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. ๐Ÿ˜œ 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. ๐Ÿ˜œ 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. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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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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Books I’ve Read {February Update}

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I am going to try to remember to give updates on what I am reading, so I can keep to my book list for the year. If I miss an updates, please give me a reminder. ๐Ÿ™‚

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IMG_0580Happy Habits for Every Couple by Roger and Kathi Lipp – Kathi Lipp is joined by her husband, Roger, to write this book. Donโ€™t skip the first part of the book. It is important to be reminded why we need to have couple time. Whether we go out for dinner, out for a walk, or spend time doing some goal-setting, having some time together on a more or less consistent basis helps us to remember why we married our spouse in the first place! The second part of the book has lots of great ideas for date nights to connect. There is a bit of planning involved, depending on if you need to buy things for a particular task, or if you will be need of a babysitter, but whatever you end up doing, I know you will enjoy spending some time together as a couple without the kids around.

Mindset for Moms by Jamie Martin – After having kids, I am all about the short-chapter books!! Jamie Martin does a wonderful job helping readers to find refreshment in the midst of the messes that are sometimes involved in mothering during those early years. She shares the struggles she has had, and how she has found a different mindset when it comes to parenting her children with a more joyful heart. It was the perfect time for me to read this book as my girls were recovering from sickness. Itโ€™s not always rainbows and unicorns, but I have learned so much as we live life together, and the have brought so much joy to my life.

EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey – I know lots of people who have gone through Dave Ramseyโ€™s Financial Peace University. They give raving reviews and it has truly proven to helped friends and others I know get out of debt!! Besides our mortgage, we have never been in debt. I am planning on reading Total Money Makeover and Smart Money Smart Kids, but I was intrigued by his book EntreLeadership, and wanted to know more of how Dave has found success. Since I had a few other books going at the same time, and this one was borrowed from the library, I only read a few chapters. It was a good read, and mostly things I knew already about being an entrepreneur and leader (I was a business major, you know), but great reminders about how to lead alongside the people in your team, not just overseeing them and managing them. Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll check it out again so I can finish the whole book.

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

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin
Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

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Books I’ve Read {January Update}

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I am going to try to remember to give updates on what I am reading, so I can keep to my book list for the year. If I miss an updates, please give me a reminder. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m so glad I started the year with these books! They’re all sooo good, and just what I needed to help me get a clearer vision (and clearer home!) for 2015.

IMG_0578Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp – I honest to goodness thought that I would read the book and just share with everyone that it was released (because I’m a serial declutter-er already), but y’all, there is some good stuff in this book. I met Kathi when she came to speak at our MOPS meetings in the past 2 years, and I love that she is honest, authentic, and funny. She speaks truth. I have read a few books on this same topic, but none seem to address it from the point of view that Kathi does. It has helped me to take a good look at the ‘why’ behind the clutter, and given me peace when passing an item on. If it is not something I need, want, or love, it has got to go.

31 Days to Clean by Sarah Mae – Cleaning is the next natural step after decluttering, right? This is a re-read for me, but a first read of the revised edition. Another awesome book with Scripture to help me make my house a home. Sarah helps us to see our home from the Mary and Martha perspectives. “Before the cleaning and the day and all its troubles get a hold of you, I’m encouraging you to get a hold of Him.” And this is exactly what she does in 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way. I’m still working through the challenges.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine – This is another re-read for me. The first time through last year, I just read it through quickly, but this time, I took each day to complete the little assignments Crystal has in each chapter, and really making it practical and applicable to my real life. I love goal setting, but I’m pretty bad at being intentional to take action on those goals.

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

IMG_0580Mindset for Moms by Jamie Martin
Happy Habits for Every Couple by Roger and Kathi Lipp
EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey – bits and pieces
Plus another book…probably a fiction…

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