Devotional Thoughts for Summer Days (New Series)

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Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Summer Devotional Giveaway (RJD Celebration Week!)

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It’s hard to believe that June is almost over and July is about to make it’s annual appearance. Summer is really here. I can hear the sighs. Whether your Summer is relaxed, busy, jam-packed with activities and commitments or leaned back and lazy, I know you could use a sweet word of encouragement and a few breezy mornings when you press pause on L-I-F-E to ponder that which is not fleeting.

An extra copy of one of my very favorite devotional books made it’s way into my hands and I am giving you the chance to enjoy it for yourself! 

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What I Read on Vacation (WOYN July)

Summer may be busy but during our recent Maine vacation we had plenty of time to kick back and read. Even my read resistant hubby read an Agatha Christie mystery. We had some rainy days but also the lazy sunny kind that lend themselves well to oodles of chapters read lakeside. Our sweet cabin actually has a small bookshelf in it with all kinds of delightful books. Even, I, who came with my own stack managed to find a book I could not put down. Literally. The small paperback discovery was Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson. I rarely read fiction but this is the second book I have read by Mr. Patterson. When my daughter was newborn I read Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and I remember having the same feeling I had while reading this book. It just is compelling reading to me. 
I started Saturday and finished Tuesday night. Record time for me. I am the slowest  reader ever, as I jump from book to book. 
Anyway, there is also this great place which is called The Emporium. Basically it is someone’s garage filled with books. I call it the Second Heaven of Maine. It is walkable and I made a few trips during my stay. I got a few treasures for a few dollars (shown above). Phew!
Here’s the thing. Most of these were not even on my Summer Reading List. Maybe this is why I am never caught up. My list expands along the journey. 
One of the best books I found and am currently enjoying is 100 Portraits of Christ: Meet The Master In A Gallery Of His Many Names And Titles by Henry Gariepy.
Short chapters and some unique names and rich biblical insight make this one a keeper. I hit the jackpot with this find. 
I finished Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist and trust if you haven’t hear about it you really should.
Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson- OK, so I get that this is a romance, not my usual fare. I saw the reviews of others which range from mild disdain to outright hate. But the fact remains, I could not put it down, and it was a wonderfully imaginative read in my opinion. Not deep, mind you but not without a childlike indulgence either. I indulged and thoroughly enjoyed this story of a lonely girl with an imaginary friend and the bizarre, possibly cheesy ending. What can I say my inner lonely girl loved it! Judge me, I don’t care. 

Crafting Calm– This was a fun read and very inspiring. I did not read it all, but perused it. It is filled with quotes and craft projects as well as journaling prompts for connecting with creativity beyond the superficial. The journal prompts alone made it worth the reading. Exploring spiritually, emotionally and mentally with crafts more or less. I got it from the library and wanted to renew it but it was on Hold! If you are creative, crafty or just want to be, I think this is worth checking out. As a side note, there are multi religious and spiritual components, it is not exclusively Christian. That, my friends in itself should not stop you from checking it out. I hope. 
I am about halfway through my dear friend, Holly Otten’s book called hand in Hand which details her life story as a Sexual Abuse Survivor and the miraculous God who healed her and continues to guide her amazing journey!

The Sheltering Tree: Selected Poems by Marion Louse Nichols and Robert Frost’s Poems, were great poetry finds at the Emporium and I like to snack on those types of books. 
Check out what I am reading here:
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Dawn's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (currently-reading shelf)
So what is on YOUR Nightstand, Beach Bag or To Read List?

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Inspiring Summer Reading

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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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