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Books Read in April and May: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, Life On the Wire + more

So, I have to confess something to you all: I kind of had a bad attitude about Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. I’m someone who tends to go against the grain instead of just following the pack, so I figured there’s no way this book could really live up to the over-the-top rave reviews everyone kept giving me. And, because of this, I had a negative bias from the get-go.

But (you knew this was coming!) I loved the book. I read it in one setting and have been itching to bake crusty loaves of bread ever since. The book made it sound so easy, so doable and so delicious.

I’m sold — and I’ve not even made the bread yet! Provided the bread turns out as well as the rest of the world proclaims it does, this book is a blue-ribbon winner. Stay tuned for later this year when I share about my adventures in baking Artisan Bread as part of my Do-It-Yourself Experiment series.

Also read in April and May:

Life On the Wire — I picked up this book because Dave Ramsey recommended it and it looked like a great book on balancing — an area I can always improve in. I loved the first few pages of the book, but it grew somewhat tiresome to me after that. I think perhaps the book’s method of presentation just didn’t appeal to the way I process and organize my life. That said, if you feel like your work and life balance needs some serious help, this book might be very beneficial to you.

The Blessing of Boundaries — This is a book for Christian women on finding God’s purpose for your life and not trying to be superwoman. While there were some helpful thoughts, overall, I didn’t find the suggestions or ideas to be earth-shattering. And, like Life on the Wire, it seemed to drag on and I felt like I was slogging through it, at times.

31 Days to Clean — Read my review of this ebook here. (In my review, I failed to mention that this ebook is written for Christian stay-at-home moms primarily. If you work outside the home, you might not find it as helpful. I’d also love to see the book professionally edited as I did find some typographical errors, as well as structural dissonance. But overall, I loved it and think it would be a great encouragement to many stay-at-home moms who are feeling overwhelmed.)

Large Family Logistics — I wouldn’t agree with all the ideas and methodology presented in this book and, like 31 Days to Clean, it’s written for Christian, homeschooling, married stay-at-home moms. However, even though we don’t have a large family, I was very inspired by this book and the suggestions and practical tips the author outlined. I’ve been seeking to implement some of them in our home organization with great results. Now I just need to read a book on having discipline to follow through with all my good intentions! 🙂

The Grace and Truth Paradox — A friend loaned me this book and it was excellent. If you’re a Christian who struggles with how grace and truth are to be lived out in our lives, this little volume is packed with food for thought. It was my first Randy Alcorn book and now I want to read everything he’s written!

The Long Winter — The children and I were mesmerized by this book’s tales of surviving a frigidly cold winter. It’s hard to imagine what that would be like as we sit in our comfortable air-conditioned home. And I realize I probably can never complain about the weather for the rest of my life!

24 Books I Plan to Read in 2011

Business and Financial Books I Plan to Read and Review This Year:

January — 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
February — Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living

March — Becoming a Person of Influence
April — Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
May — Life on the Wire: Avoid Burnout and Succeed in Work and Life
June — Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents
July — Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence & Change Your Life in 5 Days
August — Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t
September — America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money
October — Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
November — Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet
December – Personal Investing: The Missing Manual

Other Books I Plan to Read This Year:
January — Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment
February — Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
March — The Possibilities of Prayer
April — The Blessing of Boundaries
May — Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
June — Honey for a Child’s Heart
July — One With Christ
August — A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning
September — Womanly Dominion: More Than A Gentle and Quiet Spirit
October — The Rose Conspiracy
November — Disciplines of a Godly Woman
December –Benjamin Rush: Signer of the Declaration of Independence

What books have you read recently? Any you’d highly recommend?

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97 Comments

  • I felt the same way reading or listening to the Long winter! I was so thankful for insulation and variety in food!

  • Rae says:

    I read “Don’t Make Me Come Up There” free on my Nook and it was so funny!

  • Ashley Anderson says:

    I adore “The Long Winter”! I’ve had a copy since I was in high school and I’ve read it well over 20 times. Its missing both the front and back covers so I probably need a new copy LOL.

  • Stacie says:

    oh oh oh! If you find a book on how to find discipline I would sure love to read it. I am full of grand ideas and intentions, but follow through is my weakest link!

