I decided I would read 24 books this year. One would be the Bible in its entirety. The other 23 were not determined ahead of time. I’m on pace to do this, but many of the books I want to read are not available through my local library. A lot of my book recommendations come through other blogs I read or through the instagram accounts of authors/bloggers/speakers I love.
A couple weeks ago I attended the Influence Conference in Indianapolis with my friend Jen and 400 of our closest friends. Well, we hadn’t met them before, but now that we have, I’d love to BE friends with all of them.
While there I attended a breakout session for writers. (Technically, it was called a revival session — but if you weren’t there, it seems difficult to try to explain why it was called a revival. Especially since it wasn’t in a tent, except that there was one tent — technically a yurt.) So… we’ll just call it a breakout session.
Anyway, I attended a breakout session for writers.
Sarah Martin, author of Just RISE UP!: A Call to Make Jesus famous, led the workshop. It was sponsored by Tyndale, and because Tyndale sponsored it, they shared information about their program called Tyndale Rewards. (More on that below.)
AND Tyndale gave us an opportunity to pick one of four books they had with them (for FREE), take it home, read it and write a review of it.
I chose Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson. I read (and loved) her first book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet earlier this year, so Home is Where My People Are was definitely on my list of “Books to Read.” (Yes, I really have a list called that — it’s on page 7 of my journal. Page 8 is “Scripture to Memorize.” Let’s just say I’m making more progress on page 7 than 8.)
Sophie Hudson, who blogs at BooMama.net, is a Mississippi born and raised (or “reared” as her mother-in-law, Martha would say) girl. She has an engaging way of drawing me into her circle of friends and family in both books. And just when she has me laughing out loud — and I mean literally laughing out loud, not the lol that doesn’t mean anything — she flips a switch and has me contemplating a big life-truth, or near tears. Or IN tears, as I was while reading chapter 19 of Home.
In Home is Where My People Are, Sophie Hudson shares her personal spiritual journey of growing up in the church to drifting away from the church to contemplating a return to church. She also tells her physical journey from growing up, going off to college, and entering the grown-up world by chronicling the cities and homes she’s lived in through the process. She weaves the two journeys together very well for the reader. And, as the title suggests, she gives a lot of attention to the people in her life along the the way.
I love her writing. I’ve never heard Sophie Hudson speak, but she has a distinct voice in my mind as I read her. Most of her characters end up with their own unique voices in my mind as well. That’s a gift she has.
If you’re looking for an easy-reading book, I really recommend Sophie Hudson’s Home is Where My People Are. (I also recommend A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet). You’ll enjoy meeting the people in her life, and along the way, she’ll get you to think about some very substantial parts of your own life. She’s entertaining and thought provoking at the same time. You can learn more about Sophie Hudson and order the book here. (For the record, I’m recommending, simply to recommend. I don’t make any money off your purchase of the book through this link.)
If you’re interested in Tyndale’s Rewards Program, you can check out more information by going to this website. If you’d like to sign up for the program yourself (you don’t have to have a blog), I invite you to sign up, and if you sign up through this link, you’ll get 25 points to start off and I’ll get 10 for referring you!
Please let me know if you read Home is Where My People Are. I’d love to know what you think of it.