On My Nightstand…

I have a stack of books that I’m working through.

Some of the books have been recommended to me by various friends. Other books I picked up during my trip to Relevant (and barely made it in my suitcase because of the weight limit–50 pounds on the dot, baby!) And a few I have had on my reading list for a while, but they keep getting pushed down on the list by other books. Needless to say, I need to get off the internet and read more. Although in my defense, I think blogs count as reading :)

I took a mini self-imposed break from all things technology  and sewing and tackled the pile. In just a few short days, I’ve already read 3 books. After stealing some alone time during the evening and Jonah’s naps, this momma is one happy girl!

First, I read Grace is for Sinners by Serena Woods. I met Serena at Relevant. I asked her a tough question during a session and her answer has given me much to think about my intentions and the grace I extend to others. Her book is gritty and raw. Definitely a must-read.

Next, I read Love Mercy by Lisa Samson at the recommendation of a friend. It is about a woman and her daughter’s trip to Swaziland, Africa.  It describes the encounters they had with the people of the area, heart-wrenching stories with imagery so strong I had I hard time sleeping, and the emotions she went through as she returned to her typical American lifestyle. Reading it has made me disgusted with the American Dream and how it plays into our society. Warning: It’s heavy, but definitely worth reading.

In 24 hours I finished I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith. I’ve read Angie’s blog, Bring The Rain, for a long time. I met and hugged her at Relevant. She also said some words to me about using conviction and discernment when blogging about private things that could potentially harm people and relationships in a session called “Blogging Authentically”. I’ve taken her words to heart and have shied away from some postings that I might have published before hearing her speak. The story of Angie carrying her daughter, even though they knew she would not live is gut-wrenching. I bought an extra copy to send to someone that I think would benefit from reading it.

Other books waiting for me to dive in..

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What’s on your nightstand?

Anything good to recommend?


  1. I love the Bottomly’s book and “There is no Me without You.” I now have a couple more books on my “to-read” list! (Have you read Radical yet? Really convicting on the “American Dream” idea…)

    • Radical is up next! I bought it for my hubby for Christmas, but I really got it for me, too. Hehehe! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Heather!

  2. I bought Frances Chan’s book called Forgotten God. I read Crazy Love also by him and loved it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  3. we read a lot of the same books :) my husband’s grandmother has given me a stack of Nicholas Sparks novels that sit on my nightstand. i typically don’t read fiction because there is so much non-fiction that i want to read first. however, i just finished “The Last Song” and it was really good! happy reading!

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