Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Reads

Well I was surprised by how much reading I annihilated off of the book list I made at the beginning of the year.  I am a list kind of gal and I loved having a roster to choose from so that I was never without something to read. I also never had to wait for motivation to search out a new publication, my list was at my fingertips.
This year I also ventured into the fields of the electronic book.  Convenient? Yes (if your device is charged and you are in a wi-fi location to buy/download your new book). Cheaper than buying a bound book? Not really. I enjoyed a mixture of paper in hand and an electronic picture of paper in hand this year. 

Here is what I read and some of my thoughts:

  • The Simple Living Guide--Janet Luhrs Some good ideas but pretty outdated.
  • Am I Messing Up My Kids--Lysa Terkeurst  A light hearted easy read, but I did do some highlighting. This would be a good book for a mom's coffee group to go through.
  • Shepherding A Child's Heart--Tedd Tripp  One of the best reads all year. I still look over my notes.
  • Voyage of Dr. Doolittle--Hugh Lofting  Childhood favorite, free on Nook.
  • A Kingdom of Desire--Rick McKinley  Great read about how we respond and live after we are "confronted by the love of a Risen King."
  • Midnight in the City   Written by the founder of Convoy of Hope. Loved it.
  • Crazy Love--Frances Chan  I was probably the last one to read this book. Faith spurring and I would like to read it again.
  • Ashes to Africa-- A  book about a couples' journey to adoption in Ethiopia. Nice read.
  • The Well-Trained Mind--Susan Bauer and Jessie Wise   Must read for homeschooling parents.
  • The Dawn Treader--C.S. Lewis  Read it again so I was ready to watch the movie, always good.
  • Sacred Influence--Garry Thomas   Would really recommend this book to wives married to unbelievers or men who are uninvolved.
  • Bringing Up Boys --James Dobson  I think this was good but I don't remember much about it.
  • It's Not Ok With Me--Janine Maxwell  Poverty in Africa, some stirring images that still lead me to prayer.
  • The Endurance   One of my favorites! True story of Shackleton's Antartic Expedition. Was able to share the last half of it with Micah as we listened to an audio e-book traveling to Colorado.
  • The Connected Child--Dr. Karyn Purvis   All marked up and on my shelf to be re-read again before PJ comes home.
  • Orphanology--Tony Merida  Read this with a dear friend living the adoption lifestyle. A stirring book about God's heart and our duty.
I recommend a book list! I found that I read so much more by making a plan.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Good Reminder

I read this on a fellow blogger's page and thought it was worth reading twice. As a mom who often has high expectations for her children this is a good way for me to be pulled back into a healthy perspective.  I certainly want to be a parent who guides my children into growth and maturity--not into some standard of perfection. This might need to be read daily before schooling!

A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents – Dr. Kevin Leman

1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

8. Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.

9. Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.