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!