Monday, December 22, 2014

Favorite Books of 2014

“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and 
you give me an interesting companion. 

Give me a man or woman who has read
perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous 
enemy indeed.” -Anne Rice

Out of all the books I've read this year, below are my favorite four.
All of which were very entertaining, inspiring, or touching.
They each held my attention to the point that I couldn't put them down. 

"Like every girl, Sarah Jakes dreamed of a life full of love, laughter, and happy endings. But her dreams changed dramatically when she became pregnant at age thirteen, a reality only compounded by the fact that her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, was one of the most influential mega church pastors in the nation. As a teen mom and a high-profile preacher's kid, her road was lonely. She was shunned at school, gossiped about at church. And a few years later, when a fairy-tale marriage ended in a spiral of hurt and rejection, she could have let her pain dictate her future."

I wrote a blog post about Lost & Found earlier this year, and 
am still very moved by Sarah's story.

"By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together."

The 5 Love Languages is a good way to not only learn how you want love expressed to you. But also how to go about expressing your love to someone; 
someone who speaks a different love language than yours.

"Andres suspects his wife has left him—again. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: she’s been kidnapped. Set in Lima, Peru, in a time of civil and political unrest, this evocative page-turner is a perfect marriage of domestic drama and suspense. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that she’s gone, he’d do anything to get her back."

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of interviewing author 
Natalia Sylvester about Chasing the Sun.

 "What most people would be surprised to learn is that the woman with the big, effervescent personality has a secret straight out of a Dickens novel. At the age of three, Rosie’s life was turned upside down when her mentally ill mother tore her away from the only family she knew and placed her in a Catholic children’s home in New York’s Westchester County. Thus began her crazily discombobulated childhood of being shuttled between 'the Home,' where she and other kids suffered all manners of cruelty from nuns, and various relatives’ apartments in Brooklyn."

Handbook For An Unpredictable Life is probably the best autobiography
I've read in years.

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