“It wasn’t that she was just selling books, it was that she was helping people become whoever it was that they were going to turn out to be. Because when you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”

Kathleen Kelly from You’ve Got Mail

Dear Readers, 

My heart is blessed each time we meet here. If we were sitting together, I imagine you tucked into the corner of my sofa, shoes kicked away, sipping coffee. I would be in my comfy chair, fuzzy blanket tossed over my  legs. Today, we’d be talking all things books and reading. I’d ask you what you are reading. That’s one of the many things I’d love to know.

I’d want to know where you see God meeting you these days, lean in close as you share. 

I would love to hear from you. What your reading, your struggles, how you’re doing on your own wilderness journey. You can let me know by commenting directly on this post, or here.

Note: the following list is in the order I read the books


A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

I adore Emily Freeman’s writing, A Million Little Ways will not disappoint you.

“Talking about the grace of God and the art of his people makes me come alive. It’s deep and it’s serious and it’s sometimes heavy. It’s awkward to hold and it’s too complicated for an elevator pitch.”

A Million Little Ways is currently on sale, grab it while you can! You won’t regret it!


The Wife The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon was Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Book Club pick. Our monthly meeting included a chat with Ariel Lawhon, who is delightful in every way. Learning her writing process was also fun.

A mystery based on true story. The wife, maid, mistress, and a missing husband. This is a fascinating read! A page turner that kept me up beyond my bed time.



PS: You can join MMD’s book club here

Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton

Sacred Rhythms is both compelling and yet begs one to rest, to listen, to pay attention.

I’m reading this one slowly, with highlighters, pens, and journal.

The writing itself has it’s own rhythm, soothing and contemplative.



Still Waiting by Ann Swindell. Ann’s story is one of having hope in the waiting. When the prayer is left unanswered and God doesn’t give you what you want. She shares her story with authenticity and raw transparency.

“And in that place of wanting to be healed but unable to make myself better, I had to stop trying. I had to wait.” 

For anyone who finds themselves in a season of waiting, I highly recommend Still Waiting!


Border Child is Michel Stone’s second book. Her first novel, The Iguana Tree is the prelude to Border Child. However, they do stand alone.

Michel and I live in the same town and share the same hair stylist! She is gracious and humble in every way!

The Border Child is relevant to today’s society. The prose is excellent, the story compelling. It will leave you breathless!

Absolutely read Border Child! I also recommend her first book, The Iguana Tree!

Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos

I picked this up as a Kindle deal, and I am loving it. I expect to finish it later today!

Love Walked In, the first novel by award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos, is bursting with keen insight and beautifully rendered prose. Invoking classic movies to illuminate the mystery and wonder of love in all its permutations, Love Walked In is an uplifting debut that marks the entrance of an enchanting literary voice.” from Amazon

I can’t wait to hear what you are reading!

Gifts of Grace 

PS: Did you see the one radical change I made to simplify my life? If not, you can read about it here

PSS: I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you my own daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. Sharing the realness of life. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.

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