Fave Reads
“But a book is only the heart’s portrait — every page a pulse.” Emily Dickinson

As a grownup, I enjoy spending alone time in outdoor places, to air my thoughts, pray and rest.  Things were different for me growing up as a kid. I didn’t get the chance to explore nature as much.

Whitespace back then took place in a different locale.

I found soul rest in books.

I loved reading — engaging in unspoken conversation with authors I had never met in person, but found to be good companions between pages.

Just like I’d scan a room at a social gathering for a friendly face, I’d browse the shelves for a title that read like an invitation.

My closest companions since childhood came to me between paper and print. Now, as an adult, this love affair hasn’t stopped.

I’d like to share some books that have been good company:
(in no particular order)

{ Personal Fave Reads: Memoir }
books that speak to me

{ Personal Fave Reads: Spirituality }
    books that shaped my journey

{ Personal Fave Reads: Fiction } 
a good story makes good company
  (will share soon. making the coffee…)

{ Personal Fave Reads: Writing }
    for the craft
    (will share soon. making the coffee…)

{ Book Review Lattes }
    book reviews on the blog

* Psst… If you end up ordering books from the links listed, you’ll be puttin’ somethin’ in the tip jar for Faith Barista. Thanks!

{ Personal Fave Reads: Memoir }


{ Personal Fave Reads: Spirituality }

{ Book Review Lattes: Reviews from the blog }

Little Ways to Be Present First Thing In the Morning (The Better Life by Claire Diaz-Ortiz)

By On June 19, 2015

Mornings are sometimes  difficult for me. Little things can surround my thoughts before my feet swing out of bed.  To do lists, emails to write/return, questions, and a random spattering of ideas I… Read More


Why Fighting Back With Joy Is a Beautiful Gift

By On January 21, 2015

Every two hours, I would choke. It would happen when I finally, somehow would fall asleep.  Out of nowhere, not worrying about anything, I would be jolted awake, as if someone had… Read More


Slowing Down In A Chaotic World (Book Giveaway: Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider)

By On February 7, 2014

“Living intentionally ultimately means staying true to yourself and how your family is made… listen to that still, small voice that says, ‘This is you.'” ~ Tsh Oxenreider in her newly released… Read More


The {Beloved} Needs TLC: You’re Going To Be Okay by Holley Gerth

By On February 4, 2014

“… in times of stress and change…You are going to require extra TLC. And the way you grow and thrive is different from anyone else, so it’s up to you to know… Read More


Your Gift of Vulnerability: The Little Girl in You

By On December 12, 2013

I didn’t know it, but I’ve been running from her my whole life. It isn’t that I didn’t want her. I just don’t think I know her that well. At times, she… Read More


Emotionally Unglued (Book Giveaway: Lysa Terkeurst’s Unglued)

By On August 21, 2012

“I know I need to learn how to gracefully express honest transparency. But sometimes I give in to fear…  The more I dance around, the more emotional yuck… it’s exhausting.” ~ Lysa… Read More


Why You Are Already Amazing – A Book Shower Gift for Holley Gerth

By On March 12, 2012

“Why is it hard to receive what we need?… In order to receive, we have to open our hearts, hands and lives.  We put ourselves in a position that’s vulnerable.”  ~ Holley… Read More


Feed Your Soul :: { Day 27 } Don’t Give Away Your Voice (Book Giveaway: Brennan Manning’s All Is Grace)

By On October 27, 2011

* Brennan Manning Memoir Book Giveaway * It's been *20 years* since Brennan Manning wrote the grace shattering book "Ragamuffin Gospel". Brennan's final book is out and it's his memoir. David C.… Read More


Do You Find It Hard To Encourage Yourself? (Book Giveaway: The Me Project By Kathi Lipp)

By On May 25, 2011

Did you ever find it easier to encourage others in their God-given dreams, but find it hard to encourage yourself? “One of the biggest challenges we have as women is assigning importance… Read More


My Best Mom Confession (Book Giveaway: Kristen Welch’s Don’t Make Me Come Up There!)

By On May 4, 2011

“Am I the best mom? No. But I’m their mom, good and bad. And that’s enough.” ~ Kristen Welch   With so many challenges of parenthood, what does it mean to be… Read More


Books That Speak To Me: A Book Journal

By On April 25, 2011

God sees when we reach out for answers.  Sometimes, He brings us help between the pages of a book.  What are the books that speak to you? I recently shared a photo… Read More


Overhaul Clutter For A Rest-filled Life (Book Giveaway: Simple Mom’s Organized Simplicity)

By On March 8, 2011

Today's post is part of our ongoing March series on Whitespace: Restoring Rest. Let's explore and swap stories. “Time is a tool — Use it wisely; enjoy it thoroughly.” ~ Tsh Oxeneider… Read More

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