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I talk a lot about amazing children’s books, but as a mom, I love to read books for adults sometimes, too! This past spring I had the honor of being on two fabulous launch teams for two amazing women. I would absolutely include these two books, among others, in my favorite mom reads list! Here are the books I consider the best summer reads 2018.
Best Summer Reads 2018
If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey
Jamie Ivey reminds me of a counselor I once went to. She’s one of those people who makes you feel loved and important. I say this like I know her, but I feel like I do because I’ve read her work, listened to her podcasts, and have heard her speak to me and a handful of other women in her launch team.
Her book, If You Only Knew, talks about God’s grace and redemption no matter what you’ve done, where you’ve come from, or what mistakes speckle your past. Jesus is better. Man, I love that message. Have you listened to The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Podcast? So good.
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
Without going into a saga about my relationship with the church, I’ll just say that Jen Hatmaker has been a salve for me the past couple of years. I love and respect her point of view on many topics and appreciate how she approaches them with such grace and compassion. Most importantly, even if you disagree with her, I think many at least respect her approach. I have a feeling she and I would basically be inseparable best friends if we could meet. I talk to her while I listen to her podcast, For the Love! with Jen Hatmaker.
Her book Of Mess and Moxie is like a breath of fresh air. It’s honest, tender, earnest, and like all of Jen’s work — it’s bursting at the seams with humor and heart.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
For our third book in the summer reads 2018 list, I’d like to present to you Ms. Rachel Hollis. You know all those lies you tell yourself? I’m not a good mom. I could never accomplish my goal. I’m bad at sex. (Yep, there’s a whole chapter about sex.) Maybe I could be happy if I weighed 30 lbs less. Mmm hmm…Rach is gonna call bullshit on these lies we tell ourselves.
Author Rachel Hollis uses each chapter to address a common lie that women tell themselves. It’s poignant, real, honest, and will give you a kind kick in the butt.
I had the honor of being on her launch team with tons of other amazing women. It was such a cool experience to see Rachel fight, grind, repeat to get this book to the New York Times Bestseller’s list…and guess what, she did it. She freakin’ did it. After she found out she made the list, she popped on Facebook live to thank all of us and share the news — through tears! This girl is full of grit and I love it. Check out her podcast, The Dais Podcast too!
These are just a few of the awesome books I’d love to recommend as best summer reads 2018. Since I’m in the car a lot, I also love to listen to podcasts. Check out my top 10 podcast recommendations.
What are you reading right now? What are your summer reads 2018?