You know, I used to be an avid reader. I used to read Christian fiction, devouring one book per night.
But, then I had kids. And not just any kids… but, medical-special needs kids. Reading for pleasure stopped for lack of time and energy.
I replaced Janette Oke and Lori Wick with Dr. Seuss and Little Golden Books. Can anyone else relate?
Don’t get me wrong, I love reading to my kids! I have loved introducing my kids to some of my childhood favorites like The Little House Series, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Mandie Books, and so on.
This school year, we have been enjoying several new books as read alouds in our homeschool (but that is for another post!). It has been a joy to get back into a regular routine of reading to my kids. Since my autoimmune disease diagnosis in 2012, I have been slow to getting back to doing all of those -seemingly- little things in life … like reading to my kids every day!
As part of my mission to #BloomIn2016, I have been wanting to allow myself a little time for creativity, aside from the time time spent being creative with my kids (but still within my own home, surrounded by my kids). I started art journaling this month (and love it!) and now I am wanting to read some mom books! I no longer have a great desire to read fiction, though, so my list reflects that.
Check out the books I hope to read (listed in no particular order) and let me know in the comments what’s on your reading list in 2016!
READING LIST FOR MOM
Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide To Unshakable Peace – I have heard so many good things about this, so I knew it had to be the book I chose for my “homeschool book”.
31 Days To A Clutter Free Life: One Month to Clear Your Home, Mind & Schedule – This book has 31 daily challenges to clear life and home of clutter. Sounds like it goes perfectly with my desire to live a simple life! Plus, I just like Ruth’s books. I am giving myself all of 2016 to complete the 31 challenges, though. (I have to be realistic!)
Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul – Speaking of Ruth Soukup… “Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not just our home, but our mind and soul as well.” This sounds like the perfect companion for the challenge book above!
Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts – I have a feeling this book will make me cry, a lot… but I think it will help put life into perspective and reinforce my belief in the importance of true JOY (in Jesus Christ) despite our circumstances!
Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference – I enjoy reading Crystal Paine’s blog, so I have been wanting to read this book! It’s not just about working from home or earning money, it is about living a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity!
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living – Tsh’s blog The Art of Simple is one of my favorite blogs to read on a regular basis, so I know that this book will be great!
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World – This is another book by Tsh. I want to read this because I enjoy reading about the traveling and what-not that Tsh and her family have done!
Let Me Be a Woman – By Elisabeth Elliot looks like a very good read! I am hoping that it will be an encouraging read for me as a wife, mother, and woman.
Keep A Quiet Heart – This looks like just what I would need in the midst of a crazy, busy, loud day as a mom to 7 young children. I imagine stealing a few minutes in my room to read thoughts from one of my role models: Elisabeth Elliot. In fact, this may be the first book from this list that I order and read!
C.S. Lewis – Something written by him other than The Chronicles of Narnia (which I love). I haven’t decided yet, which book I should read. Will you help me decide? I am leaning towards A Grief Observed, because I think it will be of benefit to me.
Raising Godly Children In An Ungodly World – I really enjoy Ken Ham’s teachings, so I am interested in reading this “parenting” book. I also want to read his book Six Days: The Age Of The Earth And The Decline Of The Church.
What is on your reading list?