My May Reads and a few other random thoughts…

How is this possible? May 31st is here already…and I made it! Felt like I had a foaming tiger by the tail a few times, but I ran alongside, panting and gritting my teeth. I even got to wave and smile and enjoy the scenery a few places. By the time I could let go, the tiger merely yawned, stretched and sauntered off. Whew.

Here’s to June and three more weeks off of work! Well, aside from baking (but that doesn’t feel like work).

Because of said tiger-tail clasping, I didn’t get as much reading in as I would have liked, but I’ll throw in a few other books I’m aiming for this summer.

The two I did read in May captured my attention and garnered new insights:

Hardcover Choose Joy : Because Happiness Isn't Enough Book

Who doesn’t need more joy? Sadly, many Christians struggle to hold on and fight for the right perspective: one that declares God is good, He sees and knows all, and YES, He does care. Joy comes when we trust. Warren expresses life through her self-declared Eeyore personality–one I can relate to–and how she makes decisions to realign her thinking (knowing her emotions will follow their big brother–ahem, thoughts–, if her thoughts are walking the path of truth). Great reminders throughout this book.

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Dray and Kamoie paint such vivid characters, you can forget your reading a page of words instead of watching a historical film unfold. True to the darker aspects of the time–slavery, addiction, and adultery–this novel graciously acknowledges the realities without using explicit brush strokes. If you love historical fiction, don’t miss this one.

Paperback The Penderwicks : A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Book

I’m reading this book to my kids. Although only six chapters in, I’ve found myself laughing out loud several times, and even my more serious middle child started chuckling. A few times the sisters call each other names (dumb, idiot, etc.) and aren’t always honoring (sometimes I edit before I read aloud), but that’s reality, right? At least in this house: sibling warfare 103. Overall, this book is a delight. The witty and clever dialogue just rolls off the tongue.

I’m also planning to read these books this summer:

Family-Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God  -     By: Voddie Baucham Jr.

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Obviously, I can’t recommend, or warn, with any of these books, because I haven’t read them yet, but there’s that…

As for the rest of the summer, we are planning to pick blueberries, attend–as vendors no less! :D–several farmer’s markets, eat homemade bruschetta, camp by the creek, climb rocks, swim, and hang out with buddies.

Hope you have a safe and satisfying summer!

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