“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?