Sunday, October 5, 2014

grateful heart


I love to read.  So many kinds of books.  I'm almost always reading 2-3 books at a time.  I'm not a fast reader, especially during the school year.  But slow and steady wins the race, right?!?

So since I love to read, but sometimes have a hard time finding time to read everything I want to, I decided to take on the Operation Read Your Shelves challenge.  #ORYS.  I knew it was something I wanted to participate in as soon as I read about it.

It was easy for me to choose a book...it was one I was already reading.  A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman.  And I have to say it's one of the best books I've read in awhile.  Like one of those that I know I'll read again someday.  My heart is so full, I loved the realness of Emily's heart in this book.

Here's a description of the book:
A Million Little Ways uncovers the creative, personal imprint of God on every individual. It invites the discouraged parent, the bored Christian, the exhausted executive to look at their lives differently by approaching their critics, their jobs, and the kids around their table the same way an artist approaches the canvas--with wonder, bravery, and hope. In her gentle, compelling style, Emily encourages readers to turn down the volume on their inner critic and move into the world with the courage to be who they most deeply are. She invites regular people to see the artistic potential in words, gestures, attitudes, and relationships. Readers will discover the art in a quiet word, a hot dinner, a made bed, a grace-filled glance, and a million other ways of showing God to the world through the simple human acts of listening, waiting, creating, and showing up.  (source)

This week I am so grateful for the challenge this book brought to my heart and life.  It was one of those bring tears to my eyes, I think this was written just for me type of books.  There have been so many times I've questioned what I've really and truly been created for, and this book helped me to see my "blank canvas" and begin to figure out exactly what I want to paint on it.  It will be messy and I'll make mistakes, but my heart is ready...for the challenge, the critics, the calling.

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29 comments:

Rhonda said...

Wow Amy I have so many books that I want to read but I will definitely make this one happen. I need this. Sometimes or a lot of times that inner critic gets me. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Camacho said...

this is such a cool idea! I love books too, but I definitely haven't read anything new lately. I need something new. I just finished the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz (LOVE).

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes!! I highly recommend...it's a quick easy read, too, but just so full of wisdom.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh I heard that was a great series! Yes, it's a fun new link-up. I have so many books on my bookshelf, just need to get them read! This is good for some accountability! :)

Brettni @ Bringing Up Brumfiel said...

Hey from the link-up! I haven't been a big reader in the past, but with my son having recently started kindergarten I find more free time during my mornings, and I've read 3 books in 2 months. I'm looking for my next book, so thanks for the referral! Have a great week!

Amy @ Set Free said...

I totally get it...being a mom makes it so hard to find time. It seems like there's always something more important that needs to be done! I've given up TV watching at night to read instead. I think it actually helps me sleep better at night because my brain feels more tired! :) But good for you reading so many books lately! Thanks for stopping by!

Kendra Loisel said...

I'm going to look into this book. I am very behind in reading but I love the description of this book. I usually love reading and I miss the feeling that a good book gives you. I can't wait to hear more about this challenge. (P.s. I love that picture with the book)

Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven said...

I'm in the same boat--I love to read but I am not a fast reader and I think there might be 2 books that I'm "currently" reading! I've heard great things about this book so it might be put on my list for sure!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes...I highly recommend! It was one of those that just spoke to my soul. She put things in a way that I was like, "Why have I never thought of it like that?!?" SO refreshing!

Amy @ Set Free said...

YES!! I can't say enough good things about it...read it! You won't regret it! :)

Meagan said...

I love to read also - but rarely have time for it. I'm adding this book to my list on Goodreads (are you on that?) I should really dedicate some time each day to reading!

Ember Grey. said...

This is awesome! I actually just went through all of my books on my shelves yesterday and realized there are SO many I've yet to read. Emily's book sounds so, so good and my kind of read... I'll be checking that out :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes, I'm on Goodreads, but I always forget about looking at it! Sometimes I have to force myself to read, but I never regret it when I do!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes...I can't say enough good things about it! I've started following her blog too...she's amazing!

ashley said...

Love books, but sadly I have been slacking. I really need to do some catching up!

Leelee said...

I am a huge fan of all Emily P. Freeman's books. I felt that her words really connected with my heart, right now.

anniewiltse said...

I have been meaning to read this book for so long! I'm so glad to hear you loved it. I read Grace for the Good Girl last year and I love Freeman's writing.

Lauren Albrecht said...

"Emily encourages readers to turn down the volume on their inner critic and move into the world with the courage to be who they most deeply are." -- YES!! This book sounds so encouraging. PS SO glad you linked up! Learning about new books is so fun! ;)

Amy @ Set Free said...

It's so hard with kids around!! When Claire was littler, I always had great intentions to read when she slept...yeah right!! Your day will come! Your priorities have to be on your little one and reading her books for now! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

YES! I totally connected with her. She has a beautiful way of writing...can't wait to read her other two books!

Amy @ Set Free said...

I love her writing, too!! Can't wait to read her other two books, and I've since started following her blog. She has a beautiful heart!

Amy @ Set Free said...

This book was a huge encouragement to my soul. I will recommend it to anyone! Emily has a beautiful way with words, I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read her other 2. THANK you for starting this link up!! Gotta get my kid to bed so I can go see what everyone else has been reading. :)

Leah Mancl said...

This book sounds amazing! It's definitely going on my (ever-growing) list! So glad that you're participating in ORYS. I'd love to hear more recommendations from you!

Amy @ Set Free said...

It IS amazing!! :) And it's a quick, easy read. I'm loving #orys so far, such a fun way to connect with other bloggers. :) After I get my girl to bed, I'm off to check out what everyone else read!

TheAdventuresofBugandBoo said...

Wow if that isn't a glowing review, I don't know what is!! I'll definitely be adding this to my Amazon list. This sounds amazing! "It will be messy and I'll make mistakes, but my heart is ready...for the challenge, the critics, the calling." AMEN friend!! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes!! Put it at the top of your list! It's so good, like one of those that speaks right into your soul. I can't say enough good things about it.

Abbie Driscoll said...

Oh, wow I love the idea in this book. I am definitely adding it to my to read list! Thank you!!

Amy @ Set Free said...

Yes, it is a fantastic book! It's definitely one I'd love to read again. :)

ashortblonde said...

I think we both read books the same way. I'm usually juggling several, but i don't read fast. The more I like the book, the slower I get through it!