July Favorites

Welcome to my July Favorites post! I’m a little shocked that August is next week–time is just flying by, I tell you! I don’t have that many different favorites this month, compared to some other months, but I have a handful of things that I’ve been using consistently this month. Enjoy!

Suits TV Show

I have had Suits on my watch list on Amazon for so long but I’m just not settling in to watch it. Suits is about a college drop-out named Mike who is very law school savvy. So much so that he gets hired by a well-known lawyer and the two must keep the “con” between themselves because Mike is needed at that specific firm. I’m almost through Season 1 and I’m really liking it so far. This show kind of reminds me of White Collar, which is another show I recommend.

Egyptian Magic Cream

I have had this product for a few months now but I have been using it a lot this month. I think I bought this 4 months ago and you can see how much I’ve used. The texture is almost like Vaseline and a little bit goes a long way. Egyptian Magic Cream is made primarily of bees-wax and it can be used for a number of things. I use it primarily for a night-time moisturizer, because it is so thick, but I have been using it more this month to heal a really bad sunburn that I got a few weeks ago.

Jesus Without Borders: What Planes, Trains, & Rickshaws Taught Me About Jesus
by Chad Gibbs

The traveler in me really likes this book because it is a compilation of stories from the author’s travels around the world. Chad Gibbs connects each different culture with how they practice religion and Christianity and it’s so cool to read about the global church from the travel perspective.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler

This is a Birchbox sample that I received over the last couple of months and I had a chance to use it recently. This product is really nice and easy to use because you apply it in the shower, after conditioner, and then lightly rinse it out of your hair. Once out of the shower, towel-dry your hair and the product helps to give you textured waves all day. I used this on a recent trip, where it was just too hot to spend a lot of time on my hair, and it did give me that texture and wave to my very fine and straight hair.

Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum in the shade Sunrise 

I haven’t been using that many powder makeup items this month because, once you get hot and sweaty, the finish can tend to look a little patchy. This blush serum has been a great alternative and it can be applied with your fingertips or with a beauty sponge. You don’t need a lot at all because the color is very pigmented.

DearTravelerShop on Etsy

I am the most excited about this favorite! If you haven’t heard of Dear Traveler on Etsy, please click the link about and check out the store. How cute are these greeting cards?? This shop is the creative child of one of my dear friends, Maggie, and she has designed and hand-painted each original design. Dear Traveler is based in the UK but ships to the US, and much quicker than I was expecting. I can’t wait to send someone one of these cards and to be a regular customer. Please click on over and place your own order!

I actually have an UN-favorite thing this month and that is the book The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. I talked about this book in my Summer Reading List but my idea of what the book would be was completely different from what it actually was. I imagined the book to be an innocent, coming-of-age book about navigating social classes. However, this book was filled with violence, rape, families being separated, murder, infant death, etc. I’m sure that, in some aspects, this book is an accurate, historical portrayal of what life on a plantation was like for a black slave under the “ownership” of a white free man, but I didn’t enjoy reading about it. I kept reading the book in hopes that it would get better, but it ended worse than it started. I was disappointed with this book only because it was recommended so highly by multiple Christian women/bloggers who said it was an incredible book. It was pretty, incredibly sad and gruesome and I definitely won’t be reading the sequel, Glory Over Everything. If you are sensitive to graphic and violent content, I wouldn’t recommend that you read this book.

What are some of your favorite (or un-favorite) things this month?

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Summer Reading List

One of the greatest things about being out of school is having time to read again for pleasure. Even though it’s been a few years since I’ve been out of school, I still get excited when I have a new book to read–because it means that I can just go ahead and read it! I have a few books that I want to get through this summer and wanted to share them with you as well. If you have any summer reading plans, I’d love to know about those too! I’m only making the goal of reading a few instead of several, and then maybe I’ll actually be able to get through them.

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Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

It is so easy, sometimes, for me to get lost in my own thoughts, fears, the thoughts and opinions of others, and end up forgetting Whose voice I really need to be hearing and relying on. I’ve read really good reviews about this book and I’m excited to read it.

Until We Meet Again by Michael Korenblit and Kathleen Janger

Next month I am going to Washington DC again and will have some time to visit the Holocaust Museum, which I have always wanted to see. I found this book at a local used book store and wanted to read it in preparation for going. I know that this book, or the visit to the museum for that matter, will not be lighthearted but I am always fascinated by stories of the survival and resiliency of others who have lived before us.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

I also found this book at the same used book store and I have been wanting to read this for months because I have heard it recommended by so many people. This book is about a young Irish orphan girl who is taken to work at a plantation in Virginia, raised to work and live as family with black slaves, and then her struggle to know her true place in society as she grows older. I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

Happy summer reading!

