A Resolution (well sort of) to Read More…
As a rule I avoid making new years resolutions, historically anything I resolved to do at the beginning of a new year was destined to be abandoned, something about it just created huge feelings of pressure and I know this is self imposed pressure, no one is doing this to me, but me! This is the time of year when everyone is setting intentions and resolutions, and don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that, for me, the pressure of it all sends me retreating into my shell fearful of failure! Does this happen to you? So as I mentioned in the last post, I’m learning to lean into a guiding word for each year and my guiding ford for 2018 is Hope, I am hopeful about what this new year holds and while I do have goals in mind for the year, I am primarily interested in staying grounded in my intentions and remaining open to where the Holy Spirit leads me. I can truly get so caught up into adhering to what I think I should be doing that I can drown out His voice trying to lead me in what He wants me to do- so, this year I am hopeful that by staying open to hearing His voice, I will accomplish His plan. One of my weapons in fighting my own will taking over is to immerse myself in prayer, reading and studying daily. So, I thought I’d share my reading list for January!
What I’m Reading….
Let me insert this caveat before I go any further, I am ADHD and I mean clinically. Those letters are not just an adjective to describe me, I am legitimately ADHD. I am also an ENFP (Myers Briggs) and if you are familiar with this personality indicator, then you know the N combined with me being ADHD means I am almost always reading 5-6 books at one time. I know for some of you the thought of that is cringe worthy, but for me, it works. So here is my January reading list
Ann Voskamps One Thousand Gifts is hands down one of my favorite books. I read it on an almost constant basis – in fact, one of my goals is to create a page on this site to share my list. I had the opportunity to meet Ann last year and am thrilled to share with you that she is as gracious and lovely in person as she is in her book. The word humble truly captures her spirit.
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, is a yearly pilgrimage for me. I make this trip yearly to the seashore with her to experience her musings on the evolving shape of woman’s life and to be guided by her wisdom to find a space for contemplation and creativity in my own life. This ritual of revisiting this beautiful work is one of the kindest things I do for myself.
Unleashed: How to Receive Everything the Holy Spirit Wants to Give You by Sonja Corbiit is a new book for me. As I mentioned above, I struggle to experience the promptings of the Holy Spirit primarily because my own will and determination tends to drown it out. This books feels like a good way for me to begin this year of hope and with the guidance of Corbitt and her storytelling abilities I look forward to discovering more about how the Holy Spirit flows through my life in relationships, prayer, and even in times of suffering.
Books on the side…
In addition to these three I always have some books on the side that serve as resource books. I don’t necessarily read them cover to cover but access them when I need to. Here are a couple of those:
Introduction to the Devout Life (I’m learning more about Saint Francis de Sales this month)
In Conversation with God: 7 Meditations for Each Day of the Year A bit expensive- but truly a gift that gives, year after year, I cannot say enough about this 7 volume set of daily meditations
The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life – as a homeschooling mom, this incredible resource guides us through our days and the liturgical calendar
Road Trip USA– we have big plans for summer 2018!
The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast – we also have big gardening plans for this year!
And how about you…what are you reading right now?