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It feels like a confession to say that I don’t read much non-fiction. I just can’t focus on it, like I can a thumping good novel. I want to read them, I have plenty on subjects that I find interesting and enlightening. I am often gifted books about leadership and joyful living. So, I found a way to make these books a part of my reading life. I have to read them in small chunks, so I keep them in the bathroom (TMI, I know!) I keep a pen with them and everything. This way, I can consume them in manageable pieces, I don’t get board and I can spend time digesting and thinking about what I have read. It may not work for everyone, but it works for me.

Here are some of my recent reads that I enjoyed and learned from;

The Power of Significance

John C. Maxwell

A gift from my precious friend, Channing, this small book made a big impact. At a time when I am looking for my “second mountain”, this book created an outline for a way to live a life that matters, event after 40.

When the Heart Waits

Sue Monk Kidd

You may know Sue Monk KIdd from her fiction and those are great and probably a good topic for another blog. But her non fiction is just as beautiful. She has several- God’s Joyful Surprise and Dance of the Dissident Daughter, which explore Christianity from a feminist perspective. My favorite, however, is When the Heart Waits. This book explores the waiting process and how and what we can learn from it. Who doesn’t need that after this last. year?

Living with Intent

Mallika Chopra

The sub title to this book really says it all- “My somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy”. This is a book about balance in life. Like a lot of books about balance, it is more for working parents, but balance is for everyone.

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brene Brown

Really, anything by Brene Brown is a good investment of time, but the Gifts of Imperfection has been recently inspiring for me. I like the idea and need the encouragement to own who I am and my experiences. Also, really good is dare to lead. I have Rising Strong in line to read next.