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There’s something about setting aside my devices and picking up a book that brings me such a sense of peace and calm!
I tend to long for the “good ol’ days,” ya know, the 1980’s and 90’s, when life seemed to be simpler and less complicated and most of all, less techy. I remember my sister and I would be asked to have, “Quiet Time,” every Sunday after church, when we’d each retire to our rooms with the instructions to READ. We rarely complained! I also remember seeing my parents reading most evenings in the family room after dinner. It turns out they set a fantastic example!
Don’t get me wrong, nowadays I enjoy watching Netflix and TV, the apps on my phone make life so convenient, and of course, I love to catch up on the many blogs I follow!
Recently, my daughter and I have started a Saturday morning tradition for ourselves: After waking up and getting our breakfast/my coffee, we sit up in the master bed with our Bibles and a stack of books and just READ. This is perhaps the one time during the whole week we allow ourselves to feel so leisurely. (My husband, too, is an avid reader, much of the time in his second language! Yes…he’s that smart!)
When I was a kid, we lived within walking distance of the library. I spent many afternoons there, just browsing in the stacks. Our daughter has loved our frequent trips to the library from a very young age. The act of holding a book in my hands and turning the pages just takes me back to a “happy place” in my childhood, and hope our daughter feels the same way when she grows up!
Here are some of my favorite books in this phase of my life:
The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith:
If you want to find peace where you are RIGHT NOW, this is the book for you! The author demonstrates with photos and words that you don’t have to have the “perfect” house to have the house that is perfect for your family.
Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley:
First of all, the hardcover version of this book is SO CUTE! The author gives very practical tips for making what’s truly important to you a priority, rather than going into the “survival mode” of life for the sake of responsibilities and missing out on time and experiences with your husband and kids.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo:
If you’re interested in learning a manageable, sustainable method for keeping a low-stress, low-clutter, organized and tidy home, you’ll find these books inspirational! I was going to say that keeping a tidy home isn’t life-changing or magic…but it kind of is! More about my experience with the Konmari method in a future post!
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Johanna Gaines:
If you haven’t seen the TV show, “Fixer Upper,” I’d highly recommend it! It is family-friendly and very encouraging to those of us who try to live an intentional lifestyle. This book bounces narrative between Chip and Johanna Gaines, telling the story of how their lives took many unexpected twists and turns, but how they found God’s blessings when they put Him first.
Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot:
If you aren’t familiar with Elisabeth Elliot, she was a missionary and prolific author about all things feminine and living a Godly life. She was widowed while on the mission field in South America as a young wife and mother, and went on to be the most beautiful example of forgiveness and grace! In this book, she shares advice about marriage and womanhood to her daughter, Valerie, right before Valerie gets married. The book was first printed in 1976, but it’s as relevant now as ever!
Beverly Lewis has authored several series of books about the Amish. She has a way of transporting you to Lancaster County, PA. My husband loves it when I get wrapped up in one of these novels because it makes me want to iron something…!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:
I have a confession to make. I haven’t exactly read this book. But I have listened to all 16 CDs of the audio version and WOW, what an impressive masterpiece of the English language! This book is long, but WORTH IT!
Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald:
This book is written from a Christian perspective and gives practical advice on ordering your inner life to reduce anxiety and improve personal growth.
Happy Reading, Friends!
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Gracia y paz,
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