March Reads

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I have been trying to take it easy lately which means more time for reading!  🙂  I have also been trying to prioritize reading more books aloud to Eli.  This month Elijah & I read two books together: Farming with Father & Old Town in the Green Groves.  These are both chapter books which I read aloud before nap time each day.  I’m really hoping to continue reading more and more chapter books to Eli.  So far I think we have read 10 chapter books together.  You can see which books we have read together here.  I would love suggestions for more chapter books to read to him in the near future.  (He is 3 and all boy but loves books!)

Taking God Seriously by J.I. Packer: I’m a big fan of J.I. Packer so I was really excited to read his newest book.  Although he does mention the Anglican church often throughout the book the material is still relevant to all believers.  The chapters in the book all detail taking the following seriously: Faith, Doctrine, Christian Unity, Repentance, Church, Holy Spirit, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  I enjoyed reading this book and thinking through each of these different aspects of Christianity.  Honestly it has been a long time since I thought through all of these things.  If you are new to Packer’s works I would recommend starting with Knowing God which is excellent.  Please note I received a review copy from Crossway in exchange for this review.

 Raising Real Men:Surviving, Teaching, & Appreciating Boys: by Hal & Melanie Young.  As the title suggests this book is all about raising boys.  The authors have SIX boys so they know a thing or two about them.  I only have one son (so far) who is shall we say ALL BOY.  Despite the many accidents we encounter on a weekly basis and the never-ceasing energy he is an absolute delight.  I am so thankful that I found this book while my son is young.  What a blessing!  All of the advice in the book was wonderful.  We are currently expecting another child and everyone has been asking me if I am hoping for a girl.  Although I would be happy with a boy or a girl, I am almost hoping more that we have a boy.  I think boys are wonderful and would gladly welcome a house full of them.  As I’m sure you can guess this was one of my favorite books I read this past month.  If you have sons I would highly recommend it!

Big, Beautiful, & Pregnant: Expert Advice & Comforting Wisdom for Expecting Plus-Size Woman by Cornelia van der Ziel M.D.  As a plus-sized expecting woman myself I thought it was wonderful that someone had written a book specifically for plus-sized women during pregnancy.  I wasn’t a plus-sized girl during my last pregnancy so this book was especially helpful to me in thinking through some of the different issues plus-sized women sometimes encounter during pregnancy.

Learning to Love: Passion, Compassion, & the Essence of the Gospel by Heidi & Rolland Baker.  Unfortunately I was very disappointed with this book.  It is about the Bakers who currently serve in Mozambique.  The book itself felt very unconnected and did not flow together at all.  I honestly had a really hard time getting through this book and I love books about missionaries.  I also felt a little bit uncomfortable with many of the methods that the Bakers used.  Please note I did receive a complimentary copy from Chosen Books in exchange for my review.

Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl.  I am a big fan of Amish/Mennonite fiction but this book was a huge disappointment.  I found the whole plot to the story so incredibly far-fetched that it was hard to enjoy this book.  Most of the book was slow-moving and a little hard to follow at times.  I did find that the ending was surprisingly good.  If you are in the market for a good Amish/Mennonite fiction book I would pass this book up and find another one.  Please note that I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my review from Bethany House Publishers.

Obamacare Survival Guide by Nick Tate.  I do not do a good job of keeping up with politics.  I do realize the potentiality of Obamacare to drastically impact my family so the issue definitely gets my attention.  We are currently expecting and also hope to have more children in the future so I know that healthcare will continue to be something I care a lot about.  I thought this book was great in clearly explaining many of the implications of Obamacare so that it can be understood.  I’m no expert on the subject after reading the book but I do feel empowered that I know much more than I did last month.  This book also has some great summary chapters at the end of the book that I would recommend anyone reading even if they can’t commit to reading the entire thing.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin.  The author is a well-known midwife who practices in Tennessee.  A close friend who has been blessed with 2 natural births recommended the book to me.  I’m so glad she did!  The first part of the book is filled with wonderful, encouraging birth stories.  I only wish this section were longer.  Although I can’t say that I would be comfortable with every technique utilized in this book I really enjoyed this book.  It was so unlike most other pregnancy books which tend to treat pregnancy like a disease.  I really appreciated Gaskin’s attitude about birth and pregnancy.

What books did you read last month?  


3 Responses to “March Reads”

  1. Heather April 11, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    I started to read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth a few months ago, but I just couldn’t finish it. I was really uncomfortable with some of the techniques she uses (probably the same ones that bothered you). There were a lot of gems in there, but I hate that I couldn’t get past the other stuff and appreciate the rest of the information. I’ll be praying you have a successful VBAC!

    Do you have a “feeling” one way or the other as to boy or girl? I really didn’t either time, but I have thought each time, “If I were forced to guess, I’d guess boy.” Since you like the idea of another boy, I was wondering if that meant you had a feeling in that direction. 🙂

    A lot of these books sound great…I always really enjoy these posts! That ObamaCare guide sounds really helpful. I’m not nearly as informed about it as I should be. 😦

    • emersonfamily April 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      The Ina May book is definitely not for everyone. 🙂 I don’t really have a feeling either way. This pregnancy has been a lot different than my pregnancy with Eli which almost makes me wonder if it could be a girl? I really don’t know though. Every pregnancy is different though. 🙂 Did you have a feeling that you were having a boy?
      I’m glad you enjoy the posts on what I have been reading. It’s a great way to keep track of what I am reading. I think it also encourages me to read a broad variety of books since I reflect at the end of the month on what I have read. Hope you are feeling well!

      • Heather April 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

        I usually felt like I had no idea, but when I was forced to guess, I guessed boy. I think, the second time, I mostly just guessed boy because that’s what we already had. This pregnancy has been a lot different from my pregnancy with Milo, too, so that had me thinking it might be a girl for a while. I had worse morning sickness this time around (or it seemed like it, at least), but I still think, compared to moms who have girls, my morning sickness wasn’t bad. The heartbeat thing has been true both times. They’ve always had lower “boy” heartbeats. I don’t know if that’s just been a coincidence for me, though. Hope you are feeling well, too!!!

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