154236595534112_7168229765963015751_n(This is my little sister, not me, but everyone thinks we are twins anyway, and isn’t she too cute?)

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

by Donald Miller


I bought this book for 99 cents at Half Price Books “Booktoberfest” sale a year ago, read the first two chapters, decided it was one of the worst books I had ever read, and put it away. Several weeks ago, James and I pulled it out and decided to read it together (literally, meaning we sat next to each other on the couch and put the book in front of both of our faces and read at the same time.   I won’t say which one of us was the faster reader and had to do some waiting for catch up on every page :))

And I fell in love with the book on the second attempt.  It is a powerful narrative of our lives as a story that fits within the greater Story.  Not to mention Donald Miller is brilliantly hilarious and deeply profound all at the same time. I couldn’t stop thinking and talking about the book in the days and weeks after we finished, and I already can’t wait to read it again.

Gifted Hands

By Ben Carson


Whether you plan to vote for Dr. Ben Carson for the Republican presidential candidate or not (#BC2DC16) his autobiography tells of his inspiring “rags to riches” story, overcoming a life of poverty to become an extremely successful pediatric neurosurgeon, and is definitely worth reading.  It is a tribute to hard work, perseverance, and integrity.

Bridge to Haven

by Francine Rivers


I can always count on my friend Ashley to loan me a good fiction book off of her bookshelf to read, and she succeeded once again.  “Bridge to Haven” is based off of Ezekiel 16 in the Bible, and is a fictional story that tells of God’s faithfulness in pursuing the unwanted and unclaimed.  I may or may not have read all 468 pages in three days and cried a time or two.  And also a note to husbands: if you ask your wife what the book she is reading is about, don’t look bored when she gives you a full 20 minute synopsis.  You have been warned.

For the Love

by jen hatmaker


“7” still reigns supreme as #1 for my favorite JH book, but I am still a loyal fan and will read every word she writes.  This book was gifted to me by my wonderful Abbey for my 24th birthday, and I checked the mail four times a day waiting for its arrival before I realized she had it shipped to her (only slightly embarrassing). I read the entire thing in 24 hours and have read selected parts several times since.  The topics range from women in the church, parenting, marriage, and the misfortune of wearing tights as pants.  For the Love will have you laughing and crying in the same paragraph.  As long as Jen Hatmaker keeps writing, I’ll keep reading.

To my fellow book nerds, tell me what books you are reading and loving and there is a good chance I will find a copy and read it.  And I will leave you with some inspiring words of wisdom…

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. –P.J. O’Rourke

Until next time,



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