01 Jan My 20 in 2020
Here are the top 20 books, podcasts, and blogs that kept me company and stoked the fire within my soul this year. These were my favorite companions on the thousands of miles I walked and rode while seeking sacred moments to keep me sane.
You can read more about each one by clicking the images. I will continue to add in thoughts about each book… as I review my notes!
If you have read any of these, I would love to hear what you loved about them… if you choose to read any of these this year – I look forward to chatting with you along the way.
1: The Book of Longings * Sue Monk Kidd
This book was beautifully narrated by Mozhan Marnò. She added the perfect voice to this amazing, fictional character!
2: Burning Woman by Lucy Pearce
This book FIRED ME UP!
Uncompromising and all-encompassing, Lucy uncovers the archetype of the Burning Women of days gone by—Joan of Arc and the witch trials, through to the way women are burned today in cyberbullying, acid attacks, shaming, and burnout, fearlessly examining the roots of Feminine power—what it is, how it has been controlled, and why it needs to be unleashed on the world during our modern Burning Times.
3: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness * Austin Channing Brown
I was introduced to this book during her interview on the Free Cookies podcast – #15 on this list! Then I read this praise from one of my fave moxielicious gals, Jen Hatmaker. (She wrote # 13.)
“Austin is one of my most important teachers. I’m Still Here is devastating, beautiful, and haunting and it leaves no room for a tepid reaction. Her crystal clear voice will move you, push you, and break your heart. Prophetic and tender, I plan to put this book in every pair of hands I know and join her in the dismantling of white supremacy. She’s still here and I’m with her.”
Grab a cozy spot and get ready to get uncomfortable. Austin shares her personal stories and took me on a journey through the racial divide in a way I’ve never experienced. I am so thankful she wrote this book and look forward to hearing more from her.
4: Circe * Madeline Miller
Go on a magical journey to the mythological island… home to the goddess-sorceress Circe. She is such a magnificent character who truly took my breath away!
5: Mary Magdalene Revealed * Meggan Watterson
Meggan is a feminist theologian, so get ready to expand your mind, unlearn the past, and unleash your divine future! I am going to interview her one day.
6: The Likeability Trap * Alicia Menendez
7: The Dance of the Dissident Daughter * Sue Monk Kidd
Sue is a mentor I hope to meet and interview one day… She shares her journey in such a vulnerable and authentic way… it felt like she was walking next to me – teaching me, guiding me, pushing me, and hugging me along the way.
8: The Woman’s Hour * Elaine Weiss
It took more than seventy years for (white) women to obtain the right to vote, and far fewer people know that it came down to the six-week battle in one state, Tennessee. In the book, Elaine shows how all the core elements of American history—ethnicity, class, money, gender, states’ rights, and power itself—play their roles in the events of August 1920. The campaign for woman suffrage was not only a political movement, though the goal and methods were political. It was also a long-term effort to alter societal norms and cultural customs concerning women’s roles.
9: UNTAMED * Glennon Doyle
10: Becoming * Michelle Obama
11: Inspired * Rachel Held Evans
12: Braiding Sweetgrass * Robin Kimmerer
13: Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire * Jen Hatmaker
14: Moxie Chats + Spill the Tea Episodes
Listen in to over 50 conversations on the podcast this year.
Want to join me live for these chats? I host them LIVE over on my Facebook Page!
15: Free Cookies Podcast * Kate Fagan + Kathryn Budig
These women introduced me to some of the amazing authors on this list through their thoughtful, laughter-filled conversations with amazing guests. I always look forward to new episodes!
16: Shit We Don’t Talk About Podcast * Mia Voss
17: Unlocking Us * Brené Brown
18: Spiritual Practices Blog Series by Jacci Turner
19: Cassandra Speaks – When Women Are The Storytellers, The Human Story Changes * Elizabeth Lesser
20: The Intentional Business * Molly McKinley
I’ve been honored to be on her writing journey this year and am so excited for all of you to experience this book in 2021.
I am building my list for 2021…
What were some of your favorites this year that you recommend?