Can we all just agree that one of the best things about summer is summer reading?
As a homeschooling mom, summer means days off for me. It means less structure, more free play and fewer kid’s activities. It also means library reading programs and our mandatory 1-hour reading time after lunch when it’s just too hot to be in the Florida sun.
I usually make a summer reading list for my kids but this summer I took some time to come up with my own. You can see that list here. I’ve been reading Hannah Whitehall Smith’s classic A Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life in drips because it’s a lot to absorb in long hours of reading. (You can read it free as a pdf here.) I subbed in Charles Martin’s Where the River Ends because it was at my library (and seriously on sale on Kindle right now). And I already own the Best of Wodehouse (a little British humor relief!) which I keep in my car for waiting on my favorite football player.
Oh for a blue vinyl bean bag chair and long afternoons like the old days! Oh well, I keep ticking down my list as time allows. 🙂
On to the reviews! I finished up 3 books that I want to tell you about.
I met Melinda at She Speaks last year just as her book was releasing so I was delighted to receive a review copy of her book. Mothering from Scratch is chock-full of anecdotes and practical advice for moms. If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re “doing it right” or why you aren’t wired like your fellow mom friends, this book will be welcomed relief for you. It delivers a lot of grace as the authors, two very different personalities, share from their own mothering experiences and styles. Praying Upside Down: A Creative Prayer Experience to Transform your Time with God
Kelly O’Dell Stanley
As I read this book, also a review copy I received, I kept thinking of so many of my artist friends that would love it and completely identify with the artistic references! Kelly is an artist and she beautifully looks at prayer through the eyes of the artist. She also weaves in her testimony and how God taught her about prayer and faith in difficulty.
I loved learning more about how an artist sees the world through things like proportion, negative space and the grid method. For instance, in explaining how all points converge at the horizon, Kelly says that
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When I pull farther away from God, His size, importance, and abilities seem smaller. But when I draw in close, He becomes magnified. He becomes everything to me.
I enjoyed the fresh perspective she brings to prayer and the Christian life in this book, and I think artists and non-artists alike will like it as well!
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with both our Hearts and our Minds
I bought this book after hearing Jen Wilkin on Family Life Today. As she spoke, I kept nodding and amen-ing everything she said! The book did not disappoint. Jen is the women’s ministry leader at the Village Church in greater Dallas (where Matt Chandler serves as pastor) and has taught Bible studies for years. This is one of the best books I’ve read on how to study the Bible for yourself – which seems daunting to the rest of us but is so accessible as Jen lays it out.
Here’s the key: we do not need a seminary degree to study the Bible. Jen gives 5 practical steps to dig deep into the Word to see what the Holy Spirit has to teach us, before we ever look at our Bible study notes or study guides. I wish every single woman serious about digging into God’s Word for herself could read this book.
So there you have it. Three great books. And I’d love to share my copies with one of you! Unlike my other books, I’ve been obsessively keeping these three books impeccable for you!
Here’s how to win all 3 books: leave a comment — what are you reading this summer? Which book are you most excited about? And for a second entry, like the Facebook page and then leave a comment letting me know that too!
This giveaway will close Friday at midnight and is open to residents within the contiguous 48 United States. Thanks so much friends! I’d love to know what’s on your nightstand for the summer!
UPDATE: The Giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all who entered!
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