JANUARY READS

Happy New Year! We’re so excited for all that is in store for Deeply in 2017 and can’t wait to bring you along for the journey.

We’re starting the month off today with a few books to curl up with as the temps get colder. If one of your resolutions this year is to read more, why not join us this year? Each month, we’ll be sharing one book from each category to tackle: fiction, non-fiction, literature, career/self-development, and spiritual. Hope you’ll join us and let us know what you think!

Fiction

          The Nightingale

In love we find out who we want to be. In war, we find out who we are.” This book was a page-turner and kept me glued to the story line for days! Set in France 1939, the story follows 2 sisters living very different lives in their war-torn country. It’s a story of courage, grace, survival and freedom. If you love stories set in World War II (like me) I PROMISE you will love this one!

Non Fiction

Hillbilly Elegy:

The Economist said of this book- “You will not read a more important book about America this year.” And I couldn’t agree more as it answered so many questions for me about the state of our nation today. Written by a former marine and Yale School Law graduate who grew up in the Rust Belt, this memoir follows Vance’s own personal story alongside his observations about America’s white working class, the “American Dream,” and what upward mobility really looks and feels like for this demographic. Couldn’t recommend this one more.

Literature

Great Expectations:

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.” I loved this coming-of-age story set in the 1800’s in England. It’s a long, but rich, storyline that follows the orphan Pip from rags to riches. You can’t predict where it will go, and I love that in a good, long, detailed novel.

Personal Development

Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want
I love a good personal finance book, but this one struck me in particular because, while the concepts were basic, the message behind it was so encouraging and brought focus, clarity and purpose for WHY budgeting and good stewardship are important. I loved that she focuses on the root cause of so many money-related sins that millennials can relate to: comparison. She tackles the roots of why we spend to “measure up” and ways we can combat this thinking and action. Highly recommend both for those just getting started on budgeting for the new year as well as those who are old hat at the game.

Spiritual

Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community
This book is a short read, but not an easy one! As someone who spent time in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany, Bonhoeffer fully understands the absolute NEED for community and God’s purpose for it. There’s nothing copy-and-paste about this deep look into community and I promise you will come out of it challenged and ready to engage others for the sake of the Gospel.

Let us know in the comments if you've read any of the above or if you plan on reading them! 

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