Books: April 2019

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Although Rachel Hollis and I are quite the opposite in personality, I still love her books. This latest edition is the follow-up to her bestseller Girl, Wash Your Face which I read last year. Rachel is a fierce advocate of living out your dreams, and she challenges women to pursue their goals (even if they don’t look anything like hers.) As I have said about “self-help” books, the information presented isn’t anything we haven’t heard before or didn’t already know. Most of it is common sense, but sometimes we need to listen to it in a particular voice to allow the message to motivate us. Rachel is that voice for me.

Our Father - Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer by Pope Francis

I picked up this little book to read during Holy Week, and I am so glad I did. It is concise and really just a back and forth conversation between a priest and Pope Francis about the Lord’s Prayer. The insight and interpretation were beautiful, and Pope Francis continues to inspire me.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book (after reading the first few chapters.) I just couldn’t keep up with the author, and he seemed to be bouncing back and forth, reiterating the same statement over and over again. I also find it difficult to contemplate the Soul without discussing God, and it wasn’t until way into the book that Singer mentioned The Divine. But when he did, I was hooked.

This one is going on the favorite shelf and will definitely be a re-read for me. It’s going to take some practice, but Singer’s advice is life-changing. Immediately after finishing the book, I heard this brief interview with Eckhart Tolle (on the Podcast “Becoming Wise”) discussing the beginning of his spiritual journey. Start with this and if you want to learn more, read The Untethered Soul. (You can thank me later.)