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My Winter Reading List

A few days ago, I finished the small stack of partially read books that I had piled up. Now I’m ready to start reading some new books on my other stack of unread books. It’s a vicious cycle, my friends. I thought that instead of having several for a Winter Reading List, like I did in my Fall Reading List, I would just have a goal to finish 4. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought about them!

Just Mercy

My sister recommended this book to me and I can’t wait to read it. This book is about a young lawyer, Bryan, and his stories of defending the needy, wrongly condemned, and those who seem beyond the reach of the criminal justice system. Having a background in social work, this book really appeals to me.

She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away

I am SO excited to read this book! I’ve been reading and following She Reads Truth online for a really long time and I was so happy to hear that a book was being published by the women who started SRT. All of the studies and devotionals online have been amazing and have blessed my life in so many ways, so I can’t wait to dive in to this book.

Steadfast Love: The Response of God to the Cries of Our Hearts

Matt and Lauren Chandler are some of my favorite speakers to listen to on various podcasts. This book is about worshiping the Lord with all our heart, in any season or situation because we have His steadfast love! I read the first little bit in the beginning and I know it’s going to be a wonderful book.

How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love is Already Here

This book kind of goes hand-in-hand with Steadfast Love because it’s focused on the love of God. When times are tough and turbulent, we still have His love and goodness and He makes us resilient.

I’ll let you know how I like these books once I have finished them. What are you planning on reading this winter?

Love from, Amy.

My Fall Reading List

Hello Friday! I love Fridays during the Fall months because it’s the beginning of the weekend (duh) and it seems like there’s so much to do on the weekends during those months. I love being able to catch up on reading on the weekends and I have made a list of some of the books I am determined to read this Fall. This Summer, I read so many amazing books but I think only one of them was actually on my Summer Reading List post. I’m determined to be a little more intentional with reading so I hope I can read through all of these books this Fall.

Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide by Brett McCracken. I have read another book by this author, Grey Matters, and I really loved the points made in that book so I’m excited to read another of his books. This book explores Christianity and the church’s relevancy in our culture.

Lord of the Rings: The Two Tower by JRR Tolkien. I have been reading this book for almost a year and still haven’t finished it, not because I don’t like Lord of the Rings but because I have seen the movies a million times and like them so much better. But I will finish this book and then move on to The Return of the King.

Gods of War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman. I have also read one of Kyle’s books before, AHA, so I’m ready to dive into another one. This book is about how to identify the false idols in our hearts and the things that keep us from following Jesus. I know I am definitely guilty of having false idols at different times in life so this read will be very beneficial for me.

Wasted Prayer: Know When God Wants You to Stop Praying and Start Doing by Greg Darley. I read the description to some friends the other night and I had instant conviction, but it basically said that when we think we are praying–we are really procrastinating, and when we ask for God to do His will– we are telling Him no. Yeah. I’ve never said that before, right??

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner. This title alone is refreshing to my soul. I am the kind of person that will go and go until I am utterly exhausted and/or sick. I often feel guilty for having to take time for me because I think that there are other things that I need to be doing– but I know that I can’t be useful or helpful to others if I can’t take care of myself. Anyway, so this book will be a great read!

What are some of the books you’re going to read this Fall? I’m always down to read more so recommendations are much appreciated.

Love from, Amy.

Summer Book Reading

Summer is coming! Or Summer is here? Because it is Oklahoma, I’m not sure which statement is the most accurate at this point. Anyway, it will be here before you know it. I always enjoy making plans for the summer–where I want to go, things I want to do, and books I want to read. I have a stack of books that has grown over the last several months and I can’t wait to read some of them this summer. If you have any summer reading ideas as well, I would love to hear what you plan on reading!

Books I Have Not Read:

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Books I Have Read That I HIGHLY Recommend:

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*A note about these books because there are more than one:

*Call the Midwife Series by Jennifer Worth–if you’re a fan of Call the Midwife on PBS, you’ll love these books. They are the actual memoirs of Jennifer Worth and the show is based on her experiences. However, these books are not for the faint of heart or those who don’t have an interest in medical issues. There are 4 books in this series, although the 4th book is markedly different from the previous 3, so just a FYI.

*Cold Tangerines & Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist– just amazing. I read one of these on a plane when I was going to see my best friend last year and it just made me increasingly thankful for some of the friendships I have in life right now. These books celebrated the small things in life, encouraged through the tough parts of life, and just challenged me to see everything in life a little differently.

I hope this list gives you some summer reading inspiration!

Love from, Amy.