I am reading or have read these books during the past decade. All links are non-affiliate unless otherwise indicated. This page will be updated as I finish reading books.

Joy Shelf (Christian) 

Choose Joy Because Happiness Isn’t Enough Kay Warren 

Very uplifting and heart-warming and affirms joy being a deeper emotion than happiness.

Grief Shelf (Christian) 

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief – Martha Whitmore Hickman 

Joe’s aunt gave a copy of this at his wake. It is not geared towards any one religion. Ms. Hickman used her grief experience to write an excellent book that helped me work through my grief. I have also given this book to others who find themselves on a grief journey. The book has a five-star rating on Amazon and 201 customer reviews – need I say more.

Through a Season of Grief: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy –Bill Dunn & Kathy Leonard – also available via daily email by signing up on

God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting – Robert W. Kellemen, Ph.D.

A book that will help you work through any time of loss, from death – to job loss and anything in-between.

Christian Daily Living Shelf

Anything by Dr. Paul David Tripp, Ann Voskamp, Shauna Niequist, Holley Gerth

life without lack; LIVING IN THE FULLNESS of Psalm 23 – Dallas Willard.

GET. THIS. BOOK. NOW! It is powerful and changing my thinking about Psalm 23 with which I have a love/hate relationship. Read it 2 weeks after Joe’s passing and threw my Bible on the floor. I was in WANT, want of Joe. My copy is highlighted and has lots and lots of notes in the margin.

Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons – Christie Purifoy

A memoir filled with beautiful words conjuring up beautiful images of life during the first year Christie and her family lived at Maplehurst. Her writing will make you feel at home and leave you with a warm, cozy feeling. Follow Christie and Maplehurst Gardens on Instagram to visually experience the comfort and joy she writes about in Roots and Sky.

Everyday Peace and Comfort – Patricia Mitchell 

Literally, a beautiful book filled with short inspirational devotions. Pick up a copy and give yourself flowers and inspiration every day.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are – Ann Voskamp

Because being joyful comes first from being thankful, even during grief.

Even If Not; Living, Loving and Learning in the In Between – Kaitlyn Bouchillon

Stories about God being with us in between the different chapters of our lives. God is still good, even when our stories do not turn out the way we want. You want to start and follow her because I see in her a writer who is a combination of Holley Gerth and Ann Voskamp.

Holy Hustle: Embracing a Work-Hard, Rest-Well Life – Crystal Stine

A book about hustling and resting and about God using you to serve others no matter what you do for a living because your purpose in life is to serve others.

if you find this Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to StrangersHannah Brencher

Wonderful story about Hannah’s adventure writing letters to strangers. It is very touching, uplifting and will give you hope.

Come Matter Here: your invitation to BE HERE in a GETTING THERE worldHannah Brencher

Struggling to be known and to belong then let Hannah be your guide through her experience. Besides sharing her story, there is a prayer that you can “steal” at the end of each chapter.

Dear God, take my limp and turn it into a lighthouse. I want my story to lead to hope and help others come out of the woods.  

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Business Shelf

Unmask: Let Go of Who You’re Suppose To Be And Unleash Your True Leader– Jeff Nischwitz 

Chapter 7 and 13 are game changers for widows who are asking “What do I do now?” after getting through their grief journey.