Books have always been one of my very favorite things and after writing one, I’m even more appreciative of every single word that is poured into them. I know how much work it takes; how much heart and hope and love go into every single page and chapter. The other night I sat down at my computer to order some new ones coming out late this summer and early fall. These promise to be amazing. Maybe you want to add them to your list too?
1. Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love)
I didn’t come to love Liz until I heard her live at the Oprah event I went to last fall. She was as real and raw as her writing and I fell in love with her heart as much as her words. I’m currently reading her incredible novel, The Signature of All Things, which is hands down amazing. I cannot even believe a human person can create a story so rich in color, texture and detail and I’m only a quarter of the way through. But her new book is Big Magic. Here’s the summary:
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. Out September 22, pre-order it on Amazon here.
2. Rising Strong, Brene Brown
You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it a million times again, Brene is my favorite. Her words, her heart, and her life’s work have given me such freedom and courage to live with my whole heart. She is single-handedly changing the conversation about shame, courage and vulnerability and I’m so grateful. I own every one of her books and they are the kind you never get rid of because you’ll need them over and over again. Here’s the summary for her newest book:
Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.
It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.
Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are. Out on August 25, pre-order on Amazon here.
3. For the Love, Jen Hatmaker
I mean, how do you describe Jen Hatmaker? If you haven’t heard of her, then stop reading this and go check her out right now. She is worth following on all social media – for encouragement, inspiration, humor, laugh out loud funny, crazy wit and deep spiritual insight. She rocks. Her books are awesome, her talks sincere and I hope I get to meet her someday. Her new book is called For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. Hello. Here’s the skinny:
Best-selling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental, how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. She reveals how to:
- Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.
- Learn to engage our culture’s controversial issues with a grace-first approach.
- Be liberated to love and release the burden of always being right.
- Identify the tools you already have to develop real-life, all-in, know-my-junk-but-love-me-anyway friendships.
- Escape our impossible standards for parenting and marriage by accepting the standard of “mostly good.”
- Laugh your butt off.
In this raucous ride to freedom for modern women, Jen Hatmaker bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide. Out August 18, pre-order on Amazon here.
4. Fulfilled, Danise Jurado
I met Danise earlier this year at a conference in Austin, TX. Immediately I knew she was unlike anyone I had ever met. This woman is so full of Christ’s love and grace and beauty she literally radiates. Working at the Dream Center in LA, Danise has written her incredible story encouraging other women to live a fulfilled life. Because she is so amazing, she’s giving 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this book to the Dream Center LA. For reals. Here’s the full summary:
Freedom, Restoration, Hope, Courage… Can you achieve a fulfilled life? Our soul is designed to need God. His wisdom unlocks the mystery and leads you to the full life promised. Danise Jurado shares both stories and practical steps that are proven to be powerful tools in finding spiritual freedom. Journey through the pages of Fulfilled and:
- Embrace the power of forgiveness
- Apply God’s truth to find freedom
- Break patterns of failure to make lasting changes
- Release fear to live with courage
- Awaken to your complete God-given potential
“One by one we come to God, young and old, wealthy and homeless, we are diverse: not one of us is alike. Yet similar, we’re all learning to live the life God promised, and longing to be fulfilled.” Out August 25, pre-order it on Amazon here.
5. It’s Simply Tuesday, Emily Freeman
I’ve met Emily a few times at conferences over the last few years and she is as kind as her books make you think. Quiet and reserved, I believe she lives each of her words thoroughly before she processes them on the page. I’ve been encouraged, challenged and inspired by her words for years and am very excited to read this next work of hers. The summary follows:
Our obsession with bigger and faster is spinning us out of control. We move through the week breathless and bustling, just trying to keep up while longing to slow down. But real life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week. Tuesday carries moments we want to hold onto–as well as ones we’d rather leave behind. It holds secrets we can’t see in a hurry–secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. It offers us a simple bench on which to sit, observe, and share our stories.
For those being pulled under by the strong current of expectation, comparison, and hurry, relief is found more in our small moments than in our fast movements. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman helps readers
· stop dreading small beginnings and embrace today’s work
· find contentment in the now–even when the now is frustrating or discouraging
· replace competition with compassion
· learn to breathe in a breathless world
Jesus lived small moments well, slow moments fully, and all moments free. He lives with us still, on all our ordinary days, creating and redeeming the world both in us and through us, one small moment at a time. It’s time to take back Tuesday, to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building in us–every day. Out August 18, pre-order on Amazon here.
That’s it! Happy Friday friends. What new books are on your must-read list for fall?