autumn reads.

22. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, Ph.D.

“To put our art, our writing, our photography, our ideas out into the world with no assurance of acceptance or appreciation–that’s also vulnerability. To let ourselves sink into be joyful moments of our lives even though we know that they are fleeting, even though the world tells us not to be too happy lest we invite disaster–that’s an intense form of vulnerability.”

Daring Greatly is all about vulnerability, and why it’s worth it in the end, no matter the outcome. Brené digs into subjects like shame and insecurity and introduces the relatable term vulnerability hangover. Vulnerability is one of my favorite things to read about and one of the hardest things to apply to my life. I learned a lot from this book, and would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn practical ways to be authentic and also to learn about the true goodness it brings to the world. 

23. Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

 “Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.”

This book is trendy and popular. It is everything I am not. However, I wanted to leap outside of my reading comfort zone and see what the buzz was all about over Yes Please. I wouldn’t recommend it because of bad language and poor taste.  However, despite the books faults, and if you decide to look over that, Girl. Is. Hilarious. It was a speedy read for me. I love Poehler’s sass, and she did include some stellar life advice that I tucked away to keep – including friendships, relationships, popularity, careers, and the grueling writing life. 

24. Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen.

“Liberalism regards Him as an example and guide; Christianity as a Savior: liberalism makes Him an example of faith; Christianity, the object of faith.” 

 If the kids these days were to read this book, they would say that Machen slayed with this one. Christianity and Liberalism was published in 1923. He challenges the Church to not be content with preachers who merely “don’t deny Christ” and instead seek something better. To seek truth and to not falter in it. To follow after Jesus because you love Him for His whole being, not just because He’s a nice guy and blesses people. The predictions that he made about what America would become without proper education, families, and churches is both terrifying and inspiring to do better all at the same time. Machen challenged me to tackle the hard questions with no fear and to let go of sugar coating completely.

What did you read this fall? Any book suggestions for me to slip into the remainder of 2015? 

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