Again I fell asleep in my chair after doing my readings. I am not sure what is wrong with me. But I need to fight through it. Maybe I need to change where I am reading. I might have to go out to the kitchen rather than being in my bedroom.
I am all caught up on my reading the bible in a year plan. And I have 2 books that I am trying to work on, The 5 Love Languages: Single Edition & Present over Perfect. I’m excited to dig deeper into both of these books.
1- The 5 Love Languages, Singles Edition by Gary Chapman
The five love languages work for everyone…they’re not just for married couples.Being single or married has nothing to do with whether you need to feel loved! Everyone has a deep-down desire for complete and unconditional love in all relationships. In The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition, Dr. Gary Chapman adapts his powerful, life-changing message to the unique needs of single adults. Understanding and applying the five love languages will enhance all relationships. Whether it’s parents, coworkers, classmates, roomates, siblings, dating partners, or friends. The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition provides the tools you need to give and receive love most effectively.
2- Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.
I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.
Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.
Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.
Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.
In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.
Let me know what you think about these books. I’d love to hear your thoughts.