Because Downton Abbey doesn’t begin again until January 2016.

Because Law & Order SVU is boring and predictable these days.

Because every time I sit in on a conversation about what everyone is watching on TV, I have nothing to contribute.

Because reading is fundamental be it theology, history, fictional stories or memoirs. I love to indulge. Even more, I love sharing what I’m reading with others since I tend to find out about new reads from other literary enthusiasts. So here’s my list!


I recently finished…

1. Drown by Junot Diaz – If you enjoy coming-of-age stories with unexpected humor, cynicism, heart-breaking twists and slick lyricism.

2. For the City by Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter – If you’re interested in sharing the Gospel in an urban context. Excellent read about the beginnings of two pastors and the churches they planted in St. Louis, MO and Austin, TX.

3. Passing by Nella Larsen – A thrilling tale of two childhood friends, both Black women, but with fair skin that allows them to “pass”. Definitely worth the read if you’re interested in intra-racial prejudices in the Black community and 1920s Black literature.


I’m currently exploring…

1. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney – I’m actually only reading one chapter in this book at the moment – Silence & Solitude – but it is definitely worth the read, especially in today’s overstimulated culture where we have so much grasping for our attention.

2. Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes – see comment about previous book 🙂

3. Fear and Faith by Trillia Newbell – We’re all afraid of something. Some fear is healthy, but in other ways fear shows an embarrassing lack of faith in the One who has it all figured out for us. I’m fearful, insecure and unsure about much these days including succeeding, relationships, my career, urban missions, and boldness.

4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – I’m always in the middle of this book, and have been since I was 10 years old. It’s a favorite and a wonderful piece of literature to come back to. Maya is timeless.

5. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis – Heavy, thought-provoking. I’m taking my time with this one as I look into the plots of the enemy.

6. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois – I have to stay on top of my sociology readings. Dubois goes beyond the days of me trying to pass my Intro to Sociology class in undergrad. Another timeless piece.

7. Anything posted on Riva Flowz’s blog! – She is an amazing writer and poet who is releasing several books this year! Check out short stories series like “In the Meantime”, “Intention”, “Boroughs Apart”, and so much more! I want to read everything!

Coming up next…

1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

3. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis


Feel free to let me know what you’re reading – I don’t have a Netflix account, so I can put a monthly $9.99 towards a new book 🙂


Until next time….


In Christ,



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