Summer Book List for the Christian Girl

I know what you all are thinking, “it’s summer and the last thing I want to do is read a book!” Trust me when I say I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.

I need to be transparent with you all. I am the worst reader. Like the worst reader you have ever met. I will start a book and continue to work on it for months. So when Tiffany brought up the idea of writing a post about books, I secretly prayed that I would not be the one to write it, but here I am. 😂 I guess the Lord has a funny sense of humor.

Again, this is me taking my mask off: I sat at my computer MULTIPLE times trying to write this post, but feel short in the books that I have actually completed, and was only able to come up with two! So, a little disappointed with my book reading ability, I gave up thinking about books I have finished and thought about the ones I continually go back to.

You know those books that you continue to read chapters over and over, and they absolutely wreck you? The books that always end up in your backpack on long trips; the ones that find their way on your college dorm’s bookshelf? Those are the books that I am going to recommend. 

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Do you know what ship never sinks?

by Julia

Well, do you know what ship doesn’t sink?

No, the answer is not battleships — sinking each other is the whole point of that game!

No, it is not a cruise ship (although we sure hope those don’t sink).

The answer is: FRIENDSHIP!

I was sitting in church one day when the pastor was talking about relationships. No I am not here to talk about boys (even though I love that conversation); I am here to talk about something even greater than boy relationships: friendships. Anyways, back to the church sermon. The pastor was talking about how sometimes as Christ followers we can focus solely on a vertical relationship (between the Father and ourselves) that we forget to pour into our horizontal relationships (between other people on earth and ourselves). 

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The women who have changed my life

The women who have changed my life — and how you can change someone else’s life too.

by Julia Robison

I’m gonna set the stage for you: Imagine 8th grade Julia.

(Oh gosh, had to go deep in the Facebook archives for this photo… you are welcome.)

So this 8th grader is at a church retreat and she “falls in love” with one of the church staff. (No, this is not real love, but to an 8th grader this is a HUGE DEAL.) She finds out that this leader has a very serious girlfriend…and SHE IS CRUSHED.

Another leader on the trip — a sophmore in high school — comes and listens to her, sits with her as she cries, and then makes her laugh when she thinks she will never laugh again.

That started much more than a friendship; it also sparked a love for getting to know women who are a few steps ahead of me in life.

Role Models and Mentors are some of the greatest gifts that God has placed on the earth — although, granted a very different type of gift than donuts or coffee.

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What Singleness & Surfing Have in Common

by Julia Robison

On Tuesdays I have just one class in the morning — and it doesn’t start until 11. So to treat myself, I wake up naturally, eat yummy oatmeal, and catch up on the Bachelor.

I know, I know, many of you probably think that the Bachelor is a terrible show … and to be honest, I do not disagree with you. But I can’t stop watching it! It has become so addictive. My friends and I like to cuddle up on the couch with whatever snacks we are feeling, and we cannot stop laughing at all the ridiculous things the girls say or do.

This show really helps me feel so smart for choosing to stay single.

I am a 20-year-old going to a Christian university that seems very focused on relationships and this concept of “Ring by Spring.” My friends and I like to have “raw like almond” conversations (as I like to call them) about the deep desire to be in a relationship, and the way we are wrestling with the Lord, trying to figure out His purpose in our singleness.

I think many of us struggle with the desire to be in relationship, wondering when it will happen, and yet still honoring the Lord through the season we’re in. If you are in that stage, I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. And here’s what I’ve been learning…

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Fresh Starts Come More Than Once a Year

by Julia Robison

THREE…

TWO…

ONE…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I got back to my house right before the ball dropped, and my dad had the great idea of toasting the new year with orange juice! Whatever you toasted this New Year, let’s have our first candid conversation of 2017. Oh, and by the way, Happy New Year!!

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First, let me introduce myself:
Hi! My name is Julia. I am an ordinary girl loving and serving an extraordinary God. I am a sophomore psychology student in sunny southern California, trying to balance my desire to study with my desire to go to the beach! I am a lover of doughnuts, all things peanut butter, sunsets, and great conversations over beautiful cups of coffee. I’m excited to walk this crazy jorney called life together with you!

 

So, wow, I love the new year and its promise of a fresh start:

  • brand new music coming from favorite artists,
  • new hair styles (cause you know — new year, new hair),
  • and so many donuts yet to be eaten!

Many people see fresh starts as a chance to become who they’ve always wanted to be, which is why many make “new year’s resolutions.” Whether our resolution is to work out 4 times a week, drink less coffee (or more coffee), or wake up earlier, we want to make a change.

I, however, am not someone who can stick to a resolution.

Honestly, I end up forgetting I ever made it, or giving up two months in… which led to a personal “revolution” (if you will) about new beginnings. It all started during finals week in December…

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