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A Peek Into My Life This Past Week (+ win a stack of books from me!)

Welcome to my weekly Sunday post where we take a break from money-related posts and I share about what I’m loving right now and give you a little peek into our life from the past week.

I told you last week that I had BIG plans for this week — to not only commit to getting up at 4:30 a.m. every morning, but also to bring back my much-requested morning Periscope show.

I’m so thrilled because not only did I get up around 4:30 to 4:45 a.m. every day this past week, I stuck with my commitment to be on Periscope every morning, too.

AND, best of all, I got so much done this week and had a lot of breathing room in my life for the most important things — like relationships!

It was so successful, that I’ve decided to continue it for at least this next week, as well. No promises after that… I’m just taking this one week at a time! 🙂

This week, I’m also going to work on doing a better job of actually getting in bed before 9 p.m. — something that I struggled with this past week, mostly just because that’s at least an hour earlier than I usually get to bed! I know it’s very doable with our current season of life… I just have to, you know, DO IT. 😉

What I’m Reading

I haven’t been doing as much reading recently, but this week, I did a better job of at least getting in a little reading time every day. Hopefully next week, I’ll be able to report that I actually finished some books.

Right now, I’m reading: Thou Givest, They Gather (an old Christian reprint), A Gospel Primer (a spiritually encouraging book), 10% Happier (a story-driven book), and The Big Leap (a book on life improvement).

{See my Reading Goals for 2017. Also, see the 36 books I’ve read so far in 2017 here.}

{Psst! In case you noticed that my rug is off-centered in this photo, read this.}

What I’m Watching

We’re continuing to really enjoy Designated Survivor and are also watching the latest season of Amazing Race together as a family.

What I’m Listening To

This week, I listened to episodes of podcasts from Sorta Awesome and Cultivating the Lovely. I also watched/listened to the entire What’s 4 Dinner Challenge that is going to be part of the upcoming Homemaking Bundle (more details on the bundle later this week).

What I’m Loving

I’m absolutely loving the new raglan shirts we launched with Cents of Style this week. And if you saw me this week, you probably saw me wearing one! 🙂

As you well know, I’m LOVING the Slow Cooker Menu Plan from Eat at Home and am excited to continue sharing the recipes I’m making on this menu plan every morning on Facebook Live at 9 a.m. CT.

One Thing I Accomplished This Week

I’m a Marie Kondo failure when it comes to the whole folding clothes thing. I read the book, I looked at blog posts on it, I watched the videos… and I really did try. But my drawers were just in constant disarray.

I got tired of digging through clothes, having to spend extra time looking for what I needed, and feeling discouraged every time I opened up my drawers.

So I decided it was high time I try something different… because clearly my current non-system wasn’t cutting it.

I pulled everything out of my dresser, hung up almost everything (including nicer tees and jeans), and bought organizers for the remaining items in my drawers (workout clothes, leggings, pjs, socks, etc.).

It makes me SO happy to open up each of my dresser drawers and see a neat and tidy system and space in each drawer!

I kind of just want to keep opening each drawer up to look at it and admire it! (Okay, I might be weird! ;))

I didn’t stress over getting them folded all perfectly since I’m just going to be pulling it out and wearing it, and it’s not Marie Kondo approved, but it works for me!!

What I’m Celebrating

Moms, it’s sometimes easy to forget what our kids are capable of. I’ve been working on trying to divvy up the household responsibilities even more instead of just doing things myself because it’s “quicker and easier.”

It may be quicker and easier in the short-term, but in the long run, it means that we are missing opportunities to let our kids learn new things, take more ownership, find the fulfillment that comes from accomplishing a task successfully… and it means we end up doing a lot more work than we need to be doing!

Case in point: I was getting ready to make some bread for dinner a few days ago when I realized that Kaitlynn could probably learn how to make bread and I had time to teach her.

She was so excited about making it, but then surprised me by asking if she could use a recipe she had found in her homemade gifts book.

It was her first time to make bread and she made the entire recipe herself with almost zero help from me. The end result was this amazing sourdough-like bread that wowed us all at dinner!! And the loaf lasted all of about 15 minutes!

She made it again the next day, too. I think I could get used to this. 😉

A Word of Encouragement for Moms, Especially

“I’m trying to get up by 7:30 am and had been feeling good about that. I just read your post about getting up at 4:30 am and now I feel pathetic!”

Someone left the above comment on one of my posts about getting up early and I wanted to reach through the screen and hug that woman and celebrate the fact that she’s getting up at 7:30 am.

You guys. Please remember that my kids are 12, 9, and 7. They are sleeping through the night. They can bathe and dress themselves. They can get their own breakfasts. They can even buckle themselves in the car! (Oh how I remember the days of 3 kids in car seats who all needed my help getting in and out of the car!!)

Also, please remember that my husband gets up early and has a very flexible schedule, so this works for his schedule, too.

Please remember that I’m a morning person.

Please remember that this 4:30 am thing is an experiment.

Please remember that what works for me won’t work for you. And what works for me in one season won’t work for me in another season.

Please celebrate where you are, who you are, the season of life you’re in, and the schedule you have. Please don’t feel discouraged by me and the crazy things I do over here sometimes.

Please do you and what works for you. And know that even if you get up at 11:30 am every morning, if that works for you and your family, there is no shame or guilt there.

You’re doing a great job. Keep it up!

A Photo I Had to Share

This photo moves me at a deep level. You see, this boy struggled for three years to learn how to read.

Both of his sisters started reading pretty easily at 4. He just couldn’t get it in preschool like they did. He couldn’t get it in kindergarten. He couldn’t get it in first grade.

We tried one curriculum. Then another. Then another.

Nothing worked.

He was frustrated because there was so much that he couldn’t do by himself without being able to read. He wanted to learn to read so badly and it just wasn’t clicking.

When he started going to school in the fall, we had him take first grade again — because we knew he really needed to be reading independently to move on to second grade.

We found out later that he pulled his teachers aside and told them that he couldn’t read and he didn’t really want the other kids to know so could they help him.

They were so amazing to quietly work with him and help him — without the other kids knowing — and then to do class reading exercises that were specifically designed to help Silas. They said within just a few weeks, he was able to be a part of the class reading groups — which made him so proud!

He has since really taken off with reading and spelling and, a few weeks ago, when we had parent-teacher conferences, his teachers told us he is reading and writing at first grade level!!!

I snuck this picture of him one morning this past week when he wasn’t looking. It’s of him reading the Bible verses for our morning breakfast/Bible reading.

He loves, loves, loves to look up the verses and read them all by himself. And my mama heart is just so proud of him for how far he’s come this year. But mostly, it makes me heart thrilled that he loves reading God’s Word!

In Case You Missed It

Want to win this stack of books?

I thought it would be fun for me to do a giveaway here every once in awhile on Sundays — giving away some of our our products, items I’ve been sent two of, books I’ve already read and want to pass on, or other items I have that we no longer need and would like to pass onto a great home!

To win this stack this week, leave a comment letting us know what you are currently reading or what is your favorite book that you’ve read recently.

I’ll choose one winner from all of the comments and will email that winner personally + post the winner next week on my Peek Into My Life This Week Post.

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  • Rachel says:

    I am reading “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaefer Macaulay.

  • Stacia says:

    “Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. I has shaken my prayer life for the better!

  • Carly says:

    That bread looks amazing! I’m reading Life After by Katie Ganshert.

  • Geri Seal says:

    I am reading “Flight Patterns” by Karen White. A pure pleasure read!!

  • Lisa says:

    I just finished “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult, which I would highly recommend.

  • Jennie says:

    Currently reading The Broken Way.

  • Lauren Henry says:

    Listening to Lilac Girls while driving to work.

  • Ashley Fremder says:

    I’m currently reading Present over Perfect!

  • Deb says:

    I am reading Made for More by Hannah Anderson, but I just listened to Messy Beautiful Friendship by Christine Hoover and Finding God in My Loneliness by Lydia Brownback. All three are excellent. Our library is connected with Hoopla, so we can download 5 free audio books per month. Great to listen to when ironing or on the treadmill or doing some other mind freeing activity.

    Thanks for the giveaway and WOO-HOO for getting up at 4:30 a.m.!

  • Shannon Hutchens says:

    Currently reading “Unglued” by Lysa Terkeurst. Love reading your blog posts too! Thanks for all you do.

  • Margaret says:

    Till we have faces by Lewis

  • Emily Moye says:

    Fringe Hours!

  • Siobhan says:

    I’m reading Harry Potter for the umteenth time.

    Homemade bread is the best!

  • sarah n says:

    I’m currently reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”, a memoir by Haruki Murakami. It’s a reflection on how running has influenced other areas of his life more than it’s a book about running. I’m loving it so far.

  • AMy says:

    Big Stone Gap

  • Jen says:

    I wish I was reading something right now! I moved out of state 10 days ago. I had a few minutes on Friday to swing by the local library to get a card and some reading material but, wouldn’t you know it, they’re closed on Fridays! I start my new full-time job tomorrow so I probably won’t have time to go again until next weekend. In the meanwhile, my Amazon wish list keeps growing!

  • Christy B says:

    Re-reading the Harry Potter series with my 9 year old. It’s wonderful to see her get excited about the series, beyond what she had already seen in the movie.

  • Paula Cox says:

    I am currently reading Love Walked Among Us by Paul E. Miller.

  • Kelly Chartier says:

    I am reading “Raising Grateful Kids in an Ungrateful World” by Kristen Welch.

  • Emily F says:

    I’m reading Marriage Matters as part of the counseling training I’m doing.

  • Denise says:

    Getting ready to start an advanced copy of Dee Henderson’s next book! But the best book I’ve read recently is Life After by Katie Ganshert! It released on 4-18!

  • Sarah says:

    I finished the first book of C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, “Out of the Silent Planet.” Great if you need some fun fiction but with meaning. Also reading “The Magnolia Story” which is excellent.

  • Emily says:

    Thanks for the peek into your life this week! I’m reading The Fringe Hours right now and highly recommend it.

  • Brenda says:

    I just got “The Case Against Sugar” from the library. A recent favorite is “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman. It’s a dystopian story of life after humans have conquered death. It made me think a lot about what it means to be human and mortal, but it probably isn’t for everyone.

  • Kim says:

    I am reading the Red River of the North series by Laurraine Smelling.

  • Jennifer says:

    Next on my list is “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu for a whole church read next month.

  • Tammy says:

    I am reading Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy Sayers.

  • Terry Jane Velasquez says:

    Hi, Crystal,
    I look forward to your Peek Into My Life every week. It is now part of my Sunday routine to read it. I especially like to find out your book recommendations. I have purchased many of them, as, interestingly enough, my local library does not carry most of them, and it is a large metro area library. I have 🙂 been giving them titles as suggestions to purchase. Please keep recommending books. The ones you have been suggesting seem to be the ones I need for this season in my life, and I am grateful.

  • Kimmie says:

    I am reading “Giddy Up, Eunice” by Sophie Hudson! Love these posts Crystal – keep ’em coming;/)

  • Kathy says:

    I am currently reading and enjoying The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan.

  • Heather B. says:

    Right now I’m reading two of Maria Emmerich’s books, “Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking”, and “The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse”. Also reading a volume of Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries to my son.

  • Sylvia Baker says:

    I’m listening to The Zookeepers Wife and reading Mere Christianity–again!

  • AnnaMarie Bonilla says:

    While I am enjoying my 9th pregnancy I am taking time to put my feet up and rest each day by reading “Starry Eyed” by Mandy Arioto. The book was given to each of us moms in our MOPS group this year.

  • Mrs S says:

    I’m reading “An Orphan’s Tale” which is captivating (so far)!

    I love that you’re getting up early to get things done! The last week of the month, I’m up a little later each night (it’s a busy time for work that can’t be spread out to other weeks) as I’ve learned that it’s my most productive time

  • Bethany says:

    I am reading “Love Unending” by Becky Thompson…about “rediscovering your marriage in the midst of motherhood.” Love this book and the 21-day challenge to strengthen my marriage!!

  • Sonyia says:

    I am currently reading “Loving my Actual Life”. It’s perfect for my current season!

  • Terri says:

    I am reading The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni.

  • Steph Baker says:

    i just finished Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss!

  • Jaci says:

    I am currently reading “Loving my Actual Life.” It resonates very well. 🙂

  • Diane says:

    I’ll admit that I’m not reading anything right now. Your post was a good reminder that I need to make reading more of a priority since I enjoy it so much.

  • Ellen says:

    I just read “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson

  • Krista Miller says:

    Reading “Grace Not Perfection” by Emily Ley

  • Meghan says:

    Im reading Getting past perfect by Kate Wicker. Of that stack say goodbye to survival mode and never unfriended stand out as I need in this season of my life!

  • Melissa Bell says:

    I’m reading “She Reads Truth”

  • Ellen says:

    I just read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

  • Halina says:

    Currently reading Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory.

  • Stacy Allen says:

    I have started a second part time job to help pay for my children’s tuition. So…I am reading over all my corporate training modules. I would love to have your stack of books to read when my training is over though!

  • Marilyn Noe says:

    I just finished three books by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) the Cormoran Strike novels: The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. Excellent murder thrillers.

  • Mandy Ritchhart says:

    I’m reading Co-Dependant No More by Melody Beattie. I’m also reading Hashimoto’s Protocol by Izabella Wentz and I just got in the mail my copy of Business Boutique by Christy Wright.

