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Below are a few of the books I read in 2016, each linked directly to for purchase. All of these books inspired me in some way to continue blossoming into my best, truest self last year. I hope you’ll pick one up for yourself, and know that when you purchase a book from my shop, you are helping keep BlossomWriter online. You get a great new book…I earn a small commission from Amazon! It’s a win-win!

How (Not) to Speak of God
Peter Rollins is a philosopher who often writes and speaks on theology. In How (Not) to Speak of God, he breaks down our ideologies about God, showing us that what we’ve been missing in our insistence on God as an object to be grasped is what we ultimately find in God as an ungraspable subject. Click Here to Buy


Love Warrior: A Memoir 
Glennon Doyle Melton is my go-to when I need to remember what real truth and real love look like. As she peels back her layers in this memoir, you’ll find yourself shedding yours as well. As she sits in her pain, you’ll find yourself wading deeper into your own. And as she emerges a Love Warrior, so will you. Click Here to Buy


Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body 
If you are looking for a book with which you can develop an interactive relationship and come back to again and again, look no further than Pretty Happy. Kate Hudson’s book is filled with practical wisdom and self-assessment tools to help you develop a non-judgemental relationship with your body, mind and soul. Click Here to Buy


How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living 
Being present in our own lives is hard amidst all the pressure and distractions of the modern world. But through personal stories of his own struggle to be present, told only as Rob Bell can tell a story, we learn a few guiding lessons on How to Be Here. Click Here to Buy


Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road 
This book had me at the “Author’s Note.” Through Painted Deserts is one of Donald Miller’s lesser known books, but it happens to be my favorite. It’s a story about leaving and changing and friendship and driving from Texas to Oregon in a Volkswagen camping van. I read this book in my early twenties and again this past year, and it will always have its own shelf in the library of my heart. Click Here to Buy


The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life 
If you’re anything like me, at some point you’ve realized you have way too much stuff, and the stuff you have isn’t serving you. But…it’s hard letting go. Francine Jay, in The Joy of Less, will take you room by room through your home, helping you rid yourself not only of your extraneous stuff, but of your emotional attachment to it as well. Click Here to Buy


The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art 
Discover your own inner artisan in this book by Erwin McManus. The Artisan Soul explores the creativity of the soul, arguing that we are all artists, infused with divine creativity and passion, and commissioned to create a better, more loving world. Click Here to Buy


Kindle E-reader 
In the post Living with Less, I give some practical advice on de-cluttering and eliminating excess possessions from your home. Another great tip I’d like to mention here is investing in an e-reader. I know…I know…I love the feel of a book in my hands, too, but hear me out! An e-reader can save you space and money – a minimalist’s dream! You can hold thousands of e-books in the palm of your hand for a fraction of the cost of traditional paperback books. I personally use and recommend the Kindle. Click Here to Buy