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Its hard to believe its December already! Since we are settled in our new home and life has calmed down a bit, I got through more books than I expected this month. Plus, let’s get real, it’s so freaking cold that wrapping up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book is the only thing saving me from hypothermia these days. Without further adieu …

Get Rid of It! By Katie Maris

Organizing Moms is one of my favorite blogs, so I was really excited when I got the opportunity to check out Katie’s first book. This book is a step-by-step guide to painlessly decluttering your entire house in only 10 minutes a day. If you have tried other books and plans to get your house in order but been overwhelmed by the system, you have to check this book out! This book breaks decluttering down into simple, daily tasks like. The way Katie breaks it down actually makes decluttering sound like a lot of fun! Grab your copy here.


Falling Free by Shannan Martin

Several of my Facebook friends were reading this book a few months ago, so I jotted it down on my “to-read” list even though I wasn’t totally sure what it was about. I was completely unprepared for how this book would wreck me. I like to assume that I am experiencing God’s favor when my life becomes comfortable. But what if he calls us to a relentless uncomfortable life? In this book Shannan Martin talks about giving up their dream home, giving up safety and security, and following God’s call into a life of the unknown and uncomfortable. Maybe loving like Jesus loved us means you adopt juvenile delinquents. 

This book covers a lot of ground. A LOT. Its one I feel like I need to read slowly to really chew and digest it, but I can’t stop turning the pages. It reads like a mixture between a member and a musing on theology. If you want to be challenged, you need this on your to-read list.

How’s Your Soul by Judah Smith

Judah Smith is a weird dude, but I love his book. Seriously, he wears Spanx and admits it. You may have seen him and his goofy hipster glasses on Instagram with the likes of Justin Bieber, but don’t let appearances fool you – this book has a powerful message.

I started reading this in the parking lot of my daughter’s high school while I was waiting for her to get out of school, and the next thing I knew tears were rolling down my face. When is the last time someone was concerned about your soul?

I was a little skeptical that this book would be a rehashing of his previous ones, but I felt like it was a fresh perspective that really spoke truth into my life. I have faced a couple of really overwhelming years, and this was almost like a guidebook to refilling my soul with the peace I have been looking everywhere for. 

I feel like Judah’s Smith’s books make me fall in love with Jesus on a personal level again. This is definitely worth a spot on your shelf.

I’ve read some amazing books lately, but I think in January I am going to take a mental vacation into the land of fiction. It has been a long time since I read a novel, so leave me some suggestions on what to read in the comments!


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Hi! I'm Melissa!

Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is a wife, mom, and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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