Two Books I'm Taking with Me


All I want to do is sit in the hot sun by the pool or lay on the beach and read uninterrupted. I've been waiting for two books from the library (along with everyone else) for a month. They arrived TOGETHER on reserve for me. My first thought was Oh, great, there is no way I can read both of these books in two weeks and then it will take another month to get them back, so I can finish them. I have a hard time reading books. Not because I can't...haha, but because I don't make time to read. If I do start reading I have a hard time finishing those books, and I usually have a little pile next to me that just gets taller and taller. However, I decided that it would be a good challenge for me to read two books in two weeks. I love reading when I actually enjoy it!

These two are popular right now and for good reason. They are GOOD! I got the ideas to read both from Danielle! Thanks, girl!

The first is 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
I read two pages and I was completely sucked in. The title says "A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are." As an American I struggle immensely with contentment. I have more than 3/4 of the entire rest of the world as a 2 year old married person, and yet the desire for more is always there; a battle you have to fight. I'm praying this book will open my eyes to loving the place that God has me right now.

The next book is such a great accompaniment to the former: Organize Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider.
It's a clutter-free approach to intentional living! Like any book, you have to kind of wade through their own suggested beliefs and find your own. She has some great things to say about being organized from top to bottom and what that can look like for YOU, not someone else, but how YOUR life can be clutter-free and simpler. I read in the book that if you are the average American, you are considered to be in the top 6 percent of the richest people on the planet. 80% of the world lives daily without running water or electricity. It's eye-opening when you really think about it, and what do we do, but want MORE, MORE, MORE! I'm learning a lot from both of these books! Go read them!

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