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{Daily Life Wednesdays}: What I’m Reading

Since my last “What I’m Reading” post here is what I’ve read:

1.  Chasing FrancisChasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron

This was kind of a weird book and not something I liked a lot, except there was a small part towards the beginning that had a big impact on a part of my life I was wrestling through.  If it were not for that portion though I don’t think I would have made it through the book.  It felt fake and that it would appeal more to the upper class, mega church kind of crowd.

Furious Longing of God2.  The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning

I enjoy Brennan Manning’s works and liked this book as well.  A good reminder of God’s character and who I am as his child.

3. Antelope in the Living Room The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle

A humorous book on marriage with some good reminders and new ideas sprinkled throughout.  This is probably not a book I’d read over and over but I enjoyed it!

4.  Show Me the WayShow Me the Way by Henri Nouwen

A series of Lenten devotions by Nouwen that were a good acompanyment to the devotions my husband and I read through during the season of Lent.  Definitely something I will return to in future Lenten seasons.

5.  Life Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

This book has a lot of hype around it, and while parts are a little kooky (she talks about listening to each article you own and what it says to you and making sure you tell it thank you after using it each time), it’s a fast read and it really inspired me to do some thorough cleaning and simplifying in our home.

6.  Missional MomMissional Mom by Helen Lee (in progress)

I’m not quite done with this book, but wanted to include it in this list since I’m so close to being done.  It’s an excellent book for mom’s to read and has helped me a lot as I’ve struggled through what being a mom looks like paired with doing ministry in our neighborhood and using other skills I have.

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{Daily Life Wednesdays}: Family Life Update

Photo Apr 15, 11 50 46 AMA brief update on what’s been going on in our lives since the last update in January:Photo Apr 11, 2 21 04 PM

Esteban:  turns 11 months old on Friday, which is just crazy to me.  “The days are long, the years are short” has never rang more true.  He is such a personable little guy; he loves to greet all people and especially loves being around other kids.  Esteban pulls himself up to standing and loves to walk around with the help of our fingers to give him some balance.  Esteban also loves figuring out how things fit together – he has these little bath toys that he takes the lid off and then screws it back on.  With the nicer weather Esteban and I take lots of walks together and often go to the park to swing.

Photo Apr 15, 11 48 24 AMEpi:  has been especially busy with his running club – five of the boys are registered to run a half marathon in July so he has been working hard to get sponsorship for shirts, registration fees, running gear, etc.  He has gotten a lot of support both from individuals as well as organizations which is very encouraging.  Epi is gearing up to coach a soccer league which will begin in a couple of weeks and has been working hard with everything else for work as well.

Me:  The end of last month I had the privilege to be present for one of my mentees give birth to her son.  He is a cute little guy.  It has been a lot of fun to walk alongside her while she goes through the newborn phase of life again (she has a 4-year-old daughter as well), and give lots of snuggles to the little man.  The other girl I mentor is graduating from high school in June so we’ve been working hard to get things in order for her to start college and get a job.  The rest of my time when I’m not at work is spent with Esteban which is always a lot of fun.

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{Daily Life Wednesdays}: What I’m Reading

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 Bebe

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!

Found  Found by Micha Boyett

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.

Inner VoiceThe 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)

Gift of ImperfectionThe 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

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?

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