Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing-Benjamin Franklin
So I have been in a season of reading lately. Mostly because of the hours spent on airplanes, in cars, or kept inside due to torrential spring storms. Can I just digress to say that there is something magnificent about thunderstorms? Do they not give us a brief glimpse of Father God’s power and might? There is something comforting about being wrapped up in a quilt on the couch, reading your favorite book, while the rain beats against the windows.
Anyway, back to the real reason I sat down to write. Books. Lots and lots of books. It is a bit of an addiction I must confess. Just yesterday I went to drop off stuff at the women’s shelter store and next thing you know I was elbow deep in the book section. But, in my defense, they had me hooked with the big sign outside the door that said “all books 50% off”. They must have known I was coming. Sweetheart swears I buy more than I donate. He is probably right but I will never admit that.
As I closed the cover of the last book I devoured, my first thought was “I have to share this with my wonderful readers!”. It is just that good. I also read two other books that reached into my soul to remind me of some empty spaces that needed to be filled. In addition, because I am a great fan of history, the last book I want to tell you about is a must read, especially if you have kids or homeschool.
The Shepherd’s Song: A Story of Second Chances is a story of one mother’s love for her son. How could she have known a love note she wrote to him would change everyone it touched? Twelve individual lives are impacted when Kate McConnell takes a moment to pen the words to Psalm 23 on a scrap piece of paper and shoves it into Matt’s pocket. This short, easy to read book needs to be in everyone’s summertime “by the pool” bag. I read it straight through and will probably read it again this weekend. Yes. It’s that good.
Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift by James Dobson opened up some long closed spaces in my heart. Because of wrong choices made throughout my life, I regularly wrestle with my ability to change the lives of the next generation. Will they believe me when I share my faith? Will I be able to break the chains that hold our family down? Dr. Dobson has written this book to help each of us leave a lasting impact with this one life that God has given us. Whether you have been blessed with spiritual giants or prodigals, this book will guide you towards the understanding of how important it is to never give up your attempts to leave a legacy. What you do affects the next generation, whether you want it to or not. Why not be an active part of positive change?
Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker had me with the first two lines. “I guess most people who write books about motherhood start out by telling you how much they always wanted to be a mom. That is not my story.” Wow. A very real, raw book about the struggle between what God wanted her to do and what she thought she should do, this book shares Lisa-Jo’s journey from child to woman to mom. I loved every chapter, wept with her during the rough times, and cheered each time she found another blessing along the way. I met Lisa-Jo at the Declare Conference in Dallas last year. She is such a joy to be around. Every mom who feels like she just can’t do it right needs this book.
Dreamers and Deceivers: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America by Glenn Beck is a fantastic work of historical fiction. No matter what you think of his politics, this book is a great read for those history buffs like me. As always with stories of the past, there are equal measures of truth and fiction in the retelling of those stories. It is so much fun to learn the truth behind so many of the legends. I recommend this book to families especially as it is a great book for students. In audio form, this book will be a wonderful way to use on a road trip with a car full of kids. Even the least likely child will be mesmerized by the fascinating details they will learn about some famous as well as should be famous people. They will especially love the truth behind one of their favorite movie makers, Pixar.
This is the first of what I hope to be a weekly list of book reviews. I love to read almost as much as I love to eat chocolate and drink coffee. Poor sweetheart can attest to
that. Five years ago we gave over 600 books to the local library. I promised him I would control my book buying. Sadly (or not so much) I must admit that I have failed at that promise. By recent count I am well over that number of books on the shelves again. (Need a book? Send me a comment with the book you are looking for and I just might have it!!!!) I at least try to spend equal time on both fiction and non-fiction which makes me able to rationalize that at least I am learning. That makes sense in my mind at least!
I hope your spring is heading towards a wonderful summer. Let me know what you are reading. I am always looking for new titles. But sssshhhhhhhhh. Don’t tell my sweetheart.
Much love and thanks for being along for the journey,