GIVEAWAY! (and what I’ve been reading)

books and giveaway

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Reading is my favourite thing, although most days I wish I was more intentional about it. But the truth is, most of what I write is heavily influenced by what I read. The Bible (obviously) has a pretty big impact, but so do novels and non-fiction books. I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the things I’m reading these days, because maybe there will be some fabulousness in there that will also be a cool part of your life. (also, there’s a GIVEAWAY for a book at the end of the post!)

I’ve included links in case you want to buy the books, but feel free to check them out from your local library or borrow them from a friend instead. 🙂 Anyway, TO THE BOOKS!


like a river from its course

This is the WWII perspective you’ve never read because it’s told from the perspective of Ukrainians, and most of the main characters are teenagers. Poignant, painful, and redemptive. It drew me in right from the first page and you will not regret spending time with these characters. Appropriate for older teens as well as adults.

Canada: Like a River from Its Course
USA: Like a River from Its Course


interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

I keep reading this one at night and falling asleep with it on my face, which may be why it’s messing with me so much. I truly thought I was beyond living in comfortable Christianity, but this book is poking all kinds of holes in my life and making me realize how much I’m still stuck there. Read this one if you’re ready to learn what it truly takes to be missional in a post-modern culture.

Canada: Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity
USA: Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity


introverts in the church

I may have been found weeping in the bathroom a couple of times when reading this book (sorry, TMI?). The words in this book have brought so much healing and understanding of who I have been created to be, what God thinks of introverts, where my place is in the church, why I am the way I am, and how to lead in the way God created me to lead.

If you are an introvert who has struggled to find your place in the North American church, which basically sees extroversion as a spiritual gift, you must read this book.

Find healing, find your place, find God.

Canada: Introverts In The Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture
USA: Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture


moonshot floca

I read this one to my boys today and fell in love with the author/illustrator. This book is incredibly well-researched and informative, but is written in narrative prose. Most kids’ books about space are non-fiction ones that are rather tedious to read aloud. But this one…honestly I want to go out and buy all Brian Floca’s books right now! I was reading it out loud in the car and the occasional time I had to stop to deal with the cranky toddler, I was immediately reminded to KEEP READING by two very interested boys!

Canada: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
USA: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11



We picked this adorable book up from the church library, and have read it SO many times over the last few days. Richly illustrated and deeply metaphorical, my boys and I are both in love. AND I found a narrated video of it on YouTube, so you can check it out right now! I had to try hard to convince my middle son that it isn’t ME narrating here, haha.

Canada: Firebird: He Lived for the Sunshine
USA: Firebird: He Lived for the Sunshine


grateful kids

I actually haven’t read this one yet, but I really, REALLY want to. So I’ve decided to do a giveaway and buy myself one at the same time, to motivate me to get off my butt and read it already! I’ve followed the author for quite a while, and really resonate with how she talks about her family. And I want to bless YOUR family with this book too, so here’s the giveaway! (Open to Canadian and US residents only)


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