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From moving stories to uplifting testimonies, these books are sure to inspire.  We hope you’ll find these books honorable and inspiring that you’d add to your to-read list!

Freeing Jesus

by Diana Butler Bass

The award-winning author of Grateful goes beyond the culture wars to offer a refreshing take on the comprehensive, multi-faceted nature of Jesus, keeping HIS teachings relevant and alive in our daily lives.   In Freeing Jesus, Bass challenges readers to move beyond the static, one-dimensional ways of understanding Jesus.   This book invites readers to let go of the religious wars and rediscover Jesus in all HIS manifestations. Freeing Jesus renews hope in faith and worship, inspiring when it is needed most.  It is a call to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around HIM and to find new meaning and purpose in our spiritual lives.

Barking to the Choir

by Gregory Boyle

In this inspiring book, Boyle shares his experiences working with gang members in Los Angeles and offers a powerful vision of the transformative power of love and forgiveness.  Through personal stories and reflections on scripture, Boyle challenges readers to embrace a deeper sense of connection with others and to work towards a more just and compassionate world.

If you’re in the market for genuine inspiration, I urge you to read Barking to the Choir.Ann Patchett

This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers.  Gently and humorously, Barking to the Choir invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness.

Dare to Lead

by Brené Brown

In this bestselling book, Brown offers insights into the importance of vulnerability, courage, and empathy in leadership and life.  

Dare to Lead is a powerful and inspiring book that challenges traditional ideas about leadership.  Brené Brown is a gifted writer and storyteller, and her anecdotes bring the concepts in the book to life. What sets Dare to Lead apart is its emphasis on vulnerability and empathy, qualities that are often overlooked in discussions of leadership. Brown shows how leaders willing to be vulnerable and listen with an open heart can create a culture of trust and collaboration that leads to better outcomes for everyone.

“With Dare to Lead, Brené brings decades of research to bear in a practical and insightful guide to courageous leadership. This book is a road map for anyone who wants to lead mindfully, live bravely, and dare to lead.”Sheryl Sandberg

A Blessing in Disguise

Immaculée Ilibagiza

In this new book by New York Times best-selling author Immaculée Ilibagiza, readers will rediscover this important message from Mary.  Mary wanted the whole world to know the seven sorrows rosary, and Immaculée not only shares it but explains Mary’s specific teachings for how to pray it, as well as offers the promises attached to the prayers.

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows dates back to the Middle Ages, but it gained new popularity following the sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary that occurred in the 1980s in Kibeho, Rwanda.  During these sightings, which were validated by the Vatican, Mary asked that this special rosary be introduced to the world.  It was spread widely to thousands of people, who then taught it to thousands of others.

Immaculée also reveals incredible real-life stories from people who have been healed through this prayer.  These miracles include the healing of addictions, healing of “incurable” illnesses, including stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and more. 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by Anne Lamott

In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott offers a refreshingly honest and humorous take on the writing process. With equal parts wisdom and wit, Lamott encourages aspiring writers to embrace their imperfections and to write from a place of authenticity. She shares practical advice on everything from getting started to finding inspiration to dealing with writer’s block.  Bird by Bird is a must-read for anyone who wants to write, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out.

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird is a classic book on writing that remains just as relevant today as when it was first published. What sets it apart is Lamott’s ability to be both inspiring and practical, to offer lofty and down-to-earth advice. Lamott’s writing is infused with her signature humor and honesty, making it a joy to read.

One of the strengths of Bird by Bird is its accessibility. Lamott doesn’t pretend to have all the answers but instead offers practical tips and exercises to help writers overcome common obstacles.  She encourages writers to find their own voice, to write from a place of authenticity, and to embrace the messiness of the creative process.

But what really sets Bird by Bird apart is Lamott’s empathy. She understands the struggles and insecurities that come with writing, and she offers a kind and compassionate voice to guide readers through the ups and downs.  Her book is not just a guide to writing but to life, reminding us to embrace our imperfections and keep moving forward.

Bird by Bird is a delightful and inspiring book that is sure to become a treasured companion for any writer.

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