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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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#17. Common Prayer

#17 on my 101 list: read Common Prayer every day for at least a month. I was looking for some kind of guided scripture or something to read every day and had never really been impressed by the daily devotionals out there. I came across Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals when surfing on Amazon one day. I thought “why not try something different.”

I don’t do well with just reading the Bible. I have a hard time making myself think critically about passages and diving in deeper. This book was great because it had a reading every day, along with an Old and New Testament reading. Technically it is for a group to read together, but I even enjoy it on my own.

So the challenge was to read every day for at least a month. Do you know how hard it is to take even 5 minutes to intentionally sit down and read something every single day? I hate that it is, but it is hard! I began on March 21, 2011 and was pretty darn consistent through May 5, 2011. Now I’m not going to lie and say that I did it every single day…but in that whole time I really only missed a few days, so I’m going to go ahead and say I completed my goal.

Unfortunately, busy season at work began, and I quickly fell into getting into work earlier but cutting out my devo time. Not a good plan. Now, 2.5 months later, I am working to try and get back into the routine. The day just feels so much better when you can sit down, eat breakfast, and read scripture and a prayer to start the day. So here’s to getting back on the horse of devo.