Books I’ve Read {March Update}

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marchbooksWe packed fairly lightly for our Australia trip compared to what we normally bring (our whole house), and I thought about not bringing a book since I have a Kindle app on my phone plus the iPad with Kindle on it plus we were off on some adventures, but let’s be honest, I prefer having a physical book to read and there are lots of waiting periods between adventures when traveling! I was able to finish three books – Interrupted, Read More, and Begin.

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist – I read an advanced copy of this last year, and LOVED it! The girls love the blueberry crisp recipe from the book. I lent out that copy, and it’s nowhere to be found. I think I mentioned it to Kris and she sent me an extra copy she had!!! How awesome is she! Make sure to check out her wonderful site –> Grace Table. I love love love community, and so I love how Shauna shares about the different ways she has gathered community around the table…or at one point in time, around the piano in her bedroom. “We don’t learn to love each other well in the easy moments. Anyone is good company at a cocktail party. But love is born when we misunderstand one another and make it right, when we cry in the kitchen, when we show up uninvited with magazines and granola bars, in an effort to say, I love you.” Stories and food is always a good combo. This is definitely one I will read again.

Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin – I had read the older version of this book, but it is always refreshing to read words of encouragement from other moms who get it. It is a good reminder that we are not alone in this journey. Yes, we have our support systems of family and friends, but God is also there in the midst of the never-ending dirty dishes and laundry piles, and He wants us to come to Him with our greatest joys and our greatest needs as moms. I am still reading through this book again, but it’s wonderful to know that I can #choosehope. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker – Interrupted is one of those books you find yourself scared of starting because of what it might reveal about you, about God, about what God will call you to do if you really listen. And of course, it does just that! Jen shares how God, slowly but sure, took her from her comfortable life of “doing church” to answering the question of how He could use her to be the church for those who might not otherwise hear about Jesus. She challenges us to look beyond what we’re supposed to do as the church, but to pray, to listen, to read, to take action. Of course, this action doesn’t look the same for every person, but Jen shows us what can happen when we lean in to hear His voice. And also, an added bonus, she’s pretty funny.

Read More by Nicole Bennett – This was one I didn’t have on my list (I think probably because it hadn’t come out yet), but after I finished Interrupted on the plane, I went looking for something to read, and I found the download in my email. 😜 I was blessed to have had Nicole in one of my HelloMornings group, and I love that we are in the same life stage homeschooling our kiddos. I also love that she loves to read and she loves ice cream (no joke, she loves it a lot!). Anyhow, I always feel like I’m a super nerdy bookworm because I don’t actually know people in ‘real’ life who read a lot (totally different story when it comes to my online friends)…or maybe they’re just all closet bookworms. And if you have kids, the closet might be the best place to read some days. 😜 haha! I also know lots of people who say they would love to read, but don’t have time. Nicole shares in her book, like the tagline says, “why and how to make time for reading amidst the busyness of life”. Get your own free e-copy in the link above.

The Growly Books: Begin (Volume 1) by Erin Ulrich and Philip Ulrich – Melody got this book as a gift from my sister when it came out in 2013, and she has read it multiple times since then. It is her favorite of the three volumes in the series. She has been asking me to read it ever since she finished it the first time, but I always have other books on my own to-read list. After finishing Interrupted and Read More, I was looking for another book in the Kindle app to read, and it was one of the ones I had actually loaded (when it was offered for free). I have a ton of books, but not too many loaded to read offline, and on the plane, we were offline. So, I started reading this lovely story of the adventures of a young bear cub named Growly who sets off on his own. Short chapters (my fave!) made for a quick read even though there were 35 chapters. Detailed descriptions of the places he visited and friends he made helped the story to come alive. Now, Melody’s going to have me read Volume 2 and 3 in the upcoming months. 😜

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Looking forward to reading these books in April. Anyone else want to join me?

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine
The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews (aff link)

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Have you read any good books lately? What are your favorite kinds of books to read – mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, cookbooks?Book List 2015To check out the books on my book list, you can READ THIS POST or visit our Amazon store.

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