  • Carol says:

    I just finished “The Course of Love” yesterday. It’s an interesting format: the love story (from meeting through kids) of a couple, interspersed with non-fiction commentary on relationships, etc. Since I am getting ready to celebrate my 20th anniversary in June, it was neat to read the perspectives presented. I am also reading “How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne.” It’s a more cerebral read, but I am enjoying reading about his life and views. When I have a few minutes, I read a few segments from Tim Ferriss’s “Tools of Titans.” That one may take awhile for me to get through!

  • Anna Rose says:

    The last books I’ve read were Church Choir Mysteries. The church library gave tons of books away last year and these were part of the books I picked.

  • Tasha S says:

    I am reading Uninvited.

    Most of the books in this stack are on my wish list. What a fabulous giveaway!!


  • Jin G says:

    I’m reading Parenting by Paul Tripp. I’m only on chapter three, but it’s SO good so far!!

  • Charlotte L says:

    I am reading Hidden Figures. I am enjoying the perspective of the women who made such a difference at a time when they were nearly invisible.

  • Heidi says:

    Between Heaven & the Real World: My Story by Steven Curtis Chapman and Ken Abraham. Not going to lie. Bought it in March after a job interview. It’s been such a hard last six months, so it’s been slow going but I do enjoy it. I also look forward to these posts each week. Thanks for your honesty and vulnerability.

  • Vickie says:

    I am currently reading “The Broken Way” and The Princes of Ireland”
    That bread looks wonderful!

  • Amy says:

    I am rereading the Harry Potter books and I am currently on book 3. My kids love it and I am reading it with my youngest.

  • Tasha S says:

    Not sure if my comment posted.

    I’m reading Uninvited.

    Most of these books are on my wishlist. What a great giveaway.

  • Christine says:

    Well, I am working my way through a few books right now. I am thoroughly enjoying the birds/spring this year so I decided to read through ‘Keeping A Nature Journal’ by Clare Walker Leslie & Charles E. Roth. I think this is one that will take me all summer to digest. We are finishing our school year this week and my thoughts are jumping ahead to next year wondering how we can make it an even better year. So I am reading ‘For The Children’s Sake’ by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay for inspiration. Lastly ‘Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World’ by Joanna Weaver has been such an encouragement to me in my spiritual walk. I absolutely love all the books in your give away pile and will be putting them on my wish list for sure. Thanks for taking time to write a peek in my life posts. Love reading them.

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  • Cindy says:

    Great update! I’m enjoying Sally Clarkson’s “Seasons of a Mother’s Heart.”

  • Jill says:

    I just finished The Zoo keepers wife. Great book. True story. I am reading
    The Magnolia Story

  • carrie says:

    Several of those are on my to-read list!

    I just finished Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave–a very powerful story set in WWII.

  • Katy says:

    I am currently reading The Nightingale (which I feel like everyone else has already read), and it’s pretty good so far! I’m not normally a WW2 era person for my historical fiction. I usually go more for British monarchs or “out west on the prairie homesteads”. And I read At Home in the World last week and loved it!

  • Michelle says:

    I am reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

  • Bethany says:

    Live Love Repeat by Karen Ehman with P31 online Bible Study. Great easy practical book to read.

  • Tamboliya says:

    SHAKEN by Tim Tebow.

  • Molly says:

    I’m a speech and debate coach, and lately I’ve been reading a lot of very heavy books, looking for interp pieces for my students for next year. My girls just performed “I Dream Before I Take The Stand” by Arlene Hutton, and I just finished reading “Love my Rifle More Than You.” Both are very intense pieces.

  • I loved your encouragement on doing life the way YOUR OWN family/personality/life works best. It is so important that none of us thinks one way is BEST when it comes to the methods we implement in life. My current read is “Relationships-A mess worth making” by Paul David Tripp. His books are so good!

  • AE says:

    I’m reading Out of the Spin Cycle by Jen Hatmaker. It’s older, but I’m glad I picked it up.

  • Emily Blythe says:

    I just finished “The Zookeeper’s Wife” which was a disappointment. I loved the story, and heard the movie is good, but the actual writing itself wasn’t great. That said, I am glad I read it as I learned a lot about WW2 in Poland.

  • Allecia says:

    Just finished Wonder and also Love your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze. All of the books in your stack are on my wish list!

  • Jenny B says:

    I’m reading “The Dragon behind the glass” about the arowana fish trade.

  • Tricia Roland says:

    I’m currently working through 3 books:
    I’m listening to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
    I’m digitally reading The One Thing by Gary Keller
    And my before bed book (non-digital) is You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

  • Brianna says:

    “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst pretty much is responsible for bringing me back to my faith. I was questioning EVERYTHING….even the basics. It came at the right time.

  • Heather Wright says:

    I just read Hillbilly Elegy. It was a fascinating study of people and very thought provoking!

  • Heather Eavers says:

    I haven’t had time to read lately, although I have lots of John Grisham qued up on my kindle. The pediatrician recommended that I read some behavior books…. I may try to skim those.

  • Cassie says:

    The Last Mile by David Baldacci and The Royal We by Heather Cocks.

  • Rayelene says:

    I just finished listening to Lilac Girls (on your recommendation)… SOOO good and I’ve recommended it to everyone I know!! I am now reading Unglued

  • Carol says:

    The Good Father.
    Thank you.

  • marilyn says:

    Final Gifts by M. Callahan

  • Kristy says:

    I’m reading “Lilac Girls” and I can’t put it down! Thanks for recommending it!

  • Lisa L says:

    Hi! I’m reading “Versailles A Biography of a Palace” by Tony Spawforth. I’ve always loved history and old houses and I’m lucky enough to be going to Paris in June. I’m planning on going to Versailles and tour the palace and gardens. This book is informative and interesting and I’m learning some history of the place to enrich my visit!

  • Sarah Anne says:

    The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan is really good!

  • Courtney says:

    Just finished “Lizzy and Jane” and currently reading “The Case for Christ.”

  • Stacie says:

    I am reading harry potter, book 2, with my son. I’ve read them a million times but it is his first and I love it! (and that bread looks amazing! Your daughter rocked it!)

  • Breanna C says:

    I am currently reading “Freedom of Simplicity” by Richard J. Foster.

  • Kandace says:

    I’m between books right now, but I’ve been reading books from the Who Was…? Series with my little people at bedtime. Fascinating! They’re in love with the series. We’ve read Dr. Seuss, Walt Disbey, Julia Child, Maurice Sendak, Marie Curie, Muhammad Ali, and now we’re on Who Was Neil Armstrong?. Loving this series and learning about these historical figures with my kiddos!

  • Sarah says:

    I don’t know if it’s a favorite but I just read “The Girl With All The Gifts” and it was quite a book! Done in two days as I couldn’t go another night in suspense!

  • Mary says:

    I’m reading More Or Less by Jeff Shinabarger which has really opened my eyes as to what is enough. I’m also reading Becoming a Girl of Grace by Catherine Bird. It’s a great mother/daughter Bible study.

  • Luci Vaughn says:

    The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution– interesting to see the backgrounds of why the constitution is the way it is.

  • Tina says:

    Currently reading At Home In Mitford

  • Jen says:

    I’m a new mom with a 5 month old. I’m currently reading Sassy Let’s Count! A first book of numbers which my daughter got from Imagination Library. I’d like to win this stack of books because I have a special needs daughter so I can’t bring her out because she can’t get sick or she can end up in the hospital- so I haven’t had a chance to go to the library. I understand Silas’ reading and your feelings – my daughter works so hard compared to other babies- even at such a young age. Maybe it’s just a mom thing, but when she finally gets something another baby her age may have gotten a while ago, it makes me soooo proud. I think the struggle helps me to thank God and be so thankful and proud 🙂

  • Nicole Hensley says:

    Currently I am( unfortunately) not reading anything for fun, I am at the end of a long hard battle to graduate from college. I miss real books so very much!! I will be having surgery right after my graduation on May 6th and I will be stocking up on things to read for my 4 week recovery!! 🙂

  • Christina says:

    Right now I’m reading Go Giver! So far it’s shaping out to be a good read 🙂

  • Sarah A says:

    I’m currently reading Undone by Michele Cushatt based on your recommendation 🙂 and some struggles I’m going through. Her story is an amazingly honest and encouraging read so far.

  • Stephanie Kokas says:

    Right now I’m not reading any books. I promised myself I would read through the 20+ magazines that have piled up since October. But I have a few books waiting patiently on a bookshelf to be read. !y favorite book that I most recently read was The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up. Really made me stop and think about what I own, buy and get, and reevaluate what I spend money on.

  • Terri White says:

    I LOVE your blog and the real life you share. I am currently reading “In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day”. I found it at a library book sale for 10 cents. I recognized the title from one of your blog posts where you had read it so I picked it up. I am thankful to have recognized it from reading your blog, otherwise I may have missed this inspiring little book.

  • Peggy says:

    I just finished “All the Ways the Lord Has Led Us” by my dear friend, Joni Moede. It’s a testimony of how the Lord las led her and her husband during and since her 13 year old son’s diagnosis of brain cancer and passing from this life into eternity of heaven.

  • Lorianne Stogsdill says:

    I am reading a book about the Duke of a Windsor and his betrayal of Britain during WW2.
    I would love to win these books; 3 of them are on my “to read” list!!

  • Taynia says:

    I am in the middle of reading “Lost On The Appalachian Trail” by Kyle Rohrig. My 2018 goal is to hike the AT, so I’m soaking up the experiences of others. This is the second AT book I’ve read.

  • Shaunta Caine says:

    I’m currently reading Small Great Things. It’s about a black nurse who is charged with murder of a white patient. I’m a nurse myself and this book really delves into our work and race relations. I’m really enjoying it.

  • Tyna says:

    I am STILL trying to read A Practical View of Christianity (Wilberforce). It was written in the late 1700’s so even though the words are English, the vocabulary is intense. I have to read it slowly. And it’s thought provoking. And I have 6 kids, so, you know, no time to read…

  • Right now I’m reading David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens with the Audible narration. I’ve never read and listened to a book at the same time, and I am really enjoying it. It also helps with the language used as well. My favorite two books I’ve finished lately (it’s a tie) are Heart Made Whole, by Christa Black Gifford and For the Children’s Sake, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.

  • Misty says:

    I am reading Bread and Wine

  • carol says:

    I just started The Nightengale, great book

  • Bethany says:

    I just started reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

  • Katharine says:

    Oh, thanks for the chance. There are several books in that stack that are on my totally want to read list. I just finished up Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Book 5 — sometimes you just need a little break from reality and time to read for the shear enjoyment of reading. This series totally fits the bill even if they were written for the 8-12 year old age group. Love, love, love them.

  • Tracy Criswell says:

    I’m almost done reading The Shack. It’s quite an eye opener for me. Now looking for another book to read 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    I’m currently reading The One Thing by Gary Keller. What a fantastic way of aligning our goals with big results!
    I’ve had the opportunity to watch a session about this book via The Peak Work Performance Summit last week. It really pushed me to look big and small at the same time to achieve great results.

  • Tara Dubiel says:

    I am currently reading The Things We Wish Were True and I’m listening to the audio version of Little Women. Thanks. 🙂

  • Angie says:

    currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

  • April Maez says:

    I’m currently reading “Full Disclosure” by Dee Henderson. I just finished “Simply Tuesday” and it is truly an amazing book!! One of the best I’ve read in a while!

  • Courtney says:

    Currently reading The Great Gatsby, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Anne of Green Gables, and rereading an old favorite Karen Essex novel.

    Two of these are for the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge. I’m hoping that this year I’ll actually make it through one. “Assigned” reading is so hard for me!!

    And I should probably add the fourth Harry Potter as well as the Classic Starts Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (the kids and I are reading these for school).

  • Carol says:

    Currently I am reading Knowing God by J.I. Packer, the book of Leviticus, Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

  • Carrie says:

    I recently finished Boys in the Boat which is excellent! Currently reading 2 books Rising Strong and Simplicity Parenting.

  • Lacy says:

    I recently finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows…for the first time! It was so so good! I am also in the midst of Present over Perfect and am really being encouraged and challenged by it.

  • Lorie V says:

    I’m currently reading Trim Healthy Mama. I need to make some lifestyle dietary changes. I also loved Candace Cameron Buren’s book Reshaping It All.

  • tera says:

    After losing my job on Wednesday, I’m reading “The idiot’s guide to Living on a Budget” which is something I’ve faltered from occasionally. Please pray for me. We were already struggling before.

  • Andrea says:

    I’m reading Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

  • I’m currently reading Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson. My favorite read was “Unbroken”. I’d love to read Different by the Clarkson’s next.

  • I’m reading Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. Wodehouse is Luke vacation on paper. I also just got Money Saving Mom’s Budget and I’m so excited to dive into that tonight once our little guy goes to bed. I love your blog and I’m looking forward to the book.
    Thanks for hosting this! You are so sweet.
    PS I love the rug thing. I think I have to go find something to put off-center now. 😉

  • Amanda Cottrell says:

    I’m reading At Home in the World. So good!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m currently reading Housewife Theologian by Aimee Byrd. What a breath of doctrinal fresh air! I’m certain that I need to read Never Unfriended. I read her sample chapters and cried. Have had a rough couple of years in this department and am slowly healing and finding my way to deeper, longer lasting relationships. Pick me!??

