My name’s Maria and I have a problem.
Well, actually I have plenty of them, but today I’m going to tell you about one of them. I like books. I like them a lot. I especially like pretty books and books that make me think.
But before I talk any more about books, can I just brag on how cute my BRAND NEW MACBOOK keyboard looks? It’s all chevronned! I got this way cute skin that fits over the keys and prevents STUFF from getting down into my computer. How fantastic is that?
And let me brag on my man for a minute. He pulled off the surprise of the century for my 40th birthday. He got me a brand new 15″ Macbook Pro AND he brought my most wonderful bestest friend all the way from Birmingham, AL to Atlanta, GA to spend the weekend with me. AND I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA ANY OF IT WAS HAPPENING!!! He’s a very good gift giver and secret keeper.
Now. About my book problem…
I used to only read feel-good fiction, but during the last couple of years I’ve become equal opportunity about fiction and nonfiction. In fact, my current reading stack is almost ALL non-fiction. Although I do have a fiction book on my Kindle that I’ve been enjoying as well.
I like to read only one fiction book at a time. I like to keep the story straight in my head and grow attached to one set of characters at a time. With the way my brain works, this works best for me.
Nonfiction, on the other hand…I feel like maybe I’m a very ADD reader because I’ll have three or four or five books going at the same time. I’ll pick one up based on my mood and the amount of time I can allot at that moment.
Sooo…here’s a glimpse into my crazy. And a quote from each.
Anne Lamott’s Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. I picked this one up because PRETTY. And it had the word Grace in the title. Grace is my word this year.
Favorite quote so far…“Until recently I barely even knew the signs of welcome, like the way a person plopped down across from me and sighed deeply while looking at me with relief: a shy look on someone’s face that gave me time to breathe and settle in. I didn’t know that wounds and scars were what we find welcoming, because they are like ours. Trappings and charm wear off, I’ve learned. The book of welcome says, Let people see you.”
Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women. I read this once on my Kindle. Y’all, there’s a reason why I like to get my nonfiction books as real, physical paper books. I need to mark them and highlight them and dog-ear pages to fully experience them. So when my book club from MOPS was persuaded (by ME!) to read this book, I immediately hit up Amazon for a paper copy. This slim book changed some big things in my perspective. (You can read about that over at Middle Places.) I couldn’t read it fast enough, so I’m looking forward to taking my time and soaking it in this second time around.
Favorite quote…“Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man—there never has been another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them as “The women, God help us!” or “The ladies, God bless them!”; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that borrows its pungency from female perversity; nobody could guess from the words and deeds of Jesus that there was anything “funny” about woman’s nature.”
Sophie Hudson’s Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong. This book is just good ole’ fun. It’s like sitting down and having coffee with your best friend and listening to her reminisce about all of the people in her life. If you think people only write about their bad experiences in the church, then you need to read this. Because some of us have some beautiful memories of growing up in those sacred places.
Did you notice there are two copies of this book? I was sent a promo copy to give away. Be sure to read to the end to find out how you can win it.
Favorite quote so far…”Family. Childhood friends. College friends. The older couple who lived next door when you’d been married all of eight months and weren’t entirely sure you’d make it to nine. The seemingly random person down the street who turned out to be connected to your life in more ways than you can count. We could list example after example after example.
And those places and those people? They teach us, shape us, refin us.
Those places and people change everything, y’all.
And to really and truly understand that, to see how intricately God has woven together all the threads and pieces and parts of our lives–well, sometimes we just have to look at things a little closer.
We might be surprised by what we see.”
Lysa Terkeurst’s, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. So much yes for this book. Pretty? Yes! Profound? Yes!! Convicting? OH MY YES!!!
Favorite quote…How am I even supposed to choose one?!! “A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.”
Allison & Barrett’s Trim Healthy Mama. Yeah…It gets really hard to lose weight when you hit your late 30’s. Not that I’m obsessed about weight, but I really want to get back into my “I love the way I look AND feel” clothes.
My husband and I did the Daniel Plan starting back in January. He’s bought new pants twice now and has lost almost 25 pounds. I’ve lost zero pounds and barely more than an inch from my waste on a good day. I’m still wearing the same pants I was in January. So I figured I would try this out. A couple friends of mine have had great success with this low-glycemic index plan for eating. AND ranch dressing is on the plan. How blessed wonderful is that?
No quotes here. I will tell you these two sisters are pretty funny and they argue and have disagreements. There are recipes and ways to stay on plan for the gal who eats out and uses premades and for the girl who cooks every blessed thing from scratch and for all of us who are somewhere in between. I’m just getting going with this. It’s a lot to take in. I’ll update on it next month.
There’s more on my current read list, but it’s on Audible and my Kindle, so I’ll save that for another day. My coffee’s gone so now I have to sort through winter and spring clothes, do more laundry and school children.
What are YOU reading right now? Please do tell! Comment below and a winner will be randomly chose on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 from the comments section.