Hey, here’s something fun/different. Let’s talk books!
Are you a reader? Do you love books?
I love to read, but like a lot of busy people I know, I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to. And I think I get intimidated by the real readers out there…You know, people who are completely up to date on the latest books, and talk about reading a few books a week. (and still have a clean house and well-behaved children. What!?)
But I always have a stack of books by my favorite red reading chair. Some new, some old. And one of my favorite things is when I discover a book that I absolutely love that hasn’t hit the best sellers list, but I know it could. Then I feel like I found a treasure, and I want to share it with everyone!
And that’s exactly what brought me here today:
My Best Friend’s Funeral: A Memoir, by Roger Thompson.
You might remember me mentioning this book here, when I first started reading it. It was recommended to me by Bryan Jennings, of Walking on Water. Roger and I are both friends with Bryan, and have both worked with him over time (Roger has helped Bryan with his surf films, and I write for WOW.) Then I discovered that Roger and I actually have a lot in common: mutual friends, a passion for family, adventure, writing, and raising boys who surf and skate, just for starters.
So I took the book with me to California last summer, and I couldn’t put it down.
Guys. It’s so beautiful I don’t know how to do it justice here. He’s one of those writers that make me go “Why do I even try?”
As I began to read, I was quickly drawn into Roger’s story. I could see his childhood family home and I walked the streets of Ventura alongside Roger and his friend, Tim. I laughed out loud at their juvenile antics, and related only too well to the honest way Roger described the awkward and sometimes lonely years growing up. I cried when Roger carefully pulled back the curtain on the darkness that was overtaking his father. For a time I was right there, experiencing it all alongside Roger.
Sure, the book returns faithfully to Roger’s friendship with Tim, (who by midpoint in the book I also considered a best friend,) but the messages in the book run deep and wide. Roger takes you along on his journey, and in the most real and honest way delivers messages of life, loss, and hope.
I read and re-read some parts of the book, making my husband listen as I wiped tears. Finally one night, Dave took the book away from me and started reading for himself. I have gone back to re-read chapters of the book, each time gathering more lessons to apply to my own life.
I wish I had the eloquence to better describer My Best Friend’s Funeral, but you can find awesome endorsements from much bigger names than mine over at the book’s homepage. (which is also really beautiful.)
My husband especially loved the trailer (I wonder why…)
I was happy to get to meet Roger and his beautiful wife Melissa as the boys and I passed through Ventura, California last summer. We met at a coffee shop in the town that I had read about in the book – so cool to be there! (His wife even packed a bag FULL of travel goodies for the boys and I…with the best oatmeal chocolate chip bar cookies we’ve ever had!) Now I’m just gonna say — You guys would love this family. In fact, pause real quick and hop on your phone to find @roger_w_thompson on Instagram. Follow him and be inspired by his family and his adventurous spirit.
And now…Now! Roger has kindly offered to give 3 signed copies of his book to you guys! Just check the bottom this post to enter!
**Meanwhile, go ahead and order his book now. You’ll want to give a copy to a friend regardless. Here’s the quick Amazon link: My Best Friend’s Funeral: A Memoir
What else have I been reading?**
As for the other books that sit by my reading chair… (there is always a stack; anyone else terrible about reading six books at a time?) Here’ a quick list.
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. Just started it, but as you can guess coming from Jen, it’s fabulous.
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff. Bite size chapters of pure whimsy and inspiration. (this book has been around for awhile and I’m so glad I finally read it this summer!) It has totally inspired our whole family!
Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequest. I’ve got her book “Bread and Wine” on my iPad, and it’s one of my favorites! Savor is done more like a daily devotion, also very sweet and honest.
(also on my iPad –)Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller. I just love his writing style.
Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money I’m a Dave Ramsey fan, and I absolutely admire and respect what he teaches. This book is co-authored by Dave’s daughter Rachel Cruze, who is applying all of the wisdom of her father, to raising money-smart kids. Oh it’s good.
Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in the Mess By Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin, who is co-founder of the MOB (Mother of Boy) Society where I am a team-writer. This book has touched me in just the right place on just the right days. A must read for all weary moms (which is all moms, at some point!)
Praying God’s Word Day by Day by Beth Moore. Oh this I just keep out year-round. Solid, and powerful. Love it. (and love Beth!)
AS FOR THE KIDS.…I plan to come back and share a list of what my boys are reading next! I get a lot of requests for that, so I decided to dedicate a whole post to that.
Meanwhile, time to enter to win a copy of MY BEST FRIEND’S FUNERAL!
First, please hop over to Roger’s website and subscribe to his email list: (scroll to bottom of his site to leave your email address.) FYI: He doesn’t send emails out regularly, and no possibility of Spam. This just makes sure you’ll know when his future writing projects come out!
Then tell us here: What do you look for in a book? Entertainment? Inspiration? To be pulled in to another place? Do you read to solve problems, find information….Let us know what kind of things you love to read. Your name will be entered to win a signed copy of the book! I’ll choose a name on Sunday night, and announce it in my next post!
(Also keep up with Roger on Facebook, here.)
PS **Some links in this post are affiliate links. Your price is the same. As an Amazon affiliate, I simply get rewarded with a few cents for each purchase made through my site. 🙂 Mahalo!