What I’m Reading {March 2017}

Y’all, I’m still reading some of the same books I started in January.  This really never happens but March has flown by.  Scott did two revivals, Casiday had prom, and I’ve been working diligently to prepare for the Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most launch. {Which is less than four months away, which sounds like a long time, but really, I don’t think it will be.}

Last month I said part of the reason I love these What I’m Reading posts so much is because if we were sitting at a coffee shop, this is definitely something I’d bring up. After I wrote that, I got to thinking about how true it is … I noticed just how many conversations I have with people that include the phrase, “I was reading this book …” haha!

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What I’m Reading: March 2017

I did manage to finish a few books last month and I actually wrote one book review.

Grace Is Greater by Kyle Idleman — Y’all, SOOO good. I know it’s only March but I’m willing to say if you are only going to buy and read one book this year, make it this one! {I mean, I’d love it if you’d buy and read my new book … don’t get me wrong!} Idleman’s follow up to Not a Fan is superb and full of insight and encouragement for all of us who want to experience the fullness of God’s grace and be faithful to extend that same grace to others.  {Read the whole review for more details.}

Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson — This is the first book by Anderson I’ve read and it won’t be the last.  Her writing style is winsome and warm. I loved her tone and the wisdom she imparted about living with humility in our fame-pursuing, power-seeking world.  I have gone back to these few sentences in Hannah’s book several times and maybe they will encourage you too:

Not only does humility free us from the condemnation of others, it also frees us self-condemnation and unnecessary guile. Because humility teaches us that our feelings are not the measure of reality … the basis of faith is not how you feel about your faith but the object of your faith.  (p. 108)

Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley — For the record, this is probably one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever owned. Seriously, inside and out. The gorgeous cover and binding, the heavy paper and stunning illustration, the graphic details, even the navy satin bookmark — y’all, I shouldn’t be surprised Emily’s book is exquisite. And I’m not. But it isn’t just lovely in appearance, there is a great deal of wisdom and grace in every word.  Full of places to answer questions and dream dreams and sort out priorities, this would be a great Mother’s Day gift for any young mom you know (or even for yourself!).

Are My Kids on the Right Track by Sissy Goff, Melissa Trevathan, and David Thomas — I loved every single word! Seriously, this book is a must read for moms (and dads).  If you’ve ever wondered if your child is “on track” emotionally, socially, and even spiritually, this book will give you specific markers and identifiers.

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Cron and Susanne Stabile — My friend Sandra loves the nneagram and I finally bought this book so I could know what in the world she was talking about. Now that I’ve read it, man, so good!! The enneagram is not another personality assessment designed to describe you … it’s more of tool for understanding how you interact with the world. I can already see how understanding the enneagram is helping me have a deeper understanding and more compassion for others in my life.

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes — First off, let me just say I’m a huge Shonda Rimes fan.  I love Grey’s and Scandal. Scott and I started watching The Catch last fall and we love it so it wasn’t a big shock to me that she’s an executive producer on that show as well.  While The Year of Yes ins’t written from a Christian perspective, I found it engaging and encouraging and very much in alignment with many of the ideas I have espoused about lopsided living.

Also finished Relentless Parenting, My Teenage Zombie, and re-reading Fresh Out of Amazing.

Here are the books I’m reading right now:

  • Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth — Yes, I’m still moving slowly through this one.  So much to read and weigh and ponder.
  • Spiritual Arts: Mastering the Disciplines for a Rich Spiritual Life by Jill Briscoe — This one is 10 years old but man, it’s good!
  • Word-Filled Women’s Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church from The Gospel Coalition — Excited to read this book with insight and information from excellent women’s ministry leaders

So, that’s what I’m reading … what about you, anything you’ve read that I might want to add to my list??


Teri Lynne

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Adorned || Are My Kids on Track? || Fresh Out of Amazing || Grace Is Greater || Grace, Not Perfection || Humble Roots || My Teenage Zombie

Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most ||Relentless Parenting || The Road Back to You || Spiritual Arts || The Year of Yes || Word-Filled Women’s Ministry

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