One of my personal goals for 2013 was to read 30 books, so I’ve finally pulled together my reading list. Most are faith-based, but I did want to read a few classics this year. You can see the books I read last year here.
- Instructing a Child’s Heart
- Praying Circles Around Your Children
- Give Them Grace: For the most part, I really loved this book. The heart behind it is amazing, and it really gets to the heart of discipline. I did find the prayers and sample “discussions” you can have with your child a little bit overwhelming and way too long. I’m not going to have a conversation with a child throwing a tantrum–I just don’t find that effective. But overall, I think it’s worth reading just to consider a fresh view of discipline and parenting.
- The Mom Walk
- Desperate: I love Sally Clarkson, and I really liked this book. I guess I’m finally in a season where I don’t feel so desperate as a mom–the girls are old enough to help around the house, and I don’t get woken up by them in the middle of the night, and they aren’t quite so needy (physically, anyway), so it maybe didn’t speak to me as much as it would have. If it had been a few years ago, I definitely would’ve loved it, I think!
- When Your Children Hurt
- Money, Possessions, and Eternity
- Safely Home
- The Me I Want to Be
- Forgotten God
- Beyond the Soiled Curtain: This book is challenging to read–simply because it describes the horrors of child trafficking. Having a little girl the same age as some of these girls really brought a new awareness to me and opened my eyes. I think everyone should read this book just to see what is going on in the world and how we can help.
- You are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
- Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule so you can live free: I’ve read many time management books, and I like how short and concise this one is! She gives a little different approach to managing time, and I’m trying to implement some of them as well!
- Platform: I struggled with this book. I highly respect Michael Hyatt, but I always feel conflicted when I think of “building my platform”. Don’t get me wrong, he has great ideas in the book, and I’ve done most of them. He also has some great visionary kind of material in the book, but I always struggle with what God would have me do. Do I focus on building a platform…do I not…do I try to embrace obscurity (another book I read around the same time–probably added to my internal conflict)!
- How Huge the Night
- In the Garden of Beasts
- Uncovering the Logic of English
- Well-Fed: This book is filled with Paleo recipes, and it also has some helpful advice if you are just starting out on a Paleo-style diet. It is one of the better Paleo books that I’ve read, and I recommend it!
To be added:
1) The Diet Cure
2) It Starts with Food
Any recommendations? What’s on your reading list this year?