if you know me in real life, the title of this post will give you a chuckle. if you know me, your guess would be a variety of magazines. i used to be a reader as a kid. i loved reading! give me a babysitter’s club book and i’ll read it in a day. but over the years i have lost my love for reading, which has in turn caused me to be out of practice which has made me a slower reader. dang you, inconsistency! you strike again!
but when i do read, i find i tend to read for specific purposes. either i’m reading something i find interesting, like books on design, or i read more often to educate myself on something. over the last several years, the little bit of reading i’ve done has been either bible-based, homeschool related, or about parenting. and it you look at my current pile on my bedside table, you’d see that pretty much holds true.
we’re in an interesting phase with our kids right now. out of the life-saving phase, but into more complex life stages. and i’ll be honest, most days i haven’t got a clue what i’m doing! i find myself throwing my hands up more often than i want to and i think digging into books can be really helpful. now please know this pile of mine is mostly pretty new. we had a rough few weeks where i was freaking out and ordering everything off amazon that i thought could help! thank goodness for free shipping.
so here’s my list:
growing up duggar – i’ve only seen the show a few times, but its certainly intriguing. my sister-in-law recommended reading this to my girls. it sounds like a sweet book with an interesting perspective from the older duggar daughters.
365 ideas for recruiting, retaining, motivating and rewarding your volunteers – as the supervisor for our school’s thrift store, volunteers are a necessity for keeping our costs down, but they always seem to be hard to get. we’re hoping this book fills us with all sorts of great options for our non-profit. i’ve also read a couple sales-based books for the store recently, too.
how to talk so kids will listen & how to listen so kids will talk – this one was definitely ordered in one of those “parenting emergency” situations. somedays i feel like no one listens to me, and it freaks me out!
raising a trail blazer: rite-of-passage trail markers for your set-apart teens – a few moms of pre-teens and i are just starting into this book as our girls near the teen years. we just heard the author and her husband speak at our church a few weeks ago and they were full of great insight, having raised 3 girls themselves.
6 ways to keep the little in your girl – i haven’t even cracked this one open, but it came highly recommended.
siblings without rivalry – same author as how to talk to kids, also ordered in haste, hoping it will help with some of the junky stuff here.
grace based parenting – i am probably most excited about this book than any of the others!
created for work – we really believe in the power of working hard and glorifying God through that, and we want to instill this in our kids. i think this book is more specifically geared towards boys, which will be helpful since its our boy who has the strongest aversion to work!
the read-aloud handbook – i finished this book several months ago, but it has great references in it.
one thousand gifts – i am so bad about finishing books! i have been slowly creeping through this wonderful book for a couple years (yikes!), so there it sits.
praying the scriptures for your children – another unfinished book, but so good!
the reason for God – not started yet, i think it migrated from sean’s table.
the meaning of marriage – we just finished this book with 3 other couples and i can’t recommend it highly enough! it spurred on great conversations.
not pictured, being that lent started yesterday, i am starting on my naptime diaries lent devotional.
do you have any great recommendations for me?