recent great reads & can you help my motion sickness

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“calling me home” by julie kibler.

dan & i usually turn the light out & sack out at the same time. but last night i really wanted to finish up “calling me home”. once i had reached the half way mark i could not put it down and i really needed to know how things were going to wrap up. well an hour later i laid there barely able to read the final words through all. the. tears.  my goodness ya’ll. what a story.  i have quite a line up of  heavy reads so i truly enjoyed this fiction piece!

after the encouragement of a friend, i also recently read “i thought it was just me“. “daring greatly” brene brown’s wildly popular current release is also on my list. i did enjoy this one & took loads of notes. i’d like to come back and share a little of what i learned from her, but for now i’d love to share her definition of courage.

courage~ to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.

think on that & let it marinate for a moment.

that’s really what we’re all called to do. to share our stories. stories of hope. stories of  where we are with our kiddos & with our hubbies. stories of how our hearts mended after a time when we dared to even dream that possible. stories of overcoming. stories of what is was like while we were in the valley of the shadow of death.

but let’s face it. courage to talk & tell is just part….telling our heart. being transparent. being able to say “here. this is me. this is my heart. it’s tender and maybe battered and bruised, but this is ME”. that is courage.

that’s one of the aspects that i most love & respect in someone. those who dare to be courageous and share their story. we are offered hope when we learn your story. we realize –hey! so i’m not alone! –it’s not just me!-someone else?-really? we have community and encouragement. the real deal. someone who will share their story & their heart.

& honestly, that’s who i hope to be as well. courageous. story teller. heart sharing. true and real. maybe a little worn down, but real.


the books shown below are all next up for spring/summer reads. add in the locust effect & you have the full line up. there’s some awesome reasoning behind a few of these that i hope to share with ya’ll soon. here’s a hint. adventure.

okay. so honestly enough with the teasing.

we have a very short trip coming up, not the adventure, and i’d love to knock out one of these in the car BUT i get the worst headache reading in the car. always have. is there some secret tip or remedy ( besides the obvious-“don’t read”) that ya’ll could share with me?

also, if you’re interested in a little book swap, leave me a comment of a fiction book you loved & you’d loved to swap & i’ll contact you and trade out “calling me home”. sound good?

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April 2, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Kelly - I swear by ginger Altoids or ginger candy if you can find it (Fresh Market carries them) to help with my car sickness.

April 2, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Cindy in Oklahoma - The only thing that helps me with motion sickness is Dramamine. And there is no way I can read while riding in a car or plane, not even a map or my iPhone!

April 2, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Natalie - I get terrible motion sickness too… but the little behind-the-ear patch works wonders! It doesn’t knock me out like Dramamine but I don’t get sick either! Try it! And right now I’m ready Undaunted by Christine Caine and Not A Fan by Kyle Idelman… loving both! What about downloading books so you could listen to them instead of actually reading them in the car? Just a thought! Love you friend!

April 2, 2014 - 3:20 pm

giosmama2626 - I will have to pick these two up for a summer read by the pool. Looking forward to it.

Have a wonderful trip. I hope it’s a special one.

I dont have a cure for the car sickness, either. Wish I did. The ginger suggestion might work. I’ve heard lots of things about that one. All positive.


April 2, 2014 - 3:51 pm

pam - Oh, how I wish there was an App for motion sickeness! I take Dramamine and it usually helps but I still won’t risk it by reading in the car. Even being on my phone can get to me sometimes.

I am so aswed by people who can read, travel on water, etc. and never get motion sickness.

As far as books, I have a lot of the same ones as you waiting for me. I am almost done with Restless. Love it! I am doing the online book club and it’s awesome!

I just downloaded the free first 2 chapters of Let’s All be Brave by Anni Downs and I have Daring Greatly in my Kindle library. I dont’ even have a Kindle anymore, I read on my ipad or computer.

I think you would like Bread & Wine by Shauna Neiquist and Enough by Will Davis. He is my pastor but has written some excellent books, and this is my favorite so far. Easy to read and perfect message in today’s world of excess.

Here are some I have on my wishlist:

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider
You’re Goint to be Okay by Holly Gerth
Still Wiriting by Dani Shapiro
Renewed by Luicille Zimmerman
Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman
Writing Down Your Soul by Janet Conner
Poor Man’s Feast by Alyssa Altman
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

On My Kindle:
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
Glitter & Glue by Kelly Corrigan
Pray Big for your Marriage by Will Davis

Whew, I think I need to look into speed reading.

And now I need to add some of yours to me list!

April 2, 2014 - 5:30 pm

jennifer - Paige,
It may sound crazy, but Sea Band wrist bands work for me. I discovered them many years ago after being so sick from flying. A lady offered them to me and I have never had to suffer again. They work! And I can now read in the car if I have them on. They can be purchased at walmart by the dramamine, for less than $10. What have you got to lose? Plus , there are no sleepy side effects.

