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Towards the end of 2018 I FINALLY started taking the time to read. Since I’ve picked up reading again, my to-read list has rapidly been growing. While all of these books aren’t brand new (though some are), these are all of the books I’m planning on reading this year!

IMPERFECT COURAGE: LIVE A LIFE OF PURPOSE BY LEAVING COMFORT AND GOING SCARED

I’ve wanted to dig into this podcast ever since it was released, so I’m finally making it happen this year! After listening to Jessica Honegger’s interview on the Sounds Good podcast, I’m extra excited to learn about doing big things and embracing imperfection along the way.

THIRST: A STORY OF REDEMPTION, COMPASSION, AND A MISSION TO BRING CLEAN WATER TO THE WORLD

I’m so inspired by world changers. This is the story behind the non-profit, Charity Water, and the journey behind it’s CEO. I’ve listened to many interviews by Scott Harrison and he inspires me to find ways to make a difference.

IF YOU FEEL TOO MUCH

This book is written by Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms. I’ve been following him for awhile and I admire his compassion for people suffering around him. The book is full of  essays that invite readers to believe that it’s okay to admit to pain and that it’s okay to ask for help – something we all need to be reminded!

THE COLOR OF COMPROMISE: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE AMERICAN CHURCH’S COMPLICITY IN RACISM

I’m a big fan of Jemar Tisby and know that this book will be nothing short of amazing. I’ve listened to his podcast (Pass the Mic) and followed his work for awhile. Jemar has played a huge role in helping my see my own blind spots when it comes to white privilege in our country.

WE ARE NOT YET EQUAL: UNDERSTANDING OUR RACIAL DIVIDE

Last year I learned that I had A HUGE need to properly educate myself on the racial division occurring in our country. I’m ready to be humbled and informed through this hard (but necessary) conversation.

GET WEIRD: DISCOVER THE SURPRISING SECRET TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE

It’s easy to feel pressure that we need fit in a box made by society. I’m stoked to explore the concept of embracing what is weird about yourself and how it can make a difference.

UNCOMFORTABLE: THE AWKWARD AND ESSENTIAL CHALLENGE OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE the church. But let’s be real, the church is full of sinners and there are a lot of messy things going on within cultural christianity. I can’t wait to dig into this book and learn how to help my own christian community grow.

EVERYBODY, ALWAYS: BECOMING LOVE IN A WORLD FULL OF SETBACKS AND DIFFICULT PEOPLE

I know, I know, how have I not read this yet?! I love all of the positive and optimistic vibes that Bob Goff brings into this world, so I’m pumped to dig even deeper in his book!

BECOMING

I mean, what even needs to be said?! I cannot ever imagine having the responsibility of being First Lady and Michelle Obama exceeded all expectations. I’m excited to learn about her life and hopefully become a better leader in my own circles because of it.

I THINK YOU’RE WRONG BUT I’M LISTENING

This book was written by the fabulous ladies behind Pantsuit Politics, one of my favorite political podcasts that encourages civil conversations between the left and the right. I think we all could learn a thing or two about having conversations with those we disagree with (especially politically), so I’m pumped to read this one!

GOOD NEWS ABOUT INJUSTICE: A WITNESS OF COURAGE IN A HURTING WORLD

This is a book than many leaders in the nonprofit world have recommended. While many often wants to separate Christianity and social justice, I’m excited to read about how these two go hand in hand.

THE GOSPEL COMES WITH A HOUSE KEY: PRACTICING RADICALLY ORDINARY HOSPITALITY IN OUR POST-CHRISTIAN WORLD

I just finished Rosaria’s book, Secrets of an Unlikely Convert and learned SO much from her. I’m ready to dive into her second book to learn more about biblical hospitality.

What books are on your to-read list? I’m always looking for recommendations to add to mine! <3