My Journaling Roots: Books on Journaling



Today, I’m reaching back in time and sharing my strongest journaling influences. In my early twenties, I worked full-time in the fitness field as a Personal Trainer, and Fitness Instructor. Eventually I  held the position of Personal Training Director, helping to mentor and train up and coming staff and other fitness influencers in that field. I know what it is to be an influencer, and to be influenced, to inspire and be inspired.


Inspiring Summer Reading

I am looking forward to two R’s this Summer: reading and relaxing- on the beach, by the lake, in a hammock, at the park….anywhere OUTSIDE. Hooray for Summer! I am going to try and read the books that have remained, undeservedly, in the stack for far too long. This is my time, baby! Generally I am a non-fiction reader, so this book pile reflects (primarily) that tendency. But, I would love to lose myself in a fiction read if the right one happens along! Here’s my list. I would love to know what books will be in your Beach Bag this Summer! If you have a great fiction suggestion, let me know!
Breath of Life A journey into Origin & Purpose of Spirit, Soul, and Body by Marja Meijers
Chasing SilhouettesHow To Help A Loved One Battling An Eating Disorder by Emily Wierenga
Bless Back– Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life by Julie Saffrin
Your Beautiful Purpose– Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You by Susie Larson
The Open Window 8 Weeks To Creating An Extraordinary Life by Catherine Galasso-Vigorito
A Place To Belong– Out of Our Comfort Zone and Into God’s Adventure by Lisa Troyer
Reshaping It All – Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness by Candace Cameron Bure
30 Days To A Great Attitude by Deborah Smith Pegues
*Devotions for the Beach and Days You Wish You Were There By Thomas Nelson Publishing
The Green Series by Judy Christie (I read the first and loved it and have the rest of the series so I think I am longing to head back to Green This Summer!) Yes this is Fiction BTW.
The Two Trees (Book One of the Promise Series) by Robert Wetmore
Maybe one of these:
The Spotlight of Faith– Understanding What It Means To Walk WIth God by Bill Crowder
Hope Has It’s Reasons- The Search To Satisfy Our Deepest Longings by Rebecca Manley Pippert
Coming Home– The Soul’s Search for Intimacy With God by Joseph M. Stowell
Let God be God– Lifechanging Truths from the Book of Job by Ray C. Stedman
I won many of these through giveaways or gifts and look forward to catching up on some of the wonderful reading I have received! I bought a few. The last group I got for free at our church one Sunday, when they were left on the foyer table with a FREE sign on them (much to my joy and hubby’s dismay!). One can never have too many books is my philosophy.

So, do tell me what you are reading this Summer!

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I am a slow reader with a serious stack! 
So sad I missed “What’s On Your Nightstand” last month, so I decided to share this 
delightful reading pile with my Wordless Wednesday, friends.
Friends, too.
Enter satisfying sigh here. 
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
 they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, 
and the most patient of teachers.  ~Charles W. Eliot

I find television to be very educating.  
Every time somebody turns on the set, 
I go in the other room and read a book.  ~Groucho Marx

Books are not made for furniture, 
but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. 
 ~Henry Ward Beecher
“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last
 page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
Paul Sweeney

The Slowest Reader Makes A Comeback (Kinda)

