One of my goals this year has been to read more. I have four different book cases overflowing with books and I haven’t read half of them. It’s quite pitiful. And that’s not including all of the books that I have downloaded on my Kindle. So I have been challenging myself to read one paper book and one Kindle book a month, as well as a new Bible study every quarter. So one of the last books I finished was one of my Kindle books: Second Time Around by Joann Durgin.
This book follows a newlywed as he tries to win over his bride again after she has a terrible accident that leaves her with amnesia. It was definitely different than most books I read, but I did enjoy it. There were a few parts that I thought were kind of silly. However, I did enjoy the moments when the main character has conversations with his mentor. It allowed me to reflect on aspects of my life from a different viewpoint. Which in my opinion is always a great part of any good book. Overall I would give it a 4 out of 5 and would recommend it to some of my Christian friends.
For the Love of Bible Studies
It’s been awhile since I finished this book, but I still wanted to write a short review on it. I have been a fan of Chip and Joanna’s for many years. I can’t say how many times I’ve rewatched Fixer Upper on Netflix. I also have a few issues of their Magnolia Journal. With that said, I really enjoyed this book. It was nice reading about how their journey began and as a Christian myself, it was refreshing to see how much they walk with their faith. It’s so easy to talk about one’s faith, whatever it may be; but not a lot of people thoroughly live out their faith.
I was a little shocked though to read about all of the times that Chip made life altering decisions without talking to Joanna first. My husband would say it’s my SheRa attitude, but that type of relationship wouldn’t have worked for me. I’m glad it worked ok for them so don’t get me wrong. I guess it just shocked me because I always had the impression that they worked together on everything. I would have thought that making large purchases and moving to a different house would be a decision they made together. But I suppose it’s really about balance. They seem to work well together and balance each other. And that can be really hard to find these days.
A few nights ago I finished reading Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer. I’ve had it downloaded to my Kindle for a while now; longer than I care to admit actually, so I decided it was about time to cross it off my To Read list.
For the most part I did enjoy the book. It was a nice change to read a more modest love story and as a health coach, I did enjoy the story line about nutrition and sourcing our food locally. However, my main issue with the book also falls into that story line.
The main character was so strict and uptight about locally grown food and optimal nutrition, that she let it become a barrier in her relationships with people. And this is a common issue today as well. Nutritionists, vegans, and even health coaches get this bad reputation that if we see you eating a bacon cheeseburger that we’re going to come slap it out of your hands. And this example is even used in the book as she literally tries to take a burger from someone while they’re trying to eat. Not only is that bad for our industry, that’s just bad manners.
Once I was able to ignore the common misconception though, I was able to thoroughly enjoy the book. I do like many of the ideas mentioned in the book and could relate to some of the struggles the characters had. All in all, while I know this book isn’t for some people, I would recommend it.
As part of my 101 Things in 1,001 Days challenge, I stated that I wanted to read 40 books all the way through. I have a terrible habit of starting a book and never finishing it; a good majority of my books have book marks placed half way through them. I don’t know if I have reading ADHD or if I just get bored. So I’ve made it my mission to actually finish what I pick up, especially since I’m actually in several book club groups and have a Goodreads account. Here’s a list of books that I either have on my bookshelf at home, in my Kindle reader, or that are part of my book club that I’m attempting to read. Have you read of these books yet?
A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet
A Place Called Sweet Apple
Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be
Blowing on Dandelions
Born to Blog
Bringing Up Girls
Creating an Intimate Marriage
Destined to Reign
Feel the Fear, Do It Anyways
Further Along the Road Less Traveled
How Remarkable Women Lead
How to Deal with Difficult Relationships
How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It
I Am That Girl
Love & Respect
Million Dollar Portfolio
Not That Kind of Girl
Raspberries and Vinegar
Second Time Around
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 10 Commandments of Marriage
The Fasting Edge
The Power of Letting Go
The Power of Persistent Prayer
The Purpose Drived Life
The Total Money Makover
Tuesdays with Morrie
Why? Making Sense of God’s Will
The Energy Bus
The Search for Significance
My journey in my faith is not always straight as an arrow. I long to grow more as a Christian and have a deeper understanding in the world around me. To help me with this, I have purchased several Bible studies to read through. My self-discipline to set up a solid study time isn’t always the best, but these are the Bible studies that are on my Study List.
The Children of the Day Bible study is the one that I’m currently working through. The local church that I had been attending starting doing this one but due to scheduling constraints I couldn’t attend. So I bought the series to do at home with a few friends. The basis behind this study is that through the challenges of family life, