Reading {2014}

Leadership / Personal Development //

i’ve got these 3 books in my handbag, as we speak {blog}, as my first books to read in 2014. i’ve started sarah bessey’s jesus feminist, and wowzie-wowzie is it great. i love her gentle spirit that encourages all of us {men + women} to consider jesus as pro-woman. pick up the book regardless of your starting place on women as teachers + leaders. i believe it has a profound word for each of us.

and then, anne lamott’s stiches: a handbook on meaning, hope and repair. a book i’ve had since the minute it came out. i put the book on a shelf, saving the actual read for a special time when i had the space to enjoy and process each word. her books are like that. small doses, big meaning.

oh! and i’m trying a new journaling/self-reflection practice this year. i picked up this pretty redmoleskin appointment book in an attempt to document my feelings + events. it has small lines for each day {which is the perfect amount of space for a non-journaler like me}, and a big open space for the week. i’m using this area for an art reflection at the end of the week that helps me express and sum up the highlights of that particular week. my hope is that i’ll be able to better process life in real-time, while also having a great record of 2014.

and! and! over christmas break i read two cookbooks. which expanded my creative mind. stephanie izard’s girl in the kitchen is won-der-ful. i’m an all out nerd for all things stephanie, and this book lived up to my nerd-ness. and, the pioneer woman’s a year of holidays book–which is gorgeous, and simple, and let’s just say i’ve already made the spicy bourbon sliders. yes+yes.

that’s me. new books + new hopes for learning, processing, and creating anew.

and you? what are you reading?





About the Author

Amy Dolan is founder, leader and blogger for Lemon Lime Kids, a children’s ministry consulting company that seeks to encourage churches to consider a fresh approach to leading and teaching children. Amy started the company in 2005, as a way to empower and encourage fellow children’s ministry leaders, and since that first day has had the opportunity to work with leaders & organizations committed to the spiritual growth of children. Amy believes that the church fully empowered, combined with the commitment of the family, and the compassion of the community has the power to inspire children’s faith for a lifetime. In addition to her consulting work with Lemon Lime Kids, Amy leads the strategic curriculum development for Phil Vischer’s new curriculum What’s in the Bible? (, and serves as Director of LOCAL, a Chicago-area children’s ministry collaborative ( Amy is the former Executive Director for Children’s Ministry at the Willow Creek Association, a former Children’s Ministry Director at The Chapel in Libertyville, IL and a Curriculum Writer for Promiseland at Willow Creek in South Barrington. Amy is proud to be married to her husband Kelly, and loves living in Chicago. Amy blogs at and tweets at @adolan.