What I’m Reading: Spring 2016

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I’m not ashamed to admit this: I am currently reading five different books.

Some of you may think this is crazy, and some of you might think it is totally normal. It’s just how I go about reading. I always have and probably always will. I’m actually reading four books and listening to one audiobook, but that totally counts as reading, so my total is at five.

Here’s what I’m reading, because they are all amazing and you’ll want to read them too…

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Pride & Prejudice

This is my audiobook of choice for two reasons: I’ve tried to start reading it many, many times and always failed AND it was free to listen to from my library! It has been absolutely delightful to hear and I’m almost done with it. Audiobooks have won me over, so tell me your favorites!

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

I’m eating up Kristen’s words just like I knew I would because she writes real, beautiful, hard truth. This is my parenting book for the moment and it is really making me think about how we do life as a family. This quote jumped off the page at me the other day: “It’s our job to teach our children to be different from their natural bent toward sin.” AMEN.

Tales from Another Mother Runner

I’m training for my first marathon and I need all the inspiration I can get as race day approaches. The Hubby got me a signed copy and I’ve been intentionally saving it for these last few weeks leading up to the marathon. These ladies always make me want to kick butt with my training AND make me laugh at the same time. Just what I need right now.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

My reading of the Wingfeather Saga has begun and I am hooked. Andrew Peterson is a creative genius, both in music and in writing. I can totally see now why our oldest son is in love with this series. It is just so magical and I want to immerse myself in the books and not come out until I read all four. See you in a few months…

Wild and Free

I’ve known this book was in the works for quite a while and I’ve been excited about it ever since hearing the topic: this wild and free life we’re called to live as women of God. This JUST showed up in the mail last week and I’m part of the launch team, so I’ll be diving in right away so I can tell you all about it! Jess and Hayley are a gift and I know these words will be, too! Just go ahead and pre-order your copy now.

YOUR TURN: Talk to me about what you’re reading right now! My reading list is a mile long, but I always love good recommendations! And include those fave audiobooks!

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What I’m Reading in 2016

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I really, really love to read and it is one of those things I wish I had more time to do. Reading makes me feel more alive and gets my creative wheels turning. I need reading in my life. We have to schedule our priorities to make them happen, so I’m putting reading on my calendar this year and keeping books near me at all times to fill in the gaps of the day.

I’m also making a plan of what I want to read. I have SO many books on my shelves waiting to be opened and new books are coming out every week. I feel like if I make a plan for this year, I will hopefully stick to it more closely and cross off a whole lot of books on my “to-read” list!

To help me in starting my list of what I’m reading in 2016, I decided to take the 2016 Reading Challenge laid out on by Anne Bogel on her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, and here’s what I came up with:

What I'm Reading in 2016

a book published this year

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch – Kristen is an honest, godly voice that I respect so much, especially her thoughts on service, marriage, and parenthood. Her first book, Rhinestone Jesus, was beautiful, and I need to read these new words from her about children and parenting. This is a topic our world so desperately needs to address.

a book you can finish in a day

Four: The Transfer by Veronica Roth – When I finished the Divergent series, I meant to read the follow-up novellas telling the story from Four’s perspective, but I just forgot! I know I can tackle at least one of the four novellas in a day.

a book you’ve been meaning to read

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – It’s true. I’ve never read the Harry Potter books. I’m not really sure why, but I think it’s time.

a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – My parents gave me this book for my birthday last year, but I’m including it in this category because I mentioned it to our local librarian and she raved about it! I’ve already started in on this novel and it is fascinating.

a book you should have read in school

Night by Elie Wiesel – When I was looking at lists of books I “should” have read in high school, I thought maybe I had read this one, but after reading more about it, I guess not! I know it is a heavy subject matter, but I do look forward to reading this autobiographical account of the Holocaust because of the history and importance of remembering.

a book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson – I am giddy to read this series for many reasons, but most of all because my nine-year-old son can’t WAIT for me to read it. It was originally recommended to us by Ellie Holcomb at her concert Big J and I went to together. He devoured all four books in the series and is now just waiting for his mom to catch up!