Since May I have hit a record low in reading pace. It’s not as if I was not reading. Do blog posts count? No, I didn’t think so. But between writing, end of school, and Summer outings with friends, the books were getting dusty. They sat and waited on the nightstand OR were toted and neglected. Reading bits and pieces with too many interruptions makes it hard to build up the momentum which leads to reading bliss!
And I missed my Kindle, even though I prefer hardbound, paper, real books.
Then vacation came and I found my reading pace once again. Slow but steady! 
Hold back your yawn, I am making a comeback! 
Still maintaining The Slowest Reader In The World status but crawling along and enjoying the scenery at my own snail pace once more.
The few I finished since last time:
Heaven In Her Arms by Catherine Hickem
I have to admit when I first saw the title of Catherine Hickem’s book, Heaven in Her Arms- Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means For You, my interest was peaked. I have always been drawn to the faith of this unassuming, young woman of the Bible who has through various denominations been deified, defended, glorified, minimized, scrutinized and idolized. 
As for me, I knew if there is one lady in scripture who could teach me something, it is Mary.
Mary, the Mother of God.
Mary, the Maidservant of The Lord.
Mary, the humble Jewish girl.
Mary, the wife of Joseph.
Mary the Virgin Mother.
Mary, the tender, submissive, faithful mother to Jesus.
Mary, a woman who both inspires, intimidates and baffles.
Mary, an Icon.
Indeed, I had no problem being drawn to this book, like a moth to flame.
But here is the clincher. Read More Here.

Mission Possible by Deborah L. McCarragher
This excellent offering has more to offer than meets the eye. Concise and to the point with the focus and intent being delivering hope, encouragement, useful scripture and guidance to those women who are in a spiritually mismatched marriage. I was leery at first because I wondered if this would have practical application for those who are in marriages where they are not with an unsaved spouse but instead with someone who may be a Christian but off track in their spiritual life in another way: back-slidden or perhaps off  in their personal walk in leading the family, discipleship, growth, zeal for the Lord etc. I found this to be useful as a help for those in marriage to a spouse who needs salvation but also for all women as we all need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and pray ceaselessly for our husbands. Practical, suitable and helpful for a variety of marriage circumstances.

Beckoned By The King  by Jeannie Pallett
The author takes a journey with God through the verses of Psalm 119.
Will be reviewing and interviewing Jeannie soon!

10 Minutes To Powerful Prayer by Stormie O’martian

Praying for Purpose for Women: 
A Prayer Experience That Will Change Your Life Forever
by Katie Brazelton

Still waiting on my nightstand BUT there is hope yet:
Goodness Gracious Green by Judy Christie (Love this series)
Bringing Up Girls by  Dr. James Dobson
Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter by Janet Thompson
The Journals of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot
The Savage, My Kinsman by Elisabeth Elliot
Breaking Free From Anger & Unforgiveness by Linda Mintle, PH.D.

Current Focus with Momentum:
The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity
by Ron Carpenter, Jr.

For those who remember my broken, uninsured Kindle:
I am RE- Kindled-
Thanks to my Mom She bought herself the Kindle Fire and 
bestowed upon me her old Kindle!

Happy Reading! 

What's On Your Nightstand

My Next Five To Read: Book Blogger Hop

As I waited (fortunately without holding my breath) for my daughter to join me for our reading time tonight (still waiting), I popped on by Ramona’s place: Create with Joy and was ecstatic to see this Book Blogger Hop (Hosted by Jen @ Crazy-For-Books:link below!) to participate in this weekend! The timing was perfect as I was just pondering how much I love my most recent reads and felt like sharing the love!

Well here is the way to jump in:
Answer the question below, write up a quick post, link-up and visit your fellow Book Bloggers! 
What are the next five books in your TBR (to-be-read) pile? And, don’t worry, you can change your mind and read something different – we won’t check!

Book Blogger Hop
Whoohoo! Here is the slowest reader/reviewer’s 
latest TBR list…

1. Grace of Giving by Marja Meijers:
Let me just say this…WOW! This sweet read has been on my nightstand ever so quietly waiting. I am amazed at the profound simplicity and depth that is so excellently put forth here. A rare gem-I picked it up and can hardly put it down. Halfway through and powerful. 

2. Goodness Gracious Green by Judy Christie:
I am on the second in the Green Series and enjoying the Fiction escape as well as the escapades of Lois Barker as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime: inheriting a Newspaper in colorful, rural Green, Louisiana! 

3. Heaven In Her Arms by Catherine Hickem
Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What it Means for You

4. Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson

5. Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter 
by Janet Thompson

Happy Reading!

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