Have you picked up any good books lately?
I’d love to hear about it!
Here’s what we’re reading this week!
What I’m Reading:
Quitter by Jon Acuff
I was reading this one last week too, but it’s just so good, I had to include it again. This is a must read for anyone who is feeling trapped in their day job, discouraged that a dream will never materialize or just beginning to make the dream happen. Love it!
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time and am so glad I finally checked it out from the library. It reminds me a great deal of the book, Demand, which was endlessly fascinating (check out my review of that book on Amazon). I just finished a chapter on the making of Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues and have really been inspired to learn more about child development and the ways kids tick. I think a lot of lessons concerning the ministry could be learned from this book. Definitely worth a read!
Boundaries with Kids by Cloud and Townsend
I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend for a while now and I’ve had this particular book sitting on my bookshelf for about 5 years now. I’m on a new quest to “use it or lose it”, so I’m trying to either read every book on my bookshelf or get rid of it. This book was okay — good for a quick scan, but it was a lot of things I’d either read before or already learned through experience. It might be good as a first parenting book, but I wouldn’t recommend making the investment. Pick it up at the library and browse through it instead.
Something More by Jean Grasso Fitzpatrick
This is also a continuation from last week. It got a little dry in the middle, but I just made it into chapter six and Fitzpatrick has made some great age-specific suggestions for leading your child spiritually. It has a more obvious Christian bent as the book progresses, but I there are some theology issues (i.e. the author doesn’t belief in Hell). It’s still inspiring in many places, so I think I’ll finish it out.
What My Toddler is Reading:
Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton is in the top three authors of Children’s book for me. Her ideas are fresh, fun, and easy to read. In this book, a boy has fifteen pet animals, fourteen of which are named Bob. The book itself isn’t that creative, but Chipmunk instantly picked it up and “read” it back to me, which of course, was incredibly adorable. That’s worth keeping the book around!
Elmo’s Alphabet Soup
In this book, Cookie Monster and Elmo are making a soup and need to find an ingredient for every letter of the alphabet. It’s cute and fun and introduces a lot of vegetables!