First off, Happy USA Mother's Day to all my fellow moms. :)
Today, my family granted me the pleasure of an afternoon of undisturbed reading time.
The sun streamed through the windows of our living room while I sat in a comfy rocking chair and enjoyed a warm drink and a book from the top of my stack. Hours passed. Periodically I would look up from the pages and spot children (mine included) blur past the front window on bikes, all of them enjoying the sunshine and 75 degree weather. (That's 75 fahrenheit for you lovely internationals).
And, because my husband decided to spend Sunday afternoon cleaning off his workbench in the garage, the inside of our house was blissfully quiet. Yay.
Reading makes me happy.
When I finished that book from the stack, I paused, pulled out my computer, and decided to give you a quick update on my most recent reads, titles I've finished within the last handful of months. So here they are:
The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Susanne Stabile
The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Two-Part Invention by Madeline L'Engle
Life After Life by Raymond Moody
Saved by the Light by Dannion Brinkley
Closer To the Light: Learning From the Near Death Experiences of Children by Dr. Melvin Morse
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welsh
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (a re-read, enjoyed the second time maybe even more than the first)
The Finnish Way: Finding Courage, Wellness & Happiness Through the Power of Sisu by Katja Pantzar
Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
The Mindset: My Journey from Janitor to Silicon Valley Millionaire in Five Years by Ace Bowers
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus J. Borg
Why I Believe in Life Beyond Death by Norman Vincent Peale
Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
Have a lovely week, one and all.
Lots of Love,
Hello Friends and Hello Fall!
I've been reading more again lately, after finishing the first draft of a novel late this summer.
I love to read. (But if you've been hanging around here for long, you know that much about me.)
Here's a list of my current reads ... I've been on a Holocaust memoirs kick in the last few weeks, ignited when I stumbled over the book "Night" by Elie Wiesel on my dad's coffee table (we visited family in Kansas a few weeks ago) and my brother asked me if I'd read it. When I said no, he highly recommended I do so.
So, with no further ado, here's my list of recent reads:
The Map of Heaven by Eben Alexander
The Light Between Us by Laura Lynne Jackson
Inside the Other Side by Concetta Bertoldi
Love Does by Bob Goff
Deep & Simple by Bill Lozoff (highly recommended by Mr. Rogers himself)
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (this was right up my alley)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Half Bad by Sally Green (finished only about half of this book)
Night by Elie Wiesel
Open Heart by Elie Wiesel
Outcry: Holocost Memoirs by Manny Steinberg
Auschwitz #34,207: The Joe Rubinstein Story by Nancy Sprowell Geise
Auschwitz Escape: The Klara Wizel Story by Danny Naten & R.J. Gifford
I hope your November has started off well. Happy Thanksgiving to you Americans. And Happy Year End to the rest of you. We all have much to be thankful for this season. I can't believe only a few months remain in 2018.
I'll be in touch again soon!
Snapshot of my reading list over last handful of months ...
What are you reading these days???
Happy Summer!!! Is it summer?!? How is it summer already???
Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Louder than Words by Todd Henry
In the Name of Jesus by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
Leading from Within (an essay) by Parker Palmer
The Gift of Acabar by Og Mandino and Buddy Kaye
On Writing by Stephen King
A Guide to Confident Living by Norman Vincent Peale
The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins
How to Be Here by Rob Bell
Indian Boyhood by Charles "Ohiyesa" Eastman
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander (an awesome reread for me)
What is the Bible? by Rob Bell
Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr
Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison
Quest for the Grail by Richard Rohr
Mrs. Perigrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Why Some Positive Thinkers Get Powerful Results by Norman Vincent Peale
Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass
A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay
Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar
Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science by Mike McHargue
Here's a list of some of the books I've read this summer. It's been a good time. Lots of good non-fiction in these recent months. Which always does my heart good. And a few fiction books.
Hope your own reading lately has been refreshing, fulfilling, and fun!
Here they are:
Twelve Tests of Character by Harry Emerson Fosdick (Yes. Preach it Mr. Fosdick)
Mission: Success! by Og Mandino (awww! Just, awww!)
Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark (Thank you, Roy.)
Positive Imaging by Norman Vincent Peale (changed the way I pray for my kids and spouse and friends and well ... everyone.)
The Greatest Salesman In The World Part II: The End of the Story by Og Mandino (great little tip for reviewing your day in here)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (a surprisingly highly satisfying read)
The One Thing by Gary Keller (changed the entire structure of my writing day. amazing.)
The Road Back to You by Ian Cron (LOVE the Enneagram)
What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell (This guy, and his insights, and the way he writes books. Brilliant.)
Experiencing God Through Prayer by Madame Guyon (from the 1600's people!!!)
Preparing for Adolescence by Dr. James Dobson (b/c I have a kiddo starting MIDDLE SCHOOL you guys! unbelievable)
Acres of Diamond by Russell H. Conwell (succinct and to the point: hone your talents)
The Tough-Minded Optimist by Norman Vincent Peale (nobody's writing brings me up like N.V.P. Love this guy.)
Crafting Dynamic Dialog by The Editors of Writer's Digest (good stuff. I LOVE writing dialog, btw.)
Words Fail Me by Patricia T. O'Conner (basic grammer and writing advice, delivered with humor)
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (My only fiction book on the list! It's the second in a series... So far, so good...)
Hugs to all of you,
p.s. For a deeper look at a lot of the books I've read up to this point, you can visit the "Bookfest Friday" category on my blog.