What I'm Reading - Summer '15


Following up from the spring edition I filled you in on here.  Clicking the image will let you view it on Amazon, and any purchase made will send a few cents my way.

Just Finished Reading 
Love Does by Bob Goff

I wanted to love this one. Wanted to so bad.  {I mean, just look at that cover!  Swoon.}  I'd heard rave reviews and I really can see how it would move people.  Maybe you would like it!  I think his writing style just didn't jive with my reading style.  No hard feelings, Bob, you seem like the BEST kind of person!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

This one was a good read, although pretty painful at times.  It's written from the perspective of a boy with autism and is essentially the tale of the toll his condition takes on his family.  A friend recommended it to me (hey Megan!) because she had seen the play, and it did not disappoint.

(For the two of you who remember the spring edition, I did finish Bread and Wine, which was fun and light.  I have for the time being set aside The Rule of Saint Benedict and Nicholas Nickleby.  I'm a grown up; I don't have to finish books I don't feel like finishing.)

Currently Reading 
Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris

You guys, this book is my jam.  I am just loving it, and taking my sweet time about getting through it.  Maybe I just don't want to have to stop reading.  The way the author writes about God, Scripture, the liturgy... just, wow.  It inspires me to think, to write, to meditate, and to not compartmentalize my life.  Norris is the kind of Christian that non-Christians like, and I can't think of a higher compliment than that.

Will be reading
It's So Much Work to be Your Friend by Richard Lavoie

My not-fun-but-necessary book for the summer.  As Alyosha has gotten older, social situations (especially with peers in the mix) have gotten harder for him to navigate, and I want to be able to give him some good solid handrails for entering Kindergarten.

Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren

I have been looking forward to this memoir for months, and it's finally out!  I've never read either of Jillian's published books, but I have been a fan of her blog for a long time.  She is both an adult adoptee and mother of a child adopted from Ethiopia, and this memoir weaves those paths together as she makes sense of her life.  I think it's going to be phenomenal.

The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer

I'm reading this one in conjunction with the Liturgy of Life book study (join us!), and I'm looking forward to it. The premise is discovering the hidden creativity and art within us and applying those gifts to our everyday lives.  Should be good!

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I'd love to hear from you! What's on your summer list? Any recommendations for the rest of us?

Someday, the light will shine like a sun through my skin & they will say, 'what have you done with your life?' & though there are many moments I think I'll remember, in the end, I will be proud to say, I was one of us.

(Brian Andreas, Storypeople)