It is said, "surround yourself with people who _______________," you fill in the blank; lift you up, inspire, challenge, motive you into the person the Lord has created you to be in Him, the person you are when you come alive. This summer I've done this with books-authors. Here's who I have with me today. Rebecca Elvy, wrote More Than This:Your Heroic Quest to Find Inspiration, Intent, Impact and Insight in a Broken World @rebeccaelvyblog Katie M. Reid wrote Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done @katie_m_reid Jonathan Merritt he wrote Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them @jonathan_merritt Ashley Murphy, myself, wrote Under Contract: Life in the Middle of Dreams, a Christian verse novel. This month, I am celebrating this books birthday. It's in my stack to keep me focused & motived & reminds me of the wonderful party guest surrounding me. Carey Scott wrote, Unafraid: Be you. Be authentic. Find the grit and grace to shine @careyscotttalks Kristen Welch wrote Raising World Changers in a Changing World: How One Family Discovered the Beauty of Sacrifice and the Joy of Giving @wearethatfamily Sarah J. Donovan wrote, Alone Together, a verse novel. @donovan_sd Jackie Green & Lauren Green McAfee, wrote Only One Life: How a Woman's Every Day Shapes an Eternal Legacy @laurenamcafee Don't over book yourself. Don't read because you want to be apart of the authors fame, because they are far from famous. They live life just like you. They too surrounded themselves with people who inspired them to come alive. Your aliveness may look different then theirs, mine & those around you. Your alive may not be writing a book. It maybe helping the elder on your street, your coworker who's behind on rent, a young mother with her children, starting an organization that creates change in something you are passionate about, your why you do what you do. Read with approach of learning & listening to the Lord speak to you. If you listen, I promise He will speak. He will speak to where He's taking you. Learn to lead, lead to learn. Steward this well for a Kingdom impact.