Monday, October 21, 2013
Mommyhood Monday: 3 Encouraging Books for Moms
The leaves are changing, the pumpkin spice lattes are brewing and temperatures are dropping.
I love snuggling up on the couch with good books throughout the year, but my favorite "reading season" is Fall. Hands down, no question. There's just something about the cool weather that makes me want to throw on a pair of sweats and pick up a good book.
My favorite genres are ....
... almost all of them :)
Seriously, I just love to read. Fiction, non-fiction, obscure authors nobody's ever heard of. I read fairly quickly and I'm happy to give just about anything a try.
Since this is a "mommyhood Monday" post (meant to offer some weekly encouragement to all you mamas out there), I thought I'd share my top three picks for those of you looking for some comfort and encouragement this Fall ...
1. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
I love books with daily reading plans. They're great for the days where I can only carve out a few minutes for a quick read - and this one is particularly awesome. Each day has a topic, with a daily thought/reflection and often a daily activity of some sort that goes along with the theme.
Today's topic is "comparisons" and the reading focuses on the destructive power of envy and how/why we (as women) should work to overcome these self-inflicted obstacles in our lives.
2. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
This is one of my favorite books on my Kindle and I read it often. It's a novel, written by a Christian author and set in mid-1800's California (during the "gold rush" era), that details one man's love for a prostitute he rescues from a brothel.
Ok, ok. Sounds super cheesy, right? I thought so too! And then I read it.
And then I found out it's based on an actual Bible story - of Gomer and Hosea.
Whenever I need a reminder of how much God loves us, in a redemptive, all-consuming, everlasting and unconditional way, I reread this book.
3. Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles.
Another great read, currently living on my Kindle. The title on this one is pretty self-explanatory :)
The author, a former corporate executive, shares her journey through stress and back, and offers practical tips to help other women live a "stressed-less" life.
I studied this with Proverbs 31 Ministry's online Bible study group earlier this year and it was an awesome study. The book offers practical advice, along with self-study questions that really get you thinking about the material and how you can apply it to your life.
So, there you go, friends!
Enjoy your Fall reading!
P.S. The links to the books above are all affiliate links - meaning - if you purchase any of the books after clicking the links, I'll get a small (very small!) cut of the profit from Amazon. Anything we make from these sales goes straight into our annual fundraising fund. In 2013, that fund will benefit Zambikes, an awesome organization that makes/sells bikes made from bamboo in Africa. Click here to check 'em out!