Books have always been my favorite way to spend time. I remember when I read the first chapter book on my own (B is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood); the freedom I felt! No longer did I have to wait for my mom to read me the next part in the story, or stop when she was tired. I was on my own and could read as much as I wanted. From that point my love for books only increased. My nose was always buried in a book and each trip to the library would bring a stack of new books home – so much so, my mom had to put a limit on how many I could check out at one time (I think it was 10!).
I thought it would be fun to start a monthly post where I share what I’m reading, a way for me to keep track of what I’ve read as well as hear new ideas from you.
So, without further ado, here is what I’ve read recently:
Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
A fun book to read on what parenting looks like in France. The author is an American living in Paris, she observes many differences between the way French parents raise their children and American parents. Reading this book was a good reminder to me that while some parenting techniques I see here seem so important, they actually are not and that other cultures even do the opposite with good results!
This book came at a good time for me. The author writes studies Benedictine monks and uses her the information she finds to help as she processes the changes becoming a mother brings. Doing the simple daily tasks of raising a child and keeping a home is valuable even if it’s not exciting.
The tug of war I’ve felt since having Esteban has been hard; part of me wants to still do the “bigger” things of ministry, mentoring, and being a part of this community. I often can’t though, because I have a little one who has his own schedule and needs. This book helped as I wrestle through these changes.
The Inner Voice of Love by Henri J.M. Nouwen
I’ve read through this book numerous times, I relate so much to Nouwen’s wrestlings and struggles. Reading his thought process and the truths he identifies in the midst of his struggles is encouraging to me. One of my favorite quotes from this book is, “when you befriend your true self and discover that it is good and beautiful, you will see Jesus there. Where you are most human, most yourself, weakest, there Jesus lives. Bringing your fearful self home is bringing Jesus home.” (pg. 49)
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Currently, I am right in the middle of this book. Brown’s work on shame has been an interesting topic I visit every so often. This TED talk of hers is one of my favorites. So far this book has been somewhat insightful on how to accept various areas of imperfection in life. I wouldn’t say the book has been life changing though.
What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
While, there are parts in this book that are a bit un-relateable – I (unfortunately) am not able to escape to Hawaii for a personal retreat on a whim. There were, however, some good themes through the book that challenged me. Specifically, what do I love to do and am I doing it? In fact, that is where writing more frequently in this blog came from. I love to write and wasn’t doing much of it. After reading this book I made the decision to start blogging on a regular basis!
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Any books you read or are reading that you’d recommend?