September Reads

30 Sep

A few of this month's reads

With the weather turning cool this month we have spent a lot more time curled up with a good book.  The furniture in our Family Room was recently rearranged to lend itself better to conversations and reading instead of television watching.  🙂  For those of you with little ones might I commend you to keep a large basket of children’s books next to your couch.  I cannot begin to tell you what a joy it is to have books close by when Eli is ready to snuggle up and read.  Here’s a look at this month’s reads:  

Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot.  Hands down this author is one of my absolute favorites.  Few women have impacted my life so deeply.  Whenever I pick up one of her books God always seems to use her writing to speak to me.  Dozens of topics are covered in this book as Elisabeth Elliot shares her beliefs or convictions on them.   Most topics are just a few pages each so it is perfect for those of you in a very busy season of life.  I find myself often reading a few pages in the midst of my day when I need just a tiny bit of refreshment.  Then I think upon what she has said while I work on the task in front of me.  The task goes by much more pleasantly and my mind is engaged thinking deeply about God.     

The Rhythm of Family by Amanda Soule.  This was such an interesting book.  The author speaks a little on each month of the year and then includes a craft or activity that pertains to that month.  How unique and so delightful.  It is packed full of great ideas for your own family.  I received the inspiration and directions for making the Handkerchief Bag from this book.  The author has really encouraged me to be more creative and loving in my mothering and blessing my family.  I probably have her to thank for the many hours I spent playing outside with Eli this summer.   

Playful Learning by Mariah Bruehl.  This was a delightful read about encouraging the creativity of your 4-8 year old.  A little advanced for my son but hopefully I will be able to use some of the ideas to bless others that I know who are in this age group.  I really appreciated how she commends parents to give their children lots of freedom to create and explore. 

The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini.  The premise of this book is to really consider how you are spending the 8 hours of your day in which you are not sleeping or working.  It really challenged me to be careful of how I am spending my time.  I often reflect upon the fact that there are about a million ways that I could be spending my time.  What I want to be doing is spending my time in the best way possible for my current season of life.  If you are a little more adventuresome the book also includes ideas for starting a business on the side.  Overall a great read. 

A Love that Multiplies by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.  Okay hands down this was my favorite book this month.  This book really allows the reader to see a glimpse into the heart and faith of the famous Duggar family.  I found myself rejoicing with them in what God has done in their life as I read no devoured their book in just a day or so.  They really open up in the book and share many of the trials and joys that they have experienced in the last two years.  🙂   

How to Sew a button and other things your grandmother knew by Erin Brien.  This might have been one of my most disappointing reads this month.  I expected to glean all sorts of helpful hints from the book but there were few things in the book that I found helpful.  Adorable title but the rest of the book is quite a let down.  😦 

Not for Sale by David Batstone.  This was a very sad book about human trafficking which enslaves over 30 million people.  Half of those are children.  The book contains numerous heart wrenching stories about the millions of people who are in fact slaves.  Although not necessarily an enjoyable book I would definitely recommend reading this book. 

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder  Eli and I have continued enjoying the Little House series this month as a read along book. I find myself enjoying it even more than Elijah. I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up taking an audio book from this series on a road trip one day soon.

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney.  This is another audiobook that we have really been enjoying this month.  We’re not quite finished so please don’t share how it ends.  It is the delightful tale of five little children who are poorer than one could even imagine yet they are just delightful.  I secretly wish that I could invite them all over for a playdate.  🙂

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2 Responses to “September Reads”

  1. Renee September 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    “Let me be a Woman” was an extremely influential book for me–i love Elliot, she has so much wisdom!

    also, thanks for letting me borrow “Gentle Baby Care”, its been a really helpful book to read right now!

    • emersonfamily October 1, 2011 at 12:33 am #

      I had no idea you were an Elliot fan. Let me know if you ever want to borrow any. (I think I own almost all of her books or at least did at one time. They are often borrowed by friends.) I’m glad the Gentle baby Care book has been helpful. Pantley also wrote an EXCELLENT book called The No Cry Sleep Solution that you might want to check out sometime. I know in your spare time right? 🙂

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