My Summer Reading (Part 1)

My Summer Reading (Part 1)

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I always loved being a part of the summer reading program at the library when I was a kid. The prizes were always super cool and one year I won my infamous “lucky green fishing pole.” As an adult I won a $20 gift card to a super cool local coffee shop. Now that I’m a mom myself, something about the summer being a time for lots of reading stuck with me. I am always in a hurry to get to the library and sign us all up for the summer reading program. I’ve read around a billion picture books to my daughters so far! They are loving it. See my previous post for some of our absolute favorite picture books. 🙂

These are the books I’ve been able to read in the last two months:

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

I had conflicting feelings about reading this book. In the past I had a very weird experience at a women’s Bible study that was on another one of Lisa’s books and it had mistakenly left me feeling put off by Lisa’s work. Isn’t that SO sad? I had those weird feelings warring with the desire to read this book. Everything from the cover art to the title called out to my heart. I am so glad that I decided to “give it a try” and I admit I approached the first half with my heart on guard. This book pointed out past rejection that I had been struggling with and allowing to control my life without even realizing it!  This book is deep and powerful, but also had me laughing out loud several times. Lisa is hilarious!

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds

This short little book actually changed my life. I honestly feel a little embarrassed when I talk about this…but before I read this book I honestly never thought about how I was approaching my Bible reading. I would pick up my Bible, read a chapter or two and think about how I felt during and after it. That was pretty much where it ended and I left feeling sort of disappointed. Women of the Word teaches you how to actually study the Bible and what the Bible is. It’s not a feel-good book that gives us a set of rules to live by…it is a book about our great, good God. I highly recommend this book to everyone I talk to.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

When I picked this book up from the library the librarian (who is quickly becoming my best friend because I’m there so often) said to me, “Oh, this is a great book! I don’t know a single person who read it who didn’t like it!” It’s a very sweet and uniquely written fiction about World War II and it sparked an interest in me for learning about the history of WWII again. The story unfolds through letters sent back and forth with different characters in the book, and you start to deeply care about them in different ways. I loved it!

The Nightingale: A Novel

I accidentally ended up reading two fiction books about WWII at the same time. The Nightingale is a story about two sisters living in France during WWII. I seriously could not remember what happened in France during that time and it was such an interesting point of view to hear from, even if it was fiction. The Nazi’s emotionally tortured everyone-such a devastating time in our world’s history. I’ll be honest, I cried a few times during this book. I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll just tell you that it’s heartbreaking and hopeful and very worth your time. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”-George Santayana

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life

The title of this book is what sucked me in. I feel like I am finally emerging from years of living in survival mode. My adult life has been a whirlwind of marriage, babies, miscarriages, moving across the world, ministry, ect. ect. ect. I was definitely living in survival mode and just trying to hold onto some sanity for a long time. God has changed me and my life in some very major ways, but I am terrified to fall back into that place. Crystal blogs at the Money Saving Mom and I’ve always loved her. This book is so great and so practical! It gives great strategies for setting yourself up for success no matter where you are in your life.

Parenting With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition)

This was a recommendation from my brother who has 7 amazing children. It’s a great book on parenting, and the main takeaway for me was teaching responsibility by separating your children’s problems from your problems. For instance, instead of doing your child’s homework when they fail to do so themselves, you allow them to fail to learn the lesson. Some of the practical advice is, in my opinion, a bit outdated, but the information is still very helpful. I’ve already started implementing some of this and it’s been really freeing.

Loving Our Kids On Purpose: Making A Heart-To-Heart Connection

My favorite thing about this book is that it points out how our parenting should reflect how our Heavenly Father parents us. He gives us the room to make mistakes, He does not force us to obey Him, but He does offer us guidance in this crazy world! He loves us endlessly no matter what poor choices we make. It’s so interesting to look at the ways that parenting can sometimes be very “Old Testament.” Crime=Punishment. But God parents us with amazing grace. While there are consequences for poor choices, there is never shame, anger, or punishment from God.

Fearless Parenting: How to Raise Faithful Kids in a Secular Culture

This one was my favorite parenting book that I’ve read so far. It just came out on the 4th of July, but I preordered it after listening to Jimmy Myers talk about it on his podcast, Pairadocs. I read it in two days. It starts out pretty heavy, talking about our world’s need for fearless parents in this crazy time. But the amazing hope we have in Jesus is woven throughout the book. Nothing is too big for Him, no one is too far gone. I love the practicality of this book as well. How to manage smartphones, sports, and even tough ones like pornography. It teaches in importance of equipping our children instead of protecting them to be in this culture. I cannot recommend this one enough!


Phew! There it is! And it’s not over yet- I’m in the middle of 4 others right now. What are you reading this summer? What subjects have captured your mind or heart? Let me know, I’m always open for new recommendations! 🙂

3 Comments to “My Summer Reading (Part 1)”

  1. Lindsey says:

    Thanks for the book recommendations! I want to check out “Fearless Parenting.” The only book I have read lately are “Sense and Sensibility” (love Jane Austen!) and “The Light Between Oceans” which was a little too heart-wrenching for this new momma! Question- when do you find is the best time for you to read? Feels like every time I sit down to read (or eat!) Lottie decides that’s when she needs me 😂

    1. ohelkenn says:

      Finally responding to this! I read a lot at night after the kids are sleeping, but I can sometimes fit some in while they are awake if they are playing nicely. 🙂 I might do a post on it at some point too! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Mr. Rochester!

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