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Final 2020 Reads

Finished my final two books for this year. Enjoy the reviews and I’ll get to a full year round up in the next few days!

This is the second book I’ve read by this duo and this one may be even better than the first. You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen is a true thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Shay hits a low in her life – a temp job going nowhere, few friends, a having to hunt for a new apartment in New York City. Then she witnesses a tragic incident that propels her into a wave of seemingly good luck. But nothing is at it seems. Not many characters have truly redeeming qualities, which usually bothers me, but it did not seem to bother me this time. Definitely check it out!

This is not your typical novel or biography, but it was a meaningful book to me this year. Live in Grace, Walk in Love by Bob Goff is a year-long daily devotional. It is similar messaging to Goff’s great book Love Does. Sometimes it does feel a little repetitive, but it was a great reminder, especially this year, of the love we are called to give those around us, both friend and stranger. It is on the lighter side, but it is a great daily devotion.

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Love Does

This book makes me want to live a better life. Do you need more of a review than that?!

But really.¬†Love Does by Bob Goff is intriguing, exciting, and challenging. He is an amazing storyteller and uses stories from his life – paralleled¬†with the life God wants us to lead – and inspires you to dream a bigger and better life. But he doesn’t do it in a way that is unrealistic. He encourages readers to take small steps in order to achieve their goals and, of course, by loving, which is the exact way God wants us to live. Loving others as well as ourselves fully is the first step to living a full and satisfying life.

I want to share a full excerpt from the book that I think pretty much sums up the entire thing and a perfect example of how I want to live: fully. I really hope you read this book and are as inspired as I am. (And there’s even a little unexpected surprise at the end.)

I get the invitation ever morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.¬†

Turning down this invitation comes in lots of flavors. It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal. It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy. I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven’t really been invited. But you see, we have been invited – every day, all over again.