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My Favorite Books
-Personal Development, Mindset, Historical Fiction, Mysteries and more to come -
Personal Growth
You Are the Girl for the Job
By Jess Connolly

God has called you and give you a special purpose. How do you even start though? How do you know what that special purpose is? This was an amazing book to be reminded that in order to align in our purpose we must forget about our fears and second-guessing ourselves. Easier said than done, right? Jess says, “God has meticulously prepared you to be an ambassador for the kingdom right where you are, here and now. Life is too short to get stuck in a holding pattern of shame, self-doubt, and comparison.”

It’s time to set your focus, take stock of your story that has shaped you and step out into your authentic self - all in bold belief that God has called you to each step on your journey. 
The In-Between Place
By Kat Armstrong

Such a must-read book for any woman feeling stuck or unsure how to move forward. The summary on the back of the book says it best, “The In-Between Place offers deeply important insights to anyone who feels stuck and can’t see a way forward. It is for the person who feels that if she looks left, her face will be scraped by an immovable boulder, and if she looks right, she’ll see nothing but hard to handle. It’s for the person who feels lost and is not sure she is worth the effort to be found, for the person who feels overlooked and unfulfilled. Because sometimes Jesus saves our treated spiritual breakthroughs for our in-between places.”
The Energy Bus
By Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus takes you on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus
 you’ll enjoy the ride of your life.

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Kind is the New Classy
By Candace Cameron Bure

In Kind Is the New Classy, Candace reveals the thought patterns and practices that have empowered her to stay centered in who she is while practicing radical graciousness toward others. Whether you’re navigating major life choices, questions of calling and career, relationships, or personal goals, this book will show you how to:
  • Keep your cool under pressure
  • Respond to criticism with grace
  • Stay grounded yet go places in life
  • Stay true to who you are despite the expectations of others
  • Stay centered in what ultimately matters the most

Kind Is the New Classy is your permission to go off-script, to say goodbye to society’s “should’s” and to step into a new way to flourish as a woman today.

Love Does - Discover a Secretly Incredibly Life in an Ordinary Life
By Bob Goff

What if we just showed up and simply loved our neighbor, our co-worker, our family, our friends and to just be there for one another instead of thinking we always have to have the right answer or appear perfectly posh on the outside. Love Does is saying yes to living authentically and just showing up as yourself and love those in your world. 
The 5am Club
By Robin Sharma

Own your morning; Elevate your day. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to gain more focus and perspective on your day, your projects, and having a work/life balance. This book will show you how to reduce your stress, improve your focus, and so much more! 
The Miracle Morning
By Hal Elrod

Transform your morning before 8am with the Miracle Morning step-by-step plan. Great tips and ideas for creating your morning routine that works best for you. Your day will run so much more smoothly, you'll be energized and motivated for the day ahead. 
Get Out of Your Head
By Jennie Allen

I am very familiar with swirling thoughts of self-doubt and unbelief in myself. Our thought can so easily hold us captive. You’ve probably heard yourself say, “I’m not good enough,” or “I’m not smart enough.” This book was incredible at showing you how to take those swirling, negative thoughts and release them so that we no longer have to stay stuck in our toxic thinking pattern.

The back of the book says it best, “Freedom of negative thoughts come when we realize we have already been equipped with power from God to fight and win the war for our minds.” 
Conscious Language 
By Robert Tennyson Stevens

What would it mean to re-discover the secret of the language that heals our deepest hurts, breathes life into our greatest joys, and literally creates Reality itself? 
Imagine a human computer virus checker which finds all those pesky viruses and limiting beliefs, lies, doubts and agreements with limitation and offers each limitation to your awareness for upgrading. The virus is called the Babel Virus. The upgrade is called Pure Speech (Conscious Language).
Picking Up the Pieces 
By Tonia Miriani

A beautiful guide and devotional on finding the joy in the everyday. What happens when you don't love the role that you have been placed in? How do you rediscover that joy again? Tonia gives practical and sound advice on looking to Jesus to fill you with the joy you need in the everyday moments. Perfect for moms, wives, dog mommy's, aunts, grandmas, etc. 
Historical Fiction
The Nightingale
By Kristin Hannah

With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
The Spies of Shilling Lane
By Jennifer Ryan

Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband’s selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left—her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war. 
But when she arrives, Betty’s landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn’t been home in days--with the chaos of the bombs, there’s no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter...
Cozy Mysteries 
The Secret Library Cozy 
Mystery Series

A mysterious mansion, a suspicious death, and a cat that is just way too smart...The Secret Library mystery series will keep you turning page after page. It keeps you on your toes and guessing the whole way through each book in the series. 
On Borrowed Crime

This has become one of my favorite new series! If you enjoy cozy mysteries you won’t be able to put this one down.

Summary from Amazon: “The Jane Doe book club enjoys guessing whodunit, but when murder happens in their midst, they discover solving crimes isn't fun and games...

Lyla Moody loves her sleepy little town of Sweet Mountain, Georgia. She likes her job as receptionist for her uncle's private investigative firm, her fellow true crime obsessed Jane Doe members are the friends she's always wanted, and her parents just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. But recently, with her best friend Melanie on vacation, and her ex-boyfriend and horrible cousin becoming an item and moving in next door to her, her idyllic life is on the fritz. The cherry on top of it all is finding Carol, a member of the club, dead and shoved into a suitcase, left at Lyla's front door....”
Mrs. Morris & the Ghost

Another great cozy series that has become a fast favorite. Plus, I love a good B&B and the one in this book sounds amazing!! 

From Amazon: “grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start—so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore—and explains that he used to live here—when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her . . .”
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