This post could be filed under a couple of categories, but I landed on creative because I feel like reading jolts the left side of my brain into productivity. It also jolts me into multitasking, since I can never read just one book at a time. Here’s what’s currently on my bookshelf:
Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow:
Oh I know there is some eye rolling going on out there at the mention of our friend Tim! He’s definitely gotten his fair (and unfair) share of media attention lately, but don’t hate on his book (or him) just because of that. This is a great inspirational read whether you’re a Tebow fan or foe. It’s the kind of down to earth story that makes you want to go Army and Be All That You Can Be. It’s a true testimony to what can be accomplished through hard work, commitment, and complete faith in God’s plan. Whether he gets his shot in Denver at quarterback or if he ends up being with another team or if he pursues something else entirely, I’m sure he’ll be successful at anything he takes on due to aforementioned ethic – work and otherwise. Keep on keepin’ on, Timmy!
Quitter by Jon Acuff:
It’s no secret that I’m a Stuff Christians Like fan. I think that Jon Acuff has a gift for insightful satire that is increasingly rare. So when I saw that he was writing a book about chasing your dreams, something I am fond of doing, I was quick to preorder it. And I’m glad I did! This is a great reality check book. It takes the rose colored tint out of the dream glasses and replaces it with clear, direct practices that turn romantic ideas into actual realities. The most important thing I’ve taken away so far: 90% good and published is better than 100% perfect and in your head. So true!
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp:
I joined a small group at church that is studying this book. It follows the author through her struggles with gratitude and consequent decision to chronicle daily blessings, hence the “One Thousand Gifts” title. While her writing style is not particularly my favorite (she’s very gifted poetically, but I am more prone to identifying with a
snarkier more conversational tone), the lessons tucked into this little book are innumerable. Definitely worth a read!
Monday Morning Quarterback by Peter King:
This is my favorite “I have 10 minutes to spare and want a brain break” book. It’s a compilation of some of King’s best articles from his weekly SI feature of the same name, but also incorporates tons of interesting side notes, fact sheets, and general anecdotes that make for a football lover’s dream read. I could easily read this in one sitting, but I’m trying to savor it in smaller segments over the course of the season.
On the roster to be read once these are complete:
When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
When Wanderers Cease to Roam by Vivian Swift
(Fellow readers: HELP! I need a worthwhile fiction choice, and stat. I’ve heard good things about The Soldier’s Wife, The Hunger Games, and Room – but I’m not particularly excited about any of them. Thoughts/recommendations?)