5 Books You Need to Read this Summer

When I was younger, I was that kid who constantly had their nose in a book. I took one with me everywhere I went and truly loved to read. And I was good at it. I loved getting lost in a book regardless of what might be going on around me. As I got older, I got busier and my time spent reading dwindled down. It’s always been something I love to do, I just haven't been as good at taking the time to do it. Recently though I’ve spent a lot more time reading and I want to share with you some of my all-time favorite books that you definitely need to add to your list. I’ve linked where you can purchase them too! Check it out.

A Love Letter Life by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff

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This is truly one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Joe and I read it together during his pre-deployment leave and it was seriously just so relatable and offered the most practical advice regarding how to love one another better, even from a distance. Jeremy + Audrey write this in such a welcoming, authentic, and bold way that it makes you not ever want to put it down and just continue to learn more about their story and their hearts. Get it here!

“Amid the emotional ecstasy of falling in love, it can be easy to glorify our earthly love story over God’s eternal love story, exalting the love of our life over the Lord of our life. God designed us to worship him and no one else before or in place of him. But this doesn’t mean our love for God takes away from our love for others. Absolutely not! It’s actually the opposite. As we seek to love and worship Christ more, we are able to more creatively, more patiently, more selflessly, and more unconditionally love others. The best way to love your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse is to love God first.”

“A question I often ask myself when making decisions is, “Is this the story I want to tell?”"

“True love has a way of calling us out of our dark hiding places and into the light of freedom.”

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

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Jordan just released this book a few weeks ago and it has already won its way into the hearts of millions. She does such an amazing job at reaching out to the girl who might feel lost, stuck, or multi-passionate and not sure where to go next. It is so evident that Jordan poured her heart and soul into this book to best reach her readers, and it really does feel so conversational as if she’s sitting right next to you giving you advice as a friend. She is real and authentic and gives you permission to “own your everyday” and bring about goodness and change right in your own sphere of influence— no matter how big or how small that might be. I couldn’t recommend this enough to every girl. Get it here!

“So don’t merely expect failure but actually prepare for how you will respond when it comes. Yes, have faith that it will work out if it’s the good Lord’s will. However, don’t be shocked if it doesn't work out the way you think it might. Instead of reacting to an unwanted error or failure, consider how you’ll respond if what you’re trying doesn’t go according to plan.”

“I began to wonder if maybe God doesn’t give us answers because He dares us to spend less time trying to figure out what we’re doing and more time having faith in what He’s doing. Perhaps the broken pieces that come with disappointment, frustration, and failure prepare us for a purpose we couldn’t have dreamed up on our own. Maybe they’re the very things we need.”

“Purpose lies in how we show up in our spheres of influence and how people are loved by us. No platform is required for that. No big name, fancy organization, or impressive job is necessary. Showing up can be done by both the broke college student and the established entrepreneur. Instead of trying to show off, each of us can choose to show up and give what we have.”

Rush by Lisa Patton

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This book was recommended to me recently by a friend and I loved it so much I read it in a single day! I could not put it down. A fictional book set at Ole Miss, Lisa Patton digs into the realities of rush in the south and makes you fall in love with the characters she has created. It is written from multiple characters viewpoints and I loved the way it all intertwined together and gave the reader many perspectives. Truly one of the best fictional books I’ve ever read, you definitely want to read this. It’s full of examples of courage, bravery, and friendship. Such an awesome read! Get it here.

“I learned a long time ago, when someone aims to do something nice, it’s important to be gracious. Telling her no might rob her of a blessing.”

“Sometimes you need to know when to close the window, I look around the room— every wall full of composites from years past, a few from when I first started at Alpha Delt. I can only hope and pray that as far back as twenty-five years, I may have made a difference in the girls’ hearts.”

Love Does by Bob Goff

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Given the shape this book is in, you can tell I’ve read it over and over and it has been well loved through the years. I read this book for the first time in 7th grade and can truly say it changed my perspective on what it means to follow Jesus and the relational, whimsical way the God loves us. Bob Goff tells so many interesting and adventurous stories that are so intriguing and make you want to know more. I have recommended this book to countless people even regardless of their beliefs. It’s fun and exciting and really shows you the spirit of adventure and how loving others can change everything. Get it here!

“Jesus told the people He was with that it’s not enough to just look like you love God. He said we’d know the extent of our love for God by how well we loved people.”

“That’s what I want my life to be all about— full of abandon, whimsy, and in love. I want to be engaged to life and with life.”

“When we accept life’s invitation, it’s contagious too. Other people will watch us and start seeing life as something more amazing, more whimsical than before.When you show up to the big life, people (the type who don’t think they’re invited) start seeing invitations everywhere as thick as colorful fall leaves. They don’t think about their pain or their weakness any longer. Instead, they think about how incredible a big life really is and how powerful the one who is throwing the banquet is too.”

“Words of encouragement are like that. They have their own power. And when they are said by the right people, they can change everything.”

#BeWorthFollowing by Jennifer M. Bennett

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In this book Jennifer digs into the online world we live in today and how to truly make a difference and be worth following. So much of what we see on Instagram, Facebook, and what not today is negative or full of content that makes you feel bad about your life in comparison to others. I love how encouraging this book is and how she gives you practical advice on how to be different and truly be a light on social media. If you’re an influencer, run a business that markets on social media, or even simply have an instagram account, I recommend this book. It totally changed my perspective and how I view social media. Get it here!

“God has given each of us a different path, a different journey, which means our definitions of success will look different.”

“Looking to God for our definition of success before we dive into building our platform (our tribe) makes all the difference in how we view our goals and how we will know what sort of impact we’re making.”

“One important to ask ourselves every day is whose platform am I really building, my own or God’s"?”

“Envy will keep you from following the calling of God on your life. The time you spend comparing and envying what someone else has will only hold you back and weaken the beautiful work God wants to do through you— and it will be beautiful if you let go and let Him lead.”

If you read any of these books I would love to know what you think! Or if you have any book recommendations for me let me know, I always love a new read. Happy Monday!