As fall continues, so does a number of good books filling my nightstand. Here’s a peek into my current pile of reads… some good, most great but one I’m about to give up on.
What I’m Currently Reading
Treasuring Christ When Our Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms :: This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year calling me to read. I’m currently in a very weary season of motherhood so one night this past week after a very rough day, I picked it up and started reading.
And man oh man, am I glad that I did! What a refresher for my dry and weary soul.
“When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood… In the context of eternity, where Christ is doing His work of reigning over the cosmos, we need to see our mundane moments for what they really are — worship. In the daily (and nightly) work of mothering, we’re given dozens of invitations to worship God as He reminds us of the hope we have because of His Gospel.” (page 18)
I’m only in the 3rd chapter but my book is already filled with dog-ears, underlines, stars, notes in the margins and highlights. Gloria, a mom in the trenches herself, offers so much wisdom and encouragement and I’m slowly devouring this little book.
Three Wishes :: In full honesty, I’m about to abandon this one. I just can not get into it. There is a lot of going back and forth between time periods, weird dialogue from outsiders not directly tied into the story making it feel confusing and disjointed.
I’ve read another of Laine Moriarty’s books and enjoyed it, and her books always seem to be at the top of everyone’s must-read lists, but this one seems disappointing to me. Perhaps because it’s her first book? I’m going to give it another few days but I’m not holding out much hope.
Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me: What My Favorite Book Taught Me about Grace, Belonging, and the Orphan in Us All :: My library number just came up for this one so I’m literally only on the first pages but I’m so excited to read it. I’ve read rave reviews and anything that has to do with Ms. Anne Shirley, in my opinion, is pure magic.
Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World :: When I picked up Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me from the library yesterday, this book was also awaiting my hold pickup. Another book that I have been anxiously awaiting to read. I haven’t officially started yet, although as I was skimming through the book when I first got it (a very bad habit of mine) I got up in the words found in the middle.
The Lake House :: My frustration that all of my library holds keep coming up pushing this one back is real. I have been so desperate to read it I even paid full price to the tune of over $30 for my birthday (I’m still waiting for the golden ticket to fall out of the book to replace the sticker shock of that purchase).
I’ve read all four of Kate Morton’s books and if her new one is anything like her other books, I’m in for some good ol’ fashion late night reading ahead. Now if only I would stop putting holds on other books at the library….
What I Have Read
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way :: I really enjoyed this collection from Shauna Niequist. I love her storytelling in her journey and could really relate to a lot of her experiences in different ways.
Bittersweet is more a collection of short stories and essays but I walked away from the book refreshed and encouraged as if I just read a good “how-to” book. If you’re in a season of change, overwhelm or even grief, this is a good one.
What I’m Planning On Reading Soon
Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul :: I just got this one in the mall for the fall Influence Network’s book club and I’m so excited. It’s been on my to-read list forever! As part of the online book club, we only read a few chapters a week, so I’ll be reading this one a little bit at a time for the remainder of the year.
Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction :: Another book I received n the mail to review that I’m eager to read. I’ve been a DJ Tanner fan for as long as I can remember and I’m looking forward to reading through her experiences on Dancing With The Stars. I remember rooting for her along the way.
Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily Freeman :: I purchased this one the week it came out but had to put it on the back burner since all of my library holds came due at once. I’m still eagerly waiting to read, however, I think I’ve come to the realization that I need to block my library website for a while so I can catch up on all the books I’ve been wanting to read.
Heartfelt Discipline: Following God’s Path of Life to the Heart of Your Child by Clay Clarkson :: Discipline, consistency, and discipleship is something I’m struggling with as a mother. My kids are growing, developing and growing into their own unique personalities. I am in desperate need of advice and inspiration to reach into their hearts while I teach and train them. As a fan of Sally Clarkson, I’m eager to read her husband’s book.
So at about you, what have you been reading or are planning to read this month?
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