March Book Madness

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My March book recommendations include good reads to enjoy on a Spring break getaway, a long flight or relaxing at home on the sofa. I hope you find some inspiration for your reading enjoyment.

1.   It’s What I Do, by Lynsey Addario: This gripping memoir chronicles the war photojournalist’s viewpoint from the front lines of battle around the globe while grappling with her other role, as a mother. (Steven Spielberg will direct the movie version starring Jennifer Lawrence.)

2.   All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Derr: This book is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. The characters are wonderfully developed and leap off the page. It is long but the chapters are short, and the book’s pace is quick-moving.

3.   Life From Scratch, by Sasha Martin: I enjoy reading Sasha’s blog.  She set a goal to cook and eat a meal from every country in the world and shares over 650 meals from around the world on her blog. In this heartfelt and brutally honest memoir, Sasha reveals the power of cooking to bond, empower, and to heal.

4.   A New Season: A Robertson Love Story of Brokeness and Redemption, by Al and Lisa Robertson: Al and Lisa are members of The Duck Dynasty family. The couple detail their rough teen years and the 14-month affair that nearly destroyed their marriage. This is a brutally honest and  compelling story.

5.   Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human, by Judah Smith: This is a book for new believers, for lifelong followers, and for the merely curious.

6.   Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, by Roz Chast: This memoir deals with the topic of aging parents. The book will encourage and offer some comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

7.   All the Places to Go: How Will You Know?, by John Ortberg: Bestselling author John Ortberg sheds light on the countless doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all the extraordinary opportunities that await.

8.   The Smartest Kids in the Word and How They Got That Way, by Amanda Ripley: This book chronicles the compelling stories of three American teenagers living abroad and attending the world’s top-notch public high schools. The author explains how other countries cultivate the “smartest” kids on the planet. A great read for teachers and parents

9.   The Third Target, by Joel C. Rosenberg: A fictional story about ISIS and the ruthless potential of this group to go beyond its roots as merely an al Qaeda terrorist cell to become a major player on the international stage. The author claims that he never even heard of the group when he began his research. But while he was writing this novel, ISIS rose to become a major player in the Middle East. A group which is growing in infamy in the West and stature among radical Islamists. I highly recommend this book and any of the others that Rosenberg has written in the past.

10.  The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success, by Andy Andrews: An inspiring collection of insights for living an unconventional life in a conventional world. I also recommend the youth version, The Young Traveler’s Gift for tweens and teens.

11.  The Complete Vegetarian, by Editors at America’s Test Kitchen:  This book is not just for vegetarians. It has 709 recipes, 300 are fast (start to finish 45 minutes or less), 500 are gluten-free, and 250 are vegan.

12.  Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier: A classic novel that will keep you up all night.

13.  7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excessby Jen Hatmaker: This is a  true story of how the Hatmaker family took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence. The couple and their kids star in HGTV’s My Big Family Renovation. Brandon and Jen set out on a complete renovation that would turn a 100-year-old farmhouse into a dream home for themselves and their five children. I love this show and Jen’s books.

14.  Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, by Gretchen Rubin: If you are looking for ways to get your life under control, I highly recommend this one. Gretchen is the author of the best-selling book, The Happiness Project.

15.  Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are, by Shauna Niequist: A lovely collection of  daily devotionals and Shauna’s best recipes.

16.  Nobody’s Cuter Than You, by Melanie Shankle: This is a sweet book about the beauty of friendship because we all need a friend who knows us and love us despite ourselves. A great book club pick.

Find out more of my favorite books here.

Let me know if you’ve been reading anything good lately. I always love new recommendations.

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