Book List from January and February 2012
One of my goals this year is to read 36 books this year. I read a variety over the past two months and thought I would share the book list here.
The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson. This book was encouraging and challenging and beautifully written. She shares practical ideas for showing love to your children, creating a peaceful home and honoring God within your home. Refreshing, practical and encouraging. Christian mama’s with young children will enjoy the encouragement in this book.
The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh A Bortin. I love this book and it’s practical argument for classical education and how it can unfold within your home. Leigh Bortin walks the reader through the reasoning why this is necessary along with statistics (which was a bit dull, I don’t particularly care for authors talking about why their way is superior and how other systems are failing) but her break down of each subject and how each subject can be approached with a classical education in mind was excellent. This will be a long term resource for our future homeschooling endeavors.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. A fiction book based on historical events and written entirely in letters written back and forth between the characters is incredible. I fell in love with each of the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the story that was told. This book is a compilation of Mary Ann Shaffer’s research and writing over her lifetime and she sadly died right around the publication of this book, her first novel. Her niece, Annie Barrows, helped complete the manuscript for publication.
Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations by Joel Henriques. This is a craft book with crafts for kids and it is SO much fun!! It’s the most inspiring craft book I have ever browsed and while it’s a library copy, this is going on my list of books to own. Joel Henriques blogs at Made by Joel and you can see more of his craft ideas there.
Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment … Can Last Forever by Wess Stafford. I reviewed this book in more detail here. I thoroughly adore this book and the challenge to be aware of how our words and actions can impact a child. I think everyone who interacts with children should read this and be encouraged about their potential to influence a young life.
Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Don and Susie Van Ryn. The true story of two families surviving a horrifying medical mistake. After a fatal accident one girl is mistakenly identified as another girl, and that girl is in a coma in the hospital being cared for by the wrong family. This happened in 2006 and I had followed the news reports about it and was interested in hearing more about the story.
Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitz. The title of the book pretty accurately describes the book. It is a fascinating true story of this woman’s escape from her horrific experiences as a child bride.
The Duggars: 20 and Counting!: Raising One of America’s Largest Families–How they Do It by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. This is the first of the Duggar’s books and it shares their story, from the childhood of Jim Bob and Michelle through the building of their current home. They very frankly address a lot of the questions they have been asked with grace and humility, as well as sharing a lot of trials and errors that they have experienced that helped them grow.
What books have been on your reading list? And you’d suggest for me to read this year?