It’s that time again. I debated with myself about whether or not I’d continue the monthly book roundup during 2017 but I figured this is the one thing I can consistently count on having enough material for–so why should I stop?
However, I did make one resolution.
I want to read books that are more out of the box this year. Or listen–that works too.
Our library offers a lot of audio books through Hoopla. If you haven’t heard of it before, see if it’s something you can get through your local library card. You can borrow up to 9 audiobooks/movies per month for free!
Bach: Music In The Castle of Heaven
This book is really long and quite interesting. However, I should have counted on it being a major time investment, so I have yet to finish it. I’m already planning to read it a second time because I don’t quite get it all. Bach is not my favorite composer (the Romantics are) but any serious musician can appreciate the incredible creative contribution and foundation he laid for what we know as modern music theory and classical music in general. (If you’re new to the blog, I play the piano & violin, so a love for classical music runs deep in my veins.)
The Freedom Of Self-Forgetfulness
This little gem of a book is such a good reminder. Often I get caught up in my own world and forget the path to true joy is simply losing myself in whatever God wants me to do. I don’t have to ‘be’ somebody or maintain my image. Convicting read that I plan on circling back to.
While this one is definitely geared towards a corporate environment, there’s lots of insight for practical application in interpersonal relationships. The point of the book is that some smart people are focused on building their own empire, but the impactful smart people are focused on finding people’s potential and harnessing it for good. Lots of great ideas on how to identify other people’s strengths and build them up.
A Confident Heart
Refreshed is the one word I can think of when I think of this beautiful book. Renee Swope draws on a lot of her own life story to show how confidence is not a natural trait, but something we find as we rest in God’s will for our life and allow him to teach us through circumstances. It’s a bit longer, so I broke it up into a devotional so I could think about little pieces at a time. Highly recommend.