I thought I would share my summer reading list with you – in case you cared. As you will see from my list, I’m a slow reader, since I haven’t read some of the popular books out there, YET. Right now I’m trying to come up with ways to explain to you why I haven’t gotten around to them, but I don’t think I really have to, so I won’t. I will keep them to myself because they make me feel better.
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
by Ann Voskamp
Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. ‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long–and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?’ In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved–by God. Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.
Peter’s unique approach helped people everywhere learn to let go of the emotional and psychological clutter that was literally and figuratively choking the life out of their homes.
With his good humor and reassuring advice, Peter shows you how to face the really big question: What is the vision for the life you want to live? He then offers simple techniques and a step-by-step plan to assess the state of your home, prioritize your possessions, and let go of the clutter you have been holding on to that has kept you from living the life you imagine. The result is freed-up space, less stress, and more energy for living a happier, richer life every day.
Also in workbook form!
Add Zest to Your Family with God’s Rest
Seriously, your schedule is hurried, your expectations are extraordinary, and you and your family’s commitments are too many to count. Your relationships with your friends, your family, and your God are suffering.
Ready for a change of pace? Here’s help. Little House on the Freeway takes a look at the breakneck speed at which we live and reveals how to not only put on the brakes, but how to get off the freeway altogether. With a special section, “101 Ways to Give Rest to Your Family” and a new chapter that addresses the perils of the Internet, this timeless classic about the importance of quality family time has been updated to rescue a whole new generation from hurry.
Don’t let busyness, productivity, or the tempation to “keep up with the Joneses” keep you from the peace and incredible quality of relationships God created for you.
“Hurry and busyness are everyday parts of modern life. True priorities of things that matter most may be lost. Little House on the Freeway offers biblical insights and principles to our hurried existence–help from the Word of God for the life being lived in the fast lane.” -Billy Graham
I’m starting with these, I’ll see how far I get! I also want to throw in a novel by Karen Kingsbury during a vacation. I read one in March and couldn’t put it down.
Finally, a few devotionals that I like to go to. I rotate these around to keep it fresh.
Three women of different ages who write devotionals. They share from their lives and stories both the good, bad and difficult. I always get something from their stuff. You can get the app too!
by Sarah Young
There is an app for this one too, and a Jesus Calling for Kids (also in app form). Plus I just found a Jesus Calling Bible Storybook that I really like for the kids. If you haven’t ever read any of these, they are super short and really good! When you need a good hug from God – read this! It usually comes in an orange-y cover, but I like this one.