If you’re like me, you want to jump straight to the list! A few disclaimers, I’ve just included books I read for the first time in 2015. And second, I’m sorry (but not really), I’m a non-fiction nut!!! The new-to-me fiction this year was okay, but not list worthy. So, fiction nuts, we need your recommendations in the comments! If you missed my list last year, here’s 9 Books I Loved in 2014. Finally you’ll notice I read at least three of these books because you emailed me and said, “Amy you must get this books!” I take you at your word and did. Keep ’em coming!
Gift of the Red Bird: The Story of a Divine Encounter by Paula D’Arcy—Kimberly Todd recommended this book. While pregnant with their second child, Paula and her husband were hit by a drunk driver, killing her husband and child. In this spiritual memoir, Paula chronicles the spiritual lessons of the next twenty years. A key lesson is that she is loved by God simply because she is . . . not because of anything she does. A message many in this line of work need to hear repeatedly to counteract other messages we hear.
Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart by Haydn Shaw—a fellow Velvet Ashian recommended this book to me (thanks Beth!), saying that every organization needs to read it. I agree! For the first time in history, four generations are in the workspace together (it had been three before). Shaw looks at each generation and what’s formed them, fascinating and helpful! He then explored 12 areas: communication, decision making, dress code, feedback, fun at work, knowledge transfer, loyalty, meetings, policies, respect, training, and work ethic. With each area he provides helpful ways to get unstuck. This book helped me understand myself and others around me better!
Whew! There are so many good books, aren’t there? And guess what, I just finished one I’d add to the list: Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home by Amber Haines. Spectacular! It’s Velvet Ashes’ January book club book if you’d like to read it with a community. We’ll do four chapters a week and next Monday afternoon will be the first post. What did you read in 2015 that was a keeper? What are your reading goals for 2016?
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