Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On the Nightstand {10 books I'm reading!}

Just thought I'd share some of the books I'm reading. There are a lot--I'm one of those people who reads a gazillion books at the same time depending on my mood (and on how tired and brain-dead I'm feeling!). My mom was the same way and I used to think it was so strange to read several at once. Fast forward 20 years and now I do the exact same thing! Ha! I love books. And I love hearing about what other people have their noses into. So, if you're one of those people, too, here's what my nose has been in:

This one is a bit dense (as in it's hard to try to read first thing in the morning before that first cup of coffee, which I try to do anyway!) but there's a ton of great stuff about prayer. I *heart* Robert Morneau. It's out of print but you can get a used copy online.

2) Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of Mother Teresa
I am amazed and humbled by the inspired writings of Mother Teresa. Her desire to live a life entirely for Christ leaps of every page. The revelation of her private struggles with faith amaze me. What a truly remarkable woman. Amazing book that easily pulls you out of whatever petty worries might be on your mind.

3) A Million Miles in a Thousand Years-Donald Miller
Love this book. It's a quick read (even though it's taken me MONTHS to get through it because I book hop so much!) and very inspiring. Makes you think about how you can make your "life a better story."

4) Organized Simplicity -Tsh Oxenreider
I'm not very far into this one yet, but so far I've loved thinking about the goals of the home, and also love the idea of simplifying.

5)Seasons of a Mother's Heart--Sally Clarkson
This book is like a salve to a homeschooler's weary heart. I love how it breaks homeschooling down by seasons, which is just how living through the years of homeschooling feels; the slow times of winter, the "autumn" that brings change. Wonderful stuff. I read it over the summer and am now re-reading it as part of a homeschooling mother's book club that will be starting up this week. If you're a homeschooler you will LOVE this book.

6) The Husband Project--Kathi Lipp
My MOPS group is reading through this one together as a February...well, project! It has nice practical ideas in it that make you put some thought and effort into your relationship. I'm on week 2 of the projects right now, and so far Kevin hasn't had any complaints lol! :)

7)Grace for the Good Girl--Emily Freeman
This book is wonderful. I can relate to so much of it--Wearing the proverbial "mask" of everything's fine, the battles with imperfection. Emily's heart radiates in this book, and makes you feel less alone with your struggles, both past and present.

8)Writing Motherhood-Lisa Garrigues
I'm not very far into this one yet, but so far I've loved the inspiration to...well, write motherhood (appropriately titled book lol!). It makes me really want to capture the moments of our family life, and helps me pay attention more.

9) The Glass Castle--Jeannette Walls
Wow, an amazing life story captured here. A song of survival, and a celebration of her parents, despite their brokenness. I can very much relate, having grown up in a family with dysfunction--the beautiful mingling with the horrific. And the way it's told as if its all just normal, because that's how children experience it. A must-read if you enjoy memoirs.

10) The Help--Kathryn Sockett
I haven't actually started this one yet, but it's been begging me to finish my other books so I can! I also want to see the movie, but I've promised myself I must read the book first, so I have added incentive to finish up the others and dive in!

That's what I've been reading lately (which is probably plenty!). How about you? I'm always looking for more book recommendations to ensure that my night stand will never actually see the light of day! ;) (Hey, less to dust, right?!)

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  1. These sound fabulous. I need to read several of them!

    I *have* read The Help and it is SO good. If the rest of those books weren't so holy, I'd tell you to move that one to the top of the list! ;)


    1. Ooooo, now I'm even more motivated to finish some of the others so I can dive into The Help! :)

  2. Stopping by from your oh Amanda link- I am also a book junky, big time. So I'm thinking you need to the help pronto- you're going to love it! And have you ever read 'the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society' from your above list I think you would really love it.

    If you like children's books too come stop by my site sometime
    In fact we have a fun giveaway happening right now :)

    1. Hi! It's nice to "meet" a fellow book junky! Thanks for the book rec--I'll definitely have to check out that title! Looking forward to checking out your site! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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