This spring has blown in so fast and fierce, it’s practically given me whiplash! Lately, I have had far less time to sit with a book in hand (boo!). But can we say yes & amen for the invention that is the audiobook??? It may take me longer to get through books, but I still get to #readfiercely. Here are some reads that have kept me going!
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina | Dance in its various forms completely fascinates me. So it was a no brainer that I would eventually need to read about the extremely talented Misty Copeland. What struck me consistently throughout her story was the reminder of the perseverance through obstacle upon obstacle, and the years of behind the scenes ups and downs it takes to become “an overnight success.” Misty’s accomplishments are numerous (including being the first African American soloist with the American Ballet Theatre). Her work ethic and dedication is extremely inspiring and made me want to twirl around and release my inner dancer while never giving up on my dreams.
Lost and Found: Finding hope in the Detours of Life | I discovered Hoopla (hello changed life) and was curious when I saw that the memoir by Sarah Jakes Roberts (daughter of famed preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes) was available for download. Oh my, it was captivating. Her story is one indeed filled with detours and painful heartache, but God’s redemption and hope is clearly evident in her candor and transparency. It’s never easy living in the spotlight where both successes and shortcomings are magnified. I gained a renewed perspective and appreciation for those who live on a public stage, while being reminded that God is able to bring such sweetness from the broken areas of our lives.
In the Skin of a Jihadist | Soooo, this was quite a departure from my usual reading, but intriguing. A journalist goes undercover online pretending to be a recent convert to Islam and meets a terrorist leader who rapidly “falls in love” with her alias. He aggressively pursues her, wanting her to join him in Syria as his bride and fellow jihadist. While heavy in nature and sobering, it was enlightening.