Books I’ve Read Lately… and Loved (and a GIVEAWAY!)

I LOVE books…and I love reading new authors, new books, new concepts. So, I thought it’d be a good time to share some of the books I’ve read (and loved) recently. Here are a few:

First, I’d like to announce the upcoming release of “Daily Guideposts for the First Year of Motherhood” (coming April 1, 2011 from Guideposts). It’s a compilation of 365 daily devotionals targeted for moms in their first year of motherhood. The coolest part is that moms from all over the country contributed their stories and thoughts to the book (I wrote 23 of the days!)– so while you’re reading, you get to know moms from all different backgrounds and walks of life. I read the entire book in two days and loved it. Isn’t that a cool gift for a baby shower or a friend who just had a baby?

It’s hard to be a mom. It’s even harder when you’re trying to juggle work and writing and parenting. I’ve been a work-from-home mom for more than five years now and for a long time, I felt really alone– and like I was the only working mama who couldn’t seem to find balance between work and kids. Then I read “Chasing Superwoman” by my friend Susan DiMickele. Not only is Susan’s writing super easy-to-read and relatable, but reading this book gave me tons of ideas on how to balance life and work and kids– and made me feel okay about my choices to write, work and be a mom all at the same time. (P.S. Susan has offered to give away two copies of her book to two of my readers… so leave a comment telling me about how you struggle with balance and I’ll draw two readers at random on March 22nd!)

A pastor at my church named Dean Rush just released an amazing resource called Flying Free. The point of the book is to show people how to live a free and Christ-centered life in the midst of crisis. Pastor Rush has incredible insight and wisdom and really shows people who are facing life’s problems– from illness to job loss to money problems to family issues– how to fly free.

You know those books that make you cry as you read them? Well, “Mommy Whispers” by Jenny Sulpizio is a tear-jerker (in a good way). I sat down to read it with my daughter and got all choked up because it’s such a beautiful reminder of the bond between mother and daughter and such a sweet way to spend time with your daughter. My daughter loves it….she’s asked to read it over and over since we got it.


A few months ago, I got the book Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks from a blogging buddy of mine, Pastor Warren Baldwin (who also writes an amazing blog on marriage and family that you should check out). This is one of those books that really makes you think and analyze your life… I’d find myself reading one page and then spending two days thinking about it. I love Warren’s hopeful, yet convicting writing style and his ability to really help you to analyze your walk with God and the life you’re leading.

And, last but not least, if you’re looking for a great novel, Patti Lacy never fails to give you what you’re looking for. Her lastest book, The Rhythm of Secrets is fascinating story about an unwed mother living in the 1940’s and her journey. I couldn’t put it down. This is a great Spring Break read (or anytime read).

And, don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me about how you struggle to balance life and family and work for your chance to win one of two copies of the amazing book Chasing Superwoman by Susan DiMickele!


  1. Thanks for the book recommends–it's always great to hear what other bloggers are reading.

  2. I really want to read that first one! I think it will be super helpful and inspiring.

  3. Thanks Erin for the review! Woo-Hoo!!!

  4. Erin, thanks for including a novel among these great-sounding books! And another shout-out for your own release.

  5. Chasing Superwoman sounds great!
    I love Dean Rush's book too. He gave us a copy when Brian lost his job and it was all very applicable. I liked that he used stories and analogies, but at the same time was very to the point in his short, concise chapters.
    Congrats on your work in the Guideposts book. That sounds like a great gift idea for new moms.

  6. I just went from part-time self-employed to full-time corporately-employed this year and it's definitely been a struggle to balance our new life (husband, conversely, went from full-time employed to full-time stay-at-home). There are a lot less hours in the day to hang out with kids, husband, God, or just to have some time to do what I enjoy.

  7. Hmm… I now want to read ALL of these! I have a friend who is recently pregnant. She might be getting the first book as a shower gift! I write from home too, and have yet to find a good balance of work/mothering, shy of passing off Gage to his daddy for writing time. I'm hoping once I can get Gage to nap without me, I can utilize nap times better!

  8. Does it count if I don't struggle with that? My kids are off to college and beyond so I don't have the push/pull. I didn't work/blog until they left.

    I want to read The Rhythm of Secrets really bad now!

  9. I don't work but I know it's a struggle for me to balance being a mom, being a wife, and being a runner. But I have a super supportive husband who helps me get my workouts in, great kids who are very patient with me when I'm having a bad day, and a powerful God who I can rely on when I have no one else to rely on.

  10. Great list– Chasing superwoman sounds wonderful. I definitely struggle with the full time job, writing on the side, and trying to spend as much waking time with my 3 and 5 year olds. I feel fortunate that my husband has a flexible schedule… but I'd love to add about 3 hours to each day. :0)

  11. I read Roaring Lions and I LOVED it!!! Hey, guess what just showed up in the mail??? YOUR book! I won it from Joanne. =) I 'm going to read and pass it on to my prego cousins. OXOX LOVE the cover! That's half the battle, right?

  12. Thanks for this list of books for the day when I AM a mom. =)

  13. Would love Chasing Superwoman cuz I think I am trying to on a daily basis! I have 3 chitlins, run a franchise business, am a wife, and try to tap into my left brain whenever possible with scrapbooking, writing, anything!! Would love this book to help me be more efficient at it all!

  14. Erin – Thank you so much for this nice review of Roaring Lions. I'm honored to see it listed on the same site with Patti's book. I'd like to read this one of hers. She is a good writer.

    Tana – Thanks for the plug! I didn't know you had read it. Glad you liked it!


  15. So many great books! More to add to my must read list!!

  16. Can I borrow your spring break read if you are done???

  17. Thanks for all the great book suggestions! My nightstand is piled high…but yet I'm always looking for "just one more." Maybe I should have given up books for Lent?! 😉

  18. Those all sound like great books! Good variety too. Thanks!

  19. Review of your book is on Family Fountain now.

  20. Balancing, or juggling I never know which! There just aren't enough hours after work (full time non-profit) to lavish love on the kids, and then there's discipline too! I have an almost 3 year old and a 6 month old and there just aren't enough hours.
    Thanks for your book recommendations, once I get done with my stack of parenting/discipline books I'll add those to the list, or maybe I should get them for the e-reader I'm supposed to be learning how to use!

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