I don’t know about you, but as a busy mom I don’t have nearly as much time for reading as I used to. And I love reading. It’s the way I recharge! So when I do read, it tends to be in little bite sized chunks and it often happens on my phone because I don’t always have a book on hand in my spare moments (but I always have my phone).
I always have one fiction book and then a smattering of non-fiction books to suit my mood or current life situation. I love learning and being challenged, thus the non-fiction. But our brains engage in a fictional story in a very unique way. It’s science. And let’s not forget that Jesus taught some of his most powerful lessons through stories. We definitely shouldn’t write off fiction as worthless or a waste of time.
Hint: I’ve found I can only keep track of one storyline at a time so that’s why I tend to just have one piece of fiction on tap. So I’ve recommended the book I’ve just finished reading (because I loved it so!) but you could insert whatever sort of fiction floats your boat.
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- Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are. Doesn’t that title just draw you in? I love these bite sized devotionals from Shauna Niequist. I always have a Bible study on tap, but some days I hit the ground running and this is a quick way to still start the day off right while I sip my coffee and scarf down a granola bar.
- Inspire Bible. When my teenage daughter asked for this Bible, I decided to go ahead and order one for myself. It’s filled with beautiful designs in the margins, but still leaves plenty of room for a girl to be creative on her own. It’s a journaling Bible for the non-artistic people who still love pretty things. I love the whole adult coloring book trend, as it’s such a great way to relax and I love having these designs directly in the pages of my Bible. I’m much more likely to grab a few colored pencils than drag out a cart of supplies. This Bible is a great way to connect in a tangible with the Word of God.
- 8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids. This is such a great book jammed full of bite-sized parenting advice. Each of the 8 Tools mentioned in the title is broken down into 5 sections that can be read in just a couple of minutes each. Even though my kids are older, I found so much helpful, practical information in this book and the format was fantastic, even going so far as to put a quick reference summary at the end of the book. Use the code GREATKIDS16 at Moody Publishers to get 50% off! Then click over to 8 Simple Tools and enter your receipt info for a slew of freebies (For a limited time only!).
- Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. I think every parent needs to read this book by Kristen Welch! I love her blog, We are THAT Family. It’s one of the few I go to for parenting tips. Mostly because she is not a one-size-fits-all 5-tips-to-raising-perfect-kids kind of blogger. She tackles the tough parenting issues of today, the things our parents didn’t face when raising us because of how much our society has changed. As a fellow mom in the trenches, I’m so thankful that someone who’s still in the middle of parenting is willing to share her stories and wisdom gleaned along the way.
- Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul. I really struggle with clutter. I love stuff but I also hate it. And I tend to be lazy or procrastinate. And then stuff piles up. This book tackles not just how to organize stuff or simplify, but the heart issues that get all tangled up in our stuff. As I purged my closet recently I was reminded of the freedom found in a simple wardrobe and the bondage to certain items of clothing because of wishful thinking and unrealistic goals. (I’m looking at you size 6 jeans.) I’m not through with it yet, but I think it’s definitely a great read for the busy momma.
- A book just for fun. Really this can be any kind of fiction. We’ve all got our preferences right? So I thought I’d tell you about the new book that was just released by my friend Cynthia Ruchti because her fiction is some of my very favorite. This newest one is called Song of Silence and it’s about a music teacher (which I LOVE!) and lost hopes and dreams and it’s absolutely a lovely story, as are all of her books. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.
When’s the last time you read for fun? What’s the best book you’ve read that taught you something new or grew your soul’s perspective of the world just a little bit?
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