Feeling Kinda Bookish in the Dead of Winter

There's no better time to curl up with a meaningful book than right now in this, the dead of winter.  It's too cold / gray / windy / icy to be anywhere else than under a cozy blanket, a mug of something steamy at hand, Christmas lights still perched on narrow windowsills, refusing to be boxed up as they keep on twinkling their cozy warmth.

I've been paging through ...

The Power of the Other: The Startling Effect Other People Have on You from the Boardroom to the Bedroom and Beyond - and What to Do About It
- Dr. Henry Cloud
For decades, this psychologist has been a major player in the Christian counseling field.  In recent years, Cloud's emerged as an insightful, energetic leadership coach.  Working with major players in the corporate world, his perceptive observations, laced with dry wit, are simply superb.

Bottom line?  The best and brightest leaders don't simply focus on building their own personal skills, knowledge, and talent but become most effective and successful when they draw on 'personal and professional relationships that fuel growth and help them surpass current limits.'

We don't accomplish anything of value all by ourselves.  Strong healthy relationships are absolutely vital and can impact us in ways we never dreamed.  And because we're all leaders in some way, I'm recommending this book highly.

No Tomorrow
- June Caedmon
Many of us have been inspired by June through her breathtaking photography and steady, gentle wisdom on her blog.  If you're looking for an easy yet substantial read, this lovely book of fiction will be just your cup of tea.  Well written, set in Hawaii {sigh}, here's a story of a couple wrestling with past trust issues, stark health realities, and fear of the unknown future as they figure out if they truly belong together.

This is a book to keep on your coffee table, to share across the generations, to donate to your church library.  A wonderful mid-winter read.  Simply delightful.

Just like the author.

Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup With Your Best Friend
- Irene S. Levine, Ph.D.
'Being betrayed by a friend whom you once considered an intimate is as jolting as being rear-ended at a stoplight' {page 70}.

If you've been there, you know that this kind of breakup is akin to making your way through divorce.  It's excruciating, traumatic ... and sadly, most of us have experienced this all too common heartache.

Amazingly, I've never seen a book on this subject before which is odd since best friend breakups are not particularly rare.   Well-researched yet super easy to read, Levine shares many stories that will hit home, plus some poignant insights on building as well as ending female friendships ... and the need for forgiveness as you both move on.

Book club discussion questions are included.  Need I say more?


Yes, please, more bookish stuff ...
Four Reasons to Slow Down - 'I want to stop aiming at volume so I'm freer to linger, meditate, memorize, and record what I need to press deeper into my soul.'

17 New Books to Read in 2017 - Emily Freeman shares brand new releases coming our way.

Why You Need a Reading Plan - Ann Voskamp's building a monthly community around 'life-giving, life-transforming' books.

Beth's Big Book Club - Beth Moore's The Undoing of Saint Silvanus webcast is this Friday, January 20th.  Read my review right here ... and then sign up to join the party.

What's in your bookbag these days?


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Anne & Holley & Brenda


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