Rather than doing reviews for every book I read, I thought I’d join in the ranks of Laura and Caroline with a monthly recap. I’m hoping to read a lot more in 2017, so this feels like an easier way to capture everything. Plus, if there’s a dud, I can still acknowledge it without a full review. Let’s be honest, not every book is going to be a winner. January was a slower month, only finishing three books.
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
I’m in the minority, I think, that I’m not super familiar with Amy Schumer. I’ve seen her movie, but that’s about the extent of it. While some chapters are the Amy Schumer people know and love, she doesn’t hesitate to talk about some of the most personal experiences that shaped her life. While certainly not for those easily offended by crude humor, it is a book I would recommend to anyone looking for laugh. Just be ready, because you’ll certainly cry as well. After reading her book, Amy has a new fan.
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
This was one of the most powerful books I’ve read recently. Melton is extremely honest and vulnerable, creating a space to deeply connect with the reader. Although I can’t directly relate to some of her struggles, the reality is that we are all dealing with something. She is brutally honest. Often, I felt like I was connecting with a friend over a glass of wine, rather than reading her stories. In case you missed it, I wrote a post last week that touched on one particular passage from this book.
The water is a place where I most experience God. After struggling with my faith over the last couple years, I was drawn to the title of this book. The fact that Rob Bell wrote the forward was another selling point! McHargue spent most of his life dedicated to his faith, but fell away over time. He goes into detail about his journey, but science, cosmology and neuroscience in particular, is both what led him away from God, and back again. Although I didn’t always connect with the science aspect, his spiritual struggles were deeply impactful.