My reading got quite a bit slower after the Summer, so here are the 8 books I read over five months. Lousy, I know. But, it is what it is.

1. Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up by Ian & Larissa Murphy

I’m not sure what it is about me, but I love books about people’s stories and how they are overcoming challenges, whether that be sickness, death or disease. This is a book about a couple in love who is met by terrible tragedy when Ian is in a terrible car accident that alters his body and brain forever. Their story is one of love and perserverance not only of them, but through the Father. Their story will move you to trust in God’s plan for your life even more. I highly recommend this one!

2. Forever Mom: What to Expect When You are Adopting by Mary Ostyn

I recommend this book for anyone in the adoption process. She shares so much that I could relate to, and so much that I wish I had known in the first few years of bringing my kids home. If you are about to bring a child home, I recommend you read this now, and again during the first year of having them home.

Mary joins me on an upcoming podcast soon, so be looking forward to that!

3. Shame Interrupted by Edward Welch

I read this to prepare for an event I was speaking at about overcoming shame. This book is pretty heady for me, but I still enjoyed it and got lots of great information from it. If you are someone that is struggling with shame in your life, I recommend this one for you.

4. 168 hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

Laura makes you think about how you use your time every day and truly we do have way more time than we think. I recommend this for anyone. Mom, dad, business owner, teacher, banker, everyone could benefit from this information.

5. The Minister’s Daughter by Julie Hearn

I actually listened to this book and honestly I think it’s the only way I would have gotten through this one. It’s not something that I loved, but I also didn’t hate it either.

6. United: Captured for God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Oh how I love this author and this book. There is lots of talk about racial reconciliation (yeah for this talk!) and diversity within the church and Trillia has so many good words in this book about this subject. I recommend this book for everyone to read! Trillia’s writing is super easy to read and this sums up a lot of the book: “What I discovered as I grew in my Christian faith was that my identity is not solely that I am a black female, nor is it dependent on what others think of me. My identity is in Christ.”

Trillia will be a guest on THE HAPPY HOUR this year too!

7. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

I have been told I need to read this book forever and finally I threw it in my bag for my trip to Spain and oh my gosh I loved it. First of all my number one favorite type of books to read are memoirs, and this one did not disappoint. You truly felt as though you knew the author and all that she had been through by the end of the book. LOVED this one!

8. Rescuing Hope by Susan Norris

Yes Yes and Yes to this one. It’s a fictional story based on true events. Susan has worked with trafficking victims and she took her knowledge and experience and created this story about a girl named Hope that goes missing and becomes a sex trafficking victim. This was a story I couldn’t put down, and Susan answers the question we have all at one time or another asked, “how does this happen here in America?”. If I had a teenage daughter this would be a great book to read with her and discuss. (read first and then read with her)

I’m doing another book club get together about this book in the next few weeks, and I think the author is going to try and join us for a bit of it via Skype. We shall see!

That rounds out all of 2014 for my reading. I’d love to hear the best books you read this year! I’m trying to read 36 books in 2015, so I need some great reads to get started!!