The past week has consisted of me going through my normal routine and a lot of reading. While I’m not a fast reader, I definitely think my reading is getting faster. It may be because I’m reading more, or maybe I just think I’m getting faster! This past week I read a couple of books that don’t fit in my normal reading repertoire.
This book is one I would normally pass up because it appears to be one of those “touchy feely” books which may be great, but just aren’t that exciting for me. So, what made this one different? Honestly, it was the cover. Yep, I judged a book by its cover and I do it all the time! The simple elegance made me pick the book up, but after reading the first few pages I decided to give it a try. Holly’s writing style is very conversational and witty. It took me roughly 2-3 days to read this book. There are multiple tools you can use to examine your place in God’s journey and whether you’re headed in the right direction.
Sure, I hear all the time that God has a plan for us, blah blah blah. I mean no disrespect in saying that, but that’s all it has felt like for the most part. Someone saying it because every one else does and it’s what we tell people who are going through a hard time so they can cope better. However, Holly brings that to a different level. She helps you to see what that path may be for you. I found it inspiring and thought provoking. When I have some quiet time, I still ruminate over my LIFE plan (AKA mission plan). If you’re floundering a little bit and feel your life doesn’t really seem to have much purpose at the moment, I’d recommend giving this a read.
The second book I finished this week was Nancy Makin’s 703:
It’s important to note the “A Memoir” part of the title. That’s exactly what this book is. It chronicles Nancy life from early on through when she lost her weight. If you’re looking for a book that describes how she lost the weight, what she ate, what exercises she did, this is NOT the book for you. You will hear her story and be moved by many of the hardships she faced. To date, she’s lost 500lbs without the aid of gastric bypass, strict diets, or any other lose weight quick tools. She conquered her battle of the bulge my finding her self worth and moving more.
While I enjoyed her story, I do wish she would have focused more on how she was able to lose the weight as opposed to what lead to her gaining the weight. How was she able to pull herself out of the merck? Yes, the internet’s anonymity helped, but there was a lot more going on inside of her than she put on paper. Nancy injects her humor throughout the book which lightens up some of the more serious moments. I was shocked by some of the snide comments people would make about her with her being right there, like she didn’t even matter. It’s truly upsetting to think people can have such a lack of consideration. Yes, she was large, but she was still a person. There is no doubt that Nancy is a fighter and I wish her luck for the rest of her speaking career.
While we’re speaking of books, I got my first library card in over a decade this weekend! Previously, I’d been buying the books and donating them when I was finished. Now, I can go and reserve books that I’d like to read but not necessarily own.
Plus, there’s a library right by the park and waterway where I can sit back and enjoy the lovely Spring weather!
All in all, I enjoyed both books even though they aren’t my norm. However, I think it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and explore new territory!
What’s the most recent book you’ve read to date?