Some books worth checking out:
Anne Lamott has a new book! Hallelujah Anyways is the title. Lamott is funny, irreverent, deep, and fresh. She is honest and searching, and reading her you feel like you are spending time with a crazy aunt that you never had, but always wanted, because in her craziness she helps you feel a little less so.
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness – You may have heard of this one, as it was recently adapted to screen this past year. Though I did fall asleep in the movie, this book is anything but a snoozer. It is one of the rawest and realest books I have read in a long time, and it even has pictures! If the Psalms were put to narrative, and illustrated, and set in England, and starred talking trees – they would be titled A Monster Calls.The Taste of Silence: How I Came to Be at Home with Myself, by Bieke Vandekerckhove – This is a book about silence and meditation forged in the crucible of illness. Vandekerckhove was 19 when she was diagnosed with ALS, and though doctors were able to abet the disease's progression, she has lived with a severe physical handicap for the last 3 decades. What she has learned has been given to her through silent contemplation and prayer, at the unexpected intersection of the Psalter and Zen meditation, and what she has to tell us about is how we, like her, might be able to be at home with ourselves, even in the midst of a compromised life.