one book september

I completed one chapter book last month.

I’ve opened a few novels, underlined a few words in some nonfiction, but once I inhaled this book in less than five days, I reevaluated the books that I read in a sense of obligation, or if they truly align with my passions.

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21. If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski.

“We lose people. And so a lot of folks live with a lot of pain. Much is mystery but God asks us to love, not just when it’s easy and not just when a certain Scripture fits. What does it look like to love someone who lives in a place you’ve never been? When there are no words? Or what about allowing someone to love you when you feel completely alone, like no one can relate?
Beyond that, maybe it’s better not to fake it, not to offer something cheap. For the rest of us still here, with air in our lungs and tears in our eyes, perhaps we are meant to simply meet one another in the questions.”

I read this book in a manner of days. This is rare. Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, the nonprofit seeking to spread awareness and offer help to those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. To learn more, click here and visit their website. In this book, Tworkowski compiled essays and old blog posts into one heartwarming book. His words are not only beautifully written, but hold so much meaning. The title is what first attracted me to the book (because I’ve often felt like I do feel ”too much”), before I even knew that Jamie Tworkowski wrote it or that he loves Jesus. This book has changed the way I view myself, how I act and love in my friendships, and ministry as a whole. I spent the rest of September reading all the notes and excerpts I wrote on the book, and will continue to review those notes as months and months pass. If anyone would like to buy me this book for my personal library or buy me a gift card from the TWLOHA website, I would graciously accept. (Just kidding. Maybe.)

[Children’s Book Highlight!]

  If you know me much at all, you know I have the deepest admiration for Audrey Hepburn. I’ve been looking for this children’s book of hers for months and months. I finally found it downtown in Branson, MO! The illustrator did a perfect job capturing Audrey’s looks and style, while the writer perfectly summed up all the stages of Audrey’s life. It was both an educational look into Audrey’s history with the strong theme of always just being yourself. If I have a little girl someday, this will definitely be one of her first books.

This book by William Joyce was such a fun little read. It was recommended to me by a friend and I loved his way with intricate words that aren’t often encouraged in a children’s book. If you love words, this is a perfect book to rekindle your passion or to read to a child that would encourage them in that direction!

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