January hit me like a two ton truck this year-unapologetic and unable to stop. Two rounds of headcolds, a space themed birthday party, and a TON OF RAIN has left me feeling a little gray.
Through all of this, my soul felt fed by some fantastic words: “COME OUT, BIG ALICE!”
Books have a way of doing that, don’t they? So here’s some of my favorites from the crazy month of January:
I was hesitant to read this book for fear this was just another pandering to women that “they are enough just as they are” and filled to the brim with watered down doctrine. I am so so glad that I pushed aside my reluctance and dove on in! Jess Connolly has such a love and conviction for the women of the church, and reading her book was like talking to a sister who tells you how it is. Her words were both encouraging and convicting in her reminder that God has placed us where we are, and we are, indeed, the girls for the jobs He has given us.
I first read this story as a teenager and fell in love with the every bit of it– the adventure, mystery, and smaller-than-average doors. Young Maria Merryweather must leave all that she knows to live with distant cousin, only to find that she brings a long awaited change. Elizabeth Goudge knows exactly how to keep you on your toes, and draw you in at the right moments. This a fantastic book for both children and adults (especially if you like to read aloud.)
Yes, I know it’s technically written for children, but I’m a sucker for a simply written comprehensive guide to anything. CDs, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, “bear year” and “bull year”, TIPS and T-Notes…. do these terms throw you into the deep end of confusion? Or perhaps you’ve heard them, but couldn’t begin to explain how they work? I loved this book because, one, it was short (yay!), and two, it gave me all the information I needed in a language that was not like reading tax law. Great book for all ages if you want to get started, and don’t want to pull out your hair figuring it all out.
This was my first of Madeleine L’Engle’s adult fiction, and she did not disappoint. She weaves her story of a family dealing with the dark and horrible things of life with beautiful threads of mercy and forgiveness. Her writing is both poignant and poetic at just the right moments. I came away with a revived image of what it looks like to forgive those who have hurt you in this life.
I had way too much fun reading this. Full of delightful anecdotes, recipes, and party tips, I felt like I was reading one gloriously long Better Homes & Garden magazine (but more personal, and of course, southern!). Every page was gorgeous and inviting. To a Midwest girl living in the South, it was like getting the proper 411 on how things work here (thank you Reece!)
Navigating the world of education and all its possibilities for your child can feel overwhelming. As a former homeschooled kid, and now a homeschooling mama, I get it. This little book is a fantastic place to start, filled with encouragement and practical tips for making homeschooling less of a headache, and more of a joy. Sarah Mackenzie sums it up beautifully here:
“The heart of this book is about remembering what our true task really is, and then throwing ourselves in completely. Giving our all. The raising of children, the teaching of truth, the sharing of life, the nourishing of imagination, and cultivating of wisdom-these are all His anyway; we are merely His servants.”