I usually write down the books that I read each year. The last couple of years I've been recording the books I've read in the sidebar of the blog. Last year I didn't keep up on that though.
This year, I've decided to post my reading list here on my blog and then mark the books "done" as I complete each one. Since I'm a little behind on getting this post up, I've already completed two books this year. Most of these books are ones that I had previously purchased over the last couple of years. Some I plan on purchasing with an amazon.com gift card I got at Christmas.
So, without further ado, here is my 2012 Book List (in two parts because I listed too many books to fit into one blog post. Yikes!)...
Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Children for the Real World ~ Christine M. Field ~ Just finished it. This was a great book discussing the importance of teaching our children the life skills that are necessary for successful living. Topics such as housework, money management, people skills, cooking skills, etc., etc., etc., are included in this book. This book is written from a definite Christian perspective, which I highly appreciated.
Here is an excerpt from the book - "One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the knowledge that the universe does not revolve around them.....We tend to indulge our children out of love for them, but love is not indulgence. Love is training your children and sometimes being tough with them, asking them to learn unselfishness, being strong enough to tolerate their not liking you when you try to do the right thing....this ability to look beyond oneself is a critical people skill." I found this book very motivating, insightful, and full of helpful tips. I read this book with pencil in hand, and found myself underlining a lot of information I wanted to be able to find again easily when referring back to the book in the future.
The Daniel Fast ~ Susan Gregory ~ See my review on this book here. I really enjoyed this book. Just finished it last night.
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson - I picked this book up at a homeschooling conference in the spring, and I was so excited because I had heard such great things about it from other homeschooling blogs. With a bend toward the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling, the Clarkson's cover a large array of topics concerning educating your children at home. Here is a little snippet from amazon.com's description of the book:
* Make your home and family the heart of your children's education
* Train your children to become creative, self-directed learners
* Enrich your family's life and education with living books
* Identify and work with each child's learning style
* Help your children love to learn as naturally as they love to play
* Gain confidence to teach using practical, common-sense methods
Seasons of a Mother's Heart ~ Sally Clarkson ~ I started this book again last night after having read the first two chapters in the last part of 2011. This book has been awesome and very inspiring to me as a homschooling mama. Mrs. Clarkson speaks much on shaping our children's heart to love and know God and to love others.
From Amazon.com's description: Your life as a mom is a whirlwind of changing seasons that can just as easily exhaust as exhilarate you. Sit down, take a few moments, and allow yourself to be refreshed and encouraged by a few stories, insights, and lessons from a friend. Sally Clarkson opens her heart within the pages of this timeless classic, sharing what she has learned as a homeschooling wife and mother -- about herself, her children, and her Lord. Revised and expanded for today's moms, Seasons of a Mother's Heart includes four all-new essays by Sally, one for each season of a family's life, from the renewal of spring and the response of summer to the resolve of fall and the reflection of winter. So step in out of the whirlwind, pour a cup of tea, and take a deep breath of the Spirit with Sally.
The Ministry of Motherhood ~ Sally Clarkson ~ I know, this is the third Clarkson book I've included on my 2012 list (and I've already read others of hers), but this wonderful, godly woman is such an inspiration to me as a homeschooling mama who desires to serve God wholeheartedly and raise my children to do the same.
From Amazon.com's description :
• Make Life’s Mundane and Nitty-Gritty Moments Work for You and Not Against You.
• Discover Ways to Make Character-Building a Natural Part of Live.
• Teach Your Child in the Same Way Jesus Taught the Disciples.
• Pass on Crucial Gifts that Will Serve Your Family for a Lifetime.
A Charlotte Mason Companion ~ Karen Andreola ~ This is probably the style of homeschooling that I most closely practice, but I never have read a book on Charlotte Mason education. So, I'm looking forward to reading this book and getting some encouragement and tips.
From Amazon ~ A thorough chapter-by-chapter overview of the inspiring teaching principles of Christian educator Charlotte Mason, this book reveals the practical day by day method of how to teach "the Charlotte Mason way". The author offers friendly advice, and humor, along with the joys and struggles of real homeschool life. The book covers education, parenting, homeschooling and lots of encouraging advice for mothers.
Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl ~ Dannah Gresh ~ I've never been disappointed with a Dannah Gresh book. I'm super excited to read this book, because I often feel overwhelmed with raising my daughter up in this over-sexualized, grow-your-kids-up-too-fast world we live in today.
Bestselling author, speaker, and founder of the Secret Keeper Girl conferences, Dannah Gresh shares with moms the secret to helping today’s girls grow up confident, grace-filled, and strong in their faith.
Studies show that the foundation for an emotionally healthy teen girl is built between the ages of 8-12 and that a good relationship with mom is one of the most important factors. So when the world wants girls to grow up too fast, how does a mother help her young daughter navigate the stormy waters of boy-craziness, modesty and body image, media, Internet safety, and more? With a warm, transparent style, Dannah Gresh shares six ways a mom can help protect and guide her daughter, including:
- help her celebrate her body in a healthy way
- unbrand her when the world tries to buy and sell her
- unplug her from a plugged-in world
- dream with her about her prince, and more
What Women Fear ~ Angie Smith ~ I love Angie Smith. Having read her blog for several years, I was very excited to be able to hear her speak at the Women of Faith conference this past fall here in Pittsburgh. And I got to speak with her in person and found her to be just as down-to-earth and kind-hearted as I imagined her to be.
From Amazon ~ A woman's faith in God is challenged by the first question Satan asks Eve in the Bible: "Did God really say you can’t eat from any tree in the garden?" That seed of doubt and the story it begins to unfold breed a concept of fear still haunting each of us on some level every day-the idea that our actions could ruin something beautiful, and God might not have control of things.
In What Women Fear, acclaimed writer and speaker Angie Smith admits, "fear is a major part of my testimony" and talks openly about her treatment for anxiety as a child. Giving a voice to the problem, she says, "I truly believe every single one of us struggles with some type of fear, whether it's fear of flying or fear of being 'found out.' Maybe you don’t worry about dying, but you get sick thinking about the fact that you might fail."
Rather than suggesting that those who truly love the Lord would never fear, Angie blends her own experiences with those of men and women from throughout Scripture to help us start dealing more effectively with these true, human emotions. Whether it’s a constant "What if?," a nagging fear of abandonment or betrayal, fear of your own or someone else’s death, fear of trusting God's plan, or even the fear that God's existence is a lie, Angie will walk you through stories of others who have simultaneously loved God and struggled with fear. Join Angie and discover how to let Jesus redeem this struggle as only He can, that He will be glorified, and you will be transformed!
Rumors of Water ~ L.L. Barkat - A book written from a writer's heart discussing the topics of creativity and life. What I appreciate about this book is that it is written from a Christian mother's perspective. I think I will find it very applicable to my life.
Storycatcher ~ Christina Baldwin - Another book for writers. Although this book is not written from a Christian perspective, it is a book that delves into the importance of recording our stories and the impact these stories have on others. I do believe the author does practice some kind of New Age religion just by reading up on some of her other books. By reading this particular book, I am in no way endorsing the author's religious opinions.
Family Driven Faith ~ Voddie Bauchman, Jr.
From Amazon.com -
Your Boy: Raising a Godly Son in an Ungodly World - Vicki Courtney
The Family - J.R. Miller ~ Geez. I've had this book for probably four years and have as of yet to read it. This is a result of my book addiction. Which is exactly why I've made it a goal to read all (or at least most) of the unread books on my bookshelves.