  • sharon says:

    I have made the Artisan bread…we loved it.

  • katherine says:

    my mom read this book about two months ago and we eat artisan bread all the time. at first i wasnt big on it as it is a little denser than i am used to. BUT now i’m starting to love it. especially since i know exactly what goes into it. the bread u buy at walmart has ingredients that i cant pronounce therefore i am hesitant. do you people hear me??

    • michelle says:

      I hear you… Sodium stearoyl lactylate being one of the bigger reasons I started making my own. It’s a mold inhibitor in many of them and a known sleep disruptor in children! Mmmm, so tasty! I love knowing what is in our bread and that I’m giving my family something truly healthy!

  • Annie says:

    Is there a way to get the recipe without buying the book? I can’t tell you how much I’ve spent over the years on bread recipe books and can’t justify another $15-$20 on a bread book. Thanks for any tips – cuz the idea and bread look AWESOME!

  • Marty says:

    How are you ever going to wait so long to start making all that yummy bread? I have been making my own for a few months now and it’s amazing. Maybe if my Dollar tree had your bread deals though it would make a difference in my thought process. 🙂

  • Dana says:

    I wonder if you still plan to read three cups of tea. I started it and and abandoned it when the scandal regarding the author broke. He was recently profiled on 60 minutes and the story made me uncomfortable ultimately with his message. Great idea to plan out your books by month – much more motivating that way 🙂 I’m going to try to start my own list. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Stephanie says:

      I didn’t know about a scandal, but couldn’t get through Three Cups of Tea. I didn’t like how it was written and found it very hard to follow!

    • Carol says:

      I just read the mini-book by Jon Krakauer on my Kindle. It is called Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost his way. Very interesting book. You might want to read some of the back story before you read “Three Cups of Tea.” Krakauer was a supporter of Mortenson for a while before he started questioning some of Mortenson’s projects.

  • catherine says:

    If you enjoyed Randy Alcorn, definitely check out the Treasure Principle. Great book on having an eternal perspective with money/possessions.

    • I also love The Treasure Principle…and it’s a nice short read for a busy mom! 🙂

      • Betsy Durand says:

        So loved this book too! Excellent read and will transform the way you think about spending, saving, thinking about $$.

    • Alyssa says:

      I agree! Randy Alcorn is great and has such a hard, but amazing story of God’s work in his life. He has a refreshing perspective on money and also this life in light of eternity. I would really encourage you to read more of his books. I read the Treasure Principe first and then Money, Possessions, and Eternity. I have also read Heaven and recommend them all!

      • Heather says:

        I love all his books. The treasure principle is one of my favorties and I give it to alot of people. Did you know he writes non-fiction? His books have great messages in all of them. Heaven is his best and I love the picture it paints.

  • AnneJ says:

    I’ve skimmed both “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” and “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day.” Then I put aside the artisan bread book and only used the Healthy Bread one. I’m what they call a purist and prefer to use very little to no white flour in my breads. 🙂 I make their master recipe with 100% spelt flour too! We’ve really enjoyed their bread for flatbreads such as naan, breadsticks, pitas, and pizza crust, but not as a bread itself. I’ve written a bit about it recently on my blog. If anyone wants to try out the recipe first, before getting the book, check my post here: http://annejisca.com/?p=107 This is the link to the artisan bread that we absolutely love making/eating! http://annejisca.com/?p=26

  • Kristen says:

    How do you find time to read so much? That is one area I would love to change in my life…I used to read SO much, but never seem to have time now that I have 4 little ones!

  • stephanie says:

    I was one who was mesmerized with the Artisan Bread book, but couldn’t get the dough right… so we never enjoyed the baked bread… the dough was too wet – and even though I followed the directions in the book to correct this… our bread just never turned out right. I blame it partially on my love/hate with yeast.. for some reason it is hard for me to work with this ingredient!

    • Dee says:

      Were you using a pizza stone and water in the oven for steam? It makes a big difference to the crust of the bread. My son uses a cast iron skillet instead of a pizza stone. That works just as well.

      Wet dough means moist bread.

