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I am always reading something. In fact, new books arrive at my house weekly. My husband looks at me like ... wuh? ... but I read. A lot.

While these three books have nothing in common, they are definitely worth a mention. Starting backwards, because it just seems appropriate given we are in the beginning of the year and used to setting goals, Cultivate by Lara Casey is a great book to help you get unstuck, giving you that nudge in the right direction. I love the no pressure approach to accomplishment. Baby steps, really — for all areas of your life. Lara pours out her truth and gives prime examples of how to cultivate and grow your life with intention. I really could have used this book last year, but am thankful this lead me to her Write the Word prayer journals. And I just may end up with her Powersheets planner next year.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is so great for the perpetual learner and growth seeker because this it is not. Yep, total fun read. Sometimes we need a book out of left field just for the sake of good reading. This one is well written — the pages just fly by! I think a day and a half flashed before my eyes, as I couldn't put this book down. I don't read enough of these books, clearly, but am adding more to my list (after I get through the 10 other growth books I just ordered).

And my favorite, though it took me a while to get into, The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison. Oh. My. Goodness. If you are a mom, you will relate to Katrina. In her memoir, her life and all its yearning, painful decisions and abounding joy are played out right in front of you. It's palpable. And so freaking relatable. Talk about nuggets in this book ... left and right! This book really makes you cherish the ordinary with your family and loved ones. Because after all, those ordinary days are strung together into a beautiful life-affirming story.


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