Leader Reads: How to Lead When You Aren't In Charge by Clay Scroggins

I'm a leader.  But I'm definitely not in charge.  This leadership book provided so much insight into not just how I see myself as a leader in my organization but how God sees me.  It helped me pace my plans and provided a blueprint for helping me shape not just how I lead others but how I see and lead myself.

I've always admired Clay's tenacity and storytelling and miss his weekly sermons.  I'm thankful that he was able to share his insight so keenly, clearly, and humorously with me.

I highly recommend this book for anyone - leader or not - struggling to find your fit professionally.

... leaders who consistently leverage their authority are far less effective in the long term than leaders who leverage their infuence.
— Clay Scroggins, "How To Lead When You Aren't In Charge"

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Adult Reads: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

It's absolutely thrilling.  Over 500 pages and I couldn't. put. it. down.  Y'all ... I love anything political, presidential, thrill ride, could happen, and this book HAD. IT. ALL.  It's a must read for your summer reading list.  So. Intense.  I don't think I've read a book like this in years!

Seriously ... James Patterson hits is BIG with this collaboration ... I can't wait for the movie!


The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view . . .

Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.
— from AMAZON


Mama Reads: Girl, Wash Your Face

Okay, like five people recommended this book to me over the past six months.  And finally. I was able to just sit down and devour it.  Devour is probably a proper adjective because I read this book like it was a huge piece of chocolate cake sitting on my kitchen counter while my kiddos were napping and I didn't want them to find out I was eating something they would want.

Rachel Hollis is authentically funny and mercilessly real.  She came into my life right when I needed her and told me that it was okay to just. be. me.

I *highly* recommend this book for all Mamas. 

decide that you care more about creating your magic and pushing it out into the world than you do about how it will be received.
— Rachel Hollis, "Girl, Wash Your Face"


Teacher Reads: Ron Clark's Essential 55

Ron Clark is America's Educator, right?  Certainly he is one of my inspirations.  I love watching his lectures/talks/speeches and hearing his stories.  I love his candidness and authenticity.  But mostly, I love that his passion remains.  In his first book, endorsed, of course, by Oprah, Ron Clark lays out 55 Essential Classroom rules.  I know, that seems a bit daunting.  But give this book a try - whether you are a first year teacher or starting your 17th and need a little reboot.  It's a great place to find some inspiration.

“Always make sure there are seven things in your life at all times: laughter, family, adventure, good food, challenge, change, and the quest for knowledge.”
— Ron Clark, "The Essential 55"

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Leader Reads: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

It took me several months to read this amazing book.  Not because I didn't love it but because I was so busy.  And that busyness is at the heart of what Sheryl Sandberg discusses in Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.  While this is a "leadership book", it is also a must read for moms who feel the guilt of getting up and going to work every day.  I began reading Lean In as I started a new job in school administration.  There were some longer days.  Some later nights.  And, to be honest, a little bit more guilt about our new lifestyle.  But.  We made it.  I highly reccomend this book for all women (and men) juggling life.

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
— from "Lean In", Harvard Business School definition of leadership

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