The other day, I got one of these happy, smiley boxes in the mail...
Do these boxes make you as happy as they make me?
They make me smile even bigger when I know that the contents are birthday presents!! (Thanks, Mom J!!)
And look!! Look what I found inside...
1. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - If the rest of the book is anything like the first 2 pages, I am in big trouble! I've already cried, and re-read several sentences, just to soak in the pure poetry of Ann's words. Wow. I have a feeling this might be one of those books I keep by my bedside, to pick up and re-read sections on those days when life feels a little gloomy. Ann's blog affects me the same way. So many days, the quiet music and quiet words wash over my dinged up heart, and help me find a better perspective to face the day.
2. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown - I am such a sucker for 2 things: Amazon recommendations, and books about sisters. Usually, neither disappoint me. Here is Amazon's description that grabbed me. (They had me with 3 simple words: sisters, books, and home.)
A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.
There is no problem that a library card can't solve.
The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.
3. The Pioneer Woman's Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond - Well, this one is a given. I've read every word of The Pioneer Woman's Black Heels story on her blog. Heck, I'm pretty sure I entered the contest several years ago where she asked for name suggestions for the (at the time) serial love story. I'm also pretty sure of another thing: I will need to read this on a weekend. I bet I won't be able to put it down once I start!
4. Jesus: 90 Days with the One and Only by Beth Moore - And here's where I go super spiritual on ya. This is a personal devotional book that I have wanted for a while. I just never would buy it for myself. It is a beautiful hardbound book, divided into daily Bible readings and questions for me to consider about the life of Jesus. I am so happy I asked for it for my birthday!! The fact that it has a silk ribbon to keep my place just makes me giddy. My friend Dawn has a couple of these 90 Days books by Beth Moore, and has loved them for personal devotions. I hate to admit this--but I am really looking forward to using my indelible ink pen on its pristine pages! Aaaannd marking the page with my silk ribbon, of course! It's the little things...
What are YOU reading right now?
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