Latest fave reads (Pt II)

The Next Right Thing – Emily P Freeman

As a Hope*Writer how could I not start with this? Written by one my very favourite christian authors, this book is smart, well written, and beautifully presented. Described as a simple, soulful practice for making life decisions, it’s just packed full of wisdom, perspective, and practical advice on how to overcome decision fatigue, and that sense of overwhelm that can come from having too many decisions to make, by choosing to simply do that one ‘next right thing’ .

5/5 Find out more

It’s not supposed to be this way – Lisa Terkeurst

An inspiring read on how to overcome disappointment, based on her own personal journey through marriage separation and a cancer diagnosis. I especially liked the fact that it’s written from an ‘in the middle’ of her journey, rather than as someone with it all figured out … a really great biblical starting point for anyone wrestling with the questions of where God is in your pain. I also liked the layout, with easy pull summary notes, reflection points and prayers at the end of every chapter.

4/5 Find out more

How not to be good: an A to Z on anxiety in just over 26 parts – Elli Johnson

A shameless plug for this self-published debut from one of my personal friends & fellow hope*writer Elli Johnson. It’s a personal account about the process of learning to re-order her life after being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and not at all what I expected (in a good way!) It’s funny, smart, and considering the subject matter, a surprisingly light and easy read ! It’s both a practical tool for other sufferers, and useful insight for anyone who just wants to understand a bit more about mental health… plus it’s beautifully packaged, and laid out in short, easy to digest sections, specifically designed with other anxiety sufferers in mind. 5/5 Find out more

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life  – Jen Hatmaker

I bought this book because I love this author and am an avid listener to her podcast too, and whilst it wasn’t my favourite offering from her, there was still a lot to like in this book. It’s a light-hearted, playful, and at times sarcastic read, written with refreshing honesty about this life of faith mixed into our everyday. My only frustration was that it jumps around quite a bit. It gently reassures the reader that they have all the pluck they need to live courageous and grace-filled lives. My biggest take-away: Is everything in life perfect, no? But really, you are doing just fine…

4/5 Find out more

Scarlett like grace – Adrienne Booker

Another offering from a fellow hope*writer which I’ve finally got around to reading. This is written with incredible sensitivity, on the author’s own experiences with miscarriage and grief. In it, she tackles complex questions about faith and suffering, and invites you discover hope and redemption, beyond the story of your loss. It also offered some practical resources for processing grief after loss at the back, and a special sections for dads too which is rare, but much needed. As someone who has walked this road twice in the past year too, I would definitely recommend this book.

5/5 Find out more

The Road Back to You – Ian Morgan Cron

Although this is not the only book written on the popular enneagram personality test, it’s certainly one of the best… If you don’t know your type yet, it offers a clear and easy guide for finding it out, and even if you do, it sheds more light on what it really means. It offers some useful spiritual tips for better self-accepting, inner growth and learning to understand others around you better too. This one is well worth the effort it takes to read.

4/5 Find out more

It’s not fair: learning to love the life you didn’t choose – Melanie Dale

I know this is a few years old now (published 2016) but I’ve just discovered a copy, and loved it so much that I couldn’t not mention it here. This book is balm to the soul for anyone who has experienced loss, pain or just muttered the words “it’s not fair” under their breath. It’s an honest, funny, and at points very tender book on how life just doesn’t always turn out the way that we expect, and how to deal with it when it doesn’t. So glad I found this gem!

5/5 Find out more

The Joy of Work – Bruce Daisley

I recently had the joy of listening to Bruce, who is VP of Twitter Europe speaking on the launch of his latest book, which suggests 30 different ways to change your workplace culture for the better and make your work life more rewarding. What I loved about this was that they were well researched, practical, and many of them are really easy to implement. Key take-aways for me were: less meetings, more hours don’t equal getting more done, stress kills creativity, and that there is strong evidence for the benefits of a rest day or ‘sabbath’. All in all, a fascinating & insightful read. 5/5 Find out more

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