What I’m Reading:
Everything by Mary DeMuth
This one isn’t released yet, but I’m part of a launch team and am loving the book so far! Especially now that I have the Easy Reader PDF app. So much better!
Something More by Jean Grasso Fitzpatrick
I picked this book up at Erie’s annual “Great American Book Sale”. You never know what you’re going to find, but for a quarter a book, it’s worth taking a gamble! I’ve been inspired by Rick Warren to read some older books, and this one has proved to be full of good gems. I’m four chapters in and I still can’t tell if this book is “Christian” or not. The author talks about God a lot, the Bible quite a bit, but I’ve only seen “Jesus” once. She does a lot of interviews with parents and talks about becoming more aware of spiritual moments that happy everyday. This book is especially good for those parents who are feeling a bit run-down by the “ordinary” tasks of life, especially those caring for very young ones. I’m still holding out my verdict, but it’s been encouraging so far.
Community by Brad House
I have been reading this book for months. It was kind of a slow-start. Once I hit chapter three, it was taking forever because I had to keep stopping to highlight. Great insight for small groups in general and for kidmin small groups as well.
Be the Mom by Tracey Eyster
What can I say? I’m a chronic over-commiter. I need to read books that tell me do slow down, do less, and enjoy my kids more. I don’t know what it is about the “busy-ethic”, but I do sometimes feel pressure to do more than I know is good for our family in order to “prove” I am a contributing citizen. This book highlights some of the common traps moms fall into (including over-scheduling) and ways to work your way out of them and avoid them. It’s not exactly compelling writing, but it is certainly worth a read. I’ll be posting a full review in the next week or so!
Quitter by Jon Acuff
I’m constantly amazed by Jon Acuff. First by his snarky humor on Stuff Christians Like (and in this book), and also by the incredible wisdom and insight found in the pages of this book. My husband actually bought this book for our Kindle, but I started reading and can’t stop. This is the book that keeps me up to all hours of the night. Great stuff!
What My Toddler is Reading:
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear by Eric Carle
I don’t know why kids love these books so much, but they sure do. I mean a whole lot. Perhaps I will hide this book before bedtime tonight.
The Toddler Bible by V. Gilbert Beers
This is a regular feature at bedtime, but I thought it was worth another mention. Read my full review here. I have to add though, the more we read it, the more I like it.
What the Baby is Reading:
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Lara Ede
My little monster scored this book at his recent birthday party and has been loving it. The pages are all cut out so you can see animals peeking through and every page has something to touch and feel on it. Very cute! Worth buying for your own collection.
Baby Loves Summer by Karen Katz
My chipmunk daughter received a Karen Katz book for her 1 year old birthday party, and we’ve been big fans every since — picking up books at garage sales and book sales whenever we see them. I just spotted this little gem at the library, so of course we had to bring it home. I don’t know what it is about lift-a-flap books, but this one sure holds the little ones’ attention!