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Books Read This Week: Disciplines of a Godly Woman, These Happy Golden Years

Disciplines of a Godly Woman — This book has been an excellent read for me, especially coming off the 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life series. It’s packed with practical encouragement, thought-provoking chapters, and motivation to live a disciplined life. Highly recommended to Christian women.

Read Aloud

These Happy Golden Years — Our whole family has been enjoying our evenings of cozying up together and reading this book. Even Jesse and I are really enjoying this series and we’re sad that it’s almost over with (anyone have any really great book series to recommend that might be in a similar vein to the Little House books?)

Listened To

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe — We listened aloud to this book this week while working on getting the bookplates and our Christmas cards ready to mail. The children were fascinated by it and it was fun for me to hear it again after all these years! Since you can download the entire Chronicles of Narnia audio series for free right now, we plan to listen to them all over the next few months!

You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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Books Read This Week: EntreLeadership & Little Town on the Prairie

EntreLeadership — You all know how much I love Dave Ramsey, so it’s no surprise that I would love his new book, EntreLeadership. However, I wasn’t expecting to love it just as much as I have.

It’s packed–and I do mean packed–with tried-and-tried information, practical application, and fantastic inspiration. As a small business owner with a few employees and sub-contractors, I’ve gleaned so much from this book. In fact, I’ve only been able to read a chapter or less each day as there’s so much to think about and consider in each page. And I’m already ready to go back and re-read it!

If you are a small business owner, I’d highly, highly recommend this book. Dave can be a bit blunt and brash sometimes, but he’s got amazing wisdom and business experience to share.

Read-Aloud

Little Town on the Prairie — We’re nearing the end of the Little House series and I think the stories aren’t quite as exciting for young children, but so far, my kiddos are still loving this series and never want me to stop reading when I finish a chapter! I’m hoping we can finish the last two books in this series before the end of the year. We’ll see!

Currently reading: Kisses from Katie and Getting Things Done . You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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Books Read This Week: He Heard Hannah, Becoming a Woman of Influence, The Blue Hill Meadows

He Heard Hannah — I received a pre-release copy of this book and enjoyed it. As with pre-release editions, it’s not the final copy, so the layout/typographical errors can get in the way a little bit, but the story line was still quite captivating. The recounting of God’s redemption in the midst of anguish and unimaginable grief was powerfully moving. You cannot help but be touched by this book.

Becoming a Woman of Influence — I’m not quite finished with this book, but so far I’ve been very motivated and inspired in intentionally looking for opportunities to mentor and invest in the lives of women who are younger than me. Thank you so much to a few readers who recommended I read this book!

Read-Aloud:

The Blue Hill Meadows — This book is quite idealistic, but we still really enjoyed following the stories of the Meadows family throughout the four seasons.

Currently reading: EntreLeadership, Kisses from Katie, Getting Things Done and listening to Purple Cow audiobook. You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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Books Read This Week: A Confident Heart, Unmeasured Strength, Chocolate By Hershey

I had the privilege of briefly meeting Renee Swope at The Relevant Conference. What a dear woman she is! And I was so excited about her brand-new book, A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God’s Promises.

If you struggle with feelings of insecurity or worthlessness, you must read this book. It is packed with powerful encouragement to help you stop believing lies and start walking in the truth.

Unmeasured Strength recounts Lauren Manning’s recovery from horrific burns she received when the twin towers were attacked on 9/11. Some of her backstory seemed to drag on a little and I disagreed with much of her personal outlook and theology since she isn’t a Christian, but the book was overall an interesting read and I was very inspired by her determination and perseverance through unimaginable pain.

We’re studying the states right now, so we read Chocolate By Hershey as part of our study of Pennsylvania. It was fascinating to read of Milton Hershey’s rise and fall and rise again.  It was also interesting how much things changed with modern industry over his lifetime.

And yes, I know, I ended up reading books that were totally not on my reading list this past week. I promise I’ll try to actually finish a few of these this next week! Maybe that needs to be one of my upcoming habits to develop?! 🙂

Currently reading: EntreLeadership, He Heard Hannah, Kisses from Katie, Becoming a Woman of Influence, and listening to Purple Cow audiobook. You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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Books Read This Week: Blogger Behave, In Search of Balance, Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?

I never got this post up last week because I took a 24-hour computer fast while at Relevant. And then life has been busy this past week and I’ve literally finished zero books. The good news is that I did get a lot of sleep this week, so maybe it was worth the lack of reading to instead get caught up on the hours of sleep I missed while at Relevant last week. 🙂

Blogger Behave — As I posted earlier this week, this ebook is filled with wise words, inspiration, and practical advice for how to “make your blog benefit your life so you can love both.” If you are struggling with balancing blogging and life, I’d heartily recommend this ebook. It’s well-written, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s packed with meaty suggestions.


In Search of Balance: Keys to a Stable Life –This book didn’t have any earth-shattering information in it, but it was good to review and be reminded of the importance of making wise decisions about commitments, allowing margin in our lives, and not living in a rush-rush-rush frenzy.

Read-Alouds:

Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley? — Personally, this book wasn’t one of my favorites. However, the children really enjoyed it and each of them were engaged and didn’t want me to stop reading.

Currently reading: EntreLeadership, He Heard Hannah, Kisses from Katie, Becoming a Woman of Influence, and listening to Purple Cow audiobook. You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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Books Read This Week: The Rose Conspiracy, Forgotten God, Don’t Make Me Come Up There

The Rose Conspiracy — This is the second fiction book I’ve read this month. If you know me well, you know that is very out-of-character for me, but I’ve been trying to break out of my non-fiction rut a little bit. And Craig Parshall’s book was good enough to capture my attention and keep it. In fact, I knew I was going to enjoy this book after I didn’t want to put it down after the second page.

If you enjoy legal fiction, you should definitely check this book out. It’s intriguing, thought-provoking, and overall well-written. Some of the plot was a bit weak, but it was still very engaging.

Forgotten God — In typical Francis Chan style, this book will make you think, examine your heart, and plumb the depths of your beliefs about the Holy Spirit. You may not agree with all of the author’s conclusions, but I can guarantee you that it will make you think and re-examine Scripture in a new light. Highly recommended.

By the way, if you’ve not read Crazy Love, I’d heartily recommend that book as well. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

Don’t Make Me Come Up There — If you are a mom or care for children on a regular basis, you will find this book hilarious. Kristen is an incredibly gifted writer who knows how to communicate spot-on truth in a laugh-out-loud-funny manner. I hope this is the first of many books she writes. I will definitely be buying them all!

Read-Alouds:

Paul Revere — I read this book when I was a youngster, so it was fun to get to enjoy it with my children. The Imagination Station: Showdown With the Shepherd — Another book in our well-loved Imagination Station series. And once again, the children were so captivated by it that I could have read the whole thing in one setting!

Currently reading: EntreLeadership, He Heard Hannah, Kisses from Katie, In Search of Balance,and listening to Purple Cow audiobook. You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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