The hustle and bustle of the holidays will soon be upon us. For many – myself included – a little self care goes a long way in trying to keep all the balls juggling. If you often find a little peace, inspiration, or restoration between the covers of a good book, then I offer the following list compiled from recommendations by friends, readers, and a few from my own personal library.
(PS…You may notice Anne Lamott makes the list twice. This is not because I have a stack of her books at my bedside table set aside for “me” time. Not at all.)
15 Titles by Prophetic Female Voices
I am Malala: The Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
Stitches by Anne Lamott
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton
The Organic God by Margaret Feinberg
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
In the Sanctuary of Women by Jan Richardson
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, and Jew – Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Priscilla Warner, and Suzanne Oliver
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes by Shauna Neiquist
You’ll find a number of these titles on past and current “Good Reads Choice Awards” lists. Voting for 2013 is open this week and you can click here to vote for your favorite or find other inspiring reads.
What’s on your “Want to Read” list these days? Who is your “go to” author to find a little inspiration, motivation, or sanctuary in a book?