a book published before you were born

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer – I see this book quoted all over the place and I love every quote I’ve seen shared. And it has been sitting in my Kindle library just waiting to be read, so this is the year!

a book that was banned at some point

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – The Hubby says I need to read it. The end.

a book you previously abandoned

A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester – I didn’t abandon this book because I didn’t like it. Life just got busy and it was forgotten. I really like what I had read so far, so I’m excited to read the rest! God has put hospitality and service forefront in my heart and mind this year and this book falls right in line with that calling.

a book you own but have never read

Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle – Melanie’s books always make me laugh out loud and I know this one will be just as humorous! I just love the way she writes, and I’m can’t wait to read her take on friendship.

a book that intimidates you

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – I know it’s funny I’m intimated by the book upon which one of my favorite movies is based, but I just haven’t been able to tackle it yet! I think it’s my own mental block, but this year I WILL overcome! Actually, this is the first book I’m going to “read” as an audiobook because everyone is raving about listening to books. I’ll let you know how it goes!

a book you’ve already read at least once

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – I read this entire series in the summer between seventh and eighth grade. I’ve been thinking about reading it again as an adult, so I committing to it this year because of this challenge!

 

Are you taking the reading challenge? What is on your list to read this year?

 

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Hoodwinked: Truth + Motherhood

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God has been putting the word “true” in front of my face a lot lately.

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It started with a new theme for our women’s ministry at church and I didn’t even know I needed to hear it. But the word served as a wake-up call to all the lies I had been believing. And the truth I was missing.

Many of the lies I’ve believed have been about motherhood. I feel inadequate. Every bad choice my child makes feels like a big flashing arrow pointing at my mistakes. Seeing another mother who seems to enjoy her children all the time brings on feelings of guilt for the times I don’t enjoy my own.

The enemy seems to know how to get under my skin the most in this area. I need more truth spoken into my life as a mom. And I have a book in my hands now that is bringing that truth.

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My dear friend Ruth Schwenk (The Better Mom) teamed up with the amazing Karen Ehman to write Hoodwinked for moms just like you and me. The tagline says it all: Ten Myths Moms Believe & Why We All Need to Knock It Off. In other words, I’m ready for this book to kick all that junk I’ve been believing about motherhood straight out of my head!

If you know me, you know I’m not a big fan of “parenting” books. There is not one formula that works for all families because we – moms, dads, kids – are all so unique, and I don’t like books that claim to be that one way to “succeed” as a family.

Hoodwinked is not one of those parenting books I dread. Instead of making me feel guilty for not doing this motherhood thing one particular way, Hoodwinked points me to life, freedom, and most importantly, truth in motherhood.

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I wanted to share with you just a few pieces of truth that stood out to me in this honest + encouraging book:

“Do not tether your identity to the choices of your child—whether stellar or stupid. We are not our child’s choices.”

Didn’t I just mention this earlier in this post? I’m still working on letting go of the lie behind this one, but this line was exactly what I needed to hear.

“On the one hand, we worry that we are ‘just a mom.’ On the other hand, we think being a mom should be the most fulfilling, most rewarding, most thrilling thing EVER! All. The. Time.”

This quote made me laugh out loud, but it also hit me deeply. I don’t struggle with the “just a mom” thoughts very often – probably because there is never a quiet moment to think – but I definitely have wrestled with the second part. And if motherhood doesn’t feel AMAZING, I must be doing it wrong, right? WRONG. Motherhood is not all hugs + smiles + happiness and that is ok!

“Parenting is a tightrope that requires walking carefully between patience and pushing. No child’s timing is the same.”

I needed this reminder as our kids have entered school this year. They handle school and friends in completely different ways. Each day feels a little different. I can’t follow one formula and expect the same results every day from all of our children. The tightrope is such an accurate description of how we must pay close attention to the needs of each child, balancing out waiting and pushing, moving forward and pulling back.

Moms, I feel like so many of us need to dispel these myths that have taken root in our heads as we walk through motherhood and Hoodwinked is an amazing resource to lead us to truth!

Hoodwinked is out now, so go order your copy! You will love it! Hoodwinked also has a companion bible study with a study guide and six sessions on DVD! Wouldn’t it be great to discover these truths together with other moms? What are you waiting for?!

