I don’t even have words. I’ve been waiting all week to try to find some, even a few drafts sitting in my to-finish box, but oh, THE WORDS!!!!! are not coming.
Instead, let me tell you about a few books I’ve read recently. I know. Words. How can I read all those words and have nothing to say? Really, I think I have a lot to say, but my nerves are a bit shot from crazy children and a husband being out of the country. And let’s not forget that independent of them, I carry around my own sack of issues that I tend to trot out at the least opportune times (i.e. this week, a most inopportune time).
In summary, we’re all crazy, and I read a lot of books. Can we leave it at that?
Interestingly, it seems like nearly every book I’m reading lately is in some way about grace. Coincidence? Hm…
First up, I’ve talked about Breathing Room over here, but I’m mentioning it again over here. Best book I’ve read all year. On my short list of best books I’ve read ever. Worth every penny. Go. Buy it. Breathe deep.
1. I picked up All Is Grace by Brennan Manning on a whim. Actually, I think Shauna Niequist mentioned it in a recent blog post, and that was the whim. I read a chunk of it while I was catching a few quiet minutes at the bookstore, and my general rule of thumb is that if I can’t put a book down at the bookstore, it’s probably worthy of coming home with me. This one was excellent. I haven’t read anything else by Brennan Manning and think the story might have felt even richer if I had, but it was even fantastic as a stand-alone.
2. Scary Close was another whim, but I’m so glad I read it. It’s not technical or dry. It’s just a story with several super accessible lessons woven in. I asked Tahd to read this one so we could talk about it. Enjoyed and would recommend!
3. Fight Back With Joy was on my list after I streamed some of If:Gathering and heard Margaret Feinberg speak. I wanted more, more, more of her story, and here it is! I’m about halfway through it right now, and it’s what saved my tukhus from complete rage and despair Wednesday. This is another good one!
4. I can’t remember where I’d heard about Disease Proof, but it came recommended as a research-based method to getting and staying healthy. Not skinny, but healthy. I expected to find some innovative approaches to wellness, but I came away disappointed. It could be because I used to teach health so nothing felt very novel? Not sure, but the book was quite common-sense to me, and I’d already read about a lot of the research he used to support his action points. A good choice if you are looking for some simple, practical steps to take to improve your health, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for.
5. When Gabe checked out Hunger Games from the school library, we told him we didn’t want him to read it until we’d had a chance to read it first. I asked loads of mom friends and got incredibly polarized feedback, but when I read it for myself I felt like it was okay for him. That, and I really enjoyed it! I may possibly be the last person to be exposed to that series. I purposefully stayed away from the movies and any spoilers about it because I’d wanted to read it, but just hadn’t had time. Glad I finally did. It was an enjoyable fiction read (and much better written, in my opinion, than Divergent, for what it’s worth).
6. I tried to read Found by Micha Boyett. I really wanted to like it, but I didn’t relate early on to her struggle, so it was hard for me to get into it. Basically, her world was rocked by the way her spiritual life changed when she became a mother. She felt distance and chaos. Personally, I’ve found motherhood to heal more parts of my faith than it has caused struggle. I thought about sticking with the book because I’ve heard great things about it, but I have so many things I currently want to read that I decided not to push through one I wasn’t connecting with at the moment.
I’m currently in the middle of A Wrinkle In Time, Writing Down Your Soul, and Parenting Without Power Struggles. I’m also listening to The Dance of Anger. As well, am I the last person in the world to figure out how to hook up my local library account to apps on my phone? Hooray for borrowing ebooks! And hooray that they take them away when the borrowing period is over so I don’t accrue late fees!
Not sure I’ll finish all of those before I move on to new things, but up on my soon-to-read list are these titles:
Playing Big, Small Victories, Make It Happen, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage, Simplify, The Best Yes, On Writing by Stephen King, Love Does, and Surprised By Motherhood. I need to pick a fiction book or two, also. Perhaps Wonder, since Gabe has that and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while?
Have you read anything good lately?