Reading

My thoughts on recent reads. This is not a list of my favs, although many are quite good (and some are not quite good). Reading poorly-written books, or certainly ones I don't agree with, makes me appreciate the gems that much more. I have them divided them by fiction / nonfiction / subject, but other than that they are simply in order of when I read them. You'll see links for the ones I reviewed on my blog - enjoy!

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”
― J.D. Salinger





Biography /Memoir

The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Still Lolo - Lauren Scruggs and the Scruggs Family
Mosaic - Pieces of My Life So Far, Amy Grant
Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope, Mary Beth Chapman
Gift From the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Letters From Ruth's Attic, Ruth Bell Graham
Parting the Waters, Jeanne Damoff
Cold Tangerines, Shauna Niequist
Raising Cole - Marc Pittman
Same Kind of Different as Me, Ron Hall & Denver Moore


Spiritual Growth

When Women say Yes to God, Lysa Terkeurst
Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges
The Insanity of God, Nik Ripkin
Interrupted - An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith, Jen Hatmaker
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
Crazy Love, Francis Chan
In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson
Lies Women Believe, and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Nancy Leigh DeMoss 
Cure for the Common Life, Max Lucado


Marriage / Parenting

Raising Financially Confident Kids, Mary Hunt
Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of Their Husbands, Gary Thomas
The Christian Parents Handbook; 50 Heart-Based Strategies for all the Stages of Your Child's Life, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, R.N.
Alone, Andy Braner
Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent, Jonathon McKee
Spiritual Parenting - An Awakening for Today's Families, Michelle Anthony
Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Raising Your Children with No Regrets: 7 Principles of an Intentional Mother, Catherine Hickem
CloseKids, Brett A. Johnston
She's Gonna Blow! Real Help for Moms Dealing with Anger, Julie Ann Barnhill
The Price of Privilege, Madeline Levine, Ph.D.
The Way They Learn, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
Not So Fast, Ann Kroeker
Revolutionary Parenting, George Barna
What Kids Wish Parents Knew About Parenting, Joe White
Going Public - Your Children can Thrive in Public School, David and Kelli Pritchard
Family Driven Faith - Voddie Baucham, Jr


Fiction

Sensible Shoes, Sharon Garlough Brown
Dear Mr. Knightly, Katherine Reay 
The Swan House, Elizabeth Messer
A River Runs Through it, Norman Maclean
Cross Roads, William Paul Young
Til We Reach Home, Lynn Austin
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
The Mountain Between Us, Charles Martin
The Measure of a Lady, Deeanne Gist
The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards
The Heretic's Daughter, Kathleen Kent
Her Mother's Hope, Francine Rivers
Daisy Chain, Mary DeMuth
When Crickets Cry, Charles Martin
The Shack, William Young


Writing

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
On Writing - Stephen King


Children

Kavik the Wolf Dog, Walt Morey (this one had all six of us in tears)
Summer of the Monkeys, Wilson Rawls (one of my absolute favs - from childhood and adulthood - but the movie version is terrible!)
Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White
The Bear That Heard Crying, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and Helen Kinsey

The Gardener, Sarah Stewart
The Hedge of Thorns, John Carroll, Mark Hamby
Teddy's Button, Amy LeFeuvre

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