My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

What I’ve Been Reading

Last month I told you about my trick for being more purposeful about my reading. It’s working well, but I’m facing another challenge.

As 2017 began I wanted to read only books I owned, but have yet to be read. Can I just say how hard that is? There are new titles I’m hearing about all the time and they sounds so good! So, I’ve loosened up and have given myself permission for balance.

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher was a beautiful start to my month! After the intensity of I Let You Go last month, I needed the quiet grace of this fictional story. It had been years since I read any of Hatcher’s books (this was a favorite), and I am so glad I went back to her beautiful storytelling. A tale of two distinct generations and the truth God reveals to us at exactly the right times, A Promise Kept brings hope to the places that seem too broken to ever hope again.

The story of Job in the Bible has never been one I focused on. I skim it, perhaps fearing the things that happened to him would happen to me. But we all have our Job stories in our lives. We can’t hide from them, and Kerrie Oles weaves biblical truth with her own stories in For Real: Navigating Truth Through Trials. This book goes far deeper than skimming a Bible story. Oles has Truth Tools to help you apply God’s truth to whatever trials you may face. Full of hope and grace, For Real reminds you that no matter the season you’re in, you are not going through it alone.

Small Great Things was stunning. It takes place in Connecticut, so I immediately loved that. But the story and the characters navigating race issues in present day is beautiful and heartbreaking and eye-opening. Parts of this were hard to read, as Picoult does a fantastic job of giving life and voice to all characters (even the ones you want to hate). This book should be read and talked about. Why? “Equality is treating everyone the same. But equity is taking differences into account, so everyone has a chance to succeed.” (Picoult) We all deserve to have the conversation started in Small Great Things.

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A challenging, imaginative middle grade adventure, The Phantom Tollbooth is a classic I was happy to revisit with my own kids. It is unlike any book I’ve read before and my son truly enjoyed the process of thinking about the intricacies of the story. So much more than just another adventure, Juster makes you think about everything from how we use language and numbers to less definable ideas like insecurity and reason. I read it aloud, but The Phantom Tollbooth has even more impact when you see the words on the page.

I’ve honestly read this book at least five times this month alone! In all fairness, I was busy editing and formatting because I have a launch date! Worthy: Believe Who God Says You Are will be published 6/8/17. You can pre-order your ebook now and take advantage of these free gifts. If you’re more of a book-in-your-hands person, stay tuned for exciting announcements!


I’ve got this and this on my nightstand waiting for next month (along with a list of other books!) I’m trying to decide what to read next; the great quandary of being a book lover! And I can’t wait to tell you about the Bible Study I just started — it’s fantastic!

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

10 Replies

  1. You are a prolific reader and I love hearing about some new books! Joining you from Purposeful Faith today. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Patricia! I’m so glad you’re here 🙂

  2. Yes, I agree that balance is the way to go. It’s hard for me to stay motivated to read ONLY the books that I own because my library has good new ones coming along all the time. 🙂 For Real sounds like a great book, as does Small Great Things.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I KNOW! There’s just so many great books in this world! (And some not so great, or just not right for me right now books….I had to learn to put those down and move on!) Next month I’ll be interviewing Kerrie Oles, the author of For Real (and there may even be a free copy giveaway!)

  3. I read Small Great Things too this month and I also think it should be talked about- love the quote you pulled- it is one of the many tidbits that I have been thinking about ever since I finished it! Good luck in your book launch- that is so exciting!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I know! There were so many great tidbits in Small Great Things! Loved it! And thank you for your well wishes! I’m excited!

  4. I so relate to the struggle with always wanting new books when I already have so many still to read. My downfall is when there are special reductions for books on Kindle and I want to take the chance while there’s a special offer. I agree that balance is the key.
    I’m glad you liked Small Great Things. I read it a while ago and I loved it- very thought-provoking!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Those special prices will get you every time! 😉

  5. I joined a TBR challenge the last couple of years, and that has helped motivate me to get through my already-owned books, but I could never restrict myself to them, either. Balance is good! A Promise Kept is one of my favorite of Robin’s books. This is the second Nightstand list I’ve seen Small Great Things mentioned. So far I have never read Jodi Picoult, but I keep seeing her name. I think I might have Kisses from Katie on my Kindle app somewhere – I know I looked at it several times but don’t remember if I ever actually got it. But I’ve seen several people’s recommendations of it.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it funny how sometimes we hear about books over and over before it’s our time to read it. Hope you find the right book at the right time! 🙂

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