What I Read in February

In mapping out how I would incorporate Create, my word of the year into my life, I decided I was going to make a conscious effort to follow through on the word. So I can look back on a year filled with wonderful surprises and happy opportunities and know that it was a good year for me personally and professionally. One of the goals I set for myself was to read 5 books a month. I am an avid reader but sometimes the call of the television and Netflix is way too strong. So to make myself accountable, I am going to post about the books I have read from the following month. So without further ado, here are the five books I read in February.

Small Voice Says – by Mike Morrison Ph. D And Mackenzie Morrison

We all have that inner voice ( you know the voice that tells us when we should feel bad or when we are doing something wrong. That small voice that tells us we should speak up when we see or feel something isn’t right. But so many adults and children refuse to listen to their small voice.

In this children’s book ( yes you read that right children’s book – but even adults can learn a lesson from it ) we encounter a little girl named Angela who learns that listening to her small voice will not only make her feel better but it also can help her to have positive relationships with others.

Overall, I found this book refreshing because even as an adult I still struggle with listening to the small voice inside me. What a refreshing way to take a simple story and create not only a way for parents and children to connect but for you to connect with your inner voice.

Becoming Fearless – Michelle Aguilar

This book was written by the season 6 winner of The Biggest Loser. In this Christian based book, Michelle is forced to face and repair not only her relationship with food but her relationship with her estranged mom.

I see a lot of myself in Michelle, I don’t talk to my mom often because I have always felt that I was an afterthought when it came to her. She has always favored my older two sisters and I never really felt that there was a place where I fit in. Now don’t get me wrong I love my mom very much but I am not as close to her as I was my dad.

I love how this book could be applied to anyone dealing with issues. But the main thing I got from this was I need to let go and let God. I need to handle control of my life over to Him. I often found myself crying while reading this book.

Swimming for Sunlight – Allie Larkin

This was my fun book for the month. But still, it delved deep into an issue that I know all too well- anxiety. A traumatic childhood incident that Katie, the main character, encountered went on to frame most of her life. It wasn’t until she learned to overcome her fears that she really begins to live and ultimately find love.

I love how this book dealt with a lot of social issues that we find in society today and it isn’t the new generations facing them- the older generations as faced them in this book. Throw in a cute puppy, some feisty grandmas, an artistic best friend as well as mermaids and you can just imagine how fun this book was to read. I am so glad that I didn’t pass up the opportunity to review this book.

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way – Lysa TerKeurst

This book what can I say about it. I anticipated this book as much as I am anticipating the next book from Deanna J. Smith ( add her review here). Lysa is just so real, I mean really real- she wrote this book during three years full of personal turmoil- health issues, cancer, infidelity and more but during this time, Lysa lean on God to guide her hands to help her write this book.

I am in awe of her writing and the perspective she uses for this book. You would expect there to be bitterness in the words but as she opens her heart to write you soon find out that she is on a mission to show others they are not alone no matter what devastating experience they are going through- that there are others out there that are going through the same thing.

The BUILD Framework®: A Heart-Based System for Personal and Professional Growth – John Peitzman

This one is my one of the professional books that I read for the sole purpose of being just that. I am trying to create and find more ways to streamline the blog so that I can get to the fun stuff without being bogged down by the little details. I mean just read it f you feel a bit overwhelmed or unmotivated, searching for passion or purpose, or want to jump-start your drive for personal and professional success, The BUILD Framework might be perfect for you. If you want a simple, straightforward, commonsense approach—with a framework that changes both your business and your personal life—then this book is for you.

And I will say that the framework that I am working on building will help me to take the blog and the brand to the next level- I might even step way out of my comfort zone – look for more adventures coming soon on this. I will tell you that this book gave me the kick in the pants I needed to step up to the next level.

So now you know what 5 books I read in February, I have a wish list filled with books on Amazon but I am always looking for more recommendations. So drop your suggestions below.

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