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Empty Shelf Challenge Books #27-31

Earlier this year, I joined Jon Acuff and tons of other people for his Empty Shelf Challenge. You can read more about how I started it here. You can also see a list of all of the books by searching the category “Sharing Great Books” to the right of this post.

Here are the latest books I’ve added to the empty shelf. Since I read some on Kindle, and give some away, they may not all show in the picture.

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#27 Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians by Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw

I recently met Kim when he spoke at our church. I love his heart for living in the present moment and making a difference in the world around us. This book is a great read and it challenges you to think about how you can start living missionally where you currently are.

#28 Stronger than Coffee: The Power of Community by the Tulsa 5 Club

This book has special meaning because it was written by friends from an online community called Dreamers & Builders. For the past year, they have been meeting at 5am every Friday morning to help challenge each other to dream and live life differently. I’d love it if you’d support them  and pick up this beautiful book. You can also follow them through #Tulsa5Club on Twitter.

#29 7: An Experimental Mutiny by Jen Hatmaker

7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence. This book made me stop and think about what excess looks like in my life and how I can learn to live with less.

#30 Podcasting Good to Great: How to Grow your Audience through Collaboration by Jared Easley

This was a great book from my friend Jared Easley. He provides a behind-the-scenes look at how podcasters can build influential platforms. He discusses various strategies for networking, even when you can’t leave home to attend pricey conferences. It provides a proven roadmap that will launch you into becoming a great connector and influencer, and ultimately a person that your audience will value even more. Jared is the real deal, and has helped me and so many others learn that generosity and noticing people are so important. I’d love it if you’d check it out and support Jared.



#31 The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews

I loved this book. It was a gift from my friend Matt Ham (you should check out all the awesome stuff he is doing.) I love receiving and giving books as gifts! This was a really easy read packed with powerful messages. This is one of my favorite quotes:

“One seed, carefully tended, contains within it the power to change the world, for that single seed can yield an uncountable and ever-increasing number of seeds just as valuable.”

WOW! That is so true. I’m a big fan of Andy Andrews’ writing, and would highly recommend it. I passed this on to someone else, who I’m hoping will continue to pass it on to others.

What are you reading? I’d love to get some new books to add to my list!




Jared Easley on Starving the Doubts {Podcast Episode #61}




Jared Easley joins me on the podcast today. He is an entrepreneur, podcast host, co-founder of the Podcast Movement, and an extremely generous person. I loved talking with him about his journey, and I think you will gain some incredible insight from him.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How he started Starve the Doubts
  • Why generosity is so important
  • How you can’t rely on the “one big thing”
  • Some of his favorite interviews
  • The best conversations for him are the ones with compelling stories
  • What are we not asking for?
  • How can we think about things a little differently?
  • Don’t just set your eyes on the top of the mountain. There are people climbing up the mountain with great stories
  • How The Podcast Movement began
  • Taking action is so important
  • Remember the people who aren’t where you are yet, and help them
  • What can you say NO to?
  • Embrace the season that you’re in
  • Surround yourself with things that are going to encourage you
  • Stay generous and stay creative
  • Start by noticing other people
  • Over time, rapport generates reciprocity
  • Be creative with what you CAN do
  • Look for clues about what people are looking for
  • “The rising tide lifts all the boats” – John F. Kennedy


You can listen to Jared on his awesome podcast, Starve the Doubts. Be sure to leave him a comment and an honest review. Also, check out his book, Podcasting Good to Great: How to Grow Your Audience through Collaboration, and learn more about Podcast Movement.


Megan Starbuck on Tiny Houses and Big Dreams {Podcast Episode #60}



Megan Starbuck joins me on the podcast today. She is an idealist and an optimist who has paid off over $25K in debt, and is passionate about creating a life that matters.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Living a life of intention
  • Having a sense of adventure
  • Her desire to try to live differently
  • How her love of traveling led her to become a world traveler
  • “Once you do things you love, people will see that”
  • A tiny house represents independence and the flexibility to travel
  • How she paid off over $25K in debt
  • Know what is important to you
  • Don’t give up everything
  • Her love and support of missionaries
  • Life circumstances might slow you down, but don’t let it stop you
  • You don’t have to make changes in your life, but you GET to

You can follow Megan on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Let her know what you liked about the show!






Corie Clark on Simplifying {Podcast Episode #59}


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Corie Clark joins me on the podcast today. She loves to help people live their lives wide awake and on purpose.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Creating margin in our lives
  • Waking up and no longer sleepwalking through life
  • How she changed course and wrote a different book than the one she had been writing for years
  • Being intentional with your time
  • Write when you don’t want to write
  • Getting things done in the midst of a busy schedule
  • 6 week declutter challenge


You can learn more about Corie on her website, and on Twitter. While you’re there, pick up a copy of her book, The Simplicity Project.


As always, I greatly appreciate your honest reviews on iTunes. It helps people find the show, and means so much to me as well. If you have not done so, would you take a few minutes to leave a review here? Thank you so much!


Dream Year Giveaway!


Last week, I had the privilege of attending Ben Arment’s Dream Year Pitch night. I love having the opportunity to meet others who are living differently and pursuing their dreams. Here are a few examples of the awesome dreams we heard about.

My friend Isabel pitched her dream of her online coaching program. You can hear a recording of her pitch here. I really liked her thought provoking question of “Is your DOING in alignment with your BEING?”

I also loved meeting Holly Combs from Department of Public Words. Her dream is to inspire and encourage youth. I loved her message and how she is making a difference in her community. One of my favorite quotes of hers is, “Be a VOICE, not an echo.” Follow her on Twitter to see some of the really cool art they are installing with their messages.

I was really inspired by the dream of Cravely. They are supporting local businesses by helping to manage and promote their menus online in easy to search formats. They also help you find the food that you crave. What a cool idea!

I loved the heart and passion behind Wildy Co. They are focused on ethically made kids clothes and passionate about making a difference with their business. Mike and Hayley Morgan were incredibly engaging, and I look forward to watching where their story and dream goes in the months and years ahead. They are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to fund their kickoff.

These are just a few of the dreams that we heard at Pitch Night Indy. I loved having the chance to meet them and also to support Ben, who has been a huge influence on me learning to dream again and living life differently. One thing he said that really stuck out to me regarding our dreams was this: “Frustration is the human engine light on the dashboard of life.”

Don’t ignore the frustration you are feeling. It could be pointing you towards something you are called to do.

I have an extra copy of the book. I had Ben sign it, and I am so excited to share it with one of you!

Simply leave a comment on why you want to read the book, and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Saturday morning.



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