Friends, let’s be honest. It’s not like I ever need a reason or an excuse to read. I read because I love to. It also seems a bit like a “cheat” to say that I want to read as part of a Lenten journey because I love reading so much. But here’s the dig – I don’t always read books that lift me up. I don’t always read books that help me grow, make me strive to be a better person or inspire me to walk closer to God. Some of what I read is pretty close but over the next couple of weeks I really want to hone it in with a few books that I am hopeful will leave me a better version of myself just from reading them.
So, what am I reading?
Waiting for Unicorns – Beth Hautala
Perfectly Yourself – Matthew Kelly
Mystics and Misfits (eARC) – Christiana Peterson
Waiting for Unicorns
Published January 22nd 2015
After her mother dies, twelve-year-old Talia McQuinn goes to the Arctic with her father, a whale researcher. Over the course of one summer, and through several unlikely friendships, Talia learns that stories have the power to connect us, to provide hope, and to pull us out of the darkness” ~via Goodreads
I recently read and reviewed Beth Hautala’s The Ostrich and Other Lost Things. I was so touched by this story and the characters that as soon as I was finished reading it, I immediately wanted to dive into her first book, Waiting for Unicorns. So far, I’ve not been disappointed. Beth’s writing is uplifting, sincere, inspiring and just plain enjoyable. I almost don’t want to reach the last page.
Published November 20th 2017
This life-changing book addresses the opportunities and obstacles we encounter when we decide to ask life’s BIG questions: Who am I? What am I here for? Full of powerful and practical lessons, Matthew Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world. Newly revised to reflect an even greater emphasis on spiritual growth and realizing God’s dreams for us, Perfectly Yourself is a book for anyone who has failed at a diet, survived the collapse of a relationship, or wondered if he or she would ever find a fulfilling career. Kelly teaches us how to find the balance between accepting ourselves and striving to become all God dreams for us to become. It’s a book for all of us who long to be at peace with who we are, where we are, and what we are doing, not in some distant tomorrow, but here and now today. ~via Goodreads
Perfectly Yourself is the companion book to the Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever program. I’ve really been enjoying this series and I am only just getting into Perfectly Yourself but it has serious potential. Matthew Kelly is a great author and I’ve explored some of his other books, so I am really happy to add another to my growing collection!
Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints
Publication Date: April 17th 2018
With untested ideals and a thirst for adventure, Christiana Peterson and her family moved to an intentional Christian farming community in the rural Midwest. It sounded like a simple and faithful way to follow Jesus, not to mention a great place to raise kids. In Mystics and Misfits, Peterson discovers that community life is never really simple and that she needs resources beyond her own to weather the anxiety and exhaustion of trying to save a dying farm and a floundering congregation. She turns to Christian mystics like Francis of Assisi, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day to find sustenance for the everyday struggles and unique hardships of community life. With a contemplative’s spirit and poet’s eye, Peterson leads readers into an encounter with the God of the wild mystics and the weird misfits. ~via Goodreads
Mystics and Misfits is one I saw on Netgalley and immediately was drawn to because of the cover. I am always a sucker for a great cover! And when I read the synopsis, I was sold on the idea of digging in during Lent because… well, I like weird misfits! In all seriousness, I am excited to follow Christiana’s journey to God and the exploration of some of the saints. This book sounds so interesting!
Personally, I’ve always been very curious about our saints (even before converting to Catholicism) and building those relationships with them fascinates me, so I am hopeful that I will connect to Christiana.
What are you guys reading? Do you have any favorite books that help you find the better version of yourself? Do you have a favorite author for a dose of inspiration or that connects you to your faith? I’d love to hear about them!! xo