    • K says:

      One thing to think about that many people don’t realize is important with breads is the weather – what it’s doing outside really impacts your dough and how well it rises. If it’s too humid, the dough definitely doesn’t work the same way.

  • Kaitlin says:

    Love Randy Alcorn’s books – especially his fiction (Safely Home is probably my favorite)! He has a great book on Heaven, as well.

  • Anna says:

    Love the pizza dough in this book! It is my go-to recipe. I usually cut it in half (2 pizza crusts instead of 4) . I have found that you don’t really need the initial 2 hour rise before you put it in the fridge. Just mix up the ingredients, pop it in the fridge, and it’s ready for the next day’s lunch or dinner. The best part? It keeps in the fridge for 12 days!

  • Karin says:

    I’ve now checked this book out from the library 3 different times. I think I’m going to have to purchase it! I’ve enjoyed this bread most when we can share a loaf with a group of people. The bread is as good or better than many restaurant loaves, and it is too delicious not to eat in one sitting!

    Crystal, glad you’re part of the fan club!

  • Sheri says:

    “The Grace and Truth Paradox” is one I’ll have to read. I was given a copy of “The Prodigal God” by Timothy Keller a few years ago, and it really opened my eyes to the other side of the story of the prodigal son. It’s a shorter book, and easy to understand, two things I need in a book these days!

  • Francis says:

    I noticed Three Cups of Tea is on your list. I loved, loved, loved this book and recommended it to everyone. However, it has recently come to light that it may be misleading, to say the least. See the 60 minutes report that Steve Kroft did on the book’s author.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/15/60minutes/main20054397.shtml

  • Alicia says:

    I was looking at your reading list and saw that you are (or will be) reading Three Cups of Tea. I have also read this book and really enjoyed it. I wonder what your thoughts are regarding this book and the current controversy surrounding Greg Mortenson?

  • Kristen Trappett says:

    If you can’t pronouce middle eastern names well I would suggest reading Three Cups of Tea on cd, the reader is excellent and then all the names and places are pronouced correctly if this bugs you. I always sound out weird names and such and it slows me down in reading books like this. Just a thought

  • Amy says:

    I friend recommended the artisian bread book to me a few months back – I’ve read it and plan on trying it soon! The book itself is amazing – I hope the bread is just as amazing!

  • Sandra Lee says:

    I find your selections quite interesting. How do you select your books?

  • I also LOVE the Artisan Bread book! I also got the Healthier Recipes version but I did NOT like that one. In my opinion, the bread turned out flat and sour. My big struggle with the Artisan Bread book is that all the recipes use white flour and I grind my own. At first I just used white flour and we ate the bread as a nice treat.

    I have been experimenting for a while now, though, with freshly ground whole wheat flour, and I am thrilled to say I finally GOT IT!! I have not blogged about that yet (it’s in the works) but I have blogged a lot about baking your bread. In fact, I’m in the middle of a series on how I feed my family of 6 for around $250 a month and I just posted this information on bread:

    If you are curious, you can read my series here:
    http://simplifylivelove.blogspot.com/search/label/Top%2010%20Things%20I%20Don%27t%20Pay%20For

    Looking forward to hearing how you like the bread, Crystal. We LOVE it! And it is so easy. The biggest stumbling block is remembering to pull it out to rise early enough to get the read baked by the time we want it.

  • Casey says:

    Thanks for sharing books you’re reading!

    Beside couponing and shopping (which sometimes can lead to consumerism for me), there are many unique inspirational articles about faith, reading, readers’ experience, and educational ideas, etc. So I don’t loose my vision of why I’m doing all these. MoneySavingMom is a lifestyle not just to spend money to save money. I absolutely love your site! I’m so glad I found your website!

  • Melissa McAlvey says:

    I really enjoyed The Grace and Truth Paradox as well. Such a quick read I didn’t have a chance to lose interested which unfortunately happens a lot to me with nonfiction. I found it encouraging and thought provoking.

  • I just finished “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream” by David Platt. It was excellent, and I highly recommend it. After following your blog for over a year now, I think you would really enjoy it too. It was also a New York Times Best Seller. 🙂

    • Melissa says:

      I second that!

