Books, books, books

Several friends have books coming out this spring. Some of them I've already read (I do love those advance reader copies!), and some of them I can hardly wait to begin.

In no particular order:

I made the mistake of reading the first chapter of this over breakfast, despite the fact that there are two books I have to read first (a review deadline, a book club). It's crazy good. I've always loved Tsh's writing, and this is her best work yet. As a person who will never pick up and travel around the world, I will armchair the heck out of this one. 

I am slightly younger than the target demographic for this book, but as when I read Richard Rohr's Falling Upward, I was grateful for the chance to lean into questions about the next stage of my life. I did read this one in ARC form, and said this in my endorsement: My fortieth birthday is quickly approaching. I can take my cues from the culture, which tells me that midlife is cause for consternation, or I can turn to Jennifer Grant to ferry me across this threshold. The hard-earned wisdom of her new memoir is suffused with heartache and leavened by humor. This beautiful book belongs on every woman’s nightstand (probably alongside her her favorite jar of wrinkle cream).

At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises by Jerusalem Jackson Greer

I've been internet-crushing on Jerusalem Jackson Greer for years now. I was delighted to get my hands on an advanced copy of her new book, and wrote this for my blurb: It is so easy to want somebody else’s life, especially when we behold so many carefully curated Instagram feeds and glossy magazine spreads. Even when it isn’t envy but a deep sense of calling that leaves us restless with our lot in life, living in a state of thwarted hopes and unrealized dreams can fill us with bitterness and resentment. In At Home In This Life, Jerusalem Jackson Greer casts a vision for what it looks like to make peace with the present, even when the present is rife with disappointment and heartache. Faithful and funny, humble and inspiring, this book is a balm for unsettled souls.

Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home by Jen Pollock Michel

Jen's book, Teach Us To Want, is a favorite of mine - I named it a best book of 2014, writing, "The prose is perfect, and the wisdom is gentle, challenging, and new." I expect to find more of the same in Keeping Place.

More than Words: 10 Values for the Modern Family by Erin Wathen

I don't have a copy of this one yet, but it's on my summer reading list. I have loved Erin's Patheos blog for years now, and her progressive and faithful voice always gives me hope. I love that she's reclaiming the language of "family values".

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