on my bookshelf

a few quick reviews of some of my recent reads:


The Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Thames Willard
I had never read the blog “The Frugalwoods” before picking this up at our local library. I was searching for “minimalism” in the library catalog and this pulled up, with its oddly named title and interesting cover, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to cart it home (I cart a lot home). I couldn’t put this book down! This book is perfect for someone who would never pick up a text book or nonfiction book on personal finance Yet could benefit from learning about personal finance. She gives the story of her career, marriage, and journey to financial freedom, all written in an engaging style. This book was not only entertaining, but also left me with much to think about! AS she says in her caveat, not everything will work for you–for example, she recommends cutting cable to save money but we already don’t have cable–but it did inspire me to embark on our month long spending strike this April.


Joy: 100 Poems edited by Christian Wiman

I heard about this book from Dr. Moore (he read it–which makes me even more impressed with him!). This is one of the best curated poetry anthologies I have ever ready. It is on the subject of joy and includes a wide variety of poetic styles and eras, quotes from authors, etc. I enjoyed it thoroughly and think it would be perfect not only for your poetry enthusiast but someone who is less familiar with the genre.

 


The Gospel-Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin
(I was given a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books)
I started out really loving this book but found my interest flagging by the end. I especially loved her charts which compared the false gospels of our culture (the ME gospel, she calls it) to what the bible truly says.  I thought her style was interesting and personal stories were relateable.  She used scripture to back up what she was saying, and she tackled lots of lies that our culture feeds moms today. I think I have heard some of what she has said before in other books I’ve read, which is my attention escaped by the end, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a read.

 

 


The Autobiography of George Muller

This amazing story details how George Muller relied purely on the provision of the Lord to provide for his family, ministry, and orphanage. It has been encouraging and convicting, reminding me to pray more and trust God more. I’ll admit, sometimes it gets a bit disjointed or repetitive, but overall I’d recommend any christian reading this, especially if you struggle with prayer.

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