Growing up the only pink outfit I ever owned, was my power ranger costume. Mainly because the only other girl character was yellow and not nearly as cool as Kimberly, the pink ranger. Other than my power ranger costume, nothing about my personality exudes “I like pink”. Maybe you love pink and maybe you hate pink. But that’s not the point. Lately, I’ve been on a kick to read about strong females in all sorts of places. Maybe it’s my feminist side, but these women rock and their stories should be out there. I don’t know if these strong women wear pink, but I doubt it’s their favorite color.
Here’s my review of a few pink power ranger worthy women and the books they wrote.
If you’re looking for a good graduation gift or simply want to read a well-written book, then look no further than Andrea Lucado’s debut book, English Lessons: The Crooked Path of Growing Toward Faith. What I love about this book is how it’s about a time in Andrea’s life where she lived abroad and started doubting everything she’d come to love about the church and who God is. She’s open and honest about her season of doubt as she lives abroad. If you’re finding yourself in a season of uncertainty then I cannot recommend this book enough. Also, it wins for the most adorable book cover.
My next suggestion is Who Thought This was a Good Idea?: And other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, by Alyssa Mastromonaco. You’re probably like me and wondering who she is and how she ended up in the white house with President Obama by the age of 32. I’m fairly certain if Tina Fey stumbled upon a political career much like Alyssa did, this is how it would unfold. Alyssa’s story is one of working hard yet not taking life too seriously. Her book is more about not giving up when work gets hard, her beloved cat Shrummie and life in the West Wing more than it is politics and D.C. bragging rights. She dishes out practical advice all while recalling comical moments from official state dinners. She’s the right amount of girl power, whitt and intellect. I feel as though Alyssa and I could have an equally exciting conversation about world events and one about our pet cats. She’s also pretty entertaining on Twitter.
While you can’t get your hands on Jen Hatmaker’s new book Of Mess and Moxie just yet, you can pre-order it and it will arrive in your mailbox this August when it releases. (side note: Amazon won’t charge you till it ships) Jen’s latest book is all about making the most out of this messy life we’re all living. Jen writes, “This is part of your story, not the end of it, and you will overcome. Not only that; you will thrive. If God is truly the strongest where we are the weakest, then He will win in this place.” Her book is one of honesty and if you don’t feel motivated by life after reading this then I don’t know what to tell you. If it’s one thing I’ve learned these past few years, it’s finding my moxie in the mess and you should too.
If you find yourself in the category of people who say “I never read” and will never pick up one of the aforementioned books, then check out Losing Sight of Shore on Netflix and other various streaming services. It’s a documentary following 4 women who ROW A FREAKING BOAT from California to Australia. Safe to say this is something I will never put on my bucket list. I will happily row a boat in the daylight, where I can see the shoreline. I see zero fun to be had in rowing a boat in the dark of night in the middle of the Pacific ocean hundreds of miles away from shore. No thank you. However, These women are bad asses who don’t give into that fear. These girls embark on establishing a record of their epic adventure being the first people to ever complete this feat.
Have any great summer reads I can add to my list?