I have a serious book buying habit. So does hubby. We’re doomed. While he’s mainly reading theology books and biographies, I like to dabble in many different types of nonfiction. I love the occasional historical biography. But I also love books about business, marketing, Christian living, entrepreneurship, parenting, productivity, and of course homeschooling! So here’s what I’m reading these days and make sure you stick around til the end of the post to enter the Mystery Box giveaway!
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What I’m Reading
I have multiple books going at one time. Maybe you can relate? Some of these books have been recommended by friends, others have been mentioned on podcasts I listen to. Here’s my current pile and what I like about each one. Add them to your amazon wishlist and you’ll always have a list to check when you’re looking for your next book.
Christy Wright, a member of the Dave Ramsey team, has really narrowed down her niche to helping women start and grow businesses. She addresses the struggles we can have about charging for our services, balancing family responsibilities and work, and dealing with things like marketing – things that may feel way out of our comfort zone. Are you considering starting a business or taking a hobby and turning it into something that can provide for your family? Then definitely grab a copy of Business Boutique. This book is great for breaking down complex goals into step-by-step instructions that any woman can implement – even if you’re growing a business on the side while your raise your kids or homeschool.
Welcome to Adulting
I heard Jonathan Pokluda interviewed on the Breakpoint Podcast about this book and the topic intrigued me so much, I knew I had to buy a copy. With a couple teenagers in our house already and a few more on the way, this will probably become required reading for our bunch. Written from a Christian worldview, this book is an easy read that address many key areas of adult life: purpose, money, authority, work, conflict, and dating. Each chapter ends with several reflection questions, which will help guide me through discussing this book with my kids as they read it too.
The Best Yes
Recently a friend posted on social media about a pile of books she was willing to part with. I saw this book by Lisa Terkeurst on her pile and quickly asked for it! I know the overwhelm that comes with thinking I have to be a superwoman and say yes to everything. Do you ever struggle with this too? This book hasn’t told me anything I didn’t know already, but it’s a message that I need to continually be reminded of. “Making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands” is a skill that will probably take a lifetime to hone. If you could use help and encouragement in navigating commitments and priorities, then grab this book!
Ever since reading The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and her mother, Jessie Wise, I have quickly gravitated toward anything written by Susan Wise Bauer. A homeschool graduate herself, and now a college professor, she has a unique perspective of the traditional and non-traditional educational experience. Her newest book, Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education, is a guidebook for homeschoolers and public school parents alike. She pinpoints several mismatches that our kids may face in the traditional school system, then discusses ways to either take control while they stay in the public school or how to navigate opting out and choosing to homeschool. This book would make a great gift for a friend who is on the fence about homeschooling – it gives her permission to make the best choice for her children.
I used to kid myself that I was a great multi-tasker. But in reality, no one is, and Cal Newport’s bestseller, Deep Work, shows why. Our brains can only concentrate deeply on one thing. Now, yes, it’s true that I can fold laundry and listen to a podcast, but for extraordinary results that really matter, I need to focus on a single task. Cal Newport makes the case that in our fast-paced society of frantic emails and surface-level tasks, many of us have lost the ability to go deep. This book is a fascinating read and one that will give you productivity superpowers if you implement. It’s divided into two sections: first, Cal Newport shows the importance of deep work, then he shares the rules for getting there. This is another book that many high schoolers would benefit from reading.
Announcing the Mystery Box!
As I was decluttering my bookshelves recently, I began to pile up quite a nice stack of books. These books have been read and enjoyed and now need to find a new home. I thought it would be fun to offer a mystery box of 4-6 of my recent favorites to a reader. If you are also a book nerd who likes to read widely, then enter the giveaway below and I’ll ship a Mystery Box to you for FREE. There’s absolutely nothing to lose – if you love the books, you’ll have a nice stack to work through in the next several months. If you don’t care for the books, I’m sure you can find a friend or a library that would be glad for them. Now, you probably won’t receive the titles from this post, but who knows what gems will be included? So, who’s up for a surprise package in the mail? Enter below!