My top reads of 2018


I read some great books in 2018, so I thought I’d share my favorite non-fiction picks with you. Book nerds, you’re welcome!

Tell Me More : Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning To Say - Kelly Corrigan  

Short, profound, hilarious, heart-wrenching and practical. I read it in two sittings, couldn’t put it down. 

Everything Happens For a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved - Kate Bowler

Kate is a new mom, a divinity professor, and has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Gorgeous writing, unflinching honesty about how we can live well in the face of unanswered questions. 

Learning to Walk in the Dark - Barbara Brown Taylor 

Barbara writes eloquently, poetically, about a depth of seeing, a grounded way of being, that we can’t learn anywhere else but in the dark. It’s a gift of a book. 

What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything - Rob Bell 

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again - Rachel Held Evans 

Both are refreshingly honest, human conversations about this messy, beautiful, inspiring book I’ve grown up with and love so much.   

Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole and Living Free From Shame - Vicky Beeching 

Ever since my daughter came out several years ago, I’ve been drawn to stories about real people navigating the world of faith and the LGBTQ topic. This is such an important book for Christians to gain a more human perspective on a complex topic. 

Out of Sorts: Making Peace With An Evolving Faith - Sarah Bessey

Sarah’s from a pentecostal background, and talks about the challenge of abandoning some of the teachings and practices she grew up with while staying true to the heart of why she’s a Jesus follower. It resonates so deeply with my own experience. 

The Art of Memoir - Mary Karr 

Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott

I set out to write a memoir of sorts myself in 2018 and wanted to read a little about the craft by a couple of the best. Mary Karr is technical, shrewd, insightful. This book, along with the ageless wisdom and humor of the relevant and profound Anne Lamott, were incredibly helpful in my own process of writing.