A Few Of My Favorite Reads
I love reading. I have since I was a little kid. As much as I loved college, one thing I really missed was having time to sit down with a good book. Alas, now that I have had a few months out of school and experienced this precious time, I am excited to share some reading recommendations with you all.
Let me know your thoughts, and please share other reading recommendations with me! I’m always up for another good read.
Possibly my favorite book of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird... Just Mercy has been considered a modern version of the classic. I read Just Mercy for this first time this past spring as part of a senior seminar class. I wrote a couple papers on it and discussed it in class, but it wasn’t until after reading it that I realized the power of the story. I began to see people differently, I began to re-evaluate what justice and mercy meant to me, and I realized how often we (as a society) turned a blind eye to issues like the ones presented in this book. So I read it again. This book is a call for change in our society and I 100% recommend everyone read it.
I loved Blue Like Jazz, and it is the first book I recommend to anyone when they ask. In Scary Close, the author, Donald Miller really is a different person. He has matured, his writing style is so genuine, and his thoughts are transparent. Going through a transition period myself, this book really spoke to me about considering who I want to be, how I want others to perceive me, and what I want to contribute to the world.
This book is a must-read for any creator (which means all of us). I read this book during my senior year of college, and have since turned back to it as a reference and encouragement to my work. I have long struggled with the idea of identifying myself as a Christian Artist. This book gives validity to my feelings and offers a different perspective on the idea of creating.
**Just a quick note, I really wouldn’t recommend any of these reading materials for children. Beyond the adult themes that they explore, some of the content is simply for adults. Little Fires Everywhere, Scary Close, and Walking on Water would be a good read-along for older children though, and could spark some interesting discussion.