a bookish post

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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a definition

I refuse to be defined by:
~ an identity counter to the one God intended
~ the house I live in
~ the behavior of my children
~ the responsiveness of my husband
~ my past
~ the way my children are educated
~ labeling my status of motherhood: SAHM, WAHM, working mom etc
~ whether I have a small or large quiver of children
~ where or how I worship
~ the way my home is organized (or not organized)
~ the lies of the Evil One
~ my anger
~ the vows I have made
~ my shattered glory

And I choose to define my life as:
~ slow- moving in the confidence of the One who leads my every step
~ in surrender
~ utterly responsive to the will of God
~ letting go of the image or idea that I am in charge
~ joyfully living each day in the full expectation of the “nourishment of heavenly manna” (R. Foster)
~ a life of silence- silencing my “grasping, manipulative control of people and situations” (R. Foster)
~ one who has released my “tightfisted efforts to enter into God’s presence” (R. Foster)
~ one who has her eyes fixed on the unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18)
~ one who stands in full agreement that I am restored, ransomed, renewed,
and redeemed.

You’ll get a brand-new name
straight from the mouth of God.
You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm of God’s hand,
a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God.
No more will anyone call you Rejected,
and your country will no more be called Ruined.
You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight),
and your land Beulah (Married),
Because God delights in you
and your land will be like a wedding celebration.
For as a young man marries his virgin bride,
so your builder marries you,
And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride,
so your God is happy with you.

~ Isaiah 62:3-4 (The Message)

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a beginning

I’ve been in the blogging world for a while and an idea has been building in my head, hence the beginning of a new blog. My original blog has been a combination of journalling, sewing, cooking and many other random things. I’ve felt this tugging to separate the journal from the blog and this is what i’ve come up with.

Why “a constant pursuit”? Well, you will just have to stick around a while to find out.

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