It’s no secret that I’m a bookworm. I thought I might as well share with you all what I’ve been reading lately. These are the books I’ve read so far this year:
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own (Joshua Becker) | A youth pastor and typical suburban dad, Joshua Becker, experiences a life-changing epiphany while cleaning out the garage one Saturday morning. He asks himself, “What would life be like if I didn’t have to take care of all this stuff?” His family takes the plunge into a minimalist lifestyle, where they find surprising amounts of freedom. In this book, Becker shares insights and tips to help his readers try minimalism for themselves. I’m already sold on the philosophy, so this book didn’t exactly rock my world but it encouraged me that I’m headed in the right direction!
The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming (Sally and Sarah Clarkson) | Sally and her daughter Sarah co-wrote this book to share how home has shaped their family, and to encourage a new generation of mothers to forge an intimate family culture that will welcome kids into close relationships with their parents long after they’re grown. The second half of the book is divided into monthly chapters with seasonal suggestions for loving your kids at home, and I’ve decided to read each chapter at the start of the corresponding month. It will be December before I finish this book, but I have a feeling already that it will be read again in years to come.
Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path (Erin Loechner) | “The Nicest Girl Online”, a well-known stylist and design blogger, Erin Loechner had arrived. Her husband was a rising filmmaker, they had a stylish L.A. home, and they were well on their way to fortune. When the financial crisis of 2008 hit, they decided to move back to the midwest, and soul-searching and identity crises ensue. I preordered this book from Amazon while I was Christmas shopping. As soon as it arrived on my doorstep in late January, I devoured it cover-to-cover. Erin’s prose is lilting and poetic, and I was often refreshed to find her reflections and experiences elicited a “me too!” response with my soul.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (Phaedra Patrick)| Arthur Pepper is an elderly widower, still shocked and mourning the loss of his wife one year after her sudden death. He finds comfort in routines, and the only unpredictable things about his well-structured life are the frequent unannounced appearances of his brash and well-meaning neighbor, Bernadette. One day, he decides to clean out his some of his wife’s old possessions, and finds an old charm bracelet tucked into a boot. He has never seen the bracelet before, and he deduces that each of the charms must tell a story about the time before they met. Arthur decides to follow the clues where they take him in order to learn more about her. In the process, he finds healing from his grief and restored relationships with his distant children. This was such a sweet story, and I felt like I just wanted to hug Mr. Pepper and be his friend.
For The Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School (Susan Schaeffer Macaulay) |
This book is a classic on the homeschooling circuit, and a really good read for the mom who is questioning the “why” behind her decision to home educate her kids. The author is heavily influenced by Charlotte Mason’s philosophy about childhood education, and she relies heavily on references from Mason’s work to explain common pitfalls in the modern public schooling system. I find it encouraging to know that there is a better way than the traditional structure we are most familiar with, and even though I may not execute the philosophy perfectly in my own teaching style, I really am attempting to do what is best for my kids by teaching them at home. I checked this book out from the library, but I think that I will need to revisit it again and again in the future to keep me reminded to stay the course.
That’s what I’ve been reading. What about you?