2012 Best Picks

Here is a list of books I discovered this past year, ordered from most influential to somewhat less influential, but all favorites!

Introverts in the Church

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

I am still coming into an understanding of who I am as Carmen, and as an introvert. McHugh shares from his experiences as an introverted pastor and gives advice for fellow introverts.





Kisses from Katie


Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption – Katie Davis

Inspirational.  I first discovered Katie’s blog in 2011. I don’t normally do this, but I read every single post. She has such a heart for Jesus and people, especially children.



folks this aint normal
Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World – Joel Salatin

So much laughter!  Joel also shared a lot of new content for me personally.  Now Josiah and I just need to find a farm. :)


choosing to seeChoosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope – Mary Beth Chapman with Ellen Vaughn

I cried through this book. It is a must-read for anyone who has had someone close to them die, or who knows someone who lost someone. In other words, everyone should read this book.

outcastsunitedOutcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference – Warren St. John

Very interesting.  Makes me wonder what refugees experience in my town.







Year of Plenty – Craig Goodwin

A gift from Mom and Dad. Thanks!  This book puts into words a lot of my (and Josiah’s) dreams.





idiot's guide to fermenting foods

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods – Wardeh Harmon

Practical and fun. Takes the fear out of fermenting foods. I’m also enjoying taking some online courses with Wardeh on her site gnowflgins.com .