If you’d like to connect more with the authors, check out Ruth and Karen on Facebook, and follow “thebettermom” and “karenehman” on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

What lies or myths have you believed about motherhood? How do you cling to truth?

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Simply Tuesday

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I’ve been reading A LOT this summer, keeping books stashed by my bed and near the kitchen and in my purse so I’m never without something to read. And I’ve been reading some GOOD books, the kind I have to tell you about.

I have to start with Tuesday. Simply Tuesday to be exact. Because, well, it IS Tuesday.

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I’ve always felt quite comfortable with Tuesdays. I don’t mind Mondays all that much because they are the start of a new week, a blank slate. But Mondays also come with some rough reentry from weekend fun and long to-do lists.

I couldn’t really put my finger on why Tuesdays appealed to me, but author Emily P. Freeman helped me identify those reasons and then led me on a journey of things not about Tuesday at all in her newest book, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World.

Tuesday holds the ordinary, the everyday, and the small.

Emily’s words spoke to me about motherhood and writing and faith and just about every area of my life. This idea of small wasn’t something I knew I wanted so much, but every page of Simply Tuesday had me longing for more small moments of sitting – sitting with my Jesus, my family, my friends, my work. I have always been a busy doer, but the idea of sitting in the small has become more appealing to me with each passing year.

Here, on our ordinary Tuesdays, is where we make our homes and learn to be human.

I found myself breathing deep with each page, finding words I needed about contentment, platform, home, and hurry. How did Emily know I needed all these things in one book? Well, God knew, and as I underlined words on almost every page, I knew I didn’t want those words to slip away.

I want to stay small in his presence, not because I’m scared, but because I’m his. I want this to be a relief rather than a frustration.

There are so many truths in this book I need to chew on daily. The prayers at the end of each chapter are both honestly raw and poetically beautiful.

May we chase the flashes of hope that visit us in ordinary time, gather all the light in your presence, and trust you to string it together for our good and for your glory.

Jesus has been calling me to dig in deeper with Him and in my home. Simply Tuesday drew me closer to both of these. It went everywhere with me this summer.

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The stack of books in my house is monumental and I’ve been trying to give more away as I finish them, but I’m not sure I can let go of this one quite yet. I need to soak in this message, sit on a bench with it a little longer.

Small is good. Small moments are valuable. Being small in the presence of Christ is the best place to be.

It’s Tuesday and this small Tuesday is simply wonderful.

Simply Tuesday was JUST released today and I want all of you to read it! The paperback is only $7.17 on Amazon right now! Grab your copy and while you’re at it, sign up for Emily’s free video series that encourages us to stop being held hostage by hustle!

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Longing for Paris

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I love to travel. I was fortunate enough to go to Europe for the first time when I was just 18 years old and I’ve been back twice since. I love getaways with my husband, road trips with my family, and traveling to conferences. New places and experiences are exciting to me.

Longing for Paris

When I heard the title and topic for my friend Sarah Mae’s new book, Longing for Paris, I knew I would relate. Because sometimes my soul just wants to wander to the newest place or experience or thing. I’m an ENFP who gets distracted by “bright, shiny things” and can sometimes miss what is right in front of me.

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Before I get to the book, I have a confession: the first time I visited Paris, I wasn’t really crazy about it. It was beautiful and interesting, but overwhelming as a new high school graduate. I wasn’t too excited about going back five years later. But the second time was different. I was with a similar type of group, but this time I was a chaperone and was with my husband. We were able to make our own plans. We wandered and visited some smaller, lesser-known places. We searched out a great loaf of bread. We sat outside of Notre Dame and watched Parisian life happen in front of us. And this time, I really loved Paris.

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Had I not gone back to Paris the second time, I think I may have avoided this book. I wouldn’t have known the beauty of just sitting and watching and soaking in the culture. I would have only know the hustle and bustle of a whirlwind tourist visit. I would have felt no connection to Paris. But I’m so glad I picked this book up, because it’s really not about Paris, but about what Paris represents.

My longings are the reminder that there is more – another world, another place where I am meant to be.

