Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
$7.99 – $8.99
Related Reads: Anonymous, “Diary of an Oxygen Thief” Pleasefindthis, “I Wrote This For You”
If you like poems, you’ll definitely need to get your hands on this book of poetry by Rupi Kaur. “Milk and Honey” is an emotional set of poems that will tear at your heart and resonate with you. Kaur’s own artwork accompanies her emotional pieces for an added touch from the author. On a bad day, pick this book up and cuddle up on the couch with this easy, fun read.
Title: Miracles From Heaven
Author: Christy Wilson Beam
Genre: Religion, Drama, Non-fiction
$7.99 – $18.72
Related Reads: Reggie Anderson, “Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor’s Healing Encounters with the Hereafter” John Burke, “Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experience, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You”
For fans of the movie ‘Miracles from Heaven’ here’s the book that started it all. Like all movie and book comparisons, it will be up to the audience to determine which one is better. The book is based on the true events of the miraculous life of Annabel Beam, the daughter of author Christy Wilson Beam. Annabel suffers from a digestive disease and one day her and her sisters go outside to play. Annabel ends up falling three stories high into a hollow tree. During her time trapped in the tree, while rescuers struggle to extract her, she experiences something bizarre. She visits heaven. When she’s finally rescued, she isn’t dead, she escapes the tree unscathed without even a single scratch. The book moves through the experience of what Annabel’s family went through during her recovery and the aftermath of her visit to heaven.
Title: The Velvet Rage
Author: Alan Downs
Genre: Gender & Sexuality
$8.08 – $17.95
Related Reads: Maggie Nelson, “The Argonauts”
For those that are interested in finding out more information on gay men and their emotional status when they are deciding to come out, give “The Velvet Rage” by Alan Downs a chance. In his book, Downs explores the circumstances around why he believes gay men feel shamed when coming out, which he says is the “fear of being unlovable.” He presents ideas such as shame beginning in childhood and the trouble of being accepted by authority figures. This book has a lot of information but is also a great read if you’d like to know more about coming out. Both young and older readers will find this helpful and if it relates to you, it may even give you a boost of support in coming out.