one page at a time


In my effort to read more and spend less time on social media, here’s what I have finished so far this year.

– Do Your Art, Chad Allen

– Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, Chip Kidd

– Cold Tangerines, Shauna Niequist

– Roberts Rules of Order in Plain and Simple English

– Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey

– Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon

– Show Your Work, Austin Kleon

– How We Are Not Alone: New and Selected Poems, Maya Stein

– The Kinfolk Table

– The Southern Pie Book, Jan Moon

– A Prayer Journal, Flannery O’Connor

– Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way, Shauna Niequist

– Stories From the Book of Exile, Padraig O’Tuama

– A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Anna Quindlen

– City of God, Sara Miles

– Unaccompanied Minor, Hollis Gillespie

Add to that my standard periodicals listed below, and I’m off to a decent year of reading.

– Anthology

– Kinfolk

– Garden & Gun

– Where Women Create

– Entertainment Weekly


what I’m reading in 2013

The list is large and varied. I’ve got some great reading ahead of me in 2013. Pictured above is a fraction of it. There’s lots of fiction that will accompany these, and some other works as well.

In 2012 I didn’t keep up with what I read like in years past. I missed the visual record, and I read fewer books. Time to change that.

I’ve set a goal for myself of 50 books in 2012. I’ll post here at the end of every month telling you what I’ve read and perhaps include a few reviews.

There’s generally no rhyme or reason to what I read when, and I tend to keep about three books going at once – a creative one, one that is spiritual or theological in nature, and a memoir, fiction or non-fiction work.

books I’ve read since May

• Churched, Matthew Paul Turner
• One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp
• Fall Into Grace, Jay Bakker
• Bossypants, Tina Fey
• Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
• Find Your Way Home, Becca Stevens
• Enneagram Made Easy, Renee’ Baron & Elizabeth Wagene
• House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Way Home, Mark Richard
• Reluctant Pilgrim, Enuma Okoro
• The Beauty of Different, Karen Walrond
• Making Sense of Scripture, David Lose
• Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me, Ian Cron
• It’s All About God, Samir Semalovic
• Discover What You’re Best At, Linda Gale
• Expressive Photography, Tracey Clark
• I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee, Charles J. Shields
• Juztapoz Photo, Diane Weber
• The Help, Katherine Stockett
• Quitter, Jon Acuff
• The Promise of Despair, Andrew Root
• Begin Again, Believe Again, Sharon Hersh
• Four-Word Self-Help (Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives), Patti Digh
• Where Women Create – Book of Inspiration, Jo Packiam and Jenny Doh
• All is Grace, Brennan Manning
• Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design, Christine Lemieux
• The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke
• Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore, Rachael Brownell
• My So-Called Freelance Life, Michelle Goodman
• Handling Difficult Holidays: The Gracious Path to Overcoming Painful Times, Jane N. Geiger
• Zarella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design and Engineering of Contagious Ideas, Dan Zarella
• Divine Therapy and Addiction: Centering Prayer and the Twelve Steps, Thomas Keating
• The Care and Keeping of Creative Souls: A Manual, Jen Lee
• So, You’re a Creative Genius, Now What? Carl King
• There Are Two Marriages: A Manifesto on Marriage, Tony Jones
• Parched, Heather King

words make me happy

Time with a good book is one of my favorite things. Here’s what I’ve read the past few months:

Churched: One Kid’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess by Matthew Paul Turner
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society by Jay Bakker and Martin Edlund
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart by Becca Stevens and The Women of Magdalene
The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele
House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home by Mark Richard
Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community by Enuma Okoro
The Beauty of Different by Karen Walrond
Making Sense of Scripture: Big Questions About the Book of Faith by David J. Lose
Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron
It’s Really All About God: How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian by Samir Selmanovic
Discover What You’re Best At by Linda Gale
Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart by Shutter Sisters
I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
Juxtapoz Photography by Diana Weber
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I’m also knee-deep in these right now:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Long Goodbye: A memoir by Meghan O’Rourke
The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement by Tony Jones
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman
The Promise of Despair: The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church (Living Theology) by Andrew Root
The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom by Christine Valters Paintner

***photo is of my moleskine journal. the sticker on it is from Sarah Utter‘s work at Check it out.


A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg
Frank Stitt’s Bottega Favorita: A Southern Chef’s Love Affair with Italian Food*
Frank Stitt’s Southern Table: Recipes and Gracious Traditions from Highlands Bar and Grill
3191 Evenings, Maria Alexandar Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Making Sense of Scripture: Big Questions About the Book of Faith, David J. Lose

David Rawlings Machine, A Friend of a Friend
Arcade Fire, Funeral
Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around and American VI: Ain’t No Grave
Willie Nelson, Country Music
Dewi Sant, May
Paste Sampler 62
Jonsi, Go

Glee episodes I missed
Police Women of Memphis

*In my opinion, Frank Stitt is the best chef in Birmingham, and Bottega is one of my favorite restaurants there.

books I’ve read in 2009

Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl, Susan Campbell

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, Barbara Brown Taylor

Babymouse #3: Beach Babe, Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm
Babymouse #1: Queen of the World!, Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design, Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl

The Film Club: A Memoir, David Gilmour
The Furious Longing of God, Brennan Manning
I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Sloane Crosley
How (Not) to Speak of God – Marks of the Emerging Church, Pete Rollins

Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment and Moments of Grace, Nora Gallagher
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t), Brene’ Brown
Sleeping at the Starlight Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home, Bailey White

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Patrick Lenconi
The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to Pray, Lindsey Crittenden
Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith, Nora Gallagher
From Stone to Living Word, Debbie Blue

Post-Rapture Radio: Lost Writings from the Failed Revolution at the End of the Last Century, Russell Rathbun
A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart, Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes 
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, John O’Donohue

15 Books in 15 Minutes

This from Facebook:
The meme of the day…Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Feel free to leave your list in the comments.

Here’s mine, in no particular order:

1. Take This Bread, Sara Miles
2. Leaving Church, Barbara Brown Taylor
3. Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
5. Finding God, Larry Crabb
6. Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
7. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
8. The Soul Tells a Story, Vinita Hampton Wright
9. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
10. God’s Silence, Franz Wright
11. Practicing Resurrection, Nora Gallagher
12. Telling Secrets, Frederick Buechner
13. The Little House on the Prairie (series), Laura Ingalls Wilder
14. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
15. Travelling Mercies, Anne Lamott