P1040051Its time for another great give-away!  This give away is in honor of summer, fun and becoming brilliant while you bronze.  And because one of my favorite things to do in the summer is to drink a refreshing cold smoothie while reading by the pool or beach I am giving away a $10 Jamba Juice gift card.  Keep reading for how to earn up to 4 entries!

I was thinking the other day about my summers as a kid and how my brother and I would go to the library and check out literally stacks and stacks of books.  I am so thankful for the hours I spent reading as a child and teenager, because it gave me a love of the written word and showed me the power of a story well told.


Today I am sharing my summer reading list and would love for you to share what is on yours? If you will share what book(s) you are planning to read this summer you will earn one entry for our Jamba Juice drawing!

I like to be reading several books at once!  Anyone else?  Or do you always finish one book before starting another?  I pick books in a variety of categories (how do you pick which book(s) you are reading?)…

                                          Category #1 – A book that speaks to my specific season of life. bittersweet

For this I just finished the book Bittersweet by Shauna Neiquist.  It was my second time reading it, and I found it even more powerful than the first read, because she writes about a season in life where she moved to a different city and also experienced a miscarriage.

        Category #2 – A book that prepares me for a future season.  Parenting Isn’t for Cowards by Dr. James Dobson.P1040048


                                   Category #3 – A children’s book.  Re-reading  Prince Caspian by C.S. LewisP1040049

Category #4 – A fun light hearted novel that feels like watching your favorite romantic comedy, easy to read, lovable characters, somewhat predictable plot, and a happy ending.   I am not sure yet, any ideas????

                                 Category #5 – Spiritual Development  Bread and Wine by Shauna Neiquist


As I mentioned earlier you have up to 4 chances to win this Jamba Juice gift card!

  1.  Leave a comment below with what book(s) you are hoping to read this summer.
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Happy Reading!  Happy Summer!


16 Comments on Win a Jamba Juice Gift Card!

  1. Great post Charity! I love seeing people’s lists.

    Have you read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS? If you haven’t that might be a good one for your #4. Stephanie Perkins is a really talented writer. I’m not a big rom com girl, so I haven’t actually read this book, but all of my friends adore it!

    I’m reading a bunch of sequels this summer. Right now I’m reading SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo. The other books I plan on reading this summer are DARK TRIUMPH, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, THE CROWN OF EMBERS, and THE ARCHIVED (the only book that isn’t a sequel).

    • I haven’t read it but I will have to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation Stephanie and for sharing your book list!

  2. Thanks for the list of books! Definitely some good recommendations. I’m currently reading Victory over the Darkness and Brisingr by Christoper Paolini (book 3 of a 4 part series) I have several other books I’m going to attempt to read for school…we’ll see how that goes. 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing Marybeth! I love Victory over the Darkness, one of my all time favorites. I have never heard of the Christopher Paolini series you mentioned but I am going to check it out.

  3. Hey Charity! I actually just finished a book that would be perfect for your first category. It is called 1000 Gifts written by Ann Voskamp. It is nothing short of incredible and 100% life changing. She documents her journey on learning to live a lifestyle saturated in thanksgiving and ultimately, joy.

    • I LOVE 1000 Gifts! It really changed my life and perspective as well. For a long time I kept a thankfulness list in my journal and challenged myself to write down 10 things a day I was thankful for. Have you done a thankfulness list as well, since reading her book? I find that thankfulness is like cultivating a spiritual discipline for me, which I had never considered before reading her book. Now when I find myself having a bad attitude about life I will stop and make a thankfulness list, or if I can’t write it down then, say things out loud I am thankful for…it is AMAZING how quickly my attitude changes when I do this!

  4. Oh, I also just subscribed to receive email notifications! Thank you for being so open with your heart, Charity! 🙂

  5. Oo I love exchanging book recommendations!

    Category 1 – everything by Dr. Brene Brown. “Daring Greatly” and “The Gifts of Imperfection” are the two I’ve read, but I’ve also seen her TED talks and other videos/interviews and I can’t get enough. She talks about shame and acceptance and “enough”-ness in a way that gets my head and heart both. So gifted.

    Category 4 – “The Walk” series by Richard Paul Evans. Like Nicholas Sparks but way better (in my not so humble opinion).

    Category 5 – “the Insanity of God” by Nik Ripken. Missionary/persecuted church stories (plus, he mentions some of them came from AMI/ACC people! Very cool random connection.)

    Next on my list is “Self-Compassion” by Dr. Kristen Neff (recommended by Brene Brown in one of her books). I’m excited to read it because it sounds like it’s going to have some answers I need… 🙂

    Also in the middle of a biography of John Wesley. He’s my church history/theology crush, so I’m a bit biased, but wow, what an amazing man of God.

    • Jenna, thanks for sharing your list! I am especially intrigued by “The Insanity of God” book. I am definitely going to have to check it out.

  6. So far I have two Summer reads on my list right now, I am looking for a third one, perhaps Grace by Max Lucado?

    1) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. This book is mostly about daringly greatly to be vulnerable and she talks about the effect of shame and how to balance vulnerability.

    2) Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is one of my favorite autobiography books I’ve ever read. I read this novel about 3 years ago and I want to pick it up again. She’s a really good and witty writer.

    3) unknown still

  7. I love your categories! And you have great suggestions there; I’m always looking for book recommendations and new authors myself.

    Category 1) Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
    A collection of writings by different notable creators on their schedules of inspiration and sometimes procrastination. Good inspiration to get me going on my own projects, and also remind me that Rome wasn’t built/written in a day.

    Category 2) Adventure Divas by Holly Morris
    On embracing world traveling adventures; reveling in observation, exploration, and the unknown.

    Category 3) – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    Just read this again, technically YA, tragic-beautiful in a way that makes you appreciate the gift of life with a new perspective.

    Category 4 – Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
    A brilliant much enjoyed novel, one of the best books of last year. Will probably re-read this summer, imagining myself at the beach, or in England, or both.

    Category 5) – A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
    An intriguing investigation of women’s relationship with scripture, tradition, and faith.

  8. I’m reading the “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth. I just finished the first book out of three yesterday and it was AMAZING! It’s a young adult easy read kinda in the same genre as the Hunger Games. She actually has a blog too that i just found.
    Happy readings!

  9. Charity,
    I am reading “The Surrendered Wife” by Laura Doyle. It came highly recommended to me by a friend who is an amazing wife and mother of 4 boys. She read it in a womens group and said it changed all of their marriages. I have started it and am already seeing amazing parallels to how we are supposed to trust God and trust our husbands.
    My next read (that I cannot put down) is “Loving our Kids on Purpose” by Danny Silk who is the childrens minister at Bethel Church. CANNOT say enough about this book. It has given me revelation after revelation on what the Kingdom of heaven is managed and how we can echo that management in our own homes. Love ya Charity!

  10. GLAD TO BE LEFT BEHIND. Dudley Hall

    Finding purpose in life. – a story of 4 young people

    Who lost a friend to suicide. Got them asking

    Questions . Insightful. Wise . Anointed.

    Finding Kingdom of God in everyday life

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