  • Emily Hayes says:

    I just finished None So Blind (Havig) and Dear Mr. Knightley. I’m am about to start Hollow City

  • Madison says:

    I’m reading Love & Respect by Dr.Emerson Eggerichs. It’s a book I’ve been reading as part of a Young Married Couples Sunday School class. It’s been pretty eye opening to some of the things I’ve been guilty of that are sabotaging my marriage. Definitely a worthwhile read!

  • Jen says:

    I haven’t been reading anything but the Bible and a devotional but would like to jump back into reading!

  • Reva says:

    Just finished chip & Joanna book.really enjoyed it.

  • Alicia says:

    I just finished Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. It’s a compelling nonfiction read about the medicalization of dying. Although it’s not a Christian book, I found it interesting how afraid of dying our society has become. Without faith, there is no hope. Without hope, we must avoid death at all costs.

  • Robin says:

    I am currently reading a study guide for getting my certification as a Information Systems Auditor. Try ting to devote as much reading time to that until my test, not as enjoyable but it will be worth it!

  • Alex says:

    I have been on a children’s literature kick and have been reading Edith Nesbits books and the Half-Magic series. Both are older books (Nesbit – late 1800s and Eager – early 1900s) and are such heartwarming inspiring stories!!

  • Rebecca Dula says:

    The year of living Danishly : uncovering the secrets of the world’s happiest country by Helen Russell.

  • I just started reading Rachel Macy Stafford’s “Hands free mama” and really like it so far!

  • Michelle T. says:

    I feel a bit odd entering because I do not get a lot of time to read on my own. But I do read several books to our 4 year old granddaughter every day. She soaks up as much as I will read to her. So our latest good read is Moo Kitty finds a home by Valerie Lee Veltre.

  • Rebecca says:

    I’m actually reading a book with my son so I can help with his English project. Black ships of Troy the story of the Iliad. It is interesting refreshing my memory on the gods and goddesses. They just have so many it’s hard to keep straight.

  • Carrie says:

    Currently reading several books…The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery (an old favorite), The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penney (I enjoy her books, though I don’t appreciate the amount of language in them 🙁 ), The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (read-aloud with my kids), and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, by Gloria Furman. And I would love to read pretty much everything in your stack!!!

  • Barbara says:

    I was reading ” Zoo” by James Patterson, for the 3rd time, until I decided to “gift” it to someone at one of my doctor’s offices a couple of days ago—- it was time that someone else read it, too!

  • Jen says:

    I’m currently reading Charlotte Mason’s A Philosophy of Education (volume 6 in her home education series). Totally mind-blowing for me in a great way 🙂

  • Benita says:

    I’m currently re-reading A Case for Creation by Lee Strobel because I’m a nerdy science geek (and proud of it!) who marvels at God’s amazing creation every day!
    And, I’m loving reading these comments and adding way too many books to my list of books-to-read!

  • Lynn m. says:

    Harvest a gardening book.

  • Michelle says:

    I just finished reading “Hillbilly Elegy” (so moving!) and “Wait and See” (best book I’ve read in years). Today I downloaded “The Keeper of Lost Things” and can’t wait to begin it! Thanks for the chance to win some more books. Reading is my favorite!

  • Jessica R. says:

    This week I finished reading Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn and started Unashamed by Christine Caine.

  • Caroline P says:

    Reading Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst.

  • Melissa Johnson says:

    1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp the Kindle Edition. I’m also reading a bible study from a local Christian Author called Beautiful Already by Barbara Roose

  • Jennifer says:

    Currently reading The Fringe Hours, Feverent, and Spiritual Parenting along with finishing up War Room bible study.

  • I’m reading Sarah & Sally Clarkson’s book The Life Giving Home. Great so far!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m reading fiction right now, Cinder & Ella.

  • Amanda says:

    I recently read Harry Potter and the Cured Child. It was really good! 🙂

  • Emily nielsen says:

    I am reading the Happiness Dare and Eve’s Daughters right now!

  • Melodie says:

    I recently read and loved both Deep Work and Enneagram – The Road Back to You. Both were excellent and helped me to grow and learn more about myself.

  • Abby says:

    I am currently reading Emma by Jane Austen. I read it once a few years ago and I didn’t like it nearly as much as her others, but I thought I’d give it another try. I recently read “Leaving Oxford” by Janet Ferguson which was a free Kindle download and was pleasantly surprised – it was a light and fun read!

  • Kristen says:

    I just started reading Jon Acuff’s book Do Over. And I’m really looking forward to reading Christy Wright’s book, Business Boutique, as soon as our library gets it!

  • Cate says:

    I’m currently reading Billy Coffey’s “Some Small Magic”

  • Carmen says:

    I am in a book club for the first time in my life! Not a huge reader – but I am trying! We finished reading The Light Between Oceans. I am currently reading 7 Women by Eric Metaxas.

  • Jeanie says:

    I love to read ,but with my mind on homeschooling there’s not much time.

  • Stephanie Young says:

    I am currently reading “Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes” by Kristen Welch and it is WONDERFUL! I heard her speak on I think it was a Focus on the Family segment and I have been reading bits and pieces of it to my 11 yo boy so he can see someone else’s perspective beyond my own. It is a great read, gets you thinking.

    • Wendy Briscoe says:

      Stephanie, I am trying to teach my 8 year old son this very thing. Was the book helpful? I’m thinking of checking to see if our library has it. Is it a new book? Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’m trying to work on getting my son to do more for himself. More hands off, you try first, then if you need help I’ll help you. Thanks for your comment. Wendy

  • Jennifer Madigan says:

    I’m reading Philippa Gregory and can’t seem to get enough of her writings.

  • Hilary says:

    I am currently reading His Needs Her Needs. It was recommended at a conference I attended. So far i am enjoying it. Before that i read Surprised by Motherhood after seeing it recommended on your blog.

  • MELISSA says:

    I am currently reading several books, I cant read just one at at time. For right now: Different by Sally Clarkson, Boundaries by Cloud and Johnson (highly recommend this one!), and Love, Honor and Virtue by Hal and Melanie Young.

  • Jessica says:

    I’m reading The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson (encouraging book about mothering and homemaking) and The Way of the Wilderking by Jonathan Rogers (a fun read that parallels the early life of King David).

  • Lori says:

    Just finished Peace Like a River by Leif Engler. Wonderful!

  • Rachel says:

    One of my current reads is Business Boutique by Christy Wright! So much great information! I was privileged to hear her speak at a 1 day Budiness Boutique this past week!

  • Alyn K. says:

    My favorite…Don Quixote by Cervantes.

  • Leah Pipkorn says:

    Ooh, your stack looks amazing this week! I just started “A Troubled Peace”, by L.M. Elliott. It’s the sequel to “Under a War-Torn Sky”, which I really enjoyed. They’re technically Y.A. fiction, but I love World War II stories, and these have been well-written and very enjoyable.

  • Margaret says:

    I am reading several books at once. Currently listening to Sparkly Green Earrings. Very much enjoying. Reading a book a friend wrote. Reading a book my mom wrote–Her adventures and life in Saudi Arabia. Love it! Also reading my Bible study, and 1-2 others. Let’s add a few more! 🙂

  • Jennifer Sweeny says:

    My favorite recent book I’ve read is Presence by Amy Cuddy.
    I love how she shares holding your body in certain poses affects your confidence in stressful situations. I’ve listened to the audiobook more than twice.

  • Aimee says:

    I am reading Eichmann before Jerusalem. I have always loved books related to World War II.

  • Kelly S says:

    Just finished reading “Education: Does God Have an Opinion?” by Israel Wayne. Starting “Born Broken, An Adoptive Journey” by Kristin Berry next.

  • Kimberly says:

    I am on a Lisa Terkeurst kick. Just finished “Uninvited,” now on “Made to Crave.” Next up is “Unglued.” Reading them slowly because it is so many bible lessons in each one.

  • Tara S. says:

    A fun read: The Magnolia Story

  • Susan Elledge says:

    That is an awesome stack of books. I’m currently reading True South which is about the filming of Eyes on the Prize. I show parts of the video to my students and love reading the stories about the interviews and the people involved.

  • Theresa says:

    I’m currently reading Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella as part of One Book One Siouxland. Your story about Silas and his struggle to read tugged on my heart. I also repeated first grade due to not knowing how to read. The teacher didn’t tell my parents I was struggling until way late in the school year. By then, it was too late for me to catch up. My mom taught me to read over the summer and I was one of the best readers in my new class. I absolutely love to read now.

  • Erin says:

    I am currently reading How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn. It is great! (And, sadly, something I need help with.)

  • Heidi K says:

    I’m reading​ “Lady of the Lakes.” I like it so far.

  • Kim says:

    I am reading through the Series of Unfortunare Events by Lemony Snicket with my two girls. Currently on book nine of thirteen. I also am working on “The Fringe Hours” which I think I first heard of on here 🙂

  • Deanna says:

    The last book I finished was Scandalous Freedom. Super amazing!!!! Life has been crazy and I’ve been tired so I have yet to start any new ones.

  • Melani says:

    I just finished “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter. It’s fiction, but based on the true story of how the author’s family survived WW2.

  • Kendra says:

    I’m currently listening to “The Kiss of Deception”. Just fun stuff.

  • Robyn P. says:

    Currently reading A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman. Fave book I’ve read recently…Falling Free by Shannon Martin.

  • Katrina says:

    I’m about 2/3 through “News of the World”, a beautiful fictional piece set in Texas and dealing with the friendship that develops between an old man and the girl he is tasked to return to her family. After that I have to get going on the rest of the library stack!

  • Vanessa Jones says:

    Oooh! Amazing book pile!

    I’m reading a couple of books right now including Never Unfriended by Lisa Jo Baker, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan by Paul Thomas and Jennifer Marguilus, and The Potluck Club by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson.

    Thanks so much for your Sunday posts, it’s great hearing from you and a little of what is going on in your life. 🙂

  • Elissa says:

    I’m reading The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease – so good!

  • Jen E says:

    I am currently reading Maria Goff’s new book – Love Lives Here

  • Katie says:

    Chrystal, thanks so much for saying what you did about “doing you” and not feeling bad if a lot of us don’t get up at 4:30 am lol…I appreciated it so much because so, so, so many bloggers don’t say that. Instead they boast and boast, and I read them and feel very lesser-than and cry and my husband tells me to please stop reading blogs! Tonight I feel encouraged that I have many of my ducks in a row before going to bed, I’ve loved my 6 kids and husband well today, and I plan to get up at 7 or 7:30 in the morning and do the good that God has planned for me tomorrow, even if it’s not what others are doing. Thanks again. ?

  • Diane E. says:

    I am currently reading Thinking Fast and Slow. It was recommended to me by a good friend (who also lent me her copy, yay!). It is a somewhat more difficult read than I am used to, but it is really good and has given me real insight into how we think about things (or not) and make choices.

  • Joanne Peterson says:

    Love Does by Bob Goss, The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, Love Me Feed Me by Katja Rowell.

  • Sarah says:

    I recently finished listening to the audiobook of “Mother and Son: The Respect Effect” and highly recommend it for moms with boys as well as female teachers. I’m currently reading “Fierce Women” by Kimberly Wagner and “With” by Skye Jethani.

  • Ruth says:

    I am reading the book you recommended by Elyse Fitzpatrick “Good news for weary women.” Very eye opening & thought provoking for me.

  • Stephanie says:

    I have enjoyed the “Sensible Shoes” series. “Jesus Calling” is a favorite. And I am also reading”Change your Habits, Change your Life” by Danna Demetre. Your stack of books looks really fun!

  • Rebecca says:

    Just finished reading Moonshiner’s Son and To Kill a Mockingbird as the part of our HS curriculum, both I loved. I’ve also started The Shack.

  • Jillyn says:

    I’m reading Why Won’t You Apologize?

  • Cari Webb says:

    We loved Cornstalks and Cannon Balls. It was a cute history book for beginning readers.

  • Jen in TX says:

    Would love to read all these books. Am currently reading Joyce Meyer’s latest as well as Kevin DeYoung’s “Just Do Something.”

  • Kaite says:

    I’m currently reading present over perfect and really enjoying it.

  • Erin M. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway Crystal! I am currently reading ‘Along the Infinite Sea, by Beatriz Williams and am really enjoying it!

  • Sarah says:

    I am currently reading Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Hopefully this will give us good directions ?

  • Terri S. says:

    Currently I am reading Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, Unoffendable by Brant Hansen, and What’s it Like to be Married to Me? by Linda Dillow.

  • Cindy Friesen says:

    I just finished reading The Magnolia Story.

  • Jana T says:

    !!!! Oh I so badly want read all of these books in your stack, especially “Different” – I’ve heard two podcast interviewing Sally’s Clarkson and it sounds like she has some excellent advice and encouragement as I parent my “different” 5 year old. But as to what I’m reading now: well, the novel “The Art of Loosing Yourself”, which honestly has yet to grab me. Plot is intriguing, characters are ok. We shall see what happens! 🙂

  • Angela Saver says:

    I really enjoyed the last book I finished, The Magnolia Story. Highly recommended!

  • Christy P says:

    Your book is on hold at the library. My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Ready to start Tell Me Three Things.

