Books Read in 2018

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Indiana winters equal extra reading time on my agenda. I always have a pile (or two) of books lying around. Any chance I get I dive into the next book, I take it.

A chronic (good) problem  I seem to have is that there are just SO MANY books I want to read. This year I made a goal to work my way through the existing books in the house before purchasing anymore. I am hoping this is a good kick in the pants to keep moving through my pile….so I can buy more books.

I will add, that my main hurdle for not making it through more books in that my love of free audiobooks. Okay, maybe it’s not too much of the problem, I listen to audiobooks on the go. I opt for a paperback in my hand when I am at home huddled under a blanket in a comfy spot. The real issue is me reserving books from the library…they are free…and then my pile sits and keeps waiting. Yep, guilty.

I am a real book in my hand kind of girl. Don’t misunderstand, I have consumed my share of  e-books, but they are not my favorite way to consume books. I am also a highlighting queen! Instead of actual highlighters, that bleed through the pages (no bueno), I use these pens or these. There is something so very satisfying to my little type A heart that nearly explodes when I have pretty pens (mega pack) at my fingers tips. So maybe I have it all wrong….my title is actually “Underline, Write in the Margins, Always making footnotes I’ll never read Queen”. Yep, I think that really hits the nail on the head! Without any more ado, here is a list of the books I have read/listened to during the first the quarter of 2018.

Hands Free Life- 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More                                          By: Rachel Macy Stafford

We all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance. But is it even possible anymore? Considering the amount of distraction and pressure that exists in society today, living a fulfilling life may seem like an unachievable dream. But it is not—not with the nine habits outlined in this book.

My Review: I listened to the audiobook version of this book. This book was engaging and provided me with great insights to help examine my own habits. With a family, and a host of other daily responsibilities it can sometime be a struggle for me to not zone out scrolling the web. All of sudden I discover I have wasted too much precious time, that is never to be recovered again. As I went through the book, I thought it was beneficial to focus on those nine habits and make sure I am in control of my time. It also was a good reminder to put safe guards in place to protect me in the areas I am weak. Good Read!

Gospel Centered Mom- The feeing Truth About What Your Kids Really Need                                                           By: Brooke McGlothlin

The Gospel-Centered Mom reveals how our entire approach to motherhood shifts when we stop chasing our vision of a perfect family and start full-out pursuing God. With refreshing candor, the author examines the daunting task of raising children in the light of God’s Word and challenges you to:

· embrace your moment-by-moment need for Jesus
· release the stress of believing everything is your responsibility
· learn to fight for rather than against your child
· believe that the story God is writing with your life is worth the sacrifice
· practice the daily disciplines that lead to Gospel-centered parenting

My Review: This book was honey for my soul. I am in the intense season of parenting two pre-teens and two teenagers; yes, you can pray for me, that’s a given right? Every single day there seems to be plenty of “opportunity” for me to feel like I am doing everything all wrong. I have learned over the years as a believer, that is Satan whispering lies into my ear. Satan wants me to doubt the desires God has put into my heart for my children. Satan tries moment by moment to snatch up my joy and rob me of the confidence the Lord gives me each morning to raise/teach my kids. This beautifully written book was a sweet reminder to stay focused on God and what he has called me to in this season of life. There’s nothing like almost having four teens in the house that makes me throw my hands up and run to Jesus to keep my focus. I vote this jewel as a MUST READ for all Christian moms who are in the season of mothering.

Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God                                                                                             By Sheila Walsh

This is a book about trust. How we fight it. How we learn to do it. How it transforms us. Life is not safe. That reality slips over us as we grow. Our response to the Father in that reality allows us either to swing higher and higher with the trust of a child . . . or fearfully shrink back from the swing set altogether. As we weigh that choice, God whispers: Trust me.

My Review: This book was like riding in the passenger seat of a girlfriend while she shared her life story. It did not read like a heavy theological study on God or trust or trusting God.  Instead it felt like a sweet retelling of  how life that gets in the way of our own plans, and how messy that can look. How what we look at as ugly and unplanned provide us with chances to trust, learn and grow closer to God. I LOVE hearing other people tell their story. I especially love stories that allow the reader to see God’s fingerprints all over the heartbeat of journey. I enjoyed this book, and enjoyed being reminded of how I can always trust God.

A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love                                                            By: Milton Vincent

God did not give us His gospel just so we could embrace it and be converted. He offers it to us every day as a gift that keeps on giving us everything we need for life and godliness. Here is a valuable tool to preach the gospel to yourself daily to strengthen your faith and define what you believe and why.

My Review: Don’t let the somewhat boring cover fool you about the great content you will find inside. You do the quote, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” right? That applies to this quick, but profound little book. It was a delicious treat of so may good nuggets of truth. I didn’t learn anything new, but it was a beautiful reminder of the gospel truths and how I need to be diligent in holding them close. I plan to have my teens read this book next. They will quickly discover that this “Underline, Write in the Margins, make lots of footnotes Queen” marked up so many gospel truths they can hide deep in their hearts.

The Writer’s Garden                                                                                                                                                  By Jackie Bennett                  Photography By Richard Hanson

My Review: OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! Did I mention the weather here is still acting like winter? Looking through and reading this book was YUM-MEEEEEEE. If you love flowers, landscape, classic timeless authors: You NEED this! It such a magnificent display of beauty and wonder and wild lush landscape on display. The Writer’s Garden uncovers the deep connection between many famous writer and their garden escapes. Authors such as Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Winston Churchhill, and Walter Scott to name a few are featured in this splendid creation. I found this book inspirational, and educational all at the same time. TOTALLY recommended!

That’s a wrap folks, my completed reads of 2018 so far. I hope you loved hearing what others are reading as much as I do, and I look forward to sharing my reads for the second quarter in the upcoming months.

If your a homeschooling mom, go here to read my top three MUST READ recommendations! 



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