We are in the heart of summer! Raise’Him & Praise’Him!
Although the weather here in Florida has been unpredictable, to say the least, I’ve really enjoyed my 4th summer as a High School teacher. My first two summers, I took on a job to make a little extra income- Your girl was a camp counselor both summers, a job I had had during college. As nice as it was to be back, I decided to quit after that second summer and have been enjoying my summers ever since.
At the beginning of summer, I decided to make a schedule and hoped to stick to it. I’d get up and walk the dog, prepare a healthy, green smoothie, do a morning study, maybe read at the beach, and so on. I’m sure you can see where this is going. Well, that lasted about a week.
Before you start judging me, just know that it’s not entirely my fault! Again, the weather in Florida is super unpredictable causing my beachside reading to get crossed off the list most days. At 4:00pm the sun will be shining down full blast and by 4:01pm, rain, thunder, and lightning will all be making a guest appearance, as I look both ways waiting for Noah to sail by on his ark.
I think to myself, if I can’t read beachside, maybe I’ll just read INside. Here are my top 3 favorite summer reads! Most, if not all, of these books are not necessarily new but man, are they good reads each in their own way.
#1 Everybody, Always – Bob Goff
My top choice is Bob Goff’s Everybody, Always. Y’all. You need to read this book, and then you need to follow Goff on every social media and totally obsess over how cool this dude is like I did. In his first book, Love Does, he introduced us to his quirky self with stories that threaded lessons he had learned along his journey. Although I’d recommend this book just about a million times, you don’t need to read his first to understand his second book.
Everybody, Always captures the idea of loving your enemies or those who challenge and/or scare us. Who are the people in your life you just want to strangle, because they are so obnoxious or combative?! Goff discusses how easy it is to love the people who are easy to love. You can’t just love your enemy in one circumstance and then shout to the Heavens, “You’re welcome!” This is an everybody, always situation.
I bought my copy from Barnes & Noble, but you can find Bob’s masterpiece on Amazon or other big sellers! Who knows! Maybe your friend owns it, and you can borrow it. With stories that make you laugh out loud and then turn around and make you cry, you’re going to need a highlighter and a cup of your favorite snacks. You may just finish the book in one sitting. It’s that good.
#2 Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis
Sorry gentlemen; this one’s for the girls!
Rachel Hollis, a fellow blogger and social media influencer, has done it again! In this honestly hilarious book, Rach (nickname, because I’m practicing to be her friend one day) shares some embarrassing, heart wrenching, and honest stories. She comes from a place of authenticity and titles her chapters after lies she’s believed. Let me just say, as a woman, some of these titles are killing me inside because they are just too real. I find myself audible saying to a bunch of pages, “Hmm, that’s good.”
If you still have your highlighter out, keep it out. Mark these pages with your own stories and turn this book into a journal to look back on or to pass down to a young female one day. That’s my plan anyway.
I borrowed Girl, Wash Your Face from Hoopla.com. I put in my library card number and pin and was able to rent out the book for close to a month! Again, don’t judge me. I’m on a teacher budget. But honestly, I may just buy this one, because it has quickly become a favorite!
#3 Uninvited – Lysa TerKeurst
My last summer book suggestion is Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited. Gentlemen, it’s been nice knowing you, but, alas, this one is again for the ladies! (Who run the world? GIRLS.) Now that I’ve got that out of my system, let me tell you about why you MUST go get this book! It doesn’t matter how you get it as long as you get it!
This book explores rejection, something we’ve all experienced. Anyone who says otherwise isn’t just a liar, but a flippin’ liar. Lysa uncovers some of her most deepest wounds when it comes to feeling left out and forgotten.
YO. REAL TALK.
As a teacher in the summer, these days can get very lonely. I do count my summer as a blessing, but somedays I do miss my work days; they were busy and it made it easier for me to hide my loneliness. The good news is that Lysa doesn’t leave you wondering in that dark corner of your mind, “Why do I suck and have no friends?!” when you clearly do not suck and have plenty of great friends. (My internal mind is a dramatic place full of spot lights and directors yelling at me to cheat out.) Please disregard my theatre outburst. It’s a thing I do.
In all seriousness, this book will wreck your world in the best way possible. Sometimes a broken heart can turn into a stronger person. Face this book with vulnerability and I promise you’ll come out with strength and beauty.
Confession Time! I looked up what the internet defined as a non-reader: a person who cannot or does not read. Alright, relax internet.
Although I’m not like my better half, Josh, a total book worm, I can and do read- but I do not consider myself an avid reader; if you know me at all, you know that I just don’t really enjoy reading, because I feel it takes too long. In addition, my reading comprehension is weak – so, sometimes I have to read things multiple times to fully grasp it. It’s a real pain in the butt! I also have no patience, which is why I can’t sit through movies. I have many issues, as you can see. So, when I recommend a book, you better believe it’s because I got through all or enough of it to know it’s a winner!
What have you been reading this summer? Comment below!
I’ve got an empty book shelf just waiting for your suggestions!