Longing for Paris is about what our souls long for: beauty, passion, confidence, light. These are all things I witnessed firsthand in Paris, but as Sarah Mae points out, they are not only found in Paris. We can find the things we long for right here because they are all found in God. And when found in God, they will satisfy like nothing in this world.

Paris will leave me thirsting for more, and it will ultimately let me down, because I wasn’t made for Paris. I was made for all the things that I long for in Paris: beauty, art, culture, romance, light, and joy.

Sarah Mae talks about how our longings and reality meet. This can be a tricky place full of discontentment when we are not surrendered to God’s will.

I want to know how to not shut out my longings, while at the same time giving myself to the daily work of raising my children well and not being so divided to neglect them.

I was deeply impacted by the way she has searched for the beauty God has placed around her right where she is AND included her family in these discoveries. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, but our longings do need to be directed and filled by our wonderful Creator.

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Longing for Paris touches on so many aspects of our life that I can’t possibly mention all of them in one post, but I know that it has helped me open my eyes to the wonders surrounding me in my home and community. God has given me an appreciation for beauty and discovery. I don’t have to travel far and wide all the time to fulfill this longing. I just need to look to Him, then look around.

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This weekend, I tried a salted caramel macaron from a French bakery in my hometown and I thought of God and beauty and Paris and Sarah Mae. This is where my life is happening and He is leading me to everything I need and long for in His perfect way. This is beautiful.

Today is release day for Longing for Paris! Hooray! The paperback is less than $8 on Amazon right now! Grab your copy today!

What are some things you long for more of in your life? What longings has God fulfilled in your life right where you are?

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Friday Favorites

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I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in a while, so I have all sorts of stuff stored up in my head to share with you! And my friend, Crystal, does the most fun Friday Favorites every single week, so you should check hers out. We often agree on our favorite things. We’re cool like that.

Crossway Trio

Everything I’ve read from Crossway Books

I’ve read three books published by Crossway this year and I can’t get enough of them. I’m going to be writing a review on each one, but I just need to give you a heads up that these books need to be on your list. The absolute best part about books from Crossway is how they pack a TON of wisdom and grace into a small amount of pages. I pick up a Crossway book and think, “As a busy mom, I can handle a book this size.” And then I end up underlining half the book because they have each been THAT. GOOD. The three I’ve read so far are Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, Blind Spots, and Women of the Word. I already have two more in line to read. Yes, Im addicted.

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Corn Salsa

Speaking of addictions, this corn salsa is super duper easy to make and I’ve been eating it for days on everything. I mixed it in with BBQ grilled chicken and quinoa for lunch yesterday. I used it to top a turkey burger. And, it may sound strange, but I’m loving using romaine leaves as “chips” and scooping up the corn salsa as a dip. Make some this weekend.

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Summer Accessories on Sale

Sunglasses, sandals, kimonos… So, I don’t own a kimono yet, but Cents of Style is totally tempting me with their summer accessories sale today. I want grab all their fun beach items and head to the ocean. Too bad I’m in the middle of the country. So here’s the great beach sale today: Get 40% off + free shipping on all the items you need to look fabulous at the beach with the code BEACHREADY at checkout! Kimonos are just $11.97! You can also get great deals on sandals, swimsuit coverups, and more! If you spend $20 or more, you will also get three sheets of fun metallic temporary tattoos for FREE!

DaySpring Fathers Day Flash Sale

Flash Sale for Father’s Day!

DaySpring is helping you get ready for Father’s Day this weekend with a flash sale on these amazing sets for dads! There are two gift sets available, each at the super low price of $19.99! AND you can use the code THANKYOU to get an extra 25% off as part of the Customer Appreciation Sale! These sets are on sale through the weekend and they are an amazing way to bless the man in your life for Father’s Day! If you’re not shopping for Dad, you can still use the THANKYOU code to get 25% off your DaySpring order!

We have a fun-packed weekend ahead of us – I can’t wait to fill you in on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

 

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Hands-on-Prints Books: Engaging Kids in Reading!

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We are a book-loving household. We have books of all kinds coming out of our ears. I’ve really tried to trim down our selection over the years, but I can’t seem to stop adding to our collection when I find something that looks good!

