a quick-look at some books

i started to post this as a comment on my sister-in-law’s blogpost on what she read this month..then decided i might as well share my reviews here (just some quick takeaways)–

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids by Bryan Caplan
i didn’t like his writing style (the self-interview at the end of the book was weird!), but he had some good reasons (like, how many kids will you wish you had when you are old, and some safety statistics on how kids were not actually safer back “in the day”). BUT i think what turned me off to this book the most was that it isn’t from a christian POV so there’s some big big pieces of the puzzle missing here. overall recommendation: skim it at the library.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
i would recommend this book if you feel this is an area of struggle for your family–it wasn’t bad but so much of what she recommended, we already do

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
almost put this book down in chapter 1. ok, i have super-mixed reviews on this book–on one hand, it isn’t about hardly anything at all. only in the last couple chapters were there moments where i was like “oh, i can learn from this”–so much of it is her rambling on about her life and how it needed to change (like…1/3rd of the book is on that…). on the other hand, she has a charming writing style that is enjoyable to read. but here is the kicker: she doesn’t quote scripture. like maybe once..or twice..does she back up these spiritual revelations she’s having with the actual bible. much of it is based on how she feels. so if you want a memoir that is spiritual, this is a good(ish) one but if you are actually looking for a book to deepen your spiritual walk, don’t look here (Emily P Freeman’s book Simply Tuesday says the same stuff but backs it up with the Word all the way).

Triggers: Exchanging Parent’s Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses by Amber Lia
i liked this book. it is sort of a helpful-tips, rooted in scripture, kind of book. as my family will tell you, i was a disagreeable, short-fused youth and its something i’ve had to really work on–this book gives you some good strategies (from a christian POV) on how to handle situations before you are In them. read it. better yet, buy it.

Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlouthlin
so this month i alternated between reading a book on being a weary mom and a book on being an angry mom, ha! guess it depends on the day, right? or i’m both at the same time, often than not. well this book was good too–encouraging. and i like how it was written by two women, one a mom of all boys and one a mom of all girls.

Read Alouds for the littles:
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Bird Watch by Jane Yolen (poems for children)


Next book review post I write is going to be a list of good poetry books for children–we’ve been tearing those up lately (not literally…)


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