I love reading, but I often find that I don’t have the right books around me that I want to read, or sometimes I’ll hit a brick wall with a book that I really just don’t get!! There is also that problem of finding time and planning it in to our already hectic lives as mums. But I think there is great value in putting together a reading list for the year to inspire you and keep you going reading when life gets busy.
I have put together a few books on my list to inspire you, and the reasons why I want to read them:
- Raising Kids in a “You Can Do It!” World. I have loved the “raising kids” series that 10ofthose.com have published, and have worked my way through two other titles already this year. They are small enough to pick up when you have 5 minutes break, but really address current parenting issues in a relevant and biblical way. This is the next in the series that I want to get my teeth into.
- Idols of a Mother’s Heart. I was sent this book to review, and it’s been sitting in my pile for a while. The first chapter has already captured my attention, as it refers to motherhood as a learning and stretching period for us as mums and I am fascinated to know more! We often lay ourselves down on the alter of our children, but this book aims to dethrone the idols that we can so often pick up during motherhood.
- . This book was recommended by a friend at church and as a self-professed worrier and stress head, I think this will be a useful resource to try and gain a biblical perspective on issues of the mind and to deal with them.
- . I’ve read a few parenting books in my time, but this one was bought for me by my mum and I am hoping to get a chance to read it over the year. With two very clever and high energy boys, I want to escape the cycle of shouting at them and bring a sense of peace into the way we parent them.
- . A classic marriage book that I have yet to read! My hubby always goes on about my love language being gifts, and I get a bit annoyed with him as I have never taken the quiz to find out! So we are hoping to sit down and work through this together over the year.
- . I love Francine Rivers and the way that she weaves Christianity and biblical truths into her writing, whether that is by adapting stories based on the bible and taking them further, or writing new stories altogether with themes of love and restoration running through them. This is one that I haven’t read yet so I’m adding it to my list!
- . I have recently stumbled upon the author Jo Watson, and if you like a bit of chick lit escapism then her books are perfect! Yes, there is always a happy ending, and yes it is a bit far fetched and romantic. But they are lovely to get lost in the stories and characters.