As we surpass the midpoint of the year, tensions run high and our New Year’s Resolutions are long forgotten. This July, take a moment to read something that will help you grow—and if you’re in the market, She Writes Press has an interesting selection to choose from.
If you like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, read Awaken by Denese Shelton
This story about the power of dreams follows Sierra, a real estate agent living a comfortable life. When her dreams begin, she tries to ignore them—and the more she does, the longer she sleeps. Only when she works to understand these dreams can she open up to others and become the person she was always meant to be.
If you like Walking His Trail by Steve Saint, read Beyond Jesus by Patricia Pearce
In the agonizing grief following her friend’s death, Patricia Pearce began to sense a dimension beyond her ordinary perception. The insights she found there shattered her worldview, a heavy blow to a Presbyterian pastor. In this memoir, she finds that both our political and religious views are manifestations of our inner beliefs.
If you like The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, read Hoosier Hysteria by Meri Vahl
When Meri Henriques enrolls at Indiana University, she has no idea she’s about to enter the eye of a storm. In her first year, a young, black basketball player from her school is castrated and thrown in a ditch for dating a white co-ed. Commencement brings an infamous symbol of white supremacy to the campus, endangering anyone who protests.
If you like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, read Montana Rhapsody by Susanna Solomon
This story of adventure and survival follows Laura Fisher as she embarks on a canoe camping trip with a man she just met in an effort to escape the thugs chasing her. On her journey, she must survive such perils as mosquitos, a broken and leaking canoe, hail the size of golf balls and a variety of character inviting chaos.
If you like Humans of New York by Branson Stanton, read The Artist Portrait Project by Jennifer Spencer
In this artistic photo book, Jessica Spencer makes a unique choice to make artists the subject of her work. The photographs are the result of a 10-year-long project to capture the artists she became acquainted with during her career. More than just a collection, this book is about the persistence of the creative spirit.
If you like The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, read The Business of Being by Laurie Buchanan
This business book goes beyond the business realm. Instead, it discusses the business of being. It teaches the reader to treat themselves like a small business, with sections on marketing, goodwill strategies, investors and customers and clients. The goal, of course, is profitabilty—of body, mind and spirit.