book notes: september

514otHirdPL Still: A Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F. Winner
the prose style of this book was lovely—much like anne lammott. Winner writes about the deep inner workings of her faith after her marriage falls apart. The book is in three sections, often with short little tidbit chapters, generously quoting theologians, saints, other authors, stringing together metaphor. I enjoyed the crafted, artistic elements. i wouldn’t though read this as a devotional type book or one you are looking to for advice—but only as a poetic memoir-style book

 

 

 

 

 

51U2x2CuptLGrace-Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel
ah, this book was so good! It isn’t primarily written for parents of toddlers, but I think parents of children at any age could benefit from reading this book. it gave bryan and I some ideas on how we’ll approach topics that will likely come up later with raising our children (modesty, tattoos, etc). it helped me to understand more about the way I was raised and what the results of that parenting style was in my life. Kimmel writes about allowing your children to be vulnerable, candid, and different, to make mistakes. Kimmel begins by giving profiles of common types of family/parenting styles and how those ways can harm children as they grow up. he then gives us the three deepest needs of every child (a secure love, a significant purpose, a strong hope), and how as parents we can meet those needs. The book outlines what it means to be a grace-based home, with examples and anti-examples of grace. I learned so much from reading this book. some things bryan and I were already doing with our girls, but it did inspire us to create a sort of game-plan for dealing with issues that will come up in the future.

 

519dIBQX6QLThe Nesting Place by Myquillan Smith
I expected this book to be more of a list of DIY decorating projects—happily, my expectations went unmet. Smith doesn’t just give you a fish, she teaches you to fish (or, well, decorate!). Even better, she approaches it from a Christ-centered perspective, as an art that serves your family and glorifies God. after reading her book, I feel inspired to decorate my home and to tackle projects I was too afraid to try because I might “mess them up”. one of the key tenants of her book is to be happy with what you have, where you are—no waiting for the perfect house or until you can perfectly tile the bathroom floor, or else you’ll never love what you have, you’ll never try. I also especially loved how this book was written by a mom on a budget—she was relatable, not your typical Martha Stewart with tons of money to throw around, and she creates beautiful spaces with her specific family’s needs in mind. So, if you feel a little lost when trying to decorate or just want some inspiration for putting decorating in perspective, read this book.

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So, what should I read next? What are you reading?

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