5 Favorite Reads from January & February

Let’s Talk Books!

This is one of my favorite posts to write each month. I get to share the books that I’ve recently read that have made my heart come alive, the books that have me turn each page with anticipation of “who done it,” and the books that have inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and stretch myself.

Of the books I finished in January and February, I’ve chosen my top 5 favorites to share with you, as well as some honorable mentions. I’ll list them here in no particular order.

All descriptions are a combination of a personal blurb from me about why I loved it and excerpts directly from the Amazon book summaries, where I am a grateful and happy affiliate. Now…let’s talk books!

Need To Know by Karen Cleveland

About the Book: In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, CIA analyst Vivian Miller uncovers a dangerous secret that will threaten her job, her family – and her life.

My Thoughts: This one had me on the edge of my seat. I’ve never written that saying, but it’s true. I couldn’t put this one down! It’s set in Washington DC and focuses on a CIA analyst who uncovers a sleeper cell that’s just a little too close to home…and I mean home (that’s all I’ll write without giving it away).

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

About the Book: Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

My Thoughts: I’m a history nut, and this book pulled me in from the first chapter. Set in Italy during WWII, the story follows Pino Lello as he assists Jews escaping over the Alps. I was rooting for Pino from start to finish as he finds himself in predicament after predicament. I was pleasantly surprised at the end to learn that this is, in fact, a true story.

Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee

About the Book: In this poignant and hope-filled book, Jennifer Dukes Lee shares her own lifelong journey of learning to rely on the unconditional love of God. She gently invites us to make peace with our imperfections and to stop working overtime for a love that is already ours. Love Idol will help us dismantle what’s separating us from true connection with God and rediscover the astonishing joy of a life full of freedom in Christ.

My Thoughts: A friend suggested I read this book, and I’m so grateful she did! The subtitle “Letting go of your need for approval – and seeing yourself through God’s eyes” is what first caught my eye. I knew for certain that this book could be a vehicle that sets many of women free from the need for approval. This book did not disappoint, and it had me nodding my head in agreement page after page as I related to what the author had to say. This is a book that every mother, daughter, wife, and sister who longs to find approval should read.

Sting by Sandra Brown

About the Book: The #1 New York Times bestselling novel of corruption, treachery, and tantalizing sexual tension . . . where nothing is what it seems and every truth brought to light exposes a darker lie.

My Thoughts: Sandra Brown is one of my favorite romantic (yes, I’m a sucker for romance!) suspense authors. She’s got a knack for painting intriguing characters into her books that make you either love them or hate them. Each chapter in this book took surprising turns and kept you ready to come back for more! Sting is part thriller…part romance…and part mystery. Oh, and you can throw a little family drama in the mix too!

Claim Your Power by Mastin Kipp

About the Book: Join best-selling author and Functional Life Coach™ Mastin Kipp as he guides you on a 40-day journey, inspired by Joseph Campbell’s model of the hero’s journey, to identify and dissolve whatever’s holding you back, break free from trauma and victimhood, and transform your life. Not only will you change your life for the better, but in doing so, you’ll improve the lives of the people you love.

My Thoughts: I kept hearing this book mentioned at various business meetings I attended. I finally took the time to order it, and am I ever glad I did! The subtitle of this book is “A 40-Day Journey to Dissolve the Hidden Blocks That Keep You Stuck and Finally Thrive in Your Life’s Unique Purpose.” The words “dissolve” and “thrive” describe what happens perfectly. The book takes you through uncovering mindsets and stories we tell ourselves that hold us back from living up to our potential. Once we uncover them, it helps us dissolve them, and finally, equips us to thrive. This book is a book to be read over 40 days. Each day’s reading will spur you on to take action and walk toward a life of freedom.

Honorable Mentions

The Crush By Sandra Brown  http://amzn.to/2ozsFio
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn  http://amzn.to/2ovi9ZE
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel  http://amzn.to/2F0Uhr2
Thoughts Spoken From the Heart by Lolly Daskal  http://amzn.to/2CNIBlt


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