What I’m Reading Now {October 2017}

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Reading time is rare these days, but here’s what’s on my nightstand:

Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNiel.  From Amazon: “Dirty laundry, crayon-smeared bills, and smashed crackers . . . And there’s your Bible―buried under a pile of diapers. Bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, without a moment of peace and quiet, you wonder if the spiritual life you crave is even possible. But God sees you. He designed this parenting journey, after all. He understands the chaos of motherhood. And he joins you in everything―whether you’re scrubbing the floor, nursing a fussy newborn, or driving to soccer practice. Catherine McNiel invites you to connect with God right here, in the sacred mundane of every mothering moment.”

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Hagerty.  From Amazon: “We may be “wasting” ourselves in a hidden corner today: The cubicle on the fourth floor. The hospital bedside of an elderly parent. The laundry room. But these are the places God uses to meet us with a radical love. These are the places that produce the kind of unhinged love in us that gives everything at His feet, whether or not anyone else ever proclaims our name, whether or not anyone else ever sees.”

I’m actually hosting an online book group on Facebook for this book starting this month.  The book isn’t about infertility, but the author has experience with infertility and the book group is for women who read my infertility blog.  You’re welcome to join us or share the group with friends who might be interested.

Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki. From Amazon: “Jamie Glowacki—potty-training expert, Pied Piper of Poop, and author of the popular guide, Oh Crap! Potty Training—shares her proven 6-step plan to help you toilet train your preschooler quickly and successfully.”

Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely by Holley Gerth.  From Amazon: “In her most powerful book yet, beloved bestselling author Holley Gerth inspires her readers to become the stronger, braver, truer women they long to be by sharing personal stories of her own struggles and victories. As readers join Holley on this journey, they’ll discover a freedom they never imagined could be theirs: the freedom to experience life, love, and faith to the fullest because fear can no longer hold them back.”

What are you reading?  I’d love to know!  Feel free to share in the comments.  


12 Non Fiction Books I Want to Read in 2016

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Last week I shared with you my favorite reads of 2015.  This week I thought I’d share with you the 12 books I want to read in 2016! I’ve chosen one for each month.



The Sacred Year:  Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice–How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life

by Michael Yankoski

Sounds super-fascinating to me!



Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul

by Gary Thomas

I’m a big fan of Gary Thomas’ books and I’m hoping this one will give me insight and encouragement as I try to lose baby weight.


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My Favorite Reads of 2015

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I read a few dozen books last year, so I thought I’d share my favorite reads of 2015 with you.  Hopefully you’ll be inspired to read some of them, too!

Christian Living



Beauty & the Bitch: Grace for the Worst in Me

by Jan Meyers Proett

One of my favorite authors writes about shame, restoration, and God’s grace.  Don’t let the title throw you!




Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath (member workbook)

by Priscilla Shirer

A short, legalism-free Bible study on making the Sabbath a part of your life.




Learning to Walk in the Dark

by Barbara Brown Taylor

While I don’t agree 100% on all her theology, this is a beautiful meditation on learning to see God during difficult (“dark”) times.



One Thousand Gifts

by Ann Voskamp

I was a few years late in reading this best-seller, but I’m glad I did.  Life-changing thoughts on joy and thanksgiving.




Pray, Write, Grow: Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together

by Ed Cyzewski

Succinctly combines practical tips with philosophical musings on prayer and writing, and how they go hand-in-hand.




Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life

by Michele Cushatt

I enjoy listening to Michele co-host Michael Hyatt’s podcast and was inspired by her brave story.  




What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

by Matt Perman

Provides perspective and meaning for all the time management and productivity geeks among us!

House & Home



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

by Marie Kondo

This book can be a little weird in that it suggests talking to your stuff, but it does make cleaning and organizing seem like art.




And Baby Makes Three:  Six Steps for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives

by John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

Goes beyond the usual “schedule a date night” advice and actually gives scientifically-backed suggestions. 




Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love

by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

A sad, but not self-pitying or melodramatic, reflection on the author’s sudden, tragic loss of her young son.


Parenting / Childrearing 



All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

by Jennifer Senior

A fascinating, if not slightly-grim, look at modern parenthood in middle-class America.




Boundaries With Kids: When to Say Yes, How to Say No

by Henry Cloud & John Townsend

A follow-up to their classic title, Boundaries, I consider this a must-read and will refer to it often in the coming years.




Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

by Laurel Braitman

Explores the mental health of animals and how it can lead to new understanding in human mental health.




Better Than Before:  Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

by Gretchen Rubin

I never miss an episode of Gretchen’s podcast, and her book on developing and maintaining habits is entertaining and thought-provoking.


The Organized Mind:  Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

by Daniel J. Levitin

Really interesting research on how we process, retain, and organize all the information we digest daily.

Do any of these look good to you?  What were your favorite books last year?  Feel free to share in the comments below!



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Link Love

Each week I share some links that encouraged, challenged, entertained, educated or inspired me.  I hope you enjoy them, too!

Link Love

What to Do When You Don’t Have an Answer by Emily Freeman via InCourage.  “People don’t need a fixer, they need a journeyer. I know this because it’s what I need, too.”

The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares via The NY Times.  Really interesting statistics on kids who grow up in certain counties.

Camp Google by Joyce Valenza via School Library Journal.  If a kid is going to be on the computer during summer, he or she might as well learn something!

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What I’m Reading {July 2015}


Here’s what I’m reading this month.  Please note this post contains affiliate links.

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  • Beauty and the Bitch: Grace for the Worst in Me by Jan Myers Proett.  Don’t judge a book by its (unfortunate) title.  This is a lovely book about taking an honest look at ourselves, identifying the worst in us, and turning to Christ for his grace.  Myers Proett’s other two books had a big impact on me in my mid-20s and I was not disappointed by her third work.
  • Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks (Workbook) by Priscilla Shirer.  I needed a new Bible study book and after careful consideration, I choose this one.   I don’t like over-simplified Bible studies, but I’m not looking for dry, academic studies, either.  This one finds a nice middle ground and I love the insights she has on hearing God.  There’s a full-length book that goes along with the workbook, but I haven’t found that I need the full-length book in order to do the study and workbook exercises.

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