This post begins with a bathtub shot of Fifi for two reasons: 1. She's the perfect example of why we should wear red lipstick in the bathtub, and 2. It's my favorite place to read! I just wanted to share a few good books I've been reading written by some super cool friends of mine, so the picture adds to your viewing pleasure;) You're welcome.
We Stood Upon Stars, by Roger Thompson is a fantastic journey of a book. Britt and I both loved it (he endorsed it!). Roger is a friend from Ventura, surfer, adventurer, all-around phenomenal writer, and his book invokes wanderlust and wonder of creation. Plus, it's gorgeous and includes hand drawn maps of all the places he writes about. He's funny, thoughtful, and makes me wanna hop in a van and see where it takes me. PERFECT for Father's Day!
Choosing Real, by Bekah Pogue is the coffee date with the warmest person you'll ever meet. Bekah is the loveliest, most infectiously friendly and encouraging author you wished lived next door to you! Unfortunately for the West Coast, she recently moved to Nashville. Her book is for the girl who needs encouragement in her life when things don't go as planned. It's an often funny and deeply heartfelt conversation about where real life and faith intersect.
My dear friend Alison Trowbridge wrote a book called Twenty-Two; letters to a young woman searching for meaning. This is beautifully written and like having a life mentor who encourages you to live big, be kind, and make a difference. Perfect for high school and college grads, but secretly buy yourself a copy because it's that good! Plus Allie is beyond lovely, lives a courageous and adventurous life, and pretty much you'll want to be her sister.
Unafraid, by Susie Davis. I found this book a couple of years ago, when I was dealing with some pretty intense fear. It was so helpful, written in the style I love: friend to friend with a bunch of wisdom thrown in for good measure. Susie shares her years-long struggle with fear, beginning when she witnessed a murder in junior high. She writes about overcoming in such a relatable way. I happened to meet Susie this year at IF Gathering, and instantly I wanted to hug her and spend a week with her! She's really wonderful, has a beautiful blog, and I just might have been a guest on her podcast!
I always have a HUNDRED books on my nightstand, to the point where they are precariously teetering on the edge. Once in a while they all spill over onto the floor, and now they're stacking up on a little copper tray table by my favorite chair. Books have the power to speak into your life, to introduce you to new friends and heroes, and encourage you to live a deeper story. Whether it's the Chronicles of Narnia, Elizabeth Prentiss' Stepping Heavenward, or the book of Esther, dive in this summer! Goodness, truth and beauty awaits!