Tammy Helfrich

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Empty Shelf Challenge Books 7 & 8

It’s so fun to keep track of the books I’ve been reading this year. I’ve joined with a huge group of people who are also participating in the Empty Shelf Challenge. You can learn more about it here, and see the Pinterest board full of great books here.

Here is a quick recap of books seven and eight.


Book #7Faith Powered Profession by Elizabeth Knox

Until recently, I’ve spent my entire career in corporate America. I’ve read quite a few books written for working women. I’ve also read many books from a Christian woman perspective. I rarely agreed or recommended any of them, because I never felt like they hit both of these areas together well.

Faith Powered Profession is different. Elizabeth explores the question of whether a professional Christian woman can combine a vibrant faith with a productive career. It is full of stories and examples of how this is possible. The corporate world can be brutal sometimes, and often does not align with our faith. Elizabeth explores practical ways that we can have a great career and also live out our faith in the workplace. She explores why our work matters, and offers suggestions and guidelines for confronting the needs of this world with the skills God has given you.


Book #8 – Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez

This was a very difficult book to read. The writing was great, but the topic is heartbreaking. Elora addresses the topic of human trafficking through a story that tugs at your heart. Multiple times, I would be reading this book and my husband would ask what was wrong due to the disturbed look on my face.

I’ve known about human trafficking for a while now. I also support organizations that are working to stop it. But this story hit me on a completely different level. The thought of kids going through this is almost too much to bear. However, that’s why I believe in books like this. They help us see modern issues in a new and more understandable way. The reality is that stories like this are happening in our towns and neighborhoods. As difficult as it is to believe, it is the truth.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. It definitely stretched me out of my comfort zone, and reminded me that there are people all around us who are living in situations we can’t even imagine. It’s up to us to start paying more attention.


What books are you reading right now?




  1. Wow Tammy – you’ve been busy!

  2. I just started Packing Light and The Difference You Make (Pat Williams). They both should be great reads.

    I’m also getting ready to launch an eBook project I’ve been working on: On Track – Life Lessons From The Track & Field. There is so much to learn in the process.

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