With the busyness of the holidays finally over. I am ready to settle into the new year and start reading again because my normal reading plan was put on hold during the holiday season. Between work, launching WithLoveByLove.com and preparing for the holidays, I barely had enough time to do anything for myself. Since it is so late into the month, I am only reading 2 books this month, but I normally read about 3-4 books a month. When it comes to the genres that I love, my range is wide. I like everything from Christian books to Historical Non-Fiction/ Fiction to Romantic books and everything else in between.

I just finished reading Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver and boy did it put me in all kinds of check. Truth be told, I am very much like Mary while my sister Brittany is more like Matha. I am usually the one running around doing everything but, while my sister runs to the source and basks in it. In fact, we have had plenty of Mary, Martha situations arise in our household and I remember constantly screaming out just like Mary “It’s not fair! Look at all that I am doing. Why do I always lose?”

In the book, Weaver discusses the story of Mary and Martha, found in Luke 10:38-42, and encourages women to still spend time with Jesus in the midst of our ever busy world. Mary, who opened up her home to Jesus and his disciples, was so busy trying to be the best host to Christ instead of actually getting to know Him. Her sister Martha forgot about being the perfect host, ran to the feet of Christ and was blessed. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World shares biblical tips in finding intimacy with God in the busyness of life.

Like Mary, do you long to spend time with Christ but your responsibilities limits or stops the time that you desire? If so, I highly recommend this book! You can read this book alone or with a group and at the end of each chapter there is a bible study.

So now onto the books that I am reading till the end of the month. Continue reading to see my current reading list for January 2017.

Eat Pray Hustle by Havilah Cunnington

Eat Pray Hustle is a 20 day Bible study derived from the life of Abraham. He was a man just like us, and he was on the road to his promise. He had a dream deposited in him as a seed, and he was doing everything he could to help it grow. He was eating, praying, and hustling most days… just like many of us! This whole study is designed to help you understand the attributes of a God Dream. We will uncover what a Dream Chaser looks like and the signs of your greatest dreams revealed. We will expose what Dream Killers look like and what we can do to stay protected. We will learn to nurture the dream, care for it and live it out. Under- standing these truths will change your life and give you a lasting legacy of fulfilled promise. Why wait any longer to chase your God dreams? You can start today!

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things is a #1 New York Times Bestseller about Ruth Jefferson, who is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

After I complete each book, I will write review to let yall know what I think! What are you reading this month?! Let me know in the comments! I want to know because I am also looking for new books to read. 🙂

With Love,

Monique Love

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