As my baby is slowly moving into toddlerhood I’m finding that I have just a few more opportunities for reading. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I think allowing ourselves time to read is so important to our health, growth, and happiness. It also sets a fantastic example for our kids to see us reading on a regular basis.
Here are my latest book recommendations for busy moms. Some I read years ago and others I’m currently reading. I’ll update this page as I find great new books.
The latest books on my bookshelf, or more accurately lately, on my Kindle Fire:
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess – Jen Hatmaker spent a year scrutinizing every part of her life to remove the excess, give to the poor, love on her neighbors, and remember what’s truly important in life. This book goes far beyond a simple experiment on living without, it describes the freedoms that can come without all of the excess of the typical American lifestyle. This book helps the reader see that the fastest way to happy is with much less, not more. When we take away the excess from our lives we have more time, more things to give away, less stress, richer experiences, and we can find beauty again in the simple things. I think this book really helps to get the gears turning in our brains for how to live out the gospel in practical, modern day life ways.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”– Have you ever felt frustrated trying to figure out how to follow all the “rules” on how to be a good woman? The Bible has a lot to say about women and it seems that in many religious circles, the Bible’s stories have been transcribed into a list of rules for women to follow. In this book, Rachel Held Evans spends a year trying to literally follow all of the rules on “Biblical Womanhood”. This book taught me that reading the Bible involves so much more than simple reading and following. The Bible is full of stories and history and culture and traditions. After reading this book, I’ve found that my Bible reading has gone to a whole new level as I truly study what the Bible says, what it was intended to mean back then, and how we can apply what the Bible says to our world today. Great book.
His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage– My husband and I read this on our honeymoon! If you are looking for a book that will help you and your husband get on the same page, I highly recommend this book. We’ve been married for six years now and I still find myself thinking about the concepts in this book on a regular basis. When I feel disconnected with my husband, I try to refocus on his needs, which usually leads to him remembering my needs and we find peace again.
The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective– This book is currently on my Kindle and I am loving it! It is technically a fiction book, but there is so much to learn from this book. I’m sure I’ll have more to share when I’m done reading it.
What books are you currently reading? Would you add any book recommendations to this list?
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