What I’m Reading

I am a lover of books, I have had a love affair with reading my whole life; unfortunately I don’t get to read as much as I would like. My favorite author of all times is Zora Neal Hurston. My favorite book by Zora is Their Eyes Are Watching God. I don’t read much fiction these days but I plan to do something about that. Here are a few of the books I am reading right now (there are many others I am trying to put in my rotation).

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst I purchased this book and study guide about 2 years ago but never got around to finishing it, I pulled it out a few months ago and it is  just what I needed. It’s a bible study about making wise decisions not just good decisions but the best decisions. Lysa is an awesome bible teacher but what I love about Lysa is her transparency she is so relatable. Lysa details how we can be so consumed with obeying God in the big things we miss the small assignments He gives us.

If we want His directions for our decisions, the great cravings of our souls must not only be the big moments of assignment. They must also be the seemingly small instructions in the most ordinary of moments when God points His Spirit finger saying, Go there. This book has helped me to say no to good things so that I can say yes to the best things. There is an exercise that helps you determine how much “spare” time you have http://thebestyes.com/time-assessment-tool this helped me carve out time to work out and to write my blog. She shares when she hasn’t always made the best decisions, as well examples of wise women in the bible. I highly recommend  this book and  study  guide.


The Best Yes


Christy Wright is a Certified Business Coach she is  part of the Dave Ramsey Team. All of my adult life I have dreamed of staring a business but I was scared, I made excuses and talked myself out of why I couldn’t or shouldn’t start.  I would hear Christy on the Dave Ramsey Show and I loved her message and her passion for women entrepreneurs. A friend and her sister attended the Business Boutique conference in Nashville last fall and they absolutely loved it! She told me about Christy’s Business Boutique podcast; I started listening in my car on my ride into work I was so encouraged by her guest who are ordinary women doing what they love! I like my job but I don’t love my job I want to love what I do. Her book Business Boutique is essentially a guide to making money doing what you love. After each chapter there are action items to complete there is also an option to print each out the action items. There are chapters on fear, social media, your purpose for your business, playing to your strengths and so much more. The book is an easy read, I am inspired to start a business (not sure what yet) but I have a few ideas. As women I think we often take for granted our gifts and talents we use on a daily basis; that could be cultivated into a business, a need that we could be fulfilling and doing what we love! One of my favorite quotes from the book “Do it scared” just start!


Business Boutique


One of my co-workers told me about a devotion on the bible app called Chase The Lion it was a seven day devotion that I thoroughly enjoyed. Fast forward a few months later my church did a series on you guessed it Chase The Lion by Mark Batterson.  This book is about not putting God in a box by not dreaming big audacious dreams that only God could fulfill. This book challenges me to stop playing it safe, to stop letting fear get in the way of me trusting God with the things I can’t see that’s faith right? Some of my favorite quotes from the book: Great conflict cultivates great character. If you want to live an epic life, you have to overcome some epic challenges. You have to take some epic risks, make some epic sacrifices. God wants to write His story through your life. And if you give Him complete control, He’ll write an epic. 

Chase The Lion

Do you see a theme here? Stepping outside of my comfort zone, taking risk, dreaming big, and making wise decisions. WHEW that’s a huge order but I am up to the challenge! What are you reading? Who is your favorite author? What’s your favorite book? Do any of these books interest you?


  1. May 26, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Yes! All of these sound awesome! I’ve been reading more fiction, just taking a break from the real world until classes start back mid-June. Favorite author of all times, Toni Morrison! But, of course, Zora and many of the Harlem Renaissance authors and artists make my soul smile. Right now, I’m reading a work of nonfiction, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me…yeah, not the happiest title, but it got (and kept) my attention. It’s about a woman with African ancestry (half Nigerian) who finds out her grandfather was Commandant Goethe, ruthless leader of the Nazis during WWII. And she finds out by accident–having been adopted, but aware of who her mother and grandmother were. Absolutely fascinating, calling up the age-old question of nature v. nurture, and how she comes to grips with the atrocities committed by her grandfather, the blind eye turned by her grandmother, and how she can reconcile the love she has for the family she knew with the knowledge she has newly acquired in adulthood, almost supernaturally. I love true stories of survival, overcoming and growth. Most of my favorite nonfiction novels are genocide survivor stories: Left to Tell, An Ordinary Man, The Kite Runner, Machete Season, Night. Somber, yet inspirational and enlightening. It leaves me feeling like, what do I have to be afraid of? What excuse can I give for not living out my full potential?
    Keep the book recommendations coming…so many books, so little time….but we’ll find a way! Let me know when you need an editor for your book…I love your writing style!

    • Karen's Essentials
      May 27, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Wow Tracey we are kindred spirits with our book taste! My favorite book my Toni Morrison is the Bluest Eye. I love Jamaica Kincaid, J.California Cooper, Tina McElroy Ansa, Gloria Naylor, and Octavia Butler. I haven’t read any more recent AA female authors by I did purchase Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. The books you mentioned sound fascinating Wow! Makes me want to do a book club! You are so sweet girl the thought of writing a book sounds daunting but if I ever write one you will be my editor!

  2. Angela
    May 27, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I just bought a couple of your suggestions. Thank you.

  3. Karen's Essentials
    May 29, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Great let me know what you think!

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