  • Kathrine Bowlin says:

    My favorite book recently is actually a middle school book I read with my
    daughter. She does not like to read, so in an effort to help her enjoy reading
    as well as spend some one on one time with her, we took turns reading
    aloud to one another. The name of the book is “Out of My Mind” by
    Sharon Draper. It tells the story of an eleven year old girl with cerebral palsey.
    I was not familiar with this condition until reading this book. I have three
    healthy kids and never really took the time to understand this condition and
    the struggles these families have…it has had a profound effect on me…

  • Angela says:

    I am currently reading Twelve Extraordinary Women, by John MacArthur, it is an amazing book!

  • Cheryl says:

    So excited to see such sn intriguing stack of books. I’m constantly looking and ordering…now I need to making reading time!

  • Kristan says:

    I recently read a children’s chapter book I loved called The Night Gardener.

  • Janie says:

    Re-reading “Desperate: Hope for moms who need to breath”. Also working through “pressing Pause” devotional for moms and “Redeeming Love”

  • Ashleigh Hall says:

    I am currently reading Unglued by Lisa Terkeurst. I just started it but love it already. I am looking for some summer reading books!

  • Jennifer H says:

    I’m currently reading The Sisters, about the Mitford sisters. It’s very interesting, and also ties in with the book I read recently about Winston Churchill.

  • Sharon I, says:

    I’m currently reading Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling.

  • Dana says:

    I’m currently reading The Fault in our Stars.

  • Laurie Walters says:

    I’ve been reading Katie Schuermann’s Anthems of Zion series. It’s delightful — about a small town and church community. It’s published by Concordia House.

  • Kate says:

    I recently finished ” The Invisible Wall” by Harry Bernstein.

  • I’m reading “Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide Making Money doing what you Love” by Christy Wright. I found out about her book through Dave Ramsey as a woman starting my own business, I’m finding it very helpful.

  • sarah says:

    I’m reading Kingdom Woman

  • Jessi says:

    I feel so boring- but the only thing I have been reading lately besides my small towns newspaper are my CPA study books. I look forward to reading again when I am done with all the tests!

  • Shanna says:

    I am currently reading Our numbered days by Neil Hilborn. Its a book of poetry. A very interesting read to say the least. But a very truthful read.

  • Sheila says:

    I really enjoyed On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.

  • Christine says:

    Just finished Better Than Before and I want to read it again. So good!

  • Stephanie says:

    I cannot find my comment so I need to re-post.

    I am reading the “Sensible Shoes” series. Love “Jesus Calling” Also reading “Change your Habits, Change your Life” by Danna Demtre. The stack of books looks good.

  • Dharshi says:

    I just started reading “the five people you meet in heaven”

  • Lindee Scales says:

    I’m currently reading “The Silver Chair” by C.S. Lewis with my littles, they’ve been loving the Narnia series. For myself, I’m reading “Open Your Bible” by Raechel Myers & Amanda Bible Williams. I’m so excited about your stack this week, it’s all books that I want to read!

  • Gina H. says:

    I’m currently reading Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and The Truth About Cancer (literally life saving info for anyone and everyone to read).

  • Sue says:

    I’m reading Sensible Shoes.

  • Shiree Mullen says:

    I’m currently reading a fun book series. I’m on the 3rd book right now titled “Cress.” It’s young adult fiction, but is an enjoyable and easy read for me rifjt now, as I’m about to have a baby and have a break from college. ☺

  • Heather Lucas says:

    I’m reading some Christian fiction and Grace Based Parenting right now.

  • Lori L. says:

    I’m reading Unstuffed right now, I’m really enjoying it. Life has been crazy lately, I don’t get much time to read! My husband had surgery for prostate cancer last week, thankfully he’s doing really good. My daughter gave her daughter, my granddaughter, her kidney 6 weeks ago, everything was going good and then we found out that she might be rejecting the kidney. We are devastated. ☹️ We are praying that her doctors can prevent her from rejecting her new kidney.

  • Rachel says:

    I’m reading lots of homeschool curriculum catalogs and homeschooling blogs but I’d like to read some books for my own pleasure, too. I’m getting some great inspiration from all the suggestions in the comments here!

  • Shawna says:

    I’m reading the third Harry Potter book, and the Bible.

  • Heather says:

    That’s an awesome stack of books! My husband and I listened to Lisa and Francis Chan’s “You and Me Forever” while on a marriage get-away last week. It was challenging, inspiring, and excellent. You can download it free (as an app) to either listen to or read, which is pretty awesome too!

  • Rhonda says:

    I’m reading “Retire Inspired” by Chris Hogan. These books look great!

  • Madi says:

    I just finished reading You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons and really enjoyed it and just finished Red by Ted Dekker – it’s a great book that tells the story of the gospel in a unique way.

  • Heather says:

    I am reading The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton. Good stuff!

  • JoAnn Walthour says:

    I am reading “An Unhurried Life” by Alan Fadling

  • Marney says:

    I read The Martian and then saw the movie. I love space/SciFi!

  • Amy says:

    I am reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I have been struggling with my faith and my wonderful mama told me that it would probably encourage me.

  • Christine says:

    I am reading the Reseller’s Guide to Selling Shoes. I started a business shortly after reading your book “Money Making Mom” a year ago. I was struggling for so long to know what kind of business I could start at home. I still have a full-time job but little by little I am growing this business. It has been an interesting journey — but I’m reading this book to increase my knowledge in this area. I just thought it was interesting that I am reading this book which stemmed from the book you wrote 🙂

  • Samantha says:

    I’m currently reading A Christian Woman’s Guide to Childbirth, The Gospel of John, Sacred Pathways (with my husband), Kidbapped, A History of the Medieval World, and Your Powerful Prayers. And yes, I am reading them all concurrently. 🙂

  • Susana Cordeiro says:

    I’m reading Lifegiving Home by Sarah Clarkson. Would love to win. And so glad you aren’t back on Periscope and I got a Choose Joy shirt. Love you!

  • Susanne DiDonato says:

    I’m reading (very slowly!) Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton as part of a reading group.

  • Lidia says:

    Please please please share that bread recipe. I’m inspired by your daughter’s cooking and would love to do it with mine. That loaf looks absolutely scrumptious!

  • Hillarey says:

    I love the way you always affirm moms in different seasons! I’m currently reading “My life in France” by Julia Child, “The Essential father brown” and “Parenting” by Paul Tripp. Can’t lie, hope I win these books!

  • Diana C says:

    I’ve recently finished Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst as well as Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay. I just started a Terri Kraus series called Project Restoration.

  • Muriel says:

    I just started reading The Fringe Hours.

  • Kate says:

    Hi Crystal! I’d love to win this stack of books. I recently read Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin & found all the insights into habits SO fascinating. Hope you have a great week!

  • Candice says:

    I am reading Fervent. It is a MUST read!!

  • Kathleen says:

    I read Whoosh-a kids book. It was great.

  • Malinda says:

    “The Well Educated Child” by William Bennett. Thank you!

  • Shelby Schaffer says:

    I’m reading the Game plan. It’s a book/ workbook on how to build your essential oils business. I’m trying really hard to be able to stay at home with my kiddos and get out of debt so hoping this will help me on my venture!!

  • Sara says:

    A Man Called Ove and wildflower and bird identification books.

  • Tara says:

    I’m reading How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind.

  • Lorelei says:

    I’m currently reading “The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Women’s Work” by Kathleen Norris. My favorite book this year has definitely been “Mere Motherhood” by Cindy Rollins.

  • Andrea says:

    The Power of Right Believing by Joseph Prince

  • april says:

    Just finished reading “Pope Joan” and I couldn’t put it down! I just started reading “The Circlemaker” by Mark Batterson. I’m not finished with it but it is already impacting me and I think it will be one of the most important books I’ve read.

  • Rebecca says:

    I’m reading through Boundaries in Marriage at the moment!

  • Julia Moore says:

    I’m reading Lisa Jo’s book- Never Unfriended

  • Lynn Lemon says:

    I’m reading When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story. It’s a really good book so far.

  • Jen says:

    I’m reading the older Trim Healthy Mama book (No More Fads) and Nourishing Traditions.

  • Heather says:

    I’m reading Made to Crave.

  • Vicki says:

    I am reading Dear Mr. Knightly and Uninvited. Lots of books I would love to read in your stack. That bread looks amazing. Would you be willing to share your recipe?

  • Amanda says:

    I’m currently reading Educating the WholeHearted Child and (slowly) working thru Les Miserables and some prereading for my kiddos.

  • Kristin A. says:

    Just last night finished a mystery called The Silence of the Flans and am halfway through Missional Motherhood. Thanks for the chance to win! Here’s to the start of a great week!

  • Heidi says:

    I am between books right now. Because I have a fluctuating income, I decided to read books I have on hand or selections from the library. “Unoffendable” by Brant Hansen was recommended and there was one in my library system (at another library). I put a hold on it in early February and was the next on the list. I was told it was in transit between libraries. A couple weeks ago, still not having received it, I went to the library again and they put out a statewide request. I finally got it last week, after over a 2 month wait! We will be on a long plane trip for vacation this week, so I’m waiting until then to open it. It’s driving me crazy – like resisting sweets!

  • Ashley says:

    The Mysterious Benedict Society series. It is youth fiction (maybe 6th grade level), but it is SO well written and enjoyable. It puts great value on teamwork and using your individual gifts to help the whole team/group, and it does it all with some mystery and action thrown in.

  • Marshan Alma says:

    I’m actually reading 4 books at the same time: Triggers, Happiness Dare, Harry Potter: Prizoner of Azkaban, and You Found me. And today I just finished reading Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I can.

  • Andrea says:

    With my kids I’m reading William Carey: Obliged to Go and I’m reading The Uncommon Reader and Dark Matter.

  • Amandanoda says:

    I’m currently reading the wish by Beverly Lewis ?.

  • Jen Hayes says:

    What a wonderful and inspiring peek into your life! Way to go on meeting your set goals!
    I recently finished Half the Sky and am currently reading (half way through), Saint Behind Enemy Lines. I would highly recommend both! Thanks for the chance to win more wonderful books!
    Best wishes as you continue to meet and exceed your goals!

  • Christy C. says:

    I am currently reading “The Broken Way” by Ann Voskamp and I’m loving it! Next on my shelf to read is “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist.

  • Tabitha says:

    I just finished reading Through the Eyes of Hope by Lacey Buchanan. A very touching , true story about caring for a child with special needs and not letting other peoples opinions and thoughts get in the way of raising her son. It is a must read in my opinion.

  • Michelle says:

    The Rosie Project – loved it!!

  • Jessica W says:

    I just finished reading “The Lost City of Z” with my book club, and we’re going to see the movie on Tuesday. It was a fascinating book!

  • I’m currently reading, A Plant-Based Life, as I contemplate cutting out animal products. We’ll see!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Charis says:

    I just finished reading Lost and Found by Kendra Fletcher. Very good!

  • Chay says:

    I just finished The After Party. Really interesting look into fictional Houston of the 1950s

  • Brandi says:

    “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin

  • Caryn says:

    I am reading Steven Curtis Chapman’s new book – Between Heaven and the Real World.

  • Courtney Brock says:

    I am reading Sisters by Lisa Wingate because she is one of my favorites, Settle for More by Megyn Kelly and the Nesting Place (again) by Myquillyn Smith- an eclectic mix – fiction, memoir and creativity.

  • Staci Brown says:

    Currently reading Same Kind of Different as Me.

  • Mel says:

    I had rough few weeks. I’ve been reading only the newspaper and listening to podcasts and the Bible.

  • Becca H says:

    Currently reading unstuffed and recently finished hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet. Loved the latter-great historical fiction read!

  • Sarah l says:

    I’ve been reading a book by Cesar Millan (dog whisperer).

  • Jamie says:

    Reading “Put Your Love On” by Danny Silk!

  • Jennifer B says:

    Currently, I’m reading Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Sometimes, you just need a little levity in life.

  • Sarah McCabe says:

    I’m reading Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt and Present Over Perfect! 🙂

  • Sarah Whitworth says:

    I am reading El Deafo, a juvenile fiction book. It is partially autobiographical and so far I highly recommend it.

  • casey tisdale says:

    I’m on the third book in the trilogy The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Shirer. Can’t wait to read it again with my oldest boy!

  • Betsy says:

    I am reading If You Can Keep It The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas. I’ve just started, but it is really good and I am learning a lot!

  • Kris M says:

    I’m reading Leading Women Who Wound – wow is it good! I am learning so much!

  • Jenn Khurshid says:

    I just bought Different by Sally & Nathan Clarkson. I’m looking forward to starting it soon.

  • Kelli D. says:

    I’m reading “Dont’ Waste Your Life” by John Pipere. What a great read!!

  • loly says:

    That bread looks awesome! I’ve always wanted to but have been afraid to attempt making bread from scratch. Can you either share Kaitlynn to teach or share the recipie??? Have really enjoyed the Eat at Home Challenge too. We do eat at home a lot (big appetites from son and Husband) but this time of year things get so crazy and I get lazy … well this was a great way to get back on track and even pick up new ideas and recipes. Thanks!

  • Kelly says:

    I am reading Lisa -Jo’s “Surprised by Motherhood.” Would love to read her latest book!

  • Shannon Jarvies says:

    I’m reading The Godseed for the second time….I love it!

  • Kelli says:

    I am reading Improving Your Serve by Charles Swindoll.

  • Margaret says:

    I am currently reading “The Dry” by Jane Harper. It’s a debut novel. I just finished reading ” Hands free life” . Excellent read that came at the right time.