The introduction of Kindles in to our home has helped slow the rapid growth of our stacks and stacks of books, but there is still nothing like holding a physical book in your hands, especially when it comes to children’s books.

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I’m thrilled to introduce a new series to you that will really engage your children in books through great content, wonderful illustrations, and their senses!

Hands On Prints Books

Christinia Cheung earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education and established a Montessori school that celebrates differences in personality, learning preferences and cultural backgrounds. Through these experiences, she was compelled to write her Hands-on-Prints books.

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This series of five books inspires simple and complex learning about the world, especially incorporating sight and touch to create an interactive visual experience for children. Hands-On-Prints books really are a unique set that my children and I are greatly enjoying!

Our family favorite is Around the World from A to Z!

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Around the World from A to Z takes kids on a journey to explore the activities, famous landmarks, and cultures of countries. Rock climbing at Mt. Rushmore, martial arts at Mount Fuji, and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef are just a few of the fun adventures highlighted in Around the World. My boys loved seeing what activity would be on the next page and finding the location on the map in the upper right corner of each page!

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Each page also features a raised, textured cursive letter of the alphabet for little hands to trace! Our oldest showed his younger brothers how to trace them correctly and I’ve caught them doing it over and over again. This book has so many things to get kids involved in learning! We are big fans!

Hands On Prints Chartres

Several years ago, The Hubby and I visited Europe and one of our stops along the way was in Chartres, France. We explored the gorgeous and incredibly unique cathedral in this town and were fascinated by the story of its construction. Because of that visit, this next book is a sentimental favorites. Geometry through Architecture: The Chartres Cathedral details all the ways shapes were used in the building, particularly as symbolism in the stained glass windows. I loved looking through this book with Big J and showing him our own pictures of the cathedral from our visit. He is his mother’s son – very interested in reading and history – so this was a great connection point for us!

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Other books in the Hands-On-Prints series include Nuts for Coconuts, A Persistent Vine, and Do I Have To? What If I Don’t Want To?

Hands-On-Prints books take children on adventures that develop their knowledge and a sense of discovery! I love how these books encourage kids to think outside of themselves and their normal circumstances. They truly do inspire the best in young learners!

Which Hands-On-Prints book would be most interesting to your child?

Leave a comment with your favorite to be entered to win! Giveaway ends Tuesday, May 26th at 9PM CST!

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May Goals

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It’s Sunday night as I write this and I couldn’t let another day of May go by without focusing on goals – the ones I met in April, the ones I didn’t meet in April, and the ones I’m ready to tackle in May. April was a month that felt a little like it was spiraling out of control, especially towards the end, and several things on my to-do list were left undone. I need these goals – with grace, of course (thank you for that, Tiny Twig!) – to keep me moving forward, not in circles!

Here’s what happened with my April goals…

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15-mile long run – Funny story, but I actually ran a SIXTEEN mile run! I still can’t believe it. Half marathon is this weekend! See May goal for more…

The newsletter, seriously – Um, I did work on it. I did. Launching it just got lost in those circles I mentioned above…

Get outside – We’ve been getting out there – walks, playing ball, watching storms and bunnies and soaking up some sunshine!

Keep on reading – I was a reading rock star to start the month, but I let it slide later in the month. I missed it. This is why reading will always be at the top of my goals list each month! Here are the books I DID finish in April…

 

Moving forward…

May Goals

MAY GOALS

Read (finish) three books – I’m currently in the middle of Heart Sisters by Natalie Snapp and Blind Spots by Collin Hansen, so those are both at the top of my list to finish. The second book of Lisa T. Bergren’s Remnants series will be my first fiction read for this month – can’t wait to dive in!

Half marathon PR – I almost didn’t write this one. I didn’t want to put it out there and then not get my PR and deal with that disappointment publicly…forget that. I want to PR at my half this weekend. There. I said it. I’m giving it my all and I won’t be ashamed if I don’t make it!

Finish the homeschool year well – We’re wrapping up school this month and I don’t want our school year to just fade off into the summer. I’m working on focus, finishing up subjects, and celebrating another year done! We’ll be doing a zoology focus the rest of this month as the unit is on bugs and, well, it is spring in Nebraska so we have plenty to study in person!

