reader. september ’14 favorites

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Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider – I loved LOVED this book. It tackles living simply and intentionally in the world you live in. Written in a memoir-like format, it covers topics such as food, work-balance and purpose, traveling, education for children and as an adult, and entertainment. Matt and I read this one together and it was fabulous conversation-starter for us as we consider our life choices. I would recommend this to anyone.  (she also has an amazing blog at

Carry On warrior by Glennon Melton – Raw, truth-telling, humorous, and a little bit gritty. This book is a memoir of how Glennon is in the process of living an authentic life. She is witty and hilarious, and has a great balance of sarcasm and honesty as she recalls her life of alcoholism, unexpected pregnancies, the surprise of marriage, and above all love. This is a fabulous read for anyone who feels alone in their struggle to find purpose in this world, someone who wants the freedom to laugh with the author, and anyone who wants to be inspired to live without hiding. (she also has a fabulous blog at I would recommend this to anyone!

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith – “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”. This is the premise of this book about interior design, but more importantly making your house a home. It is filled with beautiful photos, inspiring ideas, but most importantly it encourages you to evaluate what you want to your home to be and how to fulfill that dream. No more dreading hanging up art in the wrong spot, or fear of picking out the wrong paint color. This book allows you to relax, know that you can fix things you don’t like, and LOVE your home! It is geared towards renters and home-owners alike.

Out of the Spin Cycle by Jen Hatmaker – devotions for mothers (especially young mamas), this collection of short readings definitely make you smile, laugh out loud, and make you feel not alone.

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst – “I’m a little overwhelmed and a lot worn out”. This book addresses the “people-pleasers” of our world to encourage them how to say “yes” to only the best things in life. Even though I liked the book, I didn’t get all the way through it because it just wasn’t applicable to me at this stage of my life. However for some, it may be the perfect read  (heads up, geared at Christian women)

Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shank – This is Melanie’s story of early motherhood. I read it in one sitting and it is fabulous memoir on many must-read-book-lists. I would recommend it for young mothers.

The No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers by Elizabeth Pantley – If you haven’t noticed, we’ve loved several of the books by this author. The best part, is it’s not a “one size fits all” solution book. Rather, it helps parents understand toddler sleep, and apply some ideas that work well for them as well as their kiddo. A great read for any parent with toddlers!

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes – The only fiction book I’ve gotten this month, but it was wonderful. It was recommended to me and I would love to read more by this author. It is the story of a family during WWI and their connection to our world today.