One of the things I’m trying to do in my life is make space for reading. Perhaps this isn’t true for everyone, but my world seems to turn upside down when there is a baby in the house. Sleep, feedings, crying sessions, and cuddles all seem to take precedence over anything else. After a year and a half, I’m feeling like I’m just now getting into a routine where I can actually do some things for myself.
That being said, I am thankful there is such a vast amount of good books to read. It’s almost overwhelming when I look at my options. I have recently finished two books and have started another. Here is a quick look at those books as I would certainly recommend them to others!
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
I’ve decided that Emily and I are friends, but she just doesn’t know it yet. We share the same last name, we live in the same city, her children attend a school where I used to teach, her husband is in the ministry, and she is a writer. Granted, she is a very successful, published author and I’ve been blogging for a few months. Apples and oranges.
But seriously, as I was reading her book, I kept feeling like I was reading an inner dialogue I often have with myself. This book talks about finding meaning and purpose in our small day-to-day tasks. It’s about realizing that God’s calling doesn’t have to be big and glamorous, but is often simply obeying his commands as we follow Him. We are to be obedient, and He does the rest.
I love this quote from her book, “I need a daily reminder to let go of outcomes, to remember I can plant seeds but I can’t make them grow, I can create art but I can’t make it sell, I can act in faith but I can’t determine the outcome.”
There is freedom in knowing that everything isn’t up to me. It may drive me crazy not knowing what the future holds, but I can let go of my expectations and know that God’s plans for me are best.
Emily, thank you for this thought provoking book and for challenging my heart!
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
Jen has a gift of humor that kept me cackling while reading her book. She has an amazing way of being able to speak solid Truth while simultaneously making me laugh at myself. I enjoy a good hearty laugh here and there.
She talks about a number of things in her book. I highlighted a section about discovering our calling. She gives advice on parenting, insight into what really matters, and then inserts a little comedy so we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
I was encouraged as I read, “if you are worried about being a bad parent, you are probably a good one.” I’m sure there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t evaluate the amount of time the girls spend in front of the tv, or whether I’m reading them enough books, or socializing them enough, or modeling Christ-like behavior well enough, or…
I’m so glad I don’t have to be perfect.
I also love her thought-provoking phrase, “If it isn’t also true for a poor single Christian mom in Haiti, it isn’t true.” Jen’s argument is that we often try to simplify the Gospel with big blanket statements. She challenges us to look at situations from the eyes of someone in an entirely different set of circumstances than ourselves, so that we might gain a little more insight in our American theology.
Jen, thank you for being honest and real, and for letting me laugh with you. I hope to apply these lessons for years to come!
Believing God by Beth Moore
I’ve only finished two chapters, but already I feel like this is a life-changing book. It’s so good.
Beth says this of her book’s purpose, “This book has one primary goal: to encourage any Christian who will listen to move to his or her personalized place of divine promise and to flourish.”
I’m all for that! Beth, thank you for taking me on this journey. I can’t wait to see what I discover!