Busy moms are hard-pressed to make time for reading. Too many demands vie for your time. If you’re like me, home school burns you out on books, and the internet lures you in. But reading is a great way to care for yourself. The physical act of sitting down for some “me-time” with a book is healthy, and books nourish both our spirits and our brains.
The slower pace of summer makes finding time to read easier, so I thought it would be fun if we shared book recommendations today. Here are five books I read in the last year and three books I want to read. I hope you’ll complete this post by leaving a comment to recommend a book for the rest of us!
Five Great Books I Read Last Year:
If you’re working on a goal or trying to make a change in your life, this 52 page e-book will inspire you. Each of the 21 brief chapters starts with a motivational scripture and encourages you to take one baby step that day towards your goal.
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, by Lysa TerKeurst
I can’t say enough about this book. Lysa shares honest, personal stories about daily life challenges that threaten to send her off the deep end. It made me feel like I’m not alone. The book offers healthy alternatives for processing emotions. (Are you a stuffer or an exploder?) It’s full of practical wisdom on handling conflict.
Believing God, by Beth Moore
Written in a relaxed, conversational style, this book makes you feel like you’re listening to Beth Moore speak. She shares personal anecdotes as well as examples from scripture. Beth challenges us to combat negative self-talk by asking God to renew our faith and by proclaiming His truth to ourselves.
Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
Honestly, I only picked this up because it was on my 11th grader’s reading list, but I ended up loving it! Full of fascinating stories, this book will change the way you view success. My biggest takeaway: realizing that even geniuses must spend countless hours working to achieve their full potential.
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul, by Ruth Soukup
I’d recommend this to all of my blogging friends. Even if you’re not blogging for profit, the book offers encouragement, expert advice, and down-to-earth practical ideas for pursuing excellence on your blog.
What I’d like to Read Next:
Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest, by Bonnie Gray
Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You, by John Ortberg
What about you? Can you recommend a book you’ve read lately? Leave a comment and tell us why you liked it.