  • Olivia Adair says:

    This is a great stack of books- I would love to read them! Thanks for the opportunity!

    I just finished reading The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines- great read.

  • Samantha says:

    I’m currently reading The Christian Woman’s Guide to Childbirth (getting ready for our first in July), Sacred Pathways (with my husband), The Gospel of John (study through BSF), Kidnapped, A History of the Medieval World, and Your Powerful Prayers. I switch off between them throughout the week, or even in one day, just because I get bored and like to mix it up. 🙂 I try to finish every book I start though, even if it takes me a long time.

  • Carissa says:

    I’m reading Orange is the New Black

  • Christina says:

    I am reading The Most Excellent Way to Lead by Perry Noble

  • Bobbi says:

    I finished reading The Super Mom Myth by Becky Kopiztke and it is one of my favorite books! I highly recommend it for any Mom.

  • Margaret says:

    I am reading $2.00 A Day… Living on Almost Nothing in America. It’s been a great perspective for me to be thankful, and more aware of poverty in my community.

  • Jill says:

    Reading Wonder aloud with the kids right now. Love it! Inbetween books for myself…these look like some great ones! Of course it will be my second time around with say goodbye to survival mode.;)

  • Becky says:

    For the children’s sake

  • Christina says:

    I’m currently reading The Four Hour Workweek and various blogs. 🙂

  • Kelly Davis says:

    I have been reading The Battle Plan for Prayer. I am definitely in need of new books to read! I am needing to “unplug” more and reading will help me do that!

  • Lynsie says:

    I’ve been reading several books on thyroid health.

  • Jessica Sheltrown says:

    I am listening to The Warden and the Wolf king by Andrew Peterson. Reading: A Thorn in my Pocket by Eustacia Cutler and The Night Gardener by Jonathon Auxier.

  • Cheryl Soule says:

    Rising Strong by Brene Brown. All of her books are awesome!

  • Desirae says:

    I read Taking Tuscany by Renee Rivas recently.

  • Ra ch says:

    I’m reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

  • Doreen says:

    Just started “Seasons of a Mother’s Heart” by Sally Clarkson 🙂

  • Anna says:

    I’m currently reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I just reread The Hawk and the Jewel. It’s one of my favorite fiction books.

  • Deborah says:

    I am reading ‘The Don’t Freak Out Guide to Parenting Kids with Aspergers’ having just learned my 5 year-old is on the ASD scale, and ‘Small Steps for Catholic Moms.’

  • Lisa says:

    I just finished “This Life I Live” by Rory Feek, which was very inspiring. I will start “The Rosie Project” for my book club meeting next.

  • Amy s says:

    Discovered Diane Hunt books and enjoying them.

  • Anna says:

    I’m currently reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I just reread The Hawk and the Jewel by Lori Wick. It’s one of my favorite fiction books.

  • Janet says:

    I just finished Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck and started Business Boutique – A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves by Christy Wright

  • Linda Machamer says:

    I’m working through Eve in Exile, by Rebekah Merkle – so, so good!

  • Brooke says:

    I just started Desperate by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae.

  • Amy Mac says:

    I am reading “the betrayal” by Beverly Lewis

  • Anna P says:

    I’m currently reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I just reread The Hawk and the Jewel by Lori Wick. It’s one of my favorite fiction books.

  • Niki Blake says:

    Liane Moriarity….the Hypnotist’s love story.

  • I’m currently reading Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker, Still Waiting by Ann Swindell, and just finished If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock. They’ve all all blown my mind in their own special ways.

  • Kori Lewis says:

    I just finished Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. I honestly am just getting back into reading since it last baby was born a year and a half ago, and her books are ready for my to read in short spurts when I have time.

  • Julie says:

    I am reading Never Unfriended at the moment! Also enjoying a biography on Hudson Taylor the missionary to China. I also just finished You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons and really, really needed that at this season of my life. Love it when God brings me just the right book at the right time. Along with His Word too of course.

  • Alisa says:

    I’m currently reading Daring Greatly!

  • Camille Lopez says:

    I am reading Good News for Weary Women by Elyse Fitzpatrick- highly recommend it!

  • Jess says:

    I am reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my big kids:)

  • Alyssa Cherry says:

    I just finished 7 Women: and the Secret of Their Greatness, an inspiring book about seven unique Christian women and the influence they have had on the world.

  • Beth says:

    I just read Middlemarch by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans). Possibly the best novel in the English language. I was surprised at how engaging I found it and how much insight she had into human nature and relationships.

  • Jennifer says:

    I am currently reading Strong Moms Strong Sons.

  • Amy lawrence says:

    You are a Badass. Both an observation and the title of the book I am reading.

  • Katherine says:

    I’m reading a book called “The New Jim Crow” about mass incarceration…trying to challenge myself this year to read books that present perspectives that I might not encounter in my own experiences or close circle of friends and this definitely fits the bill! I don’t agree with everything she writes, but it has been incredibly eye-opening!

  • Hannah says:

    Just finished reading “The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children” by Sally Clarkson. So encouraging, so good. It is full of great practical stories that left me encouraged and refocused!

  • Emmerey Rose says:

    I love reading personal blog posts. It’s like vlogging but in written form 🙂 Btw Crystal, I love your living area. Your couch looks so comfy and cozy. I would love to join your giveaway! is it open internationally? 🙂

  • Hannah says:

    I just finished Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. So encouraging! (Also, I just tried commenting but it didn’t seem to have gone through as there was no confirmation, so I’m commenting again.)

  • Pamela j says:

    Little big things by Jodi Picolt

  • April says:

    Just started reading THE BAIT OF SATAN by John Bevere.

  • I’m reading The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines on audiobook through my library’s OverDrive app (such a great resource for frugal moms!). It’s so fun to hear it read by Chip and JoJo too! 🙂

  • Kesha Fortson says:

    I’m reading , Prayer Experiiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

  • Theresa Little says:

    I’m reading Between Heaven and the Real World by Steven Curtis Chapman. Very sweet and funny.

    For devotions, I’m going through Preparing for Easter by CS Lewis. I started it late, but it’s so good! Each day has a couple Bible passages and then a passage from CS Lewis to read. Very thought provoking.

  • Jennifer A W says:

    I’m reading a book called Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired. (It’s a book on invisible chronic illness.)

  • Leslie says:

    I’m reading Uninvited by Lisa Terkeurst

  • Mary says:

    I am reading Pay it Forward. When I am done, I plan on reading it to my older children.

  • Lisa says:

    I am reading a series by Sophie Sinella. Your book list this week has some interesting titles.

  • Ginger says:

    I’m just starting the Kon Mari book!

  • Paula H says:

    I’m currently listening to My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella. I have a long commute to/from work so the best way to get some reading in during this season of life are audio books. Plus it makes the time in the car fly by!

  • Tammy says:

    I like to read Streams in the Desert along with my Bible each day for devotions.

  • Alli Harden says:

    Currently reading The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst!

  • Tish Cordrey says:

    I am reading “Giddy Up Eunice!”

  • Abby deVries says:

    I’m reading liturgy of the ordinary!

  • Trisha says:

    I’m reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Neiquist. Really enjoying it so far!

  • Jena says:

    I’m reading Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee and it is so encouraging!

  • jeannie says:

    i enjoyed reading the Atonement Child by Francie Rivers

  • Cathy says:

    I’m currently reading the Handmaid’s Tale.

  • bill says:

    Night by Elie Wiesel, so wonderful and moving

  • Janae says:

    I’m reading mommy diaries, One of Those Days.

  • Melissa says:

    I am reading Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson.

  • Cori says:

    I’m trying to read a Harry Potter book right now, but I’m struggling to find/make time to do that.

  • Nancy says:

    I am reading “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.

  • Emily C says:

    For once in my life I am currently reading nothing! I’ve packed all of my books away and am trying to sell my house so I only read my scriptures right now.

  • Sara Campbell says:

    In in the midst of reading the book of Acts. The Bible has by far been the book which most impacts my life!

  • Currently reading Listen Loce Repeat by Karen Ehman and also going through the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study for it!! ?

  • Kristy Chadwick says:

    Not that it matters, but your rug is perfectly centered on your fireplace. It’s the reader’s perspective that is off. This happens a lot in life to many people about many things!

  • You have the best book giveaways! I’m currently reading:

    At Home in this World (on Kindle)
    Grace for the Good Girl (on Kindle)
    The Last Battle (Narnia #7 – current read aloud)
    Anne of Green Gable (current car audio book)
    2 Chronicles

    Recently finished Pocketful of Pinecones & The Nazi Officer’s Wife

  • Michelle says:

    I’m currently reading Bookends by Liz Curtis Higgs. I just love her sense of humor!

  • Aubrey Ives says:

    I am reading Reset by Dr. David Murray. It is very good.

  • Sarah says:

    I just finished reading Jane Eyre and am about to start HerLand by Charlotte Perkins Gilmore. I also have Deidra Riggs “One” on my shelf and it is staring me down!

  • Lindsay says:

    I am reading Uninvited by Lysa terkhurst.

  • Kristy Chadwick says:

    My reading stack this week and for May:

    ~ Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels (J. Warner Wallace)

    ~ Harmony: a novel (Carolyn Parkhurst)

    ~ No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending (Esther Fleece)

    ~ Say Goodbye to Survival Mode (Crystal Paine!)

    ~ How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets (Dana K. White)

    ~ Wonder (RJ Palacio) – am reading this with the kids. (Thanks for the recommendations!)

  • Nydia says:

    I had the honor of meeting the author to the book I’m reading which is, Successful Women Speak Differently by Valorie Burton. Wish I could upload our picture together as she was signing my book. With the purchase of this book also came with a free class. All this together has really changed how I’m thinking. Love when books can touch my that way.

  • Haley says:

    I just finished reading “victim or victorious” by Wendy Burks. It’s a super quick read but soooo encouraging! She writes about 7 women who have endured great hardships but they press on and live victoriously through & for Christ, instead of as victims. I’m also reading a slender thread by Tracie Peterson and I’m going to start another book by Wendy Burks called “finding security in an insecure world”

  • Sarah says:

    Reading the Light between Oceans

  • Stacey says:

    I am reading Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes and Hillbilly Elegy, quite the combination, haha!

  • Melissa A. says:

    I am currently reading “The Good at Heart”.

  • Megan says:

    I am reading “Don’t Make Me Count to Three” by Ginger Hubbard. Our oldest child turned three in February and we’ve been struggling with some behavioral issues. This book has been so helpful in learning to correct his heart issue instead of just the behavior.

  • Tracey says:

    Just finished reading The Color of Justice by Ace Collins. It was a fiction book that I really enjoyed!!

  • Christina says:

    I am reading Uninvited by Lysa Terkheurst. Just finished Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.

  • Leigh F. says:

    I am reading Listen, Love, Repeat right now.

  • Hope says:

    I just finished Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley

  • Robyn says:

    I am currently reading Me Before You. I’m not too far in yet, but I am really liking it!

  • Pam says:

    I’m reading Designing Your Life and The Handmaid’s Tale.

  • Brooke Irwin says:

    I’m reading Gods Day Timer by Mark Blitz, it’s super interesting! I just returned from a trip to Israel, and this book is all about the feasts and Biblical calendars!

  • Megan says:

    I’m reading A Trick of the Light.

  • Carrie L says:

    I just finished reading A Gentleman in Moscow. It is not a Christian book, but I loved it!! It was VERY well written and left me contemplating how I respond to difficult aspects of my life. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it! I’m thinking it might be one of the best books I’ll read this year.

  • Kate says:

    Currently reading a couple classics that I’ve been meaning to read forever – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Jane Eyre. The top two books on your stack in the picture are two I am so hoping to read soon somehow.

  • Anne marie says:

    I am reading all sorts of kids books to my little grandchildren.

  • Jenny says:

    I just finished a Tracie Peterson book and have been slowly working through “Pressing Pause”

  • Christine says:

    I just finished “A Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning. (In fact, did I get this recommendation from you? 🙂 Either way, it was a thought-provoking read!

    Have a great week! 🙂

  • MaryBeth says:

    I’m currently reading The Nest and my favorite recent read is Present Over Perfect. I love all your book suggestions! Thanks!

  • Heidi says:

    I’m starting Harry Potter (totally not my kind of thing) because my son really wants me to, so we can talk about the characters together. He even checked the book out for me.

  • Janelle says:

    I’m actually reading At Home In the World by Tsh Oxenreider right now, but I would love a hard copy, if only because I can give it away to friends once I’m done.

    I am LOVING it so far.

  • Kristin says:

    The Women of Easter was the last book I read.

  • Lisa says:

    I just finished reading Suite Francaise – very powerful book about the early years of the German occupation of France during WWII.

  • Brisja says:

    I just read The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and loved it! I was looking for something positive, and certainly found it. I highly recommend this one!

  • Amber says:

    Finished your book – “Money Making Mom” not too long ago and just picked up “I am Roe” that I can’t wait to dive into.

  • Melanie A. says:

    I am reading “Orthodoxy” by GK Chesterton. It’s been hard for me to get into, but my husband got it for me for Christmas and thought I would love it, so I am trying to read the whole thing! 😀

  • Starla says:

    I’m reading New York.

    I gifted DIFFERENT to a mom who loved it! I haven’t read it myself, just read so many amazing reviews.

    And I’ve been listening to The Simple Show podcast, so I’d love to read AT HOME IN THE WORLD.

