So, here’s my book list from the beginning of the summer. It was ambitious, but I think I did pretty well, all things considered!
The list is taken directly from my former blog. Each entry is followed up by how I did in getting around to it.
- For Parents Only by Shaunti Feldhahn – check; a decent read.
- Arguing with Idiots by Glenn Beck – check; entertaining and very interesting; say what you will about Glenn, I admit I find him intriguing sometimes.
- Parenting is Your Highest Calling: And 8 Other Myth by Leslie Leyland Fields – check; excellent book; you can find my thoughts on it here.
- an Ann Voskamp “suggestion”
- Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris – didn’t get to this one; hopefully this fall/winter.
- I read somewhere about someone reading this aloud to their kids. I’m going to read through it this summer and then do that with the girls if it seems like something they would respond to.
- I Will Carry You by Angie Smith – check; a beautiful story that will definitely make you cry but also rejoice over God’s provision.
- another Ann Voskamp recommendation
- Safely Home by Randy Alcorn – not yet.
- my mom’s been trying to get me to read this for years; she finally had a copy I could borrow that wasn’t loaned out
- Simple Devotion by Judi Brower – also, not yet.
- recommended by one of our Sunday school teachers
- Pray and Watch by Neal and Judi Brower – tried to start this one and had trouble getting into it; loaned it to a friend and just got it back. I hope to read it at some point.
- The Confessions of Saint Augustine – LOL
- okay, this one’s been by the bed for a while; not sure I’ll make it through it this summer!
- A Chicken’s Guide to Talking Turkey with Your Kids About Sex by Kevin Leman – nope
- Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel – no; started to pick it up and felt like I really needed something else, so laid it back down. Still, always an excellent book.
- this one is a re-read; read it for the first time a few years back. Great book.
- Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp – no
- I’ve read this one several times; always good to go back through
- The Gift of Good Manners by Peggy Post & Cindy Post Senning – no
- Common Sense by Thomas Paine – no
- it’s part of the 5000 Year Leap that I haven’t read yet
- Mercy Rising: Simple Ways to Practice Justice and Compassion by Amber Robinson – check; one of several books that changed the way I look at things. Read my thoughts here.
The Well Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer was also on my list, with the first book to read being Madame Bovary. I bought the book and never touched it. I think this is an idea that will have to be worked at very slowly.
There were also some books I wanted to read through with Grace…
- The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls (American Girl Library) – check
- A Smart Girl’s Guide to Manners (American Girl Library) – check
- Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle: Creative Conversations About Sexual and Emotional Integrity by Shannon Ethridge – check; If you have daughters, please, please, please read this book. I’m going to do the mother-daughter portion with Grace soon.
So, out of nineteen books that I had by my bedside at the beginning of summer, I made it through eight, plus a couple of books that weren’t on my list but that jumped quickly to the top of the pile. Considering all of my other responsibilities, I think I did okay!
What about you? What did you read this summer?