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Girl, Wash Your Face & Other Books on my Shelf for 2019


I loved everything about this book (Go read my last blog post to find out why it was the perfect timing for me to read this book). It was a great combination of smart, witty, funny and packed full of truth. I can honestly say that reading the book really does put a fire under you for all the dreams. Big dreams, small dreams, dreams that seem far off -- Rachel has you fired up to work your booty off to make them happen. I would say that you most definitely need to read this book if …


You have a goal.

Reading her work, it is so clear that Rachel Hollis is on fire, like a blazing fire with a bed of embers in regards to her work. She is driven, and the heat transfers reading her book. I feel like I too can conquer just about anything. In fact, finishing a book felt like a feat being a new mom. Period. Her writing motivated me to continue reading. Rachel’s book was the first book I have started and finished since Truett was born (y’all that is 5 months).



But, if you can’t think of a specific goal in mind right now, this book is also for you if…


You are a momma.

This book can speak to all the momma guilt. Why do we do that, again? It can speak to all the self doubt we carry as a mother. Rachel is all about real talk, and I feel like real talk is important — especially when it comes to all things mom.


You are a wife.

Again, not to sound like a broken record, but everything Rachel says is without filter. She is open and honest about her relationship with her husband, and chances are you can find something you can relate to and apply to your own marriage.


With a shot of motivation still surging through me after reading her book, here are some other books on my shelf that I plan on reading this year.


Thirst, Scott Harrison. Go listen to Jen Hatmaker’s podcast For the Love, Series 13, Episode 3 (also listen to all the other episodes while you are there -- this is my favorite podcast). You will be like me and have to read this book. I bought it the same day I listened.


If You Only Knew, Jamie Ivey. A fellow hill country gal, I have followed Jamie Ivey since I attended my first If: Local gathering several years back (4 or 5 now, I think?). My friend Dayna mentioned this book, and I had to get my hands on a copy. Also, go check out Dayna’s blog on her favorite books of 2018.


Embraced, The Best Yes, and It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa Terkeurst . Can you tell I love Lysa Terkeurst? Her book of devotions Embraced is my quiet time now. With a little one who doesn’t love to sleep, jumping into a bible study seems a bit intimidating in this season, but this book is the perfect way to begin my day with scripture and read some of Lysa’s thoughtful, relatable commentary. I am on day 15, and I think I have cried three times already, prayed fervently and been so clearly impacted by her words. Because I love her writing in Embraced, I can’t wait to read The Best Yes and It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way. Lysa's writing most definitely is feeding my soul right now.


Of Mess and Moxie, Jen Hatmaker. I actually bought his book when it first came out in 2017, but my dog destroyed it. How is that for mess, Jen? I love all things Jen, so I bought it again and can’t wait to read it.


As you can tell from my list, I need some good fiction recommendations for 2019? What are you reading this year?

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by: Michelle Ryan

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