What We’re Reading: Marriage, Catechisms and Pirates

What We’re Reading: Marriage, Catechisms and Pirates

What I’m Reading This Week:

Body & Soul: Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism: I have been interested in creeds and catechisms for a bit of time now, but I never read a book which brings the Heidelberg catechism to life so well as this book. It is compelling to read and very interesting. I love the explanations and elaborations the author gives. Its a great book for anyone who would like a deeper understanding of their Christian faith without getting bogged down in too much jargon. Great read.

The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight, Innovation, and Success: I continue to gain some great application from this book as a church leader.  I especially love this chart found on page  which summarizes how we so often go about trying to solve problems in the church.  Certainly worth a read!

What we can learn from Strangers

Fun Loving You: Enjoying Your Marriage in the Midst of the Grind: Finished this book this week and it’s certainly more on the practical side than the profound, but sometimes that’s just what people need. You can catch my full review on Monday.

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal:  As I was reading the intro in this book, I wanted to underline almost every word… but I couldn’t since it was a library book.   It certainly captures how I feel most of the time.  As a home day care provider, homeschooling mom, part-time children’s ministry director, and hopeful freelance writer — I often feel like I’m drowning in things to do. However, when I really sit down and look at my schedule, it’s not time that’s my problem, but energy… especially mental energy.  Unfortunately, this one was due back at the library and someone has a hold on it, so I’ll have to wait a few weeks to finish it.

Teaching Kindergarten: A Developmentally Appropriate Approach: My newly turned four year old daughter is showing a lot of interest in academic learning, but I have to admit, I am completely lost when it comes to the whole homeschooling thing.  I was hoping this would be a little more practical, but it’s more about the history of kindergarten as well as setting up a classroom schedule.  Interesting, but not exactly what I was looking for.

Celebration Games: Physical Activities for Every Month: I picked this up, hoping to find some good indoor games for Children’s Ministry, but it was pretty slim pickings.  I found about 10 in the whole book that I think might work.  Hoping to share those with you all later in the month!

Toddler Play (Gymboree): I got this for the kids in the home day care, but it would be a TERRIFIC resource to put in the church nursery.  It has simple games, easy to implement, but entertaining for both little ones and adults.  I know that sometimes boredom is the worst part about serving in nursery, and many nursery volunteers would be happy to have a few suggestions (and great illustrations) nearby.  There are some super fun fingerplays and chants I’m planning on using with my own kids too.

Sew Many Bags, Sew Little Time: Another sewing book that I don’t really have time (or is it energy?) to do anything with.  Still, I love looking through the pictures and imagining what I can make someday when I have more talent.  🙂

What the Kids Are Reading This Week:

Cover image for Shiver me letters : a pirate ABC

Cute story and a great book to play “spot the letter” with.

Cover image for Perfect square

I thought this book would be about shapes, but it’s more about the little square getting ripped up and transforming into other things (river, bridge, mountains).  I like the book and it would be easy to pair an art project with it.

Cover image for Not your typical dragon

My kids LOVE this book.  It’s cute story about accepting others and has some totally crazy and unpredictable elements which they find hilarious.

Update on the Goal

What About You?

I love hearing about what others are reading!  Leave me a comment so I can add your book to my list.

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  1. Great suggestions. I am a huge fan of Catechisms – I just picked up a book that is a weekly Catechism devotional called “The Good News We Almost Forgot” So far I love it.
    Sam recently posted..A new Bible app for your kids

  2. Thanks for sharing, Sam (and for stopping by!) I’ll add it to the list.

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