      Reading Radical changed our life…and we weren’t “normal” to begin with! 🙂

    • Yes! Our church read it and did a Bible study on it. It is so wonderful! It definetly renews your perspective on God, and how we can easily Americanize Him. I can go on and on. I found it both extremely convicting and comforting at the same time. He also has a follw up book to that-the name is escaping me, but I am going to read it next.

  • Niki says:

    The book is pretty convincing.

    I also mill my own wheat. I have never had luck with their recipes. Never. (Even when I added vital wheat gluten) I hope you figure out the secret, Crystal.

    Instead, I found a similarly easy crusty bread recipe in my old Betty Crocker. I use the dough cycle on the machine and then oven bake.

  • I have this book and just bought it about 6 months ago because it looked so good (and easy). I’ve made my own bread, but family likes store-bought better. That makes it a bummer to make bread… So, I thought this might be a better option for my picky family.

    I still have yet to make some of their artisan bread, but your post might just motivate me to try it this weekend. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Denaye says:

    I LOVE Randy Alcorn. One of my most favorite books ever is his book entitled Heaven. I think every Christian should read it- we all need our perspectives adjusted now and then, focusing on eternity instead of our daily grind. There’s nothing of his that I haven’t truly enjoyed and wanted to read again!

  • Tara says:

    I just discovered the Artisian bread book a couple of weeks ago and I am IN LOVE! We grind our own wheat, and in the past I have always used a breadmaker. But, that was always so time consuming (at least for us). Then I stumbled upon this book and it has completely changed our bread use!!! I LOVE it!!! We have healthy bread all of the time now!

  • Marlene says:

    I have both artisan bread books, and love them, although one is getting more use. I actually brought it up to the lake last year at my in-law’s place, my MIL got her hands on it and the next day we were eating all SORTS of delicious breads! lol You will love it. I made the basic bread for my husband’s european boss, and he was so impressed he took a picture of the book to send to his wife.

    I’m sure you’re heard of this, but because you asked . . . “Heaven Is For Real” by Todd Burpo is amazing. It is a super quick read and was personally, a blessing to me. I would consider it a must-read 🙂

  • If you like Little House, I recommend the “Love Comes Softly” books and movies. There are so good and something the whole family can watch.

    • Wendy says:

      I love Janette Oke’s books also. I’ve read the Love comes softly series many times. You are right—excellent books.

  • Crystal,

    I am intrigued about how you manage to read so many books and still do all you do with your blog, homeschooling, etc. Do you have any tips on finding time to fit in all the reading that you do?

    • Crystal says:

      Hm, I’m wondering if I should do a post on this rather than try to answer in the comments. I’ll add that to my list and see if I can’t get that done in the next few weeks. I don’t have any magical suggestions, but I have found some thing that work well for me.

    • Koree says:

      Personally I always keep my current read in my purse. Then at lunch at work or waiting around at the dr. for example I can read a few pages. I work full-time, am a student, and help my boyfriend with his daughter every other weekend.

      • Brandy@TeamChandler says:

        When I workout on the treadmill or the crosstrainer, I read every time (unless I am jogging the treadmill of course). I also read to and from town as my hubby drives. I get lots of reading done this way.

    • Lexa says:

      I have three children – recently turned 6, almost 3 1/2, and almost 9 months. I love to read and frequently use that first hour after the girls go to bed (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.) as my reading time. We also do a family version of ‘DEAR’ – Drop Everything and Read. I’ll set a timer for 15 minutes and our two older girls will read while I’m reading, finishing making dinner, etc. (and the baby is napping or playing with her toys and I can watch her). We started our girls young with ‘this is time to read’ – we have pictures of our oldest when she was 6 months old, laying on her tummy ‘reading’ for 20 minutes at a time!

      I will say this – when each of the girls were little (toddler age), I mostly only had time for magazines – short, to-the-point articles. Otherwise I would find myself reading the same chapter of a book over and over and never getting anywhere because of so many disruptions!

      And finally, I second whomever said ‘read on the treadmill at the gym.’ I take a magazine or book with me to the Y and *very carefully* try to read on the treadmill. Or I might take the easier option and ride the stationary bike, if I have a really good book to read. 🙂

  • Inez L. says:

    Hi Crystal!

