Books I Read in June

June 30, 2014

in the generous life

XES by Joy McMillan

Subtitled Why Church Girls Tend to Get It Backwards … and how to get it right, it’s an invitation to a healthy married sex life. It’s also a redemption story (one that begs the need for kleenex).

I found myself nodding frequently as I turned the pages and laughing like a loon (there will be no chocolate pancakes in our house, yes, you will have to read the book to get that one).

I’d say the book is written for anyone with questions or struggles with sex, but the book covers so much more, any woman could benefit from it. There are little nuggets of truth and encouragement throughout the book. I walked away inspired to be more grace-filled and generous toward my husband. 

(I will be giving away a copy of this book in the next contest. Something to look forward to … oh, and I have some very spiffy cards that a friend of mine made that will be giveaways too. Fun, fun, fun.)

Storyline by Donald Miller

I just finished working through this book/workbook with a couple of friends. I was curious about the book, but at $30 I wasn’t going to bite. Then these friends got excited about it and, well, they are worth way more than $30 so I shelled out the bucks and off we went. I wasn’t expecting much (I have a rather sad history with most coaching books), so I was pleasantly surprised (ecstatic actually) when I actually learned something new about myself and shaped a few storylines for my life. I’m pretty excited about working through some of my dreams.

His perspectives are fresh and his stories poignant. Lovely sense of humor. He’s an amazing writer so his book reads like candy.

Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch

I knew I was going to like this book. I follow Kristen’s blog We are THAT Family and I enjoy her writing style and heart to serve others.

It’s more than the story of Mercy House, it’s the story of her personal struggles both past and present. She’s vulnerable, brave, funny and a little bit crazy (the good kind). Her story is larger than life, but she makes it feel doable. Her God is big and He comes through for her in amazing and unexpected ways. By story’s end you know that God can do the same for you, though your life’s work is going to look different than hers.

This is the kind of book you want to read if your heart is embers and you need a little push to catch fire again.

One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula

I checked this one out from the library on a lark and it’s had a very profound effect on my life. I didn’t realize how many creative outlets I’d let go of and how drab that made my life. This little gem is a step-by-step guide to the world of Zentangle®. It takes just a few minutes to create a tangle and that adds life and color to my day. 

Enough by Will Davis

This is another library book. It’s written by a guy from Austin, TX (where I used to live) and it’s about living a simpler life so that we have the time, money and energy to live a life with meaning. I thought he handled the subject well. He has a real heart to serve and his perspectives are sound. It’s a good read if you feel your life is too busy and crazy. He will definitely help you think through your values.

Waking Up in Heaven by Crystal McVea

Yet another library book that peaked my curiosity. I thought I was going to get a look at heaven, but instead I got a redemption story (this seems to be the month for that). The gal had a difficult life and God loves her through the hard times and into His presence when she dies (for 9 minutes). There’s something about coming nose to nose with Jesus that changes a person. If you battle feelings of worthlessness or carry baggage that leaves you struggling with shame, this would be a great book to read.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter  Scazzero

I’m reading and discussing this book with another group (I think this is my fifth time through). Hey, I need all the help I can get and it’s just that good. Workbook  Daily Office

That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.  Amos Bronson Alcott


Day 9 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge Pray for creative ideas (this effects everything from lovemaking to date night ideas to problem solving).


Unfading Beauty: His & Hers DIY Sharpie Mugs Just thought this was a cute idea.  :)  (FYI: I’m told that DecoArt glass paint markers work better when it comes to having your artwork survive the dishwasher.)


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Gaye @CalmHealthySexy June 30, 2014 at 6:11 am

Thanks for the recommendations. I am definitely going to read XES!


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