Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I've been reading books about Junie B. Jones for years... I read them when I was a teacher and continued with my own kids.  Sometimes, people don't care for them because the main character, Junie B. Jones, can be quite sassy or even say bad words like, "stupid."  If this bothers you, then don't read them, but to me they are perfect for "teachable moments" in which you can talk about behavior and what is acceptable or not in your family.

Previously, we had read Junie B. Jones First Grader (at last!), but it was so entertaining to listen to the audiobook!  Lana Quintal, the reader, has the prefect voice for Junie B!  We also loved the second CD, which is all the songs from the Junie B. Jones musical.  Last fall, we had actually saw the play at our local theater and it was great!  Now my kids can listen to it over and over again!  This would make a great gift or perfect to take with you on a road trip!

I received this audiobook free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

All The Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth

My favorite kind of books are memoirs, so I was thrilled to get my hand on Edie Wadsworth's book, All The Pretty Things!  I really appreciate a story that tells all of it.  The messy moments, painful hard ache, and the bitter reality.  Edie shares it all with a vulnerable heart but doesn't leave the reader left with sadness or despair, but rather full of hope.  She shares stories about her poverty-stricken upbringing, an alcoholic father, and divorce.  You will need a box of tissues because it is a real tear-jerker and some of her stories will just wreck you, but weaved throughout is plenty of redemption.    

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker

A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker is a very encouraging and practical book to help deepen our faith.   I like that Brandon points out that we can easily become too comfortable with the ways of the world and settle for a very shallow faith.  Rather he (and God too) wants us to dig deeper into our faith and Brandon gives lots of very practical ways to do this.  What also I appreciated from his book was this quote, "The kingdom is to be pursued.  That means it gets our first efforts, not our leftovers once everything else is taken care of."  I can so relate to this and totally know when I'm giving God my firsts or my lasts.  The book is filled with personal stories to go along with God's truths and I found myself relating to what he was saying.

There are also discussion questions at the end of each chapter that would be perfect for a book club.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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