5 Books to Read Before Summer is Over

Originally Posted July 29, 2015

A good book is a summer staple. These five books will make you laugh, cry, and want to reach out and help. There’s something for everyone!


Undone by Michele Cushatt

Undone is a beautiful memoir about “Making Peace with an Unexpected Life.” Michele beautifully tells her story of love and loss, hope and sadness as she navigates the world of parenthood, divorce, marriage, step-parenthood, adopted parenthood, and cancer. A woman of many talents, Michele’s writing makes you feel as though she’s a close personal friend. With raw and unfiltered emotion, this book is one you won’t want to put down, but might have to in order to grab a box of tissues.

Cecelia Jackson's Last Chance

Cecelia Jackson’s Last Chance by Robbie Iobst

There a books in life that you read and never forget, Cecelia Jackson’s Last Chance is one of those books. Robbie has a way of making you laugh, cry, and cringe while hungry for the next page. A fictional novel about Belinda Kite, Donna Dougans and Maggie Shanks, three friends who lost touch with each other and who they are. When they’re forced to reunite, they learn the power of love and God. With a Texas setting, this book is one that will leave you wanting more.


Renewed by Lucille Zimmerman

Many women have a hard time with self-care. They believe it to be selfish and unnecessary. Renewed is a book that gives us all permission and reason to include self-care into our daily routines. Lucille, a Licensed Professional Counselor, asks the question, “You’ve taken care of everyone else. Isn’t it time to care for you?” This easy to read and easy to implement book is an absolute necessity! Buy two copies, you’ll surely want to give Renewed to a friend (and keep your own copy for yourself!)!

People Over Profit

People Over Profit by Dale Partridge

This business book is a pie in the sky type of book that introduces seven easy principles any entrepreneur can learn from in order to help revolutionize the American marketplace. By placing people in front of profit on the scale of importance, we can build businesses that are more sustainable, more ethical, and ultimately more profitable. An easy 256 pages, this is a must read for anyone in business or going into business.


Divine by Karen Kingsbury

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know my story with this book (and Karen Kingsbury HERSELF liked the photo! EEEK!). I read Divine over the course of two – two hour flights. It was breathtakingly raw and real. A modern day parallel of Mary Magdalene, this book took me to places that I never wanted to think about and back. Karen, an expert storyteller, manages to include topics like child sex slavery, drugs, abuse, prostitution, and more without being grossly graphic. This book has changed my life and I hope it will change yours as well.

Have you read any of these books? What are your summer recommendations? Comment below!

With Love & Light,



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