Heather Davis Nelson, M.A., is a writer, counselor, and retreat speaker, regularly blogging at "hidden glory" (heatherdavisnelson.com). She has been a featured writer at The Gospel Coalition, iBelieve.com, and OnFaith with articles on grief, human trafficking, body image, and mentoring, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of Biblical Counseling. She and her husband, Seth, and their fraternal twin daughters live in southeastern Virginia where he is a pastor, and she is a counselor. She studied at Wheaton College (B.A.) and Westminster Theological Seminary (M.A.). She loves coffee, reading, front porch conversations, the beach, and story time with her daughters. Through over eight years of counseling, she has walked alongside many through questions of faith, anxiety and depression, relational conflict, grief, and discovering identity and calling. She is passionate about connecting the hope of a Redeemer to the broken fissures of life.
Last year, I was a bit ambitious about my summer reading list. Therefore, I've paired it down a bit this year. These seven should be do-able. Here is what I'm looking forward to about each one:
1 - Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin: This is a primer on how to read and study the Bible. From what I've read so far, it's like my seminary courses in one much-easier-to-read place. I've met Jen through The Gospel Coalition and heard her speak a few times. I love her passion for people and for women to be biblically literate. Amen to that!
2 - Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card: My husband is a sci-fi guy, and he told me that since I liked Ender's Game so much, I would also enjoy Ender's Shadow. It's been a page-turner so far, one that keeps me up way later than my bedtime.
3 - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: This Japanese organizer's primer is making its rounds among my friends and the top-seller lists. I was thrilled to receive this book as a gift from my BFF and hope that it will help me to simplify my home as its radical premise claims.
4 - Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman - I'm reading an advance copy and you will be hearing more about this as the publication date draws near (early August). Freeman is a favorite author and blogger, and I can't wait to enjoy this new book of hers. It made my day when it arrived in the mail yesterday.
5 - Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist - Her writing style is vividly poetic and her stories ring true and honest. After enjoying her first book, Cold Tangerines, I had to put this one on my list, too.
6 - Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson - She's the co-author of a favorite motherhood book, Desperate (with Sarah Mae). And full disclosure: as a Tyndale House Blogger, I chose this one to review. Several months ago - so it's time! She's a veteran mom with biblical wisdom and a mentor's heart, and the title alone begins to help me show up in my life as it is.
7 - The Writing Life by Annie Dillard - As a writer, I need to read Annie Dillard. And what better place to start than this collection of her writings about writing?