April 3, 2014 - 1:20 am

louise - I get very nauseous if I read while traveling. I just don’t read. Nothing has ever worked. I’m interested to find out if anything will work for you.

I loved The Book Thief. Have a bit of a heart of stone, I rarely cry at books or movies, but this one got me. It’s a book I’ll never forget.

You are absolutely a courageous story teller!

April 3, 2014 - 10:14 am

Traci - I just read Calling Me Home too. I loved it. Felt the same way. Couldn’t stop reading. Had to know. Looks like a great stack of books. I just love reading!!

April 3, 2014 - 11:12 am

kristin - Funny, you say the word “Courage”. It is my word this year, to be courageous and adventurous and really learn stepping out in faith. Learning to be open and shalll I dare say it, vulnerable. You know me well enough my friend to know that transparency is not something I grew up being ok with, but something I am desperately trying to learn. Thank you for always being transparent and showing me that beyond storms, beyond fears where we wish to find FAITH, that you have given that gift to me over and over knowing that I would not always be the best at sharing my life, fears and failures. I’m learning that is how we touch the lives of others. You show me that over and over again and have shown me that in our life-long friendship that I cherish. Thank you for the grace you give me in my learning and forgiving me when my heart is fearful of being transparent and not very courageous. I will definitely look into these books. Excited to hear about your future adventure. Love you

April 3, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Flower Patch Farmgirl - Did anyone take you up on the swap? If not, PICK ME! 🙂

April 3, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Michelle - My daughter has a serious crush on Judah Smith. She attends Northwest University right down the street from City Church! We tease her all the time that most young women have crushes on pop stars but only our girl crushes on Pastors! Its a great read. You will enjoy it!

Can’t help on the motion sickness…that’s me too!

April 3, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Karen H. - Love seeing/hearing what you’re reading! I just finished 3 great books – The Book Thief (amazing, finished the last 50 pages a sobbing mess but so worth it), Me Before You, JoJo Moyes (possibly the best book I’ve read this year, finished it last week and I’m still thinking about it daily) and last, but not least, A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon (WOW! Opened up my eyes to heartbreaking tragedy and survival on the other side of the world that I embarrassingly wasn’t aware of) These books are all fiction btw. Hope you find some relief for your motion sickness:)

April 3, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Lindsay - Try Peppermint Essential Oil for your motion sickness. I rub a drop on each temple and it helps a ton. My kids use it too, and it helps for other types of headaches as well. I’ve also had good luck with the Sea Bands and I always keep peppermints and gum in the car because that helps too. But the essential oil has been the best thing I’ve tried. I like the DoTerra oils, but I’ve heard great things about Young Living as well.

April 4, 2014 - 8:22 am

Suzanne - Serious motion sickness here, and we have a boat that I’m on constantly. Nothing really works well, but Bonine (found at CVS or Walgreen’s) seems to help more than anything. I sometimes become a tad groggy from it, but not like Dramamine and the others. PS ~ I’ve gone the Seabands, ginger, peppermint route — they haven’t done much. I had tough morning sickness, too.

April 5, 2014 - 7:48 am

tara - loved daring greatly…
reading her book, the gift of imperfection, right now….similar but wonderful.

i read glitter and glue last week…have you heard of it? REALLY GOOD READ.

love your list..gonna pin it so i can come back to it.
want to read the one from jennie allen.

April 5, 2014 - 10:50 am

patty - i’ve wanted to read bird by bird, too-supposed to be great.
currently reading white oleander, older release, but reading it b/c i heard her style of writing is so amazing. and it is. dark story, tho…

i loved learning to race in the rain, and you might, too, b.c of your sweet pup. i actually would read some lines out loud to my husband and we would both laugh out loud. other times, tears.

another fav, not fiction, is long way gone by ishmael bea {not sure spelling of last name). about a boy soldier in east africa during the 90’s. he was the same age as my oldest son during the time he went through that, so it truly moved me.

oh! minty gum helps me
up next? long man by amy green… for our bookclub.

April 9, 2014 - 11:30 am

christina - Wish I would have thought of this before you left (and came back) but Bob at Sundog has the BEST selection of summer reads. We make a lot of trips down (it’s only 4h for us now that we are in BHM -ahhhh YES!), and usually stock up on that “summer reading stack” on our early March trip. Bob is VERY helpful, too — as much as it looks like that place is in a mess, he knows where every. single. book. is. !! He’s an awesome resource. As for your motion sickness – suck on a pc of candy, a fresh taste (not like chocolate). Keeps your mind off of it. The Altoids work 🙂

April 9, 2014 - 7:16 pm

victoria amos - hi friend… keeping my reading materials at horizon level instead of in my lap or head down i have been able to “read, mark & inwardly digest” mile after mile!