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a bookish post

September 29, 2011

I’ve got my eyes in many different books of late, so I thought I would take the time to share what I’ve been reading.

Invitations from God: Accepting God’s Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember and More by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

I actually found this book at our local library and was immediately taken by the title. I didn’t realize until later that it’s published by Intervarsity Press (or rather a branch of IVP) and that made me really stop and dig in. The book is broken down into all the different invitations that we receive from God. It’s a book that can easily be read cover to cover or one that you could skip around and read the invitation that you feel most pressing on you. I’ve read three chapters so far (and not in order) and I love it. One thing I do love are the questions that Ms. Calhoun asks. But instead of them being all listed at the end of the chapter, they are scattered throughout the chapter, causing you really to stop and reflect on what you are reading.

 

Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster

I’ve had this book since high school and made it about three-quarters of the way through it during high school and early college. Richard Foster was one of the first authors I really fell in love with as a young believer. He writes with such honesty, clarity and gives you such insight into ancient writers, even if you haven’t read any of them. He makes you want to go look up Thomas a’Kempis or Madame Guyone and really study them. That said, this a great book on all different types of prayer. I really wanted to go slowly through this book, so I only read a chapter on Thursdays. My intention was to read a chapter and then take the next week to really pray the kind of prayer that he had written about.  This is really a book you could just read over and over again without stopping and get something new out of each chapter. There are a lot of great books on prayer and this one is a classic.

 

Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School by David and Kelli Pritchard

I’ve been recommended this book by gobs of people and even read many reviews online too. I finally broke down and bought it and I am so glad I did. I am about half way through and honestly this book is more about parenting your children up more than giving you a list of dos and don’ts to make it through the maze of public school. It’s about parenting to your child’s heart so that the expectations you have at home easily transfer to school. I love most that they declare that even though they send their kids to public school to be educated by others, they are still homeschoolers. They still foster a love of learning in their home. The only distinction that is made between home and school is that the learning is taking place in two different places…but it’s still taking place in both places. It’s a natural sort of thing. I highly recommend this book to anyone weaving with maze of schooling options.

 

Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children by John Younts

This is the one parenting book I wish I would have found eight years ago when my son was born. My husband and I are forging a new trail in raising our children up in a believing home and this book is superb. It’s a small little book, easy to read and very practical. Younts encourages us that our children learn more about the Lord through our everyday conversations and responses to things than they do when we sit down for a “formal” devotions or teaching. It’s about walking outside and declaring the glory of God or in the midst of frustration clinging and voicing His promises to us. I love it. It also has questions at the end of each chapter that ask you to reflect on your current parenting conversations etc.

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