I walked into the church a bit nervous mainly because I知 used to the process of writing where I can cross my words out and try again before anyone knows my mistake. But these were women who had read my words in the newspaper already. They wanted to hear them. From me.

We talked for the better part of an hour, and then the questions came. Some about my family. Others about my writing process. Then, at the end, we talked books. They wanted specifics. Titles. Names of authors. These were women who read, and read seriously.

They are the inspiration for what you値l see in my columns for the month of July. I値l share three books that are next in my personal queue today, and then each of the following four weeks I値l share interviews with authors of new books that I know you値l really enjoy.

Today my bookmark is on page 10 of 鏑onging for Paris: One Woman痴 Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure Right Where She Is. It痴 written by Sarah Mae and releases in August. It promises to be 吐or the woman who knows she can稚 uproot her life to discover herself and her longings, but who desperately wants to uncover them so she can get unstuck.

Next in line for me is 釘rave Enough: Getting Over our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free, by Nicole Unice. It also releases in August and asks tough questions like, 的s fear holding you back from becoming your best self?

釘ravery doesn稚 have to mean cliff diving out of your comfort zone, the synopsis says. 鏑ife is about being brave enough for yourself, for God, for your tasks, and for your calling right where He痴 placed you.

After that, I知 hoping to start reading the 釘elieve series by Randy Frazee. The premise is to encourage readers to think, act and be like Jesus. The study includes scripture, life application questions and books for all ages so an entire congregation (or family) can work through it together.

What are you reading? Remember I知 hosting the Simply Faithful Book Club starting Oct. 8, so email me at markettagregory@yahoo.com to share your book recommendations.