"The Journey of a Lifetime starts with the turning of a Page."
Books that made me...
pursue, be better,grow,desire,take risks,hope,believe & understand.
Books are like Life...they challenge & change you.
Some are worth collecting. Here are a few of my favorites.
I am in LOVE with Italy. No, I have never been ...but am meant "to be" :) This is the love story of
Marlena and who she comes to call "the stranger" Its funny, sweet, adventurous and best of all TRUE!
Lets face it, 90% of families have, as author Anne Lamott says "Not all of our dots on the dice" But we learn from the dysfucntion, hopefully weeding well and make changes in our own adult lives. This is an amazing true story of how 2 parents raised their family. You won't be able to put it down.
A classic beyond. Every couple years I read it again...and daily I glean from the passages. Anne speaks to the heart like an old friend over and over. Her story is EVERY womans story at some point in life. She tells of our transitions through the shells she finds, like a parable. Best gift book ever!
I love the ocean and years ago when I was going through a difficult time as a woman transitioning into my 40's & losing my father,unanswered questions began. I was blessed with the gift of a weekend away "by the sea" from my husband. I read this book,cried a little and began the journey of adding new colors to my life canvas.I learned that weekend what was important to hold onto and what to let go of.
What can I say about this book except READ IT! It will make you laugh,cry and hopefully stand up for all that is right and true and just. A beautiful book and a first-time author in her 40's. INSPIRATIONAL all around!
Curl up during the winter and read this by the fire as the rain or snow comes down in your corner of the world. You won't be sorry.One of my favorite authors,Wallers stories are poetry in motion.
My neighbor first introduced me to Anne Lamott by borrowing me this book. I took it on the airplane as we traveled to Disneyland and read it all the way there, laughing out loud with my husband! This is a story of raw truth. So if your faint of heart you may want to move on. I love her writing because she says the things we all wish we were brave enough to say or do as we grow through lifes ups & downs and shes comfortable enough to know God still loves her. If I were giving out stars I would probably give it 100. Just sayin' ;)
I don't think theres many of us who have not heard or read this beautiful book. But still, I had to include it from my collection. It can't help but make you want to be a better person. The lessons we have to share with each other are priceless. If you have not read it in awhile, read it again to remind yourself what is important :)
A dear friend gave me this book for my birthday
in 2005. I can't tell you how many copies I have purchased for friends over the years! It was one
of those books that swept me away to the sweetness of the south. Its truly a white southern girls coming of age story where she learns about love from a
group of beautiful black women who take her into their home. Once you have read it you will carry
a new meaning of life with you forever.
One of my favorite Christian authors Ortberg always explains and approaches life with God in the realest of ways. If your questioning where you are in your life as a believer or non, this is a great read that will open your eyes and heart anew. Promise :)
What can I possibly say...here's THAT author again I love so much! Marlena De Blasi! This is her second book after moving from Venice to Tuscany. Her adventure with "the Stranger" continues. AH!! Can't wait to go to Italy with "My Stranger" (yes...that would be my husband Jaime ;)
I'm telling you...read her books and see your own life as the adventure it is!
If you are struggling with church or spirituality.
If you have been hurt ,tainted or confused by a
rote system of christianity. If your having a
spiritual crisis....this may be your book. You may
not agree with everything she shares...but you may find yourself reading a little bit of your own story within her words.Beautifully written & transparent. It's not about following the crowd. Its about
actively waiting for your own spiritual direction
from God. And When the Heart Waits??? Well...
This book is my absolute favorite childhood book. I can still remember the impact it had on me when I was in the 4th grade. I felt l
ike the main character Frannie, around the same age;identifying with her coming of age story as she wrote through all the joys and sorrows of family life and tried to find her place in this world, even at a young age. Its
a beautiful read that most of us were required to read at some point on our educational walk. If it wasn't part of your journey it's not too late to read it as an adult :) Also a wonderful gift book !
Another great read from Mitch Albom and a wonderful gift book. I am a deep thinker so the message of this book has always stayed within my heart whenever I pass through my front door. We have no idea what is going on in the scheme of Life on a moment to moment basis, but as a believer I trust in a God greater than I who is using all our intertwining steps and encounters in ways we could never imagine.
Christians seem to either love this book or hate it. I choose LOVE :) Why? Because its a story that has been able to bring so many people into relationship with a God they can, for the first time, actually feel loves them. I celebrate that
I will simply review these two books together. 'Im not sure I have ever read two books that impacted my heart and very soul in such a way that I was forever changed in how I approached life and the Love Always Wins mantra.
Both of these books encompasse what it means to love to the fullest...especially ones enemy. In life the enemy wins when we have let them overtake us with bitter hatred for what they did to us or allowed for us to go through. These are the stories of grace, love, forgiveness and redemtion you will never forget.
In my opinion HOW WE LOVE is the best marriage book I have ever read. And I have read many. Just sayin'.
I know most couples in a marriage DO NOT want to go backward and discuss pains or views of their childhood. But if you really want to understand WHY you react a "certain way" during "certain situations" between you and your partner...I say read this book and it will open new doors of communication, compassion & empathy for each other. It will help you understand YOU better, your relationship with your children and friendships also.
Our childhood impacts HOW WE LOVE. Theres no getting around it. If your in need of breaking through some barriers in your relationship, read this book together with your partner. It may not be easy...but who ever said working on a relationship that's worth it was?
I read Broken Open when my daughter was going through breast cancer. One of the most beautifully written & thought provoking books I've ever read. It was truly an experience in healing my own broken mothers heart and letting go of that which I could not put a mothers band-aid on; Cancer. It taught me to face myself in new ways.
No matter what your going through it is a book of great insight and one I have given to many people in the years since I first read it.