A glimpse into my favorite bookshelf:

Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton

This is the true story or a professional runner who also struggles with bipolar disorder. As her running carreer ended, she discovered the thrill and adrenaline rush of life in Las Vegas. After living in a small town her whole life, this was new and exciting. She began working as a female escort under an alias and hoped no one would ever recognize her. Unfortunately, she was eventually exposed. The amazing thing through out all of this was that her husband stuck by her side through it all. This book blew me away. I think, sometimes, we look at the professionals and think they don’t struggle like we do. And when they do, they try to run and hide from it. But Suzy Hamilton shared her experience with us and allowed us to see what her life was like during those years when her illness took over. 

Girl in Need of a Tourniquet by Merri Lisa Johnson

I can’t say enough about this book. I’ve never read the words of another persons inner thoughts and been able to relate so deeply to them. Johnson describes her experiences through her lens of borderline personality disorder in a remarkable way. This book helped me to see the world in a somewhat different perspective…it made me realize that I’m not the only one who struggles like this,

The Cry of the Soul by Dan Allender

Dan Allender is a phenomenal author who seems to understand how we humans hide our emotions and feelings. I have not yet finished this book, but it has already been extremely eye opening and has given me a glimpse into the hidden and suppressed emotions of my heart.

The Wounded Heart by Dan Allender

If you’ve ever been a victim of sexual abuse, READ THIS BOOK! This book is full of truth about how sexual abuse ties into almost every aspect of our lives. It is revealing and thought provoking – but don’t take it lightly. It is a lot to process at one time and I have had to take MANY breaks while reading it. There’s also a workbook that goes along with it that I plan to start soon.

Pursuing Christ, Creating Art by Gary Molander

This was one of the most profoundly insightful and yet challenging books I have ever read. I never really considered myself an artist before reading this book. This book has shown so much about hwy I am the way in terms of my artistic bent. This book has also helped me to see why I create my best art at the times I do. I am so encouraged and motivated by this book.

Glorious Mess by Mike Howerton

How messy is your life? Let’s be honest, many of us expect our lives to be nice, pretty, and cleaned up once we become Christians. But I think the opposite happens, and that’s what this talks about. Our Christain lives are messy, but so were the lives of some of the greatest heroes of the Bible.

The Cure: What if God’s Not Who You Think He is and Neither are You? by Bruce McNicol, Bill Thrall, and John Lynch

This book changed my life. In this book you will go on a journey down the path of pleasing God, to the Room of Good Intentions and the path of trusting God, to the Room of Grace. Throughout this book, you will see that we all, at some point in our lives, put on a mask and that very mask that we wear to protect ourseslves, ends up slowly killing us. This book has been more powerful than any other I have ever read in portraying the grace of God. This is a MUST read.

Redemption by Mike Wilerson

This book took me on an amazing journey of healing. It was given to me by my Pastor back in October 2011, when I first started attending my church and didn’t know where I stood with my belief in God. I sat down to begin reading the book, and it was so captivating that I couldn’t put it down. I read the entire book in 12 hours. I am now working through this book again in a Bible study and it’s amazing to see insights God brings out the second time around. The book compares us to the Irealites being brought out of Egypt. It’s easy for us to look at that story and think, “jeez, how could the Irsealites have been so dumb. They saw God working and doing amazing things every day.” But don’t we do the same thing?

In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
This book has been phenomenal! This book has really helped me to understand more about Jesus and some of the things He felt and went through while He was on this earth. I’ve begun to really recognize how much Jesus really has felt the way I feel and that He knows more about pain and suffering that I can ever fathom. Max Lucado is a wonderful author and really helped me to see life in the midst of a storm from a different perspective.

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

This is a must read for all Christians. When I became a Christian, I understood the idea that God had created the world and He also created me, but I didn’t understand the full impact of what that meant. This book helped me to realize, in my heart, how powerful and wonderful our God is. This book took the knowledge of God as creator, and moved it from my heart to my heart. My favorite part of this book: If the world doesn’t think I am crazy because of my live for Jesus, something is wrong.

Always Daddy’s Girl: Understanding Your Father’s Impact on Who You Are by H. Normal Wright

As I’m sure everyone knows that my dad was never a part of my life until recently. But this book focuses on so much more than whether or not your father was there. Clearly, my dad not being there influenced my life and who I am, but the book also talks about why you are the way you if your dad was there, if he was a great dad, if was an abusive dad, if he was a distant dad, and so on. This book really helped to give me some insight into who I am and why I am the way I am.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

An autistic teenager is accused of murder. The boy didn’t commit the crime, but due to his autism, he has a hard time communicating what happened. It seems that more he tries to declare his innocence, the more everyone seems to think he is guilty. This is yet another Jodi Picoult novel that has a wonderful twist in the end of the story.

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

An amish community suffers a great tragedy when a newborn baby is found dead. The woman who gave birth to the baby is being accused of murdering it. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite fiction writers and she always surprises you with the ending or the story.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

A story about a high school shooting. The entire book kept me in suspense of what would happen next – and it is so realistic. I’ve lived this story first hand and experienced the aftershock of a school shooting. Amazingly written! The ending is not what you expect (I won’t spoil it for you).

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

This is a powerful story about a sister’s love. There is a movie based off of this book, but it doesn’t have much to do with the book. The ending of the movie isn’t even close to the ending of the book. The older sister has cancer and the parents expect too much from the younger sister in an effort to save the older one.


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