I read such great books this month, and I have a whole order of new books on its way that I can’t wait to dig into. I have a feeling I am going to surpass my 12 in 12 and I am totally fine with that. Now that I have set aside some time to read, I am just loving it! And of course since I have been soaking up lots of books, I am always looking for great suggestions for non fiction books. Here is what I read this month.
The Christian Mama’s Guide To Parenting a Toddler | Erin MacPherson
It is hard for me to believe that I can even say that I am the Momma to a toddler…when did that happen? So I was really excited when I had the opportunity to get a free copy of this book to review for Thomas Nelson. This is such a fun book. It isn’t deep parenting advice by any means, but more real and humorous advice from a mom who has been there. She compiles ideas on everything having to do with raising a toddler from how to deal with bedtime and tantrums, to how to get your kids to eat healthy. She never came across as if her way was the only way which was so refreshing, and I loved that she subscribes to the theory that you need to do what works for your family. It was light hearted and fun, and if you have a toddler you will definitely enjoy it.
Seven | Jen Hatmaker
I think I can easily say that this was my book of the month. I wasn’t sure what to think going into it, and I had just heard so much about it. The book is phenomenal, and really struck a chord with me. The premise of the book is that the other seeks to eliminate excess in 7 areas of her life : food, clothes, spending, media, posessions, waste, and stress. I just loved seeing her heart for the Lord as she wrote about her struggles in these areas. The book is written in almost a blog style with daily entries, and it was so honest and real. She talks plainly about how she is feeling as she seeks to eliminate some excessive things from her life. The book is just refreshing and in many ways the boost I needed to clean out my closet, spend a bit less time on Facebook and focus on what really matters instead of letting my time and energy be soaked up by the meaningless. Couldn’t recommend the book enough, and I will definitely be reading her book “Interrupted” soon. Go read this book.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing | Al Ries & Jack Trout
This book might not seem to totally fit with my usual inspirational non-fiction, women’s books, and parenting guides. But, I am always trying to read something to make myself a better business woman. This is just one more aspect of my life. This book was so good. It is small and I read it in less than 24 hours because it is such an easy read. The authors discuss so many things that I perhaps already knew, but hadn’t applied to our business. Such great advice on leadership, business and marketing your business. I loved that they used recognizable examples from famous companies to prove their points. If you are in business and want to know how to set yourself apart this is a great, quick read.
Grace Based Parenting | Tim Kimmel
I have been wanting to read this for several months, and as Stella entered the toddler phase it seemed like it was time to dig into this. It was a very good book, and though I didn’t agree with his application of everything it was such a good reminder for me to look to God’s relationship with His children as the perfect example for how to parent. I am so grateful that God gives me grace and mercy, and it was a good reminder to do the same as a parent. I was very intrigued with his explanations of different parenting styles, and encouraged to look at what God really says about parenting, not just what I have heard or assumed.
What did you read this month?