Fall Reading Report

Committing to post what I’ve read has been an incredible motivator to practice what I preach and actually make more time for reading!

Life has been too busy to get sucked into any novels (because I have the hardest time putting them down once started) but I’m hoping to cuddle up by the fire during this Christmas break with a can’t-put-it-down book or two.

Fall Reading

Fit to Burst

Fit to Burst: excellent encouragement for moms! Rachel Jancovic’s first book,Loving the Little Years, is one of the most encouraging books for moms I’ve read, so I had great expectations for this sequel. Fit to Burst lived up to my expectations.

It’s not a simple how-to book for moms. Instead, it’s brimming with practical Scriptural encouragement on discipline, sacrifice, LAUGHTER, and embracing our job as a noble and worthwhile way to glorify God and redeem our culture. Purchase here

Blogging for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul)

Blogging for Profit, Without Selling Your SoulWritten by Ruth Soukop (the talented woman behind the EBA blogging course I’m taking) this book is a condensed step-by-step guide to building a blog, growing your platform, and eventually earning a profit.

So far the changes I’ve implemented have helped with the first two. I’ve yet to make more than I’ve put into the blog, but thoroughly enjoyed this book (and the course!) Purchase here

Eat That Frog!

Eat that Frog! 21 steps to increase productivity. Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Brian Tracy takes this quote and applies it to our work habits. He point out that we waste so much time on trifling things because we’re dreading the really important “frog” in our day that we ought to be “eating” first. Eat That Frog! is a short book packed with 21 strategies for redeeming the time. Purchase here

Climbing

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a missionary memoir. This one by Rosalind Goforth was excellent. At times it felt a bit disjointed, but it was a beautiful and inspiring look at life in early 1900s China from the perspective of a wife, mother, and missionary. (She had 11 children!) Purchase here. 

 Memory: How to Develop, Train, and Use It

I started listening to this book on Librivox and found it really helpful. [My memory can be pretty horrid.] I’ve got a confession to make though: I’m not planning to finish it. Not because it’s bad or anything, but it seems to be getting redundant and I have so much to put into practice from the first 14 chapters, that continuing to cram more information into my head doesn’t seem helpful. (After all, not finishing every book, is one good way to find time-and motivation- to read more.

Family Reading

We’re laughing our way through Farmer Boy (again) and finished listening to The Jungle Book.

I’ve been blown away with how much the children have been loving reading through the stories of the Old Testament (straight from the Bible!) After reading stories from the Old Testament almost every single day since Pentecost, I find myself longing to read about Jesus in a way I didn’t think possible before. It’s made this season of Advent all the more real to me. (Here’s how, and why, we’re reading through the Bible with the Church calendar.)

On the Bookshelf for this Winter

(I’m hoping to actually finish more of the books from my summer bookshelf read!)

 What have you read lately? Any suggestions for the perfect can’t-put-it-down-book? 

[Full disclosure: links to some products in this post are my referral links.]

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