What I read this spring.

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
If there's a website, blog, or book I've read more than any other the last few weeks, it's got Austin Kleon's fingerprint on it. According to him, Show Your Work was written as a "book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion." THAT'S ME! I read this book with one hand raised, one jotting notes, and the other flipping pages. (Is that even possible?) Whether you're an amateur or a professional, a stay-at-home parent or an entrepreneur, read this. You will feel freed up to learn, create, and share the working process publicly.

All In by Mark Batterson
Have you read a book on the lordship of Jesus? If not, this would be a great resource to start with. It's straightforward and convicting. I had to do a life and heart check after I finished reading.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
This novel is aimed toward youth readers, but adults can learn from it as well. Melody, the spunky main character, has cerebral palsy. She has the sharpest memory but no one at home or in her school knows it. Through Melody's first person narrative, children and adults with disabilities are given a voice.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
As you follow along Marie-Laure and Werner's lives, you will find yourself breathless and broken for them and countless others who have experienced the tragedy of war. Doerr's poignant characters and lyrical metaphors make for an exceptionally intimate telling of WWII. This book is unlike any I've ever read. I will rush to make it one of my first purchases when I have the chance to work again. I'm so in love.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Set in South Carolina during 1964, this novel is poetic, vulnerable, and educational. It's the story of a teenage girl and her search for answers to her late mother's past. She discovers rich friendship through a trio of beekeeping sisters and learns the realities of prejudice, forgiveness, and a mother's love. Sue Monk Kidd's vivid descriptions brought each scene to life. I can still feel the sweet relief Lily felt after her first week at August's home.

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (translated by KA Yoshida & David Mitchell)
Written by a 13-year old Japanese boy with autism, The Reason I Jump is a compass, gently pointing its readers into better understanding of what autism is really like. The book consists of 58 Q&A and tiny essays. It is a quick read, but one that is powerful enough to shatter any assumptions one might have about Naoki's world.