Well, life has been pretty hectic since my last “read in” post in February. Consequently, my reading has really slowed down. These last few months found me reading quite a lot “off-list”, but the sidetracks have mostly been good.
- Bread and Wine, by Shauna Niequist: This has been on my list for almost a year. It was an easy-to-read food memoir, and now I want to make every recipe in the book.
- Desperate, by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson: I really, really wanted to like this book. But I didn’t. I even stopped reading 80% of the way through, because I was coming away discouraged every time I picked it up. I think a lot of this discouragement had to do with the fact that I read it in a truly desperate parenting season, complete with scary things like runaways and safety plans. The message I took away was that “desperate” is a season of motherhood in which you have a child under three, and if you can just stick with Jesus through those years a whole world of possibilities will open up with that third birthday cake. (And also that depression is an optional state of mind.) I can’t say that anything in this book was wrong, but it was not the hopeful read I was looking for.
- Women Are Scary, by Melanie Dale: I read this book right after our move back to Waco, where I had exactly zero mom friends. It was a hilarious, true-to-life book about all the intricacies of being a friend and a mom at the same time.
- The Hardest Peace, by Kara Tippetts: I’ve been following Kara’s blog for awhile now. I finally got around to reading her book after she had passed away from the cancer she writes about. What a book. What a lady following Jesus.
- Parenting the Hurt Child, by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky: I can’t tell you how much I wish I had read this book four years ago. It is crammed full of compassionate yet straight-talking advice on raising kids like ours. Really wishing that THIS book had been required reading during our adoption trainings!
- Bittersweet, by Shauna Niequist: I liked Bread and Wine so much, I read one of Shauna’s earlier food memoirs. I didn’t love it; I think her writing has gotten better with time.
- Eight Twenty Eight, by Larissa Murphy: What a sweet, sweet love story grounded in the gospel. Ian and Larissa Murphy were preparing to be engaged when Ian suffered a traumatic brain injury. This memoir recounts their relationship from the beginning, through the accident, and eventually into their marriage. It’s an incredible story that kept me reading until late at night.
- Praying Circles Around Your Children, by Mark Batterson: I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Circle Maker, so I picked up this short version specific to parenting. Granted, it was very short, so I may have missed some of the good stuff, but I found it to be a bit formulaic, approaching name-it-claim-it.
- Nights of Rain and Stars, by Maeve Binchy: I’ve been a Maeve Binchy fan for many years. My mom had this on her shelf, and I needed fiction that wasn’t Lord of the Rings.(Tolkien and I aren’t doing so hot right now.)It was a “beach read” in every sense of the phrase. Easy, a bit shallow, but somehow engaging.
- Parenting the Difficult Child, by Linda Rice: I started this book in October(!), and PJ and I started reading it together and discussing it chapter-by-chapter in January. We’re finally done. It was a good read overall and gospel centered, which actually makes it really different from most parenting resources addressing our particular special needs. We really liked some parts and really disagreed with others.
I’m too tired to add links tonight! Y’all know where Amazon is. Happy reading!