Monday, April 12, 2010


Love to read!
Always have!

I've always enjoyed non-fiction books on parenting, marriage, spirituality, etc. but for some reason, about the time the twins turned two, I couldn't finish a non-fiction book for ANYTHING! I laughed about 'mothering' books because I felt like I was so busy mothering that I didn't have time to read about it.
I finally decided it was because when I did have time to sit and read I didn't want to THINK; I wanted to ESCAPE.  So I stuck to fiction!
In 2009 for some reason the ice broke and I began reading and enjoying non-fiction again.
Books have always challenged my thinking.
I don't always agree with everything I read, that's ok, it's good to stretch our thinking and evaluate what we really believe?
I like that.
Books have been very influencial as Jason and I have made decisions in ministry.
I can easily name book titles that were challenging us during some of our biggest times of change.
I love books.
I just finished this book and loved it.

Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
by Shauna Niequist
I picked it up because recently I've challenged myself to enjoy the simple things in life and to see God in the daily things. The book is "a collection of stories about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything."

 Here's the excerpt on the back that made me start reading right away.

"I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift."

We teach our kids to accept gifts with gratitude.  
LIFE is a gift! 
I want God to know I accept it with gratitude and I will enjoy the gift!

You can check out Shauna on her blog. 


Here's a Top Five List from 2009 books!
(Let me just warn you many of them are the kind that will 'mess you up' in a good way!)

Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson
A ride with Christ should be an adventure.

Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Chan challenges how we live out our love for Christ.

Forgotten God by Francis Chan
This book challenges you on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath
We all have a bucket that is either poured into or tipped all day long! This concept can change how you treat people that you cross each day! Entire companies should read this.

Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman 
(All his parenting and marriage books are awesome! I read it 4 times so I could have 4 new kids by Friday! Just kidding!)

(I'm a sucker for kids books!)

How Full is Your Bucket for Kids by Tom Rath
Dance Me Daddy by Cindy Morgan
Read All About It by Laura and Jenna Bush
The Three Gifts of Christmas by Jennie Bishop
365 Bible Stories for Young Hearts by Crossway Books (Best bible story book we've ever had)

On My Nightstand Now  . . . 
You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes by Lisa McKay (book for Pastor's wives)
How do You Tuck in A Superhero by Rachel Balducci (mom of 5 boys)
One Million Arrows by Julie Ferwerda
So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore 

Waiting for Me
10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe by Larry Osborne
Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
First Things First by Kurt and Brenda Warner
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Pick up a book this Spring!!!


Hayley said...

A friend recommended Cold Tangerines to me a couple of years ago. I borrowed the book, but I loved so much of it that I wrote lots of quotes from it in my journal. (This is my first time typing with one hand due to the sweet thing in my arms!)

Kimberlee said...

I read Cold Tangerines when I was pregnant with Talia. I LOVED that book. While I was reading it I would say to Bruce, "I'm going to take a bath with my friend"! I laughed so much and I cried too. GREAT read.

So fun to see you at the egg hunt! Hope to see you all soon!

-Kimberlee Jost

meg duerksen said...

i wish i loved to read...i get so distracted. it is nearly impossible.

hey are you coming to hillsboro for TC graduation....we could do pictures then? :)

Christine Leah Quiring said...

Hey...if you still have that Tangerine book, I'd love to borrow it.. I might have to look through your library and borrow some more! They all look good. Love you!

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