2015 Book Releases I Cant Wait to Read



The last few years I have made a list in my journal at the end of the year where I write down the upcoming year’s book releases I’m excited to read.   As I perused my list this year, I realized a plethora of my favorite authors are on that list.  Being that booklist posts are my favorite, I thought I’d share these titles with you.

Here is my current list–sure to grow as the year goes on– of anticipated 2015 reads!

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Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving & Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans:   I’ve been a big fan of Rachel and her writing since reading her fantastic memoir,  A Year of Biblical Womanhood.  She writes and says things I believe but can’t always articulate, or am afraid to write about.  I don’t normally resonate with ‘leaving church’ stories, but I can’t wait to read hers.

Fringe Hours: Making Time For You by Jessica N. Turner:  Though this book comes out in February, I am reading a copy now, as I’m on Jessica’s book launch team.   For women who struggle with ‘doing it all’ {and who doesn’t}, this book has  practical advice and wisdom on finding time for yourself and creating margin for the important things in your day.  So far, I’m underlining and ‘MMmHmmm-ing’ through each chapter I read.

Scary Close: Dropping the Act & Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller:    I’ve pretty much read every book Donald writes–I’ve been a big fan of his writing since his first book, Prayer & the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance.  {Its now out of print, but was re-issued as Through Painted Deserts} Its been awhile since Don has written a memoir-like book such as this one, and if the first chapter is any indication of the rest of the book {he sent one out to his email subscribers}, I think I am going to love this book.

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist:  Shauna’s last book, Bread & Wine was my favorite read of 2013. {I wrote about it, and even created a foodie playlist here.}.  Unfortunately, this book doesn’t look to be a completely new title, as its a devotional with sections of her previous books.  But it looks like there will definitely be new content.  I look at it as a reading appetizer before the  book she’s currently working on, Present Over Perfect.  {I only know these things because I read her blog and follow her on Facebook. So yeah, I’m pretty much a fan girl of her writing.}

Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire & Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God  by Lauren Winner:  Lauren Winner is one of my favorite writers, bar none.  I don’t think I’ve heard of any authors writing about the concept of this book, which is intriguing.  I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile now.  If Lauren writes a book, I’m pretty positive I’m going to devour it.

What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self  by Richard Rohr:  I’m just discovering the remarkable writing of Richard Rohr, though I’ve heard of his work for some time.  I read through his book, Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent last spring and loved it.  I’ve got some of his other titles on my to-read list, but this one jumped out at me as the one I want to read first.

Out of Sorts: On Being Comfortable With Unanswered Questions by Sarah Bessey:  I found Sarah Bessey’s blog a few summers back, when she wrote out her own fabulous reading/booklists posts.  I am a huge fan of her book,  Jesus Feminist, and pretty much anything else she writes.  {Read my interview with her here.}  The only bummer about this book is its not set to release until August–I can’t wait to read it.

For the Love: Fighting For Grace In A World of Impossible Standards  by Jen Hatmaker:  I first learned of Jen Hatmaker when I read her book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.  With her family’s  HGTV show, and her presence in the Christian speaker/conference scene, she has become a bit of a writing superstar. {And from my own hometown no less.}   I learned of her upcoming book by following her hilarious updates on Facebook.  I also loved an essay she shared from her upcoming book in her newsletter.  This is another book slated to release in August–its definitely on my summer reading list.

Rising Strong by Brene Brown:  I know absolutely nothing about this upcoming release, but I know that if its coming from Brene, I’m going to read it. I loved discussing her book Daring Greatly for the Red Couch Book Club at SheLoves last year, and I worked through her book The Gifts of Imperfection with her online Oprah e-course.  I think this going to be a huge book this year.

What new or upcoming book releases are on your list?  Let me know in the comments, so we can grow each other’s reading lists!

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