Friday, December 21, 2018

Books I read in 2018

I did it!  I reached and passed my goal of 24 books read this year (not all pictured above)!  I participated in courses and book clubs that pushed me to read more than I usually do, which helped me a lot in my goal.  Rediscovering the Libby and Hoopla audiobook apps was also a big help.  I still borrow as many books as I can from the library, though I did get a few hard copy books because I knew I'd want to mark notes in them (looking at you, Brené Brown).  We have a Kindle that helps us keep our book count down, which helps me keep sanity and integrity with minimalism.

I joined the goodreads app this year to track my reading.  Having that visual aid kept me motivated and gave me an easy place to write reviews, too.  I haven't written reviews for everything I've read, but if you're interested, you can follow me and see what's next on my lists here.

* indicates required reading for leadership courses from my church.
Bold indicates books I especially enjoyed highly recommend.

  • The Forgotten Desert Mothers, Laura Swan
  • Half the Church, Carolyn Custis James - Uncovering God's full purpose for women
  • * Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazero
  • * The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • The Bible Tells Me So, Peter Enns - The Bible is more than you ever knew.
  • * Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, Paul David Tripp
  • * Can Man Live Without God, Ravi Zacharias
  • * Renovate, Léonce Crump
  • Inspired, Rachel Held Evans
  • Falling Upward, Richard Rohr - The two halves of life and how to navigate the transition
  • The Day the Revolution Began, N.T. Wright - Coming back to a biblical view of atonement

  • Laurus, Evgenij Vodolazkin - An enchanting story of an herbalist monk in the Middle Ages
  • The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins - This thriller had me hooked like few books hook me.

Professional Development
  • * The Leadership Challenge, James M. Kouzes
  • * Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Travis Bradberry
  • Teaming, Amy C. Edmondson - Research and insights on psychological safety in the workplace

Other Nonfiction
  • They Thought They Were Free, Milton Sanford Mayer
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Ann Jacobs - The life and sufferings of a black slave girl in the South
  • Braving the Wilderness, Brené Browne - Vulnerability and belonging matter.
  • Atlanta Chef's Table, Kate Parham Kordsmeier
  • Eating Viet Nam, Graham Holliday - Lifely stories about meeting Vietnamese street food
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen, Lisa Gungor
  • Girl Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis
  • 'Tis, Frank McCourt
  • Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, Brené Browne

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