With a broken hand, I found it easier to read books than to do dishes or work on the computer. So I guess I should thank my clumsiness for the fact that I’ve read a few books lately! Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading – are there any you want to check out?
Raising World Changers in a Changing World is the newest book by Kristen Welch of We are THAT Family. This book is a call to families to look outside of themselves and serve their community and the world. In turn, Kristen believes we will see our children change from being entitled and me-centered, to caring more for those around them. I appreciated Kristen’s no-nonsense approach, as she said in the book, “Generosity is not just a money thing, it’s a lifestyle.” If you’re wondering how your family can give more, this is the book for you. Raising World Changers releases on May 1! (I was chosen for the launch team for this book and was given one free book- see the giveaway below)!
Sisters First is written by twins Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. This is a casual look at life in the political spotlight. Sisters First is a light read, that feels more like reading a blog post than a memoir. Being nearly the same age of Jenna and Barbara, it was interesting to hear about 9/11 and other pop culture nuggets from their perspective.
This book. Heather Lende is an obituary writer in small-town Alaska and her thoughts on life and death are heart-rending and real. I cried like a big, bawling baby during and after reading Find the Good (<-super cheap on Kindle right now). I highlighted so many paragraphs throughout the book, but one I especially loved was, “I believe gratitude comes from a place in your soul that knows the story could have ended differently, and often does, and I also know that gratitude is at the heart of finding good in this world– especially in our relationships with the ones we love.”
You won’t be able to put down A River in the Darkness, nor will you be able to stop the knot from forming in your stomach. Masaji Ishikawa was relocated as a child from Japan to North Korea. The changes in his life were catastrophic and so, so sad. Most of the book focuses on life in North Korea during the 70s and 80s, with only the last few chapters devoted to his escape. You won’t be the same after reading.
I shared about Caroline on Facebook, but wanted to share again here because I loved it so much! If you’re a fan of the Little House series, this fiction work on the life of Caroline will be another favorite. Sarah Miller’s prose is perfectly crafted. It’s a long book, but a worthwhile read. You’ll finish the book having even more respect for the hardship faced by Caroline Ingalls.
From Here to Eternity is written by Caitlin Doughty, an American mortician. Doughty travels the world trying to understand local funeral customs while comparing them back to our customs in the US. This book isn’t for everyone (some parts made me feel ill), BUT if you’ve ever thought that our Western culture made death a little too sanitized, this one is for you.
Any you plan to check out? What have YOU been reading?
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