Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What I Read - Over the Holidays And In January

It is amazing how much more reading I can get done when I don't get on the computer as often.  December it was easier to read because I was not on Facebook until after Christmas and because I was in lazy-holiday-vacation mode. I did get a few books finished in January as well. A few books didn't make the list because I did not finish them for various reasons.  But here is what I read - in no particular order:

  • Crazy-Busy by Kevin DeYoung - Our pastor had a few copies of this to give away. It was a great read. Quick, practical, and a lot of things that I have started applying to my life. I think it will also be helpful to revisit once my kids are a bit older, to keep our time-management priorities straight.
  • The Bean Tree by Barbara Kingsolver - Really loved the characters in this novel. I don't know how to say more about what I liked about this book without giving away the plot.
  • The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell - A crime novel, but not really in the traditional way - I thought this book would be better than what it was. I needed to know how everything worked out in the end, but if it wasn't for that, I probably wouldn't have finished it.
  • Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet by Sara Haggerty - a memoir on infertility - and although I have two children, I felt much of what she wrote I could relate to. The second half of the book flowed better, in my opinion, so I'm glad I hung on to finish the book.
  • Sun Shine Down by Gillian Marchenko - a memoir of a mom after the birth of her child, who is born with Down Syndrome. I wanted to like this book more than I did. I related to some of the mom's emotions/struggles, but not as much as I had hoped when I picked up the book. 
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells - Two or three people recommended this memoir to me. What an amazing story! I found myself crying, cheering, cringing, and so much more throughout this book. It also made me want to move back to the southwest. I highly recommend this book.
  • The Geography of Memory by Jeanne Murray Walker - A woman remembering her journey with her mother before, during and after her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's. Powerful story with not just dealing with the disease but also family relationship dynamics, memories of growing up in a conservative Baptist home, wrestling with (and changing) faith, and probably other things I am failing to mention. 
  • Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwieler - I am pretty sure I have read this woman's blog a few times, but I didn't remember it when I picked up this book from the library.  A memoir of an atheist becoming Catholic. I love a good memoir of pretty much any religious sort. For some reason love learning why people change/convert/leave their faith. I love the stories behind theologies.
  • The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts - One of my Sunday school teachers pointed many of us to Kara's blog - a mother of four dying of cancer. It is a heart-wrenching story, but Kara's realness as she hangs onto her faith in one of the worst situations out there is challenging, encouraging, and convicting. 
  • Eight-Twenty-Eight by Ian and Larissa Murphy - I watched a video clip Ian and Larissa did about a year ago, and cried my way through watching. I knew I would read their book when it was published. Ian suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident while the two were seriously dating. This book chronicles their journey through that time and beyond. Although my situation is not the same, I found so much to take from, as a "special needs mom" from Ian and Larissa's story, as Larissa has stayed by Ian's side throughout this incredibly difficult path they are on. If you read this book, have a box of tissue nearby. 

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