Please, pretty please: if you are a member of GoodReads, aka my most favorite website of all, add my book to your to-read list.
On a related note, please, pretty please: when the time comes, consider writing a review, either on GoodReads or Amazon. I've always taken these reviews into consideration when selecting books to read, and apparently they are one of the most important factors in book marketing. I wish I could just silently hope you'll write reviews, but I'm learning how crucial it is to actually pipe up and ask.
Some really cool things have happened lately when I have had the courage to ask. More on that soon.
One of the cool things about Amazon is the "customers also bought" thingamajig. I am completely enamored of this, because I seriously love the company Any Day a Beautiful Change keeps. Here are some great ones:
- Bless Her Heart by Ashley-Anne Masters and Stacy Smith.
- Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner. I loved this book.
- This Odd and Wondrous Calling by Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver. Mandatory reading for pastors and the people who love them.
- Children of God Storybook Bible by Desmond Tutu. I haven't read this yet, but have heard great things about it.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I adore this book, and so does Juliette. The text is lovely, the pictures are lovely, and the narrated version is lovely squared.
- Praying in Color Kids Edition by Sybil MacBeth. I love the grown-up version and this is on my list.
- The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson, aka my favorite pastoral theologian.
- The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola. We received this as a gift from a Disciple colleague when Juliette was born. It requires tissues!
- An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. It seems to me she gets a lot of flack for having left church, and I'll admit that I have contributed to the flack-giving even though I adore her writing. But she's giving great big wonderful gifts to the church with the books she's writing, post-church. Even people who have no interest in church often love this book. It just resonates deeply.
- Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer. A classic.
- Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helen Delval. This is new to me - but the pictures look beautiful and I reckon we'd be all over it. On the to-read list.
- Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. I jokingly refer to Tsh as my guru.
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. I loved her TED Talk, and know a lot of people who consider Brene Brown their guru. This is very, very high at the top of my to-read list.
- Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. I read one of his books in seminary. Actually, in the same class in which we were assigned Let Your Life Speak. Another classic.
- Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. This sounds amazing.
Some, but not all, are about ministry. Some are for children. They are all written by authors who seem intent on inviting people into living good lives; joyful, courageous, faithful lives. They all have five stars, or just a sliver shy.
Like I said, that is some good company. I hope my book can live up to its shelf-mates!