  • Melody Gwyn says:

    After seeing you post about the book “Wonder”, I read it and loved it! Had my daughter read it too and we were both so moved. I have been wanting to read several of the book’s in your stack.

  • Heidi says:

    Present Over Perfect! I love all the book recommendations you have given! Reading is such an amazing journey of wisdom!

  • Stephanie B says:

    I am currently reading “Full” by Ashertah Ciuciu. I believe that we all struggle with some thing in life and my struggle is with food and I have come to realize that I am not pleasing God with my use/abuse of food.

  • Zaira says:

    I am reading The Heart of a Servant Leader by Jack Miller. It’s a lovely and encouraging book of his letters to counselors, pastor’s, missionaries, and church members. Really recommend it. Lately the best book I’ve read is None Like Him by Jen Wilkin. It’s a great book about the attributes of God.

  • Megan says:

    I’m currently reading “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke and “The Meaning of Marriage” by Tim Keller, and I’m reading “Farmer Boy” aloud with my daughters.

  • Leslie says:

    I’m reading The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning for a class. I’m also reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I enjoy hers and her sister’s podcast, Happier, so it made me want to go back and read the book.

  • Melanie says:

    I just finished At Home in the World! Swoon! It makes me want to pull my kids out of school and follow in her footsteps.

  • Anne says:

    Broken for Good: How Grief Awoke My Greatest Hopes, by Rebecca Rene Jones.

  • Mel says:

    Teaching from Rest is a favorite!!

  • Tatiana says:

    I am currently reading For the Love – by Jen Hatmaker. Love her and love her perspective on life – realistic and joyful!

  • Mae says:

    I just started Everyone Brave is Forgiven.
    The stack of books look like they would be good reads.
    Couldn’t agree with you more about the session of life and adjusting accordingly. It’s really does make a different a to give yourself grace and do what you can at this time.

  • Rebecca says:

    The Life Giving Home by Sally Clarkson, with a group of fellow homeschool moms. I love your reading posts, so I can get ideas about what to put on my “to-read” list : )

  • Sarah says:

    I just finished reading “The Wedding Night” by Sophie Kinsella–a fun chick-flick of a book. I also read the Whole 30 Cookbook from cover to cover to help me as I begin my first Whole 30 this week.

  • Gigi says:

    I haven’t had time to read for pleasure lately, but I just finished reading “I, Juan de Pareja” to my girls and loved it. 🙂

  • Karen says:

    I am reading Alive in Him by Gloria Furman. It has been excellent so far! I really enjoy your weekly update posts. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lacey Cummings says:

    Currently reading Present Over Perfect by Neiquist, and Audacious by Moore. Would love to read your stack! 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    I recently read “7 Men” by Eric Metaxas. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to start “7 Women.”

    My kids are 14 and 10. They amaze me with the things they CAN do when I just get out of the way and LET them! 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m currently reading Still Waiting by Ann Swindoll. I see lots of books on my Amazon wish list in your stack 🙂

  • Julia says:

    I’ve been browsing through the ebooks from previous Ultimate Homemakers bundles in anticipation of the 2017 bundle release this week. So excited!

  • Stephanie Kern says:

    I’m reading the praying wife right now. It was suggested to me by a girlfriend who read it when she was going through a tough time too.

  • KT says:

    We’re reading the Harry Potter series aloud as a family and I’m reading A Mother’s Rule (a gift from a friend). Thanks for encouraging reading!

  • Hannah says:

    I just finished Unseduced and Unshaken by Rosalie deRossett. It was an excellent approach to what it means to be a woman of dignity. Currently reading Luther and the Reformation by Joseph Seiss.

  • I am reading Mom’s Who Changed the World. I found it at a thrift store a few months ago. Susanna Wesley’s story is my favorite so far. I can really relate to her story.

  • Theresa says:

    This week I have not read much of anything except some old magazines that have been hanging around so I can get rid of them. I have a book on order though that I am anxiously awaiting called “What’s Next? Affirming God’s plan for Your Highschooler”.

  • Joan says:

    I am currently reading Writing Down to the Bones. Would love to read your stack, as well!

  • linda says:

    My fav this year was Muscle & Shovel by Michael J Shank and of course
    my everyday favorite is the New King James Bible especially the New Testament.

  • Michelle R says:

    Currently reading Never Unfriended and it’s wonderful!

  • Mandi says:

    I just finished “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It was a fascinating read that made me realize so many of the high school students I teach have been through more than I can comprehend in their lifetime. Everybody has a story that makes them who they are…

    I just loaded “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” to my Kindle, since it became available from the library. It was one I found on a past reading list of yours.

    I appreciate you adding your reading lists! Every few months I use your reading lists to create wait/request lists from the library ebook collection. It’s a fun surprise to see what order things become available.

  • Lois says:

    I am reading Far From True by Linwood Barclay. It’s the second book of the Promise Falls series. My favorite that I’ve read recently would have to be the In death series by JD Robb. I’m trying to get through the entire series.

  • Joanna Adams says:

    For the Child’s Sake, The Pastors Wife, Pride and Predudice, and A Charlotte Mason Companion.

  • Amy says:

    When I’m inbetween fiction books from the library (which is happening too often lately, I keep forgetting to order more!) I’ve been re-reading the Little House series 🙂 I’m reading On the Banks of Plum Creek right now!

  • sara ferguson says:

    I am listening to the book The Furious Longing of God!

  • Rachel Gage says:

    I’m reading “Anne’s House of Dreams” . . . after years of putting it off, I finally got around to starting the “Anne of Green Gables” series and completely fell in love! I don’t know why it took so long!

  • Kelli says:

    Ah…the joys of reading. I have two boys that are struggling readers. Our oldest daughter taught herself to read, and I foolishly thought our oldest son would the same. He struggled and it was heart breaking! Finally, the summer between 4th and 5th grade, it clicked. He went from reading Nate the Great to Harry Potter that summer. He has amazing comprension skills as a result of his struggle. Our second son, is proving to follow a similar path. I’m far more relaxed about it this time around!
    After one too many psychological thillers, I’m reading Persausion (Austen). It is so refreshing to read witty writing and a truely good story without feeling manipulated! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  • Tracy says:

    I am currently reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

  • Erin says:

    I’m currently reading “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson – about the U.S. ambassador to Germany in 1933 & the Nazis rise to power. Pretty fascinating & horrifying ?

  • Nicole says:

    I’ve been listening to Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson – and it’s really been encouraging. 🙂

  • Ashley says:

    Sacred Marriage. Love it!

  • Lisa says:

    I am currently reading two books on dyslexia. As a reading specialist, I work with many kids each year who need a little boost to get up to speed with their reading. Most get really close to grade level within the school year but there are always a few who, despite what we try, just have trouble getting things to click. I’m working hard to find ways to reach them and hope to learn new techniques in these classes I’m taking that will work for these kiddos. SO proud of Silas for achieving this milestone! He is very lucky to have such caring adults in his life who helped him become successful! The fact that he’s using this new skill to read his bible makes this achievement all the more special!

  • Jennifer says:

    I am currently reading From Faith to Faith – Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. It has really changed how my day starts and have made a commitment to read it every morning until the end of the year. Started Jan 1st and still going strong.

  • Sara Weiss says:

    I’ve been reading light this week because I’ve been grading a lot! I just read a really cute YA book called Cinder & Ella that I really enjoyed. I’ve just started a thriller called The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger. So far it’s very good.

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m reading The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis. I love reading her books!

  • Debbie B. says:

    I don’t think I could ever wake up at 4:30 am consistently, so kudos to you!!! It’s great that you are able to find what works for you & your family 🙂

    I am reading “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanne Weaver and starting “The Forty-Day Word Fast” which I am pretty excited about. The power of positivity is beyond what we often consider and I can’t wait to see the changes in my life from reading this book.

  • Darla Schroeder says:

    I am reading The Life changing Magic of Tidying Up and found your comment about your folding not being Marie Kondo approved very freeing!

  • Shelley says:

    I am currently reading Chasing Slow and really enjoying it but I am hoping that soon there will be more “how to” instead of more how she came to that point.

  • Anna says:

    I am reading “Courageous Leadership”by Bill Hybels… “Driven by eternity” by John Bevere

  • Lisa S. says:

    I just finished reading a light-hearted book by Debbie MacComber. I’m trying to read the Ministry of Motherhood, a book I heard about on here, but it’s a little harder to get through. I feel like I need to take notes! Such a busy, exhausting season of life. Sometimes it feels like I’m always on a hamster wheel–but I know I’ll miss these days ten years from now. 🙂

  • Lisa S. says:

    I just finished reading a light-hearted book by Debbie MacComber. I’m trying to read the Ministry of Motherhood–a book I heard about from you, but it’s harder to get through b/c I feel like I need to take notes all the time! This is such a busy season of life–so easy to feel exhausted and spent all the time. I know I’ll miss these days “one day” though. Thanks for all the encouragement you offer.

  • Kim says:

    My kids and I just finished The Apple and the Arrow. We all loved it and learned so much. Also, I just started the book Hidden Figures. Great so far!

  • Connie says:

    I am on a break from reading because the weather is turning warmer here in NY and we have been spending time getting our cottage ready for summer use!

  • Judith Martinez says:

    I’m currently reading Delivered which is part of the new rulebook series.

  • Joni says:

    I’m currently reading “Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship”.

  • Lucy says:

    I am currently reading Les Miserables. A book I recently enjoyed and I felt had a lot of useful information for the stage of life we are now transitioning in to is Smart Money Smart Kids.

  • Nicci Ramirez says:

    I am currently reading, “Grace is Greater” SOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!
    Bu Kyle Idleman

    This looks like a GREAT stack to win!!!

  • Lynn L says:

    Can I be honest with you? Truthfully the most I get to read these days is a cookbook or two for just a few minutes as I am helping care for my month old baby granddaughter <3 and she's a MUCH BETTER pastime activity than any old book! Hope that is ok…:)

  • Ashley says:

    Right now I’m in between books. I recently finished “Desperate” by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae. Oh man, that book was powerful! My husband and I are working on finishing up Baby Step 3 of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, so I’m reading a few chapters in his book to help out with that. After that, I have a couple books on tap that I may delve into. With kids in the house, I’m reading a lot of “Frog and Toad”, “Read-A-Loud Bible Stories”, and “Babybug” magazines. 🙂

  • Christine says:

    How are you able to get your kids to bed so early? Or are you going to bed before them?

    My son is 14 and it’s a struggle to get him in bed by 9:30. My other son is 11 and has negotiated his bedtime to 9:10.

    I would love to go to bed at 9 but the boys are in my room watching TV with us so I can’t go to sleep.

    • They usually are in their room by 8 to 8:30, but often read or listen to Adventures in Odyssey until 9. They usually get up at 6:30 to 6:45 a.m. I’m a pretty big stickler for them getting a lot of sleep as they all seem to be much happier when they get a lot of sleep. 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    Just finished reading Andy Stanley’s How to Be Rich and Jen Hatmaker’s 7. Both were incredibly inspiring and encouraged our family to continue working towards our goal of generously blessing others with what we’ve been blessed with.

    LOVE the books in your giveaway this week as Tsh & Lisa-Jo are some of my favorites! =)

  • Becky says:

    I wish I had learned more intentional living while my kids were younger and taken the time to step back and enjoy life in the moment. My youngest is a junior in high school and the other three are in their young twenties! I am learning to enjoy this stage in life and find my new direction.

  • Alvesa says:

    I currently reading Don’t Settle for Safe by Sara Jakes Roberts 🙂

  • Coffee with Ray – a wonderful tale for teachers! Also, any number of homeschooling books – my favorites right now: Eric Liddell and House at Pooh Corner.

  • Kim Fry says:

    I am about to begin reading “For The Love” by Jen Hatmaker. I would love to win this stack, been wanting to read a couple of these. I would pass along “Goodbye to Survival Mode” since I already own and LOVE it!!

  • Rkokes says:

    I am reading Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner-very eye-opening! I am also reading Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano as my fun book.?

  • Lisa Brown says:

    I am reading Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado. LOVE IT! Thank you for the opportunity for more books – I LOVE to read!!

  • Donna says:

    Currently reading In the Footsteps of Jesus by Bruce Marchiano. It’s a terrific follow-up to watching him in The Gospel According to Matthew at Easter time. Jesus was joyful!

  • Holly says:

    I’m finally getting around to reading “I Am Malala” and really appreciating the experience. One of my recent faves was A Gentleman in Moscow!

  • anne says:

    Currently reading a couple different fiction books!

  • Martha Bowling says:

    I am reading The Kindness Challenge by Shaunti Feldhahn.

  • honor noble says:

    Book I’m cracking today? The Girl in Cabin 10. But we the library every Monday after art class so I’m sure I will be picking up more!

  • Rachel says:

    I’m finally getting around to reading bittersweet by Shauna Niequist.

  • Erin W says:

    I just finished 1000 gifts by Ann Voskamp. It was so wonderful, I kind of can’t wait to read it again.

  • Karen says:

    I am currently reading Whatever It Takes by Scripture Memory Fellowship. My favorite recent read was the first book in the Wilderking Trilogy.

  • Andrea says:

    I’m currently reading Believing God by Beth Moore (I just finished the Bible study and I’m trying to really get the concepts to soak in!) and Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd. Both are great. There are so many books in this stack from my To Read list! And thanks for introducing us to What’s in the Bible. My kid loves it!

