The plan for February and our next book! {Book Club}

February is known for love and ground dogs. But did you know it’s Library Lovers Month in the US?!

Me either :). When I was looking up some tie in for our book club and February, I found out this tidbit. Now, living overseas, it might be a bit cruel to celebrate what you don’t have. But maybe not having libraries in many places, makes them all the more precious?! And thanks to the internet, many libraries have options to check out electronic books.

In honor of Library Lovers Month, each week in February we share favorite books from our childhoods, memoirs we love, and poems. I look forward to hearing from you and adding to my “to read” books!

And now to unveil our next book!!!!

Drum roll, please.

The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

To say I am excited to read and discuss this book with you is a bit like saying I was excited when the Broncos got into the Superbow (and the opposite of how I felt during the game)l I cannot wait for March. Brene (yes, we’re on a first name basis, at least in my head) looks at ten different gifts and we will discuss one gift each week, starting the first week of March.

Brene is a shame and vulnerability researcher and you can hear a bit of her story in the following to TED talk videos. Vulnerability and shame is something we each can relate to personally, those we are disciplining, and those we want to come into the light. One of the parts I look forward to, is hearing from you how these constructs play out in the cultures you live in. They will look different around the world, but there are universal aspects to them due to the fall.

I do need to let you know that she uses a curse word in each video. You do know I don’t control her mouth, right?! :). I’ve used both of these videos as training for folks who work in Member Care, I think that highly of them. Each video is around twenty minutes and worth watching.

The first one is on vulnerability.

This second video is a follow-up to her first TED talk and looks a the relationship between shame and vulnerability.

One final piece of news to share with you. We were on a roller coaster with my dad’s health last week — first of the week  hearing of a medical miracle in which the doctors had no explanation. The next day my sister and I needed to check him into the ER and since then we have gotten a broader picture on his health and the outcome is not optimistic. Maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months. God is good, God is sovereign, and we are on the grief roller coaster. I share this, because I’m sure that grief will leak into my writing (of course!) and I didn’t want you to wonder what you’re picking up on :).

So, are you in with The gift of imperfectionWhat stood out from Brene’s videos? Are you a fan of libraries?!! See you in the comments :)!


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  1. Jennifer February 4, 2014

    It looks like a good… and challenging book for next month. I look forward to the conversations that we can have around it. I used to like libraries… but I think I have forgotten what they are really like, living here in China and having such relatively limited access to English books and to libraries with English books in them. Thinking of you and praying for you as you walk through this time with your Father… Do not be afraid of grief leaking into your writing being in any way a bad thing… I know that for me personally not having any way I was free to express the grief I felt at different times recently was not a good thing… I also walked through this with my mother a few years ago and I know how challenging it can be. Just know that while this is your journey, which you need to walk, we are with you and praying for you… and are not afraid of you, or of us as we walk our own challenging journeys expressing what we need to say. I think we have begun to see that in this place.


  2. Colleen February 4, 2014

    Oh. I am so excited you picked this one! I have been wanting to read this one but was scared to do it alone. I know it is going to bring up so many points I will want to talk about with someone. I LOVED the Ted talks and can’t wait to read the book, especially now that I know I can do it with you all.

  3. Jessica Hoover February 4, 2014

    Headed to the library today! The book looks super interesting. Looking forward to it!

  4. Kimberly Todd February 4, 2014

    Cool. This should be…spiritually awakening. I have been mystified by some of the hard stuff I’ve gotten into with dearly loved ones feeling like we’re not even coming at the issues from the equal footing of knowing we are each worthy. Here’s to putting on those galoshes and tromping through shame to vulnerability and whole-heartedness. Oh, and I am a huge fan of libraries. Huge. Happy Library Lovers month to all and to all a good read.

  5. Shelly Page February 8, 2014

    Libraries are one thing I miss in Asia, and it is one big thing I am looking forward to when I am in the States for a stretch this coming fall.  Going to the library was a weekly ritual growing up, and I’d bring home the maximum number of books. My memories of grade school go first to the library and then revolve around books. The videos are definitely worth watching. I am due for a review of them.

  6. Carrie February 9, 2014

    I’m super excited about anything with Brene Brown. Her ability to take read our hearts, the secret inner monologue parts of our hearts, and speak the truths into them is amazing. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile now, so this will give me a good excuse to start tomorrow!


  7. Sharee February 9, 2014

    I missed the book club last month, although I’d love to borrow the Kindle edition if it’s lendable. I’ve seen her Shame talks, and one really stuck with me. It was when she was talking to Oprah about shame and her daughter’s teacher. Her daughter’s teacher said “You’re messy!,” to which her daughter replied, “I may be making a mess, but I am not a mess!” or something along those lines. Looking forward to reading this on my morning rides to school, starting tomorrow!

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