Well, I had fully intended to make book reviews a regular part of this here blog. And eventually I will. But a long weekend of travel with Third Day kind of slowed things down a bit. It never ceases to amaze me how hard it can be acquiring an internet signal when you’re on the road. But I digress.

Until I get some real reviews up and running on here, I thought it might be fun to give you guys a peek at the big old stack of books I’ve been working through lately:

Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You, by Lewis Grizzard: In his heyday, old Lewis was quite the polarizing fellow. His columns seemed to always have one group or another up in a roar. But at the heart of it all, he was a phenomenal writer who worked really hard. This selection of some of his earliest newspaper columns drives that point home. One essay will have me laughing, and then the next will offend me. And then another will make me cry. He was a good writer that way. This collection is a little dated, so it may not do anything for you if you didn’t live in Atlanta in the late ’70’s. But it’s still pretty amazing stuff.

On the Anvil, by Max Lucado: I’ve been a fan of Max Lucado for over twenty years now, and have called him a friend for over ten. I found his first book on Amazon recently and decided to check it out. Reading it I was quickly reminded of why Max’s books are so great. He perfectly weaves together stories from his own life with those of others he’s met. Through it all there is a beautiful realization of God in the everyday. It’s a quick and inspiring read. I highly recommend this one.

A Million Little Ways, by Emily Freeman: I ran across Emily’s blog about a year ago, and have quickly become a fan of her writing. Her style is at once personal and engaging. I am intrigued by this one because it’s about faith and art, two topics that are very dear to me. Excited about starting this one.

The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan: I am a sucker for a good fantasy book, so when this was a featured title on Amazon awhile back I swiped it up. I’ve read about half of it, and have really enjoyed it. The problem with epic fantasy, though, is the, um, epicness of it. I sort of got bogged down in the middle and started reading other stuff. I’ll finish it eventually!

Sun Stand Still, by Steven Furtick: I was intrigued by both the title and premise of this book. Furtick uses the life of Joshua as an example for praying big prayers. I’m about halfway through and I’ve already gotten a lot of gold out of it. This would be a good read for anyone interested in finding their purpose or those wanting to learn more about the power of prayer.

The In-Between, by Jeff Goins: I have mentioned Jeff’s writing on here a couple of times before. His blog has been an encouragement to me and countless other writers, as has his Tribe Writers course. I really enjoyed his first book and look forward to this as well.

So there you have it. A glimpse at what I’m reading and thinking about these days. As promised, I will start reviewing some books regularly around these parts. Until then, I gotta run. I got a big old stack of books to read.

What about you? Read any good books lately? Any recommendations? Do tell! Use the comments section below…