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The Hope and Wholeness Bookshelf

Living a life of hope & wholeness and sometimes writing about it. 

"Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and redeeming it." Albus Dumbledore

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Currently Reading

Reading this with my small group. So much intelligence I love it! 

Reading this with my small group. So much intelligence I love it! 

And the fiction selection of the week is... I've heard great things about this! Also Sue Monk Kidd is brilliant. Thank you Half Price Books.

And the fiction selection of the week is... I've heard great things about this! Also Sue Monk Kidd is brilliant. Thank you Half Price Books.

Reading this with Katie Rosenbaum. It's a literary guide to the Lenten season and IT'S BEAUTIFUL OH MY.

Reading this with Katie Rosenbaum. It's a literary guide to the Lenten season and IT'S BEAUTIFUL OH MY.

Just finished

Beautiful insights of the Sabbath being a "holiness in time" amidst six other days of laboring over a space that is passing away. Written by a contemporary Jewish scholar.

Beautiful insights of the Sabbath being a "holiness in time" amidst six other days of laboring over a space that is passing away. Written by a contemporary Jewish scholar.

This book is being published in August 2017! I'm excited to be working for Chrystal during the launch of her book! Reading the final manuscript now, and it's going to be incredible! Click on the picture to pre-order!

This book is being published in August 2017! I'm excited to be working for Chrystal during the launch of her book! Reading the final manuscript now, and it's going to be incredible! Click on the picture to pre-order!

So honored to be on Ann's launch team. This book is beautiful and refreshing! So much wisdom if you are in a season of waiting, shame, or discouragement.

So honored to be on Ann's launch team. This book is beautiful and refreshing! So much wisdom if you are in a season of waiting, shame, or discouragement.

A MASTERPIECE! This book wrecked me. I can already tell, this will make it to my top 10 books of 2017. Purchased at Lemuria in Jackson, MS.

A MASTERPIECE! This book wrecked me. I can already tell, this will make it to my top 10 books of 2017. Purchased at Lemuria in Jackson, MS.

A beautiful book. Though only a few chapters resonated with me, they were worth it. Great for anyone who has or is walking through grief, loss, or not feeling God. 

A beautiful book. Though only a few chapters resonated with me, they were worth it. Great for anyone who has or is walking through grief, loss, or not feeling God. 

Great for anyone who wants to learn the Biblical context behind what they're reading. This will not entertain you; it will educate you. I loved it.

Great for anyone who wants to learn the Biblical context behind what they're reading. This will not entertain you; it will educate you. I loved it.

So good!! It takes about halfway through to learn what the book is actually about...but I loved this story. Purchased at The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA. 

So good!! It takes about halfway through to learn what the book is actually about...but I loved this story. Purchased at The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA. 

Such a beautiful source of encouragement. Thank you Jess and Hayley!  Given to me from Santa Claus :)

Such a beautiful source of encouragement. Thank you Jess and Hayley!  Given to me from Santa Claus :)

So good! Until I got to the ending. Then I was just like...wait what? Beware of language and some crass, mature content. But SO GOOD. Found in a Little Free Library in Ruston, LA.

So good! Until I got to the ending. Then I was just like...wait what? Beware of language and some crass, mature content. But SO GOOD. Found in a Little Free Library in Ruston, LA.

I didn't love this one, but it was definitely a gripping story. Purchased at The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA.

I didn't love this one, but it was definitely a gripping story. Purchased at The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA.

Flannery: Weird stories with brilliant with meaning that's just over my head. If anyone has read this and wants to discuss, please hit me up.

Flannery: Weird stories with brilliant with meaning that's just over my head. If anyone has read this and wants to discuss, please hit me up.

SUCH a delight!! Purchased at Wal-Mart in Tyler, TX because I'm not above that. Also I needed it fast...

SUCH a delight!! Purchased at Wal-Mart in Tyler, TX because I'm not above that. Also I needed it fast...

Because Brene Brown's research is important. 

Because Brene Brown's research is important. 

Because I can't get enough of Shauna, and I've accepted this about myself. Purchased at The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis, MO.

Because I can't get enough of Shauna, and I've accepted this about myself. Purchased at The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis, MO.

Because I should probably read fiction every once in a while...

Because I should probably read fiction every once in a while...

"And the soul feels its worth."

"And the soul feels its worth."

Read this on a plane and cried the entire time. Beautiful, lyrical writing about the seasons of life. Borrowed from Melinda Moore.

Read this on a plane and cried the entire time. Beautiful, lyrical writing about the seasons of life. Borrowed from Melinda Moore.

I promise I read more than Brene and Shauna. 

I promise I read more than Brene and Shauna. 

Not my favorite, but an easy read that gave me a boost of "I can do this." Borrowed from Ashton Ray.

Not my favorite, but an easy read that gave me a boost of "I can do this." Borrowed from Ashton Ray.

A total delight. Read it in one sitting on an airplane. Purchased at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL.

A total delight. Read it in one sitting on an airplane. Purchased at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL.

Warning: the life change is not a drill! Purchased at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL.

Warning: the life change is not a drill! Purchased at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL.