My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

What I’m Reading

This month was a little lighter on the reading list for me. It was busy and I didn’t make the time. I only read one complete book. Other ones were finishing or starting, but one book made it from cover to cover in June. And it was great.

It made me realize something about the way I read nonfiction.

I use books like journals. Sometimes literally. Sometimes it’s just a remembering of where I was when I read it. Remembering what was going on in my life.

Like reading this book at a Farm Stay late into the night by lantern.

Or this book that I sipped iced tea at a coffee shop and need to go back and reread.

Books are markers of my memories. 

This book is a game changer for me creatively and professionally. Jeff Goins has always written words that inspire me and my craft, but Real Artists Don’t Starve brought me to a new place of understanding.

Real Artists Don’t Starve challenges the creatives of the world to embrace a new idea of what it means to be an artist. We no longer have to settle for the antiquated idea of the starving artist as long as we’re willing to do the work.

It also provides a perfect example of my book journaling.

I can honestly say I’ve never read anything of Jeff’s that I’ve regretted. I wrote about another one of his books here.


I can’t wait to tell you about a new book I’m starting with my family! 52 Commands of Jesus for Children by Susan Shipe. This book is exactly what I’ve been looking for! A weekly devotional for families, complete with solid scripture foundation, discussion questions and coloring pages! You won’t want to miss this great resource!



If you’re looking for an encouraging read don’t miss Worthy: Believe Who God Says You Are. It is a 20 day devotional that will change the way you think!

You have the chance to live your life believing all that God says about you! This book will help you through stories, scripture, prayer & action steps so you can live believing!

Sharing words at #raralinkup and with these great writers today!

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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.

8 Replies

  1. Becky, Jeff’s book had caught my eye so I’m glad to read yours good review. Happy to be visiting from #raralinkup.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’d love to hear what you think of the book Lisa!

  2. I usually mark specific quotes in my books, but the last one I read had me posting my own comments and adding question marks and an occasional X here and there as well. I have read a couple of articles by Goins – will have to look up this book.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Check out the book And let me know what you think!

  3. I’ve never read any of Jeff Goins’ books that I regret either, so I regret that I didn’t snatch up a free copy of this book when I had a chance. ha. Glad to hear you got a lot out of it!

    1. Becky Hastings

      LOL! I hear you Lisa! It’s a good, though provoking read…check it out!

  4. What a neat thought, that books are journals – a remembering. I usually borrow books from my local library rather than purchasing my own copy, so my journals tend to be in composition books, on my blog, or in the massive spreadsheet that records every book I’ve read in the past 10+ years.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love that you use the library…I do too! Finding ways to keep track that work for you is all that matters!

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