5 Books I’m Reading This Month
Having finished up most of the 11 books I was reading several months ago, a few new ones have been added to my list. So far I’m loving all five of them, each for a different reason. Here’s my new list, with a few thoughts on each title.
A dear, newish friend recently gifted me The Ministry of Motherhood, which is sort of like the sequel to The Mission of Motherhood. It’s been on my list for some time, although I was sort of waiting until my children reached “the next stage” after toddlerhood and preschool years.
The timing turned out to be perfect. Although I’m only a few chapters in–I’m trying to go slowly enough to make some attempt at absorbing Sally’s advice and the Scripture she so adeptly applies to motherhood–it’s already served to challenge, encourage and bless.
I continue to give thanks for this mentor of sorts whose reflections on Christian motherhood have so shaped my own mothering. While Sally would be the first to admit her own imperfections, she continues to set forth a standard of excellence that both challenges and stirs my soul to reach for greatness. She clings tightly to the Truth of God’s Word and fails to settle for mediocrity. Anytime I sit down to read even a few pages of her books, I am renewed and inspired to give myself more wholeheartedly to this task of raising up children to know and respond to their Maker.
I’d be lying if I said this book were not challenging us to analyze our priorities (and our interpersonal skills!). At the same time, we’re eager to grow in the area of sharing our faith more frequently–and more naturally–with those around us. As the head of Athletes in Action, Doug Pollock has literally traveled the world, sharing what matters most with folks of all shapes, sizes, colors and walks of life. I’m eager to learn more from his experience and his passion for sharing the Good News.
But then, Oh my goodness, this is quite possibly one of the best home decorating books I’ve ever read! Why? For starters, it’s incredibly well-written. From what I understand, the author–Deborah Needleman–boasts quite an impressive resume within the magazine publishing industry. Are you familiar with Domino magazine? (I wasn’t, but am now!) Needleman was the founding editor-in-chief. This translates into a decorating book that holds its own as a work of prose, as well as…well, a decorating book.
Her decorating philosophy is so spot-on and well-expressed that certain parts of the book got me all fired up. I even took a picture of a specific quote and messaged it to Mr. Native Texan. It’s that good. In fact, I may have to do a separate, future post in order to share more of what I’ve loved about this book. Stay tuned…
With a slightly smarmy writing style–no doubt a feature that works well on their blog, but makes for hard-to-follow chapters in a book…although I have to admit it’s sort of endearing, and definitely amusing–this husband and wife decorating team offers practical, real-life projects and tips. 243 of them, to be exact.
The best part of the book, other than the photos, of course, is that you can find more details and elaborated instructions on their blog. Isn’t that smart? And if you happen to be a fan of Chihuahuas, you’ll find even more to love about this family and their new book.
His target audience is junior highers, but I never let something like that bother me. 🙂 As C.S. Lewis famously said No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty… Lewis also pointed out that …a children’s story which is only enjoyed by children is a bad children’s story. (Of Other Worlds)
I’m only in the first chapter, but I was delighted to note–before even beginning the book itself–that the plates of John James Audubon’s Birds of America* play a major role in the story’s plot, as well as provide the illustrations for this award-winning novel. I’m hooked already!
Update: A few days after I wrote this post [I write most posts about a week in advance] I actually read the remaining 352 pages during one nap time, which was about 2 hours and 15 minutes. It really hooked me, and I had to find out how it ended! 🙂
*Older Brother and I have enjoyed learning about John James Audubon, America’s greatest painter of birds, namely through a wonderful children’s biography called The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon, pictured to the right.
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