    My husband got me hooked on this trilogy by Francine Rivers. It’s the Mark of the Lion Trilogy. The first book is, “A Voice in the Wind”, the second is, “Echo in the Darkness”, the third is, ” As Sure as the Dawn”. They are thick books, but SO worth it!

    After reading the trilogy I went in search of more of her books at her website, francinerivers.com, and found more to read.

    Her books are SO good I recommmend them to everyone I know.

    Thanks for all of your good ideas Crystal!

    Inez L.

  • A N says:

    Regarding the Grace Truth Paradox – Randy Alcorn is our FAVORITE author. I highly recommend all of his books but especially Heaven (life changer though it’s not short). His fiction is excellent – don’t pick it up unless you don’t have much to do for the next few days!
    🙂

  • A few people have mentioned it, but I was also going to comment that they recently discredited the man who wrote Three Cups of Tea. I enjoyed the book until I heard about his unethical business dealings.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/15/60minutes/main20054397.shtml

    I also recommend Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman. I also recently read the biographies of Helen Roseveare, who was a missionary to the Congo in the 1960’s. I found those very convicting and inspiring. Last but not least, I recently read Love That Lasts by Gary and Betsy Ricucci on marriage. I have read a lot of books on marriage, but this one had some new ideas and encouraging tips for strengthening you marriage.

  • Melissa says:

    I have so enjoyed some of the books you are also reading-Three Cups of Tea is both inspiring and eye-opening and Pour Your Heart Into It is also fascinating and insightful. Although not exclusively about discipline, The Five Love Languages of Children (by: Dr. Gary Chapman) is a great book to help understand the makeup of children and tailor your discipline to their personality type and The Strong Willed Child (by: Dr. James Dobson) gives great, practical tips on helping a child with a strong personality thrive and grow.

  • Toni says:

    Suggestion: Bump CM Companion up to July. You’ll want to DRINK it in within a few chapters, and to linger over what you’ve read as you prepare for your coming year.

  • Patti says:

    I have that Artisan Bread book and it is that easy! And the bread is so yummy! You’ll love having dough in the fridge ready for warm bread anytime you want!

  • Rachel says:

    I loved, loved, loved Large Family Logistics. But then, I have 8 kids 9 and under, so her methods really work for me. I think the best part was the Myth of Me Time. So true, no matter how many kids you have.

    Just a thought: I like to make the artisan bread using the no-knead bread method that’s all over online. Instead of using the pizza stone/water, put it in a cast-iron (or other casserole dish with a cover), covered in the stove. It turns out tastier and is much less work.

    I enjoy your thoughts on your reading!

  • Aubrey in SA says:

    LOVE that bread! It has become our go-to dinner bread here. I have to make 2 loaves for 8 people but soooo easy! Do yourself a favour and dont even try to do it without buying the BIG lidded tub (I drilled a few holes in mine for airflow) and the danish dough whisk. Amazon sells both and they are a lifesaver.

    Are you still planning on reading “3 Cups of Tea” even though it was mostly now shown to be a scam? I was about to read it then thought now I didnt need to bother;)

  • Betsy Durand says:

    Crystal, I just finished the book- Unplanned by Abby Johnson. It was excellent– simple and a quick, very insightful, though-provoking read. I have four boys under 7 and somehow I managed to read this in 2 days and they were still played with, fed, and clothed! But, it is that good. I am also in the middle of Randy Alcorn’s book- Heaven. Excellent as well. I noticed you have How to have a new kid by Friday on your list and (for what it’s worth), I did not find this nearly as helpful or biblically informed as other parenting books such as Ted Tripp’s books or a new release called Gospel-powered Parenting (which, btw, is very good and very grounded in Scripture). Thank you for sharing your reviews– my interest in certainly peaked on the artisan bread book!

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks for sharing! The book I’m planning to read is actually Have a New You By Friday. I think it’s similar to Have a New Kid, but not about parenting, but about changing your own life.

      • Sheila says:

        I love Kevin Leaman’s books – he’s all about saying what you mean, following through & reality discipline (with a little humor thrown in). If you’re looking for a Christian book, I’m reading Crazy Love right now & would recommend.

