On My Bookshelf: Spring 2014


I am so excited about this stack of books!  My husband and I each took a bit out of our income tax return to spend on whatever we wanted.  He chose to renew his MLB.com subscription so he can watch live streaming of baseball games and I, of course, spent my money on books!

I wrote HERE about my goals for 2014, which included reading a book each week.  I also mentioned that I want to read 4 books on marriage as part of my marriage goals for the year.  This Momentary Marriage and The Husband Project are the first 2 books on that list.  Although I have a fantastic relationship with my spouse, I am looking forward to focusing on being intentional about fostering that relationship.

As you may have noticed, I have several books that have a common theme: balance & living simply.  I have been walking through an extremely restless season for the past few months, and unfortunately, the next six months will be even more crazy. We are moving to Boston at the end of the summer and recently found out that we have to move out of our home 10 weeks before that move.  It’s like having a serving of hectic with a side of chaos!  Because of this, I have chosen several books to help keep me centered & focused.  Balancing it All, You’re Going to Be Okay, and Notes From a Blue Bike are all books I am really looking forward to reading during this season.

I also picked up Jennie Allen’s new book, Restless.  I absolutely adore Jennie’s heart for women to grow in their relationships with God.  I share that same desire, so it is no surprise that I feel so at home in her writing.  I read Anything last year and it was fantastically life-changing!  Chasing God by Angie Smith also promises to be equally amazing!

I hope to share more of my thoughts about these books here on my blog once I’ve read them.  If you’d like to see what I’ve read so far this year and you have a Goodreads account, you can follow me.  My account name is: Julie Coryell.

What are you reading these days?  I’d love to hear!

Make it great!


My Favorite Books of 2013

I love to see what other people are reading and I always look forward to the list that Anne of The Modern Mrs. Darcy puts out each year of her favorites.  I read quite a bit this year and today I want to share with you my favorites.  These books were not necessarily published in 2013, I just finally read them.


1)  LOVE DOES by Bob Goff

My sister recommended this book to me and I started reading it while waiting for Hailey in the school pick-up line.  I was hooked within the first chapter and I had finished it by lunch the following day.  If I had not had to stop and feed my family, help with homework, or sleep, I would not have put it down.  I found myself laughing hysterically, saying “Yes!” so many times I lost count, and learned new ways to show my love to others. I can’t recommend this book enough!



I actually listened to the audio-version of this, which was read by Shauna herself, while I was walking on the treadmill.  I’m pretty sure the people around me wondered why I was smiling and laughing.  Shauna is a gifted writer and after reading this I am determined to start a monthly cooking club.  I told my husband that I was pretty sure that Shauna and I would be best friends if we lived in the same town.


3)  ANYTHING by Jennie Allen

This is one of those books where I swear that the author was writing down my exact thoughts!  Anything is a book about being open to anything that God has for our lives. Truly saying “Yes, Lord!  Now what is the question?”.  It is a powerful prayer and one that my husband and I prayed together shortly before finding this book.


4)  KISSES FROM KATIE by Katie Davis

I finally got around to reading this book and I can’t believe that I waited so long. This is an amazing story of love, adoption, and complete to surrender to God!  Katie is amazing!

All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus! –Katie Davis


5)  NOT A FAN by Kyle Idleman

I listened to the audio-version of this book as well.  Kyle encourages Christians to be fully devoted followers of Jesus, not just fans.  I read a couple of reviews that other people wrote saying that they thought it encouraged legalism, but I think it really encourages believers to follow Christ with a greater devotion.


Make sure you check out the lists that others are sharing over on The Modern Mrs. Darcy blog!

What are your favorite books?  I’d love for you to share them with me!

Make it great, my friends!


Currently: On My Bookshelf


The above books are the physical books that I am hoping to devour in the next two months.  I also have books, e-books, and audiobooks on my Kindle.  I’ll share those titles with you another day.  This collection of books includes an autobiography, a couple of fiction novels, and books on Christianity, healthy living, autism, reading/homeschooling, building relationships, and one just laugh out loud book of silliness!

A couple of the books, Nourishing Traditions and Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism, are books I read and re-read.  I consider them healthy eating reference guides.  They are packed full of lots of great information, but sometimes sitting down and trying to digest too much in one sitting gives me a headache!

I am currently reading Anything by Jennie Allen as part of an on-line Bible study that I’m doing through Good Morning Girls.  I had already purchased it and then found out about the study.  It is about fully surrendering your life to God.  Truly being open to ANYTHING He might have for you.  It has stretched me more than I ever thought possible!  So exciting!  Jennie talks about Kisses from Katie in the book so I am reading that simultaneously as we only cover a few chapters a week in our study. My sister also read Kisses from Katie and said it was phenomenal!

Here is a complete list of the books that are on my bookshelf to read this summer.  I broke them down by category.


Delightfully Different by D.S. Walker


One Call Away by Brenda Warner (wife of former NFL quaterback Kurt Warner) : this probably could have gone in the Christian category as both Steve and Brenda are Christians who are very open to share how Jesus radically changed their lives!


Anything by Jennie Allen

Forgotten God by Francis Chan

The Great Evangelical Recession by John Dickerson (this is actually the pastor of our church)

The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

Radical by David Platt

The Shack by William Young

What Women Fear by Angie Smith


The Accidental Family by Rowan Coleman

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

Swapping Lives by Jane Green

Healthy Living

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich


F in Exams:  The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson (seriously!  This is laugh out loud funny!  We keep it out and read it from day to day. I can’t imagine being one of the teachers/professors that received one of these test answers from a student!)

Reading/Fostering a Love of Reading in Children

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

Honey for a Teen’s Heart by Gladys Hunt & Barbara Hampton

The Reading Promise:  My Father and the Books We Share Alice Ozma

So there is my list! Have you read any of these books?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of them!  I’d also love to hear what you are currently reading and if there are any titles that you think are a must-read this summer!  You can leave them in the comments!

Have a great day!

Make it great!