Focus on friendship – I have really great friends, but we’re kind of spread out, busy with kids and work and all the things and it’s easy to let the friend thing fall by the way. Not this month. I have fun girls’ nights planned, a road trip with The Hubby + a best friend, and my mind is stirring with other ways to reconnect with and bless the lovely ladies in my life!

Celebrate 12 years of marriage – We got married on the last day of the month of May 12 years ago! TWELVE! We’re currently plotting to do something to really celebrate – we just don’t know what yet. My goal is to make this celebration happen and make it fabulous because I love my man and this life we have together!

Your turn: what goals did you accomplish last month? What are you hoping to accomplish this month?

 

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My “Joy” Book List for 2015

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In an effort to fully embrace my word of the year for 2015, I’ve been thinking of ways to keep my mind focused on joy. Smiling more, laughing more, singing + dancing more, praising more, and reading more.

Yes, reading brings me joy, but I wanted to be even more intentional about reading books that make me smile. Coincidentally, I received a couple of memoirs written by funny ladies for Christmas and that was the start of my “joy” book list for 2015! And since joy comes in all shapes and sizes, this list will be very eclectic!

These books aren’t the only books I’m reading this year, but I’ll always have one of these books going throughout the year. And if you have books that would fit well on this list for me to add, please tell me in the comments!

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My “Joy” Book List for 2015

Bossypants by Tina Fey – I’ve already started on this one and laughed until I cried several times. It is Tina Fey humor in print and I’m greatly enjoying it. {just a warning: if language bothers you, you might want to pass on this one}

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler – As soon as I’m done with Bossypants, I’m going to devour this. I’ve heard great things, and, well, Amy Poehler is just awesome.

In This House, We Will Giggle by Courtney DeFeo – This “joy” word is not just for me this year. I want joy to be what our whole family is about and I think Courtney’s book is just the inspiration I need! Also, I love the word giggle.

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle – Melanie’s first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, had me laughing out loud while pondering motherhood’s joys and struggles. This one is about marriage and I can’t wait to dive in!

Moment Maker by Carlos Whittaker – Carlos is a riot on social media and I love this idea of really living your life. Joy comes in those moments where we really live, doesn’t it? This book is waiting patiently on my Kindle and I hope to get to it very soon.

Love, Skip, Jump by Shelene Bryan – That title just screams JOY! I started this book with the Influence Network last year but got sidetracked with the holidays, so I’ll be picking it back up this year.

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones {with the kids} – Sally Lloyd-Jones is just my favorite. We adore the Jesus Storybook Bible and How to Get a Job…by Me, the Boss has us in tears of laughter every time. I know this book won’t disappoint!

And that is not the end because I’ll keep adding your suggestions and other joyful books I discover throughout the year! So share away…

What books have made your smile and laugh recently?

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Summer Book Club for Moms Check-In #3: The Kissing Bridge

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It’s our last summer book club for moms check-in! Have you enjoyed these books? I have loved every one and can’t wait for the rest of the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors to be released! Hurry up, Tricia!

Summer Book Club for Moms

If you’re new to the book club, all of the details are right here and you can still join in! Just check-in on the appropriate post for each book and we’ll wrap it all up Friday, September 5th with a giveaway for one person who has read and checked in for all three books!

Whenever you are done reading The Kissing Bridge {before September 5th}, just leave a comment below with your thoughts on the book and answer one or both of these discussion questions if you’d like! I love honest discussion, but let’s remember to keep it positive and encouraging to one another!

Here are the questions you can consider when leaving your comment…

1. Millie offered this advice to Rebecca on the trail ride: “Sometimes the best thing we can do with our minds and hearts is to allow ourselves to rest. After all, a heavy heart takes a lot of work to carry around.” How did Caleb and Rebecca find “rest” in this book? How do YOU find “rest?”

2. How did Rebecca and Caleb’s trust in God grow in this story?

Happy discussing and happy reading! Remember – to be entered for the grand prize, you must read and check-in on all three books by Friday, September 5th! Here are the check-ins for the other two books:

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