  • Karen says:

    Crystal,

    I have also read Large Family Logistics. I told my husband I would have to re-read it every year as it was so full of great ideas that I wouldn’t be able to implement them all.

    Another book I’ve read recently that I cannot recommend highly enough is Safely Home, by Tom Eldridge put out by Vision Forum. It was a quick, incredibly convicting, and very meaty read!

  • Koree says:

    I recently finished Freedom by Jonanthan Franzen (wouldn’t really recommend). I adore David Sedaris and his memoir Naked had me rolling!!
    I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and was completely mesmerized. This is one of the best books I have EVER read. I am currently reading Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (it’s okay so far).

  • I just started reading Life Management for Busy Women by Elizabeth George. Have you read that?
    My sister-in-law told me that it made a huge impact on her life, so I had to read it 🙂
    I have enjoyed the first two chapters where she speaks about the discipline of daily Bible study and prayer.

  • Lisa A says:

    I highly recommend the Artisan Bread book. I checked it out from the library to see what all the hoopla was about and had to buy a copy of it for myself. The bread is delicious!

  • so you made it through the Long Winter huh? we struggled with that one. I consider being in the next book my reward for finishing it. Although I love the insight, it felt like it was overdrawn, like they kept saying the same thing over and over. We (my 5 and 3 year olds and myself) are reading a chapter a day through the books, but that was the hardest one for all of us.

  • Wendy says:

    I highly recommend “Same Kind of Different as Me.” It is hands down one of the best books I have ever read and will change the way you see people. I will never look at a homeless person the same way again.

  • Carrie says:

    I found myself holding back tears while reading the girls The Long Winter. As I child, I really didn’t realize that these children were on the verge of starving to death, but as an adult, when I read about Laura wanting to put her head down on the table and not being able to study anymore, I wanted to cry. OK, I did cry a few times, and my kids HATE it when I cry, but I couldn’t help it.

  • jessica says:

    I just finish reading Havah, by Tosca Lee; very thought provoking, highly enjoyable! Now reading Same Kind of Different as Me (phenomenal). Highly recommend!

  • Amanda Y. says:

    Oh you’ll love it! Your only regret will be having waited this long to read and make it!

  • Patty R. says:

    I’m halfway through “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. I was worried that it would be another self-centered journey like Eat, Pray, Love, but I’ve found it to be inspirational, easy to read, and a nice boost to my own happiness. The author focuses on happiness itself (what makes people happy, etc.), how being happy helps others around you, and her own goals to increase her happiness throughout one year. I very rarely buy books, but I’m seriously considering purchasing this one because it’s been so valuable.

  • Linda says:

    I read Holy Discontent by Bill Hybels, and it challenged me to do more with my life than just the mundane living. I am reading another book by Bill Hybels, The Power of a Whisper, about when God whispers to us, and that we are always listening. These books have really changed my life.

  • By far, my favorite discipline books are Dr. Dobson’s Dare to Discipline and Parenting Isn’t for Cowards are two of my absolute favorites. Also, he has written Bringing Up Boys and Bringing Up Girls, both of which I have read and they continue to help me with my parenting of boys and girls. They are fabulous.

  • Niki says:

    I highly highly recommend Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

  • K says:

    Another AMAZING bread book is The Breadbaker’s Apprentice, by Peter Reindhart. He has several books, actually, but I like BBA the best. It’s a book not just of recipes but really focuses on technique and learning how to work with bread well regardless of the type of bread you’re baking. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is interested in working with yeasted breads!

  • Cortney says:

    You have to read “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. Growing up in church I think I had this boring view of heaven but this really opened my eyes to all the awesome things Gods word says about it. Its really awesome! I pray your blessed as much as I am by it!
    Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers is also really great you will be so convicted by the characters courage and faith( although they are fictional i’m sure there were many in that time of similar faith.)
    Be blessed!

  • Tiffany says:

    I made the master recipe from the Artisan Bread book today and it was SO good. I’ve never made bread before and it probably cost me .25. I’m totally hooked! Thanks for adding it to your list!

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