Day 3464 – Dying Well

I finished reading my first book of 2019 on January 1st, Where The River Ends* (affiliate link, this means I’ll get a small percentage if you purchase the book). Man, what a way to start the year. It tells the story of a husband who takes his dying wife on a journey down a river. What I love about it is that so many say they shouldn’t make the trip, but it is what she wants to do.

Death is one of those things that’s taboo to talk about. It’s uncomfortable, it’s hard, but actually talking about and thinking about death is one of those “secrets” to a happier life. I’ve talked before about the multiple deaths I’ve walked through in my life. For the past 20 years, I’ve attended more funerals for my peers than my elders. Each death has changed me in significant and different ways. But the biggest lesson is that of embracing life, today.

Having a constant awareness of the end of my life, I can jump into my current life with joy, energy, and “this may be my last day, and I’m going to enjoy it.” It helps me live my life without regrets.

What really struck me with this book was the reminder that we have a choice in how we live and in how we die, but there will be folks who totally disagree with what we’re doing. So we need to fight for what we believe in and what we want out of life.

It was also a beautiful story about marriage. Charles Martin has become my new favorite author, hands down, primarily because of how he writes about marriage. So many of the books I’ve read are about a cheating spouse, an abusive spouse, a spouse who is tempted…recognizing this was much like my “wow, I’ve been reading a lot of dark, heavy books” when I read The Bookshop on the Corner* (affiliate link) by Jenny Colgan because it was so light and fun.

So friends, talk about the end of your life, recognize it is coming one day, and live with joy that you are here today because tomorrow is never promised.

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Day 3367 – Read My Books! – Read A New Book Month Day 29 (And Four Years As Sober Jennilyn!)

I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest my own books this month. As an aside, today is my FOUR-year soberversary! If God hadn’t changed my life four years ago, I don’t know if I would be able to say I published two books.

Being sober has changed so much of my life and I’m so thankful that reading more and writing more is included in that list. I have found my voice through this blog and my books. YOU my readers, have in many ways changed my life. Your interest in my alcoholism has encouraged me to pursue writing a book about my experiences. Your blog views have meant the world to me.

My first book, Trusting God With 2 Cents: 22 Days To Becoming A Successful Christian Business Owner, was quite a journey. I learned so much about myself, writing, and what God has to say about work while writing. It started in one place (very much about ME and MY experiences) and ended in a completely different (very much what GOD says about work, and very little about me).

I always said that I would consider that book a success if just one person was impacted. If you check out the link above, you’ll see a wonderful review. That book is a success to me.

Earlier that year, 2016, we took our fourth cross-country road trip. That trip changed me in so many ways. The biggest was my love of road trips was rekindled and my desire to share the joy of more travel was set ablaze.

The worst thing I hear is “I’ve always wanted to do that, but….” I want to grab folks and say, that’s just not true! I started my journey in sharing my knowledge about road trip travel in my second book, Planning an Epic Road Trip on any Budget. I also started my road trip community on Facebook.

I definitely see that book as a success as well because of the folks who have made changes in their travel lives because of it. I’ve loved growing with my community and sharing the joys of planning for and taking trips. If you want some help planning a road trip, come join us!

Even if you haven’t (and aren’t planning on) buying/reading one of my books, you showing up here on my blog means so much to me. I’ve blogged before about wanting to stop some days, but it is you, my dear readers, who help me to carry on. You are a part of my growth as an author and a blogger. Thank you.

Check out all of my 2018 Read A New Book Month recommendations.

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Day 3366 – Read More Tip – Reading Challenges – Read A New Book Month Day 28

Holy smokes, I cannot believe Read A New Book Month is almost over. I truly hope you’ve found a book or increased your read count based on my suggestions. Today I have another tip: participate in reading challenges. I mentioned this a few days back, but I wanted to expound on it some more.

A pretty big game changer for me in my reading quantity and variety was joining reading challenges. You can read about the ones I’m working through on this post.

The challenges helped me to seek out books I never would have on my own. They introduced me to a few communities of book lovers.

There is a big world of books out there and doing a challenge will really help you to find them. I think my favorite this year has been The Mommy Mannegren 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge. Her Facebook group is one of my favorites too.

Are you doing a reading challenge this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Check out all of my 2018 Read A New Book Month recommendations.

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Day 3365 – Santa Bruce – A Great New Book In The Mother Bruce Series – Read A New Book Month Day 27

I mentioned Mother Bruce as a book to check out last week and when going to the Amazon site to get my affiliate link, I noticed there was a NEW book in the Mother Bruce series!

Santa Bruce* by Ryan T. Higgins was another wonderful journey into Bruce’s life. Poor Bruce has had many cases of mistaken identity and every one has been a joy-filled journey. I’m so glad to have found this series last year. If you’re looking for a new book to read to your kids, this is the one for you!

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Santa Bruce*

As a reminder, the links to the book on Amazon are affiliate links. As a reminder, an affiliate link is one that if you click and purchase the book (or something else) I’ll receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. I ruthlessly only share products, services, books, etc, that I have personally used and only recommend what I think is useful and valuable. I’ve marked all affiliate links in this post with this little guy –> *

Check out all of my 2018 Read A New Book Month recommendations.

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Day 3364 – Read More Tip – Read Shorter Books – Read A New Book Month Day 26

One way you can skyrocket your read count is by reading shorter books, whether it’s a kid’s book or a commencement speech or even a graphic novel. If you’re having a hard time reading, this can be a great alternative for you. I’ve talked about how I read 200 kid’s book one year and it was really educational and encouraging. I’ve read a few graphic novel biographies, which is another way to get some learning in too.

Here are a few of my favorite shorter reads.

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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination* by J. K. Rowling

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Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know* by Mike Lowery

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Make Good Art* by Neil Gaiman

Find Momo: A Photography Book* by Andrew Knapp

This one right here is my favorite out of the bunch. I just love Momo and the places Andrew photographs of the hiding!

As a reminder, the links to the book on Amazon are affiliate links. As a reminder, an affiliate link is one that if you click and purchase the book (or something else) I’ll receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. I ruthlessly only share products, services, books, etc, that I have personally used and only recommend what I think is useful and valuable. I’ve marked all affiliate links in this post with this little guy –> *

Check out all of my 2018 Read A New Book Month recommendations.

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