“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King from On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“God never calls us to be successful; He calls us to be faithful.”

Steven Curtis Chapman-Between Heaven and the Real World

Dear Readers,

Some days move swiftly by, others, trickle. Meandering. Time seemingly stands still. “Porch swinging days,” my Precious Granny would say. With dirty feet, toes brushing rough boards, I’d swing back and forth on her front porch, curled in the corner with a hand me down book. I treasure the memories tucked away. Reading took me far from the hard edges of life. “Portable magic,” Stephen King writes. Today, I’m sharing what I read in May. What portable magic are you holding in your hands? I’d love to know. You can do that by commenting below or contacting me directly here

Note: I share my list in the order I read the books, not by preference. 

The Art of Spiritual Writing by Vanita Hampton Wright Recommended by a writer friend, is a quick read, loaded with useful information. If you are a highlighter and note taker, as I am, you’ll want to take your time with this one.

“Spirituality writers are effective at what they do when they tap their truest selves and write under the guidance of the spirit using the practices that work best for them.” 

If you are a writer or one who journals, I believe you will reap plenty from this book.

 Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen If you are familiar with IfGatheringmost likely you’ve already read this one. If not. Read. It. Allen’s words are wisdom filled, compelling, reflective, and a call to action wrapped in eloquent prose. I loved it!

“I’ll tell you right up front, there is no secret here. Just one answer to your thirst: Jesus. He alone is the Source from which flows all the things we crave and hope to become.”

Nothing To Prove is a call. Calling your faith to deeper places.

The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman is a charming story. Think beach reading or a shaded park bench. Grief stricken after her mother’s death, Brett Bohlinger must fulfill a life list she wrote at the age of fourteen in order to receive her inheritance.

“As Brett reluctantly embarks on a perplexing journey in search of her adolescent dreams, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.” from Amazon

Light, enjoyable, with many layers, The Life List is a fun read.


Whispers of Rest by Bonnie Gray Recently released, I all but begged, okay, I begged Bonnie to put me on her launch team. Whispers of Rest has been balm to my soul. A forty day devotional, calling you deeper into rest and listening for the whispers of God.  Bonnie’s soothing prose will lead you toward finding your identity in God.

“This is God’s Greater Dream for you: His presence. Beauty within. Not what appears on the outside. God’s Greater Dream for you is more powerful than any circumstance you can find yourself in: His very Spirit dwells in you.”


Put Your Warrior Boots On by Lisa Whittle Once again, I begged to be a part of releasing Lisa’s message of Jesus Strong into the world. I met Lisa several years ago when she was speaking close by, shared my story, bought all of her books, and yes, read them. Lisa Whittle is the real deal, authentically speaking truth in love. I appreciate her honesty and compelling words. Her bravery.

If you are wavering in your faith, asking hard questions, Warrior Boots is for you!

“A strong mind is not a mind that thinks for itself. A strong mind is a mind that has been given completely to God.”

Between Heaven & the Real World by Steven Curtis Chapman I first heard of Chapman’s book through Annie F. Down’s That Sounds Fun Podcast (Episode 37). Between Heaven & the Real World, as well as listening to thirty years of memories as a Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter is more than worth your investment of time.

Chapman’s book, like his music, is raw, gut wrenching honest storytelling. I can’t say enough about this book. Read. It. Read it!


Get Lucky by Katherine Center popped up as a Kindle deal on Modern Mrs. Darcy. With a four and a half star rating I grabbed it. It’s not a the type of novel I would typically read, as it leans a bit towards chic-lit. However, the story was intriguing enough to keep me turning pages.

“How do you change your luck? Katherine Center’s marvelously entertaining and poignant new novel is about choosing to look for happiness—and maybe getting lucky enough to find it.” From the Trade Paperback edition.

Would I recommend it? Probably not.

Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman I’m thankful to have been asked to review Denman’s Looking Glass Lies. The storyline is relevant to women in today’s society. Topics begging to be brought into the open and talked about.

“A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society’s unrelenting expectations.” from Amazon 

Not only a good read, Looking Glass Lies would make a wonderful book club selection!

Happy Reading!

Gifts of Grace

PS: 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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