  • Summer Brown says:

    Thank you for the opportunity. You inspire us all!

  • Shannon says:

    I’m reading “Heart made whole ” by Christa Black Gifford & Candle In The Darkness by Lynn Austin .

  • Stephanie says:

    I am re-reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  • Shannon says:

    I’m currently reading “Pilgrims Progress” (revised version) “There’s an Owl In The Shower” to my 9 yr. old . “Heart made Whole” by Christa Black Gifford ..& a fiction book by Lynn Austin “Candle In The Darkness”

  • Jess Newland says:

    I’m reading Present Over Perfect.

  • Rebecca says:

    I am reading Take your Mat and Go Home! Thanks for this offer.

  • DENISE SILVA says:

    Ohhh I want to win these books 🙂
    I am reading present over perfect and fire (audiobook) ?

  • Avenlea says:

    I just finished “Behold the King” for my Matthew class at college. It was a good commentary!

  • Tanya says:

    I am currently reading “The Listening Life” by Adam S. McHugh. Recently, I’ve greatly appreciated the reminder of God’s gift of grace and his power working in his people in the “Hole in Our Holiness” by Kevin DeYoung. My recent fiction reads include “The Green Ember” (family read aloud—recommended!) and Claire Vanderpool’s “Navigating Early” and “Moon Over Manifest” (both wonderful!). I periodically listen to Tsh’s podcast, plus just this morning listened to a podcast on which Lisa Jo-Baker was the guest, so it would be fun to win this stack.

  • Marilyn says:

    I am currently reading Adorned by Nancy Leigh Wolgemuth, and Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst. Really enjoying them!

  • Heather Gutknecht says:

    Harry Potter with my kiddos! Yay!

  • Danielle says:

    I’m about to pick up “Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard” by Jennie Allen – I’m excited to see how it goes!

  • Casey says:

    I am a consultant with Usborne Books and More so I am currently reading the second book in our Phoenix Files series- I want to be able to give good reviews and recommendations on the books!

  • Corrie Fisher says:

    I am currently reading Making Home Work in a Broken Society by Paul Chappell.
    Thanks for your articles and the opportunity to win

  • Jennifer says:

    I just finished “Prayer: Does it Make any Difference?” by Philip Yancey. Wow! Super easy to read (amazing author!) but very meaty – lots of food for thought. Thank you for your giveaways, reading is such a joy and a privilege!

  • Melissa says:

    Currently reading 10% happier.

  • Kristine says:

    I’ve just recently become a holistic health coach and am trying to learn more on life coaching as well so I’m reading “Coaching: Evoking Excellence In Others” by James Flaherty. He gives a holistic approach to life coaching. I’m loving it!

  • Mary Zeiset says:

    I’m listening to One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It’s also turning out to be my favorite book so far!

  • Marie says:

    I’m currently reading Seth Godin’s “All Marketers Tell Stories.”

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    PS: Love the new Blogging Mentor website!

  • Joy Randall says:

    I’m currently *slowly* (I’ve got a 3 year old and a 15 month old) reading The Prince of Tides. A friend recommended it to me and it is something I never would’ve picked out myself, but it is really beautifully written (although it contains some profanity.) The next book in my stack is Longing for Paris, I’m hoping that is an encouraging read as I need reminders to celebrate this season of my life.

  • Bj says:

    The shack. And case for Christ.

  • Jill K. says:

    I’m reading a Dunkin Kinkaid mystery – a good palate cleanser after reading a bunch of non-fiction.

    My son had similar issues with reading. It was so hard when it looked like his little sister was going to learn before him. Seeing that “reading on level” on his report card was a great feeling.

  • Need A Nap2 says:

    Chop, Chop was so good, I read the whole series. I think each book is free on Amazon Kindle (as of Saturday).

  • Kimberly says:

    I’m reading Blue Like Jazz right now. Won’t become one of my favorites; looking forward to the Elisabeth Elliot books I just got via Craigslist!

  • Kare says:

    I’ve been reading books about repairing and updating old houses as we just got into contract on a 100-year-old house that’s gonna need some help. And these were available at our local small town library: Building your Harvest Kitchen and Simple Fixes. I also am starting to look up budget books to help us get things underway in that department.

  • Sarah says:

    “The Fringe Hours” is the Kindle book I’m working on and “Discerning the Voice of God” is the hard copy book I’m reading.

  • Franziska says:

    Hi. I love to read when I get the time with two young ones and a new part-time job. Currently I’m reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. It is a very good read: intriguing, moving and an incredible story about 3 women living under the Hitler regime.

  • Celeste says:

    I am currently reading “Boundaries” by Dr Henry Cloud and All New Square Foot Gardening. I have the Chip and Joanna Gaines book on hold for me at the library right now that I need to pick up!

  • Rebekah says:

    After reading Lysa Terkeurst’s book The Best Yes, I made the scary (but great) decision to be a stay-at-home mom next year and homeschool!

    • April says:


      I have not read that book of Lysa’s, although I have read others & am currently listening to one via Audible – I plan to read it later. I wanted to applaud you for your choice to stay at home and homeschool. You can do it, & will be blessed beyond measure through the experience! I homeschooled my 2 youngest children even though I was so afraid to fail in the beginning while trying to decide. Trust me when I say you will learn as much through the experience as they will. Praying for you for wisdom, confidence, and strength as you gear up to do this!

  • Carmen says:

    I just recently discovered the author Karen Witemeyer and last week when I was home sick (for 4 days, plus the weekend!) I finished reading two of her books: “A Worthy Pursuit” and “A Tailor-Made Bride”. They’re historical, Christian fiction books.

  • Katie N. says:

    Currently reading “Lilac Girls.” Love it so far!

  • Kaethe says:

    I’m working my way through “The Scarlet Pimpernel” for my book club this month. Crystal, I always appreciate your reading recommendations!

  • Kelly says:

    I’m currently reading Rosie Dunne by Cecelia Ahern and the first Tarzan novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

  • Mercy says:

    I am currently reading “The Happy Wives Club” by Fawn Weaver.

  • Manda says:

    I’m tackling Moby Dick. While I enjoy it, it’s a challenge and taking me longer than I anticipated. Hopefully this won’t hurt my reading challenge goal for number of books, BUT if it does, at least I know I went for quality over quantity. 🙂

  • Kindra says:

    Just finished Wonder, and just started My Name Is Lucy Barton.

  • Katy says:

    I’m currently reading “Girls With Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero” by Lisa Bevere. So good!

  • Shelley says:

    Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin was very good fiction. Also just finished and liked Notes from a blue bike by Tsh Oxenreider

  • Brenna says:

    “Go Pro” by Eric Worre is an awesome book for anyone who may be thinking about or is involved in network marketing. That’s the direction our society is going and it’s very encouraging and inspirational.

  • Faith Dossett says:

    Besides re-reading the Bible (when I finish it, I just start over again), I am also reading Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis for my online book club. Thank you for this opportunity to win some more books!

  • Kristen Hanson says:

    Just finished two by Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to tell You She’s Sorry, loved them both! Cannot wait to read his newest one!

  • Justine says:

    I just started reading a novel called Run by Ann Patchett.

  • Melissa says:

    I am reading The Best Yes and am just loving it!

  • Jennie W says:

    The Lifegiving home

  • Rebecca says:

    I’m reading The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lots.

  • Kacy says:

    I’m currently reading Anne of Avonlea, Introverts in the Church, and The Productive Muslim. My favorite books that I’ve already finished this year are Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction by Asheritah Ciuciu and Ready Player One.

  • Kristen says:

    I’m almost thrun “The Last Cavaliers’ trilogy by Gilbert Morris

  • Karyan says:

    I really want to read Different!! I recently read Shattered Rose by Tammy L Gray! I really enjoyed it and thought it was written!

  • Christina says:

    I just finished reading Mary: Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor. What an amazing read. A fictionalized story of the life of Mary. So good!

  • Chrysti says:

    I recently finished The Magnolia Story and really enjoyed it!

  • Morgen says:

    I am reading Reset by Dr. David Jerimiah. It is about getting spiritually reset and then you have homework to read sections out of the Bible. I have enjoyed it so far.

  • Danielle Hargis-Scott says:

    I just finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and it was such a good story. I came home with several books from the Hearts at Home conference that I am dying to tear into. I would love to win this stack of books. I have big plans for summer reading!!!

  • Heather Gehrke says:

    Right now I am reading 3 books, Present over Perfect (Self-Improvement), Lost and Found (Work Improvement) and Book 2 of the Cedar Cove series. I have really been inspired by Crystal to do more reading this year and try to read at least 20 minutes each night. It has been great because lately I have been laying in my daughters bed with her and we each read our books before she goes to bed. It’s a sweet time together.

  • Current read (via Audible) is A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander. The book before that was one of my favorites by Francine Rivers, Bridge to Haven.

  • Terry says:

    I am reading The Waiting. I am always reading, my favorite.

  • Maureen says:

    I’m reading a young adult book – An Ember in the Ashes. I saw another comment that is inspiring me to read The Best Yes next!

  • Loretta says:

    I just recently discovered the author Grace Livingston Hill. I know her books have been around for years, but I never realized they were written from a clean, Christian perspective. I’m actually between books at the moment, but the next one up is Gold Shoe.

  • Christie Bradshaw says:

    I’m reading Ann Voskamp’s newer book The Broken Way. I loved her first book & highly recommend the devotional that was inspired by book #1. She’s terrific & inspires me in my walk w/ Christ.

  • Kate Blakely says:

    I’m reading Family Jewels by Denise Grover Swank and recently enjoyed Caraval by Stephanie Garber

  • Bethany Kennedy says:

    Getting ready to read the strong willed child by dr Dobson

  • Elizabeth N. says:

    I’ve been working my way through Agatha Christie’s mystery novels. I love mysteries and it’s easy reading when I feel so brain dead thanks to pregnancy.

  • Lisa says:

    Dear Crystal,
    I just read your response to the woman who felt badly about getting up at 7:30 in the morning. You are so kind and encouraging – it actually brought tears to my eyes. Even though you seem unbelievably amazing — you get it! You get how so many of us feel!
    P.S. She’s doing better than I am right now. 🙂

  • kristi says:

    I’m reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

  • Carissa says:

    Currently I’m reading Make the Bread, Buy the Butter…that’s right, I read cookbooks for fun. I also just downloaded the audio book Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud.

  • Jennifer says:

    Well…this is a book WAY off topic, but I am currently reading Stephen King’s It! I absolutely love reading horror books, but I intermingle them with tamer self help and romance books so I can sleep!! LOL

  • Kim says:

    I finished The Two Family House this week, and highly recommend it. It is a great story about how allowing the desire of our heart to dictate our decisions can impact our life in ways we don’t expect.

  • Elly says:

    I am currently reading Charlotte Mason.

  • Liz says:

    I am currently re-reading my favorite fiction series by Elizabeth Peters. I need to find some new authors to enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Julia says:

    I’m currently not reading much. Trying to find time with 4 kids is proving to be a challenge. Some new material would be great!?

  • Kristy says:

    I’m reading The Rise and fall of mount majestic. It’s a children’s book.?

  • Nicole says:

    Thanks for sending the email about being in different seasons of life. I’ve struggled because I am trying to get up at 6AM and it’s been tough. I got up this morning at 6:15 and exercised while my two older boys ate breakfast – but then the 3 year old camped out on my mat yelling “CUDDLE!” and “STOP DANCING MOMMY!” while I was finishing up my exercise.

    I keep trying too, but it’s been difficult as I teach until 10pm two nights a week so I’m not even home by 9pm to go to bed when I would like to!

    I would love to win the books – I LOVE reading so much. But hey, I am glad just to be typing this too and part of this community!

  • Amy Stricklin says:

    I am reading Wonder and the Centurion’s Wife.

  • Petra Weaver says:

    I am currently reading How We Love: Discover Your Love Style Enhance Your Marriage by Milan and Kay Yerkovich.

  • Leanne says:

    I recently read A Woman’s Place by Lynn Austin and The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron (WW II era) and both were so good!! I’m presently reading Addicted to Busy by Brady Boyd and it is a real eye-opener.

  • Emily says:

    I’m currently reading the 2nd Harry Potter book, and one by Robert Putnam called Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. I’m also thinking of re-reading The Great Gatsby after Megan’s Sorta Awesome newsletter I read today… we’ll see!

  • Denise says:

    I am currently reading The Happiness Dare & Robin Hood. 😎

  • Brooke says:

    Sacred Journey by Brian and Candace Simmons. Loving it.

  • Susan Menzmer says:

    Just starting “Boundaries for Kids” and it is looking like it is going to be excellent!

  • Melody Benschoter says:

    I’ve been reading a lot recently! I loved Wonder- I thought the new Veronica Roth (author of Divergent) was ok, I read Horizon by Scott Westerfeld… A few weeks ago I was on on a Christian author kick- I LOVED Parenting by Paul David Tripp, and I really like the new book by Jennie Allen too!

  • Jessica Sprunger says:

    I just finished reading Zig Ziglar’s book “Over the Top” and plan to read more of his many books in the future. He has a way of getting me fired up about life, goals, and God! ? I learned about Zig and his work through reading and listening to Dave Ramsey. Good stuff!

  • Heather M says:

    Nothing to prove by Jennie Allen

  • Sarah Kasch says:

    Keep It Shut By Karen Ehman. Really enjoying it.

  • Michelle Williams says:

    I am currently reading Eats With Sinners by Aaron Chambers and I just finished Past Forward and Ante Up by Chautona Havig. I am also reading a biography of David Livingstone woth my son and we are listening to The Boys in the Boat in the car.

  • LaDeana Valenzuela says:

    I’ve been reading Debbie Macomber’s If Not For You, 8 weeks to Optimum Health and Published

  • Brittany says:

    I finished The Circle Maker last month and The Shack this month. I am now reading The 5Love Languages of Children. So far I have really enjoyed all three.

  • Naomi says:

    I am reading Some Glow Brightly by John Palmer Gregg. It is YA fantasy and so imaginative!

  • Amy says:

    Hi, I just found you a few months ago and love reading your articles and blog posts. They are so encouraging! I’m currently reading In Harm’s Way about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. I love reading fiction and nonfiction and learning about history

  • Lynn says:

    I just finished reading Karen Ehman’s book, Keep It Shut. I’m currently reading another of her books, Listen Love Repeat. They have been huge eye openers for me. God definitely has plans to draw me closer to Him, transform me and improve my relationships with those around me!! I am so excited to implement the things I have learned!!

  • Tanya Willey says:

    I’m currently reading Hands Free Mama – I’ve been following Rachel Macy Stafford’s blog/Facebook page for a while and FINALLY got one of her books – next will be her newest book, Only Love Today!

  • Emily says:

    Right now I am reading You’ll think of me by Robin Lee Hatcher.

  • Kristie says:

    I just finished reading The Shack…what an incredible book and beautiful movie! I am currently reading Crucial Conversations and Bossypants.

  • Jodi Taylor says:

    I am currently reading Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth and None Other by John MacArthur, plus a few homeschooling stories:)

  • Lynn says:

    I just finished reading Karen Ehman’s book, Keep It Shut. I am currently reading another of her books, Listen Love Repeat. What huge eye openers for me. God is definitely drawing me closer to Him and calling me to transform myself and my relationships with those around me. I can’t wait to implement God’s word and Karen’s strategies in my daily life!!!

  • Margaret says:

    I am reading a book called Overwhelmed (Kathi Lipp and ?I forgot the other author) and a Rick Riordan Magnus Chase book, The Hammer of Thor. 🙂 Fun times.

  • Jesse says:

    I am currently reading “The Happiest Toddler on the Block” by Harvey Karp M.D, which has helped improve the communication between my toddler and I. I am also reading “Blessing the Hands that Feed Us” by Vicki Robin, which is about health and how eating locally can improve your well-being .

  • Tracey says:

    Hi Crystal! I love your blog posts! I just finished The Shack and Dinner with a Perfect Stranger. Now I am going180 degrees in the opposite direction and reading The Girl on the Train.

  • Grace says:

    I saw Quiet (by Susan Cain) in your stack this year and think you’ll really enjoy it. I recommend it to a lot of people. I’m *blink blink* patiently waiting for you to get to it :-D.

    I won’t go on about how busy I am blah blah blah, but having time to read books is probably the one thing I miss more than anything right now. You are inspiring me to carve. out. time.

  • Robyn says:

    I’m reading New Zealand’s worst disasters by Graham Hutchins and Russell Young, as part of an assignment in my teacher ed degree. I started at age 48. I homeschooled 6 of my 7 children and then decided to train to teach. I am really enjoying it, but sometimes feel like I’m letting the children down. Really could do with some encouragement in my reading life 🙂

  • Allyson says:

    Does reading Pippi Longstockings to my kids count? 😉 I seriously need some adult reading material and inspiration!

  • Kelly says:

    I just finished “Wonder” based on your recommendation. What a excellent book. I’m going to have my 3rd grader read it.

  • Robyn White says:

    I am currently reading What Falls from the Sky by Esther Emery and also Long Days of Small Things by Catherine McNiel. I’m loving both of them!

  • Sara says:

    Currently I am reading Elon Musk Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.

  • Sarah M says:

    I’m re-reading The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings). I’m re-reading some favorites this year

  • vickie says:

    I’m reading it’s A Dog’s Purpose. When my daughter came home from watching the movie with her son and she was in tears, I knew then it was a must read! Have a great night!

  • Dawn says:

    I am reading Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore. I am looking forward to the discussion at book club in May.

  • Robyn says:

    I’m currently reading What Falls from the Sky by Esther Emery and also Long Days of Small Things by Catherine McNiel. Enjoying both of them!

  • Carissa McBurney says:

    I am trying to read books I have at home that have been sitting around. Just finished one and about to start the next one in the pile.

  • Rachel says:

    I’m reading Glimpses of Grace and Unstuffed. And I just finished a great novel called The Daring Ladies of Lowell.

  • Nicole Humphreys says:

    I’m just starting The Zookeepers Wife! I’m excited for this one.

  • Amy says:

    Moving cross country this week so no time for reading, but putting Grace Based Parenting and The Fallacy Detective in my backpack for the trip!

  • Chris Bruno says:

    Currently reading Fringe Hours & 13 Ressons Why.

  • Leona says:

    The last book I’ve read is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm with my 4th grader for his homeschooling and preschool readers with my little one. It’s been a while since I’ve have a chance to dig my heals into an adult book. LOL.

  • Tami Thompson says:

    I’ve just started reading The Zookeeper’s Wife….. I have just completed The Author’s Note and am so excited, to dive into this book after several months of bad health– thank you Lord– things are looking up! 🙂

  • I am currently reading, Raising Kids with Character that Lasts by John & Susan Yates and Mindset by Carol Dweck.

    • sara says:

      This is a good read, I am trying to read a similar book of Children with virtues in a virtual society…i have to check the title again but it deals with virtues in our computer driven society. How to deal with the entrapment of addiction to all things internet access gives children today. Ok, that is a very long explanation but I have boys and I am trying to protect their innocence as long as possible!

  • Casey says:

    I’m reading Listen, Love, Repeat by Karen Ehman! Excellent book! 🙂

  • Jen Lehr says:

    I’ve just started reading Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst!

  • Carissa says:

    I’m reading “How to Raise a Wild Child” by Scott Samson. I recently read “The War That Saved My Life”. It was so good, I didn’t put it down much! I highly recommend it.

  • Denise says:

    I recently enjoyed Smart Money Smart Kids by Rachel Cruze and Dave Ramsey. Great message! Thank you.

  • Amelia says:

    My eighth grader has a humongous project to read and do a presentation on twelve of the Lone Star Reading List librarian recommended books, so his sixth-grade sister and I are reading them in solidarity with him. I’m on _I am Princess X_.

  • Whitley says:

    21 Days to A More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine. Such a Help! ❤️

  • April says:

    I am currently reading “Unashamed” by Christine Caine, “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson, daily passages from “Be Still and Know” from BroadStreet Publishing, & “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren. My favorite so far this year is Unashamed – I’m halfway through from one sitting because I’m having a hard time putting it down. I have also been making reading a bigger priority in my current season in life (even though I had always been an avid reader I fell away from reading just for the sake of reading a few years back). Thanks for sharing the books you’re reading with us, as I find it a great encouragement & a reminder to continue!

  • Jen says:

    I just finished reading Charlotte’s Web to my son.

  • RMB says:

    I’m reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

  • Natalie says:

    Right now I’m in the middle of reading Different​ by Sally Clarkson and The Crucible and the Crown by Judith Pella. I love historical fiction that leaves me feeling like I actually learned something about that time and place in history!

  • Alessandra says:

    I’m slowly reading through The Broken Way & Uninivted. Just finished “Eve in Exile” – phenomenal read!

  • Melissa silva says:

    Right now I am reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s life changing! I highly recommend 🙂

  • Amy says:

    I’m currently reading Debt-Free U by Zac Bissonnette about the costs of higher education and the importance of avoiding student loan debt, if possible.

  • Sue Stowell says:

    I’m reading a Great Illustrated Classics, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane with my 11 yr. son.

  • Nikki Gase says:

    I am currently reading “Empty Cradle, Broken Heart” by Deborah Davis, and “Always Within,” as my daughter was stillborn on 1/10/17. Both very good, helpful reads for loss mommies.

  • I have several books mostly about parenting or blogging that I need to revisit and actually finish, but I am not currently reading anything. I am proud of myself though since I just finished my fourth graduate level class (working towards a masters degree) and I was asked to join Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society. Somehow I keep plugging away at these graduate courses and so far have been earning A’s which is no small feat since I am a busy mother of 4. The youngest is only 7 months. I am only taking one course at a time. I know my limits and cannot do more than one at a time with a family and blog to run.

  • Courtney says:

    Currently reading The Five Love Languages of Children but I just finished reading Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson. I have been on a Sally Clarkson reading binge and I believe this is one of my favorites! Also recently finished The Best Yes which I highly recommend 🙂

  • Pat says:

    I am reading “Heaven Touching Earth” by James Stuart Bell. A great read.

  • Carol says:

    I recently finished Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs. It was the Kindle version as it was on sale in that version. It was EYE-OPENING on so many levels. I now have another of his books (Love and Respect in the Family) -in paperback form – sitting next to my bed waiting to be started! I can’t wait!!

  • Angela F says:

    I am currently reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp!

  • Rose says:

    I just read Great Illustrated Classics Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

  • Mari says:

    Reading The Connected Child…life changing. Would love this stack of books, they would look great next to my current stack ?

  • Brynn Greene says:

    I am reading Butterflies by Susanne Harvey.

  • Alison says:

    I’m reading “the surprising secrets of highly happy couples” (bc of your recommendation:)

  • Dawn says:

    I just started reading “Teaching From Rest “.

  • Kerri says:

    I’m currently reading By the Shores of Silver Lake aloud to my 5 year old (it’s been so fun going through my favorite series with her for the first time!) and I also just started a newish thriller, Everything You Want Me to Be, which I’m absolutely loving.

  • Christina says:

    I am reading a book I borrowed from a friend called Girl Defined. So far, I’m loving it! It’s all about God’s idea of what a woman should be and the world lies that try to get us away from Him. Definitely a good one, at least so far!

  • Debbie says:

    first of all, thank you for a chance to win. i just finished reading “The Ebb Tide” by Beverly Lewis and “Grace and the Preacher” by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Now i’m needing something new to read.

  • Renata says:

    Going through Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I have tried organizing my kid’s drawers her way a few times and it looks beautiful, if only it lasted more than a week … 😉

  • Tracy says:

    Currently reading Half of a Yellow Sun and Strong and Kind. Would love this stack of books!!

  • Wendy says:

    I love your picture of your son reading the bible! I also have a struggling dyslexic child, but he just received his own bible from his grandparents at Easter and has been faithfully working through the creation story each night with me before bed. Sometimes, I’d rather read it for him, but he wants to do it himself!

    Aside from that, I’m reading Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton aloud to the kids.

  • Liz says:

    I just started reading “Teaching from Rest” by Sarah Mackenzie, and I have to say it us a must read for every homeschooler! So good!

  • Karey says:

    Just finished reading Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler and am excited about how I can apply what I learned to help students in math. I love books of all kinds and hope some day to afford a room dedicated to them.

  • Lauren says:

    I just finished When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story, and it was amazing. I will be reading it over and over. I have been blessed by her music but did not know her story before.

  • Amy Johnson says:

    Just finished Cane River by Lolita Tademy would absolutely recommend!!

  • Brandye Bisek says:

    Present Over Perfect. Life Changer.

  • Julie Gregory says:

    I’m reading Mothers and Sons. Just finished The Shack

  • Amanda says:

    Just finished reading “Eden Hill” by Bill Higgs. It was a very enjoyable read!!

  • Lori says:

    I’m looking for something Good to read

  • Carrie Burns says:

    I just finished Georgiana Darcy’s Diary: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Continued (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles, #1) by Anna Elliott.

  • Debbie says:

    Recently read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, which my son recommended to me! Also enjoyed A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay.

  • Ashley says:

    I’m currently reading ” Own your life” by Sally Clarkson & I’m really enjoying it

  • anna says:

    I am currently Reading Uninvited by Lysa T.

  • Misty Gorman says:

    I am reading Attaching through Love, Hugs and Play.

  • Tara G says:

    I’m reading “Wait and See” and am anxiously awaiting God’s provision as we prepare to move several states away, leaving behind all of our family and friends.

  • Alanna Klapp says:

    I’m reading Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life and I love it!

  • Erin says:

    I am reading Desperate: hope for the mom who needs to breathe!

  • Megan says:

    I am currently reading Alive in Him by Gloria Furman.

  • Alison says:

    Just finished Homeschooling from Rest. It was a breathe of fresh air for this momma who is juggling a lot of things in this season of life!

  • Amy says:

    Lately I’ve been reading curriculum mags in an effort to plan for school for next year…

  • Daniela Hernandez says:

    I’m currently reading 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It’s about teen suicide and how small actions compound to convince an individual it’s too much to endure, leading them to commit suicide. Wonderfully written!

  • Barbara says:

    Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey and Mastering your money by John Blue

  • Gina aarstad says:

    Retire Inspired! Encouraged by the info and eager to learn more about retirement. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lisa says:

    I’m reading UnSelfie, Dragonfly in Amber and Made to Crave….along with several books I’m reading to the kids, like Pilgrim’s Progress, Treasure Island, The BFG and The Hobbit. Too many to keep track of! ?

  • Christy says:

    I am reading The Road Back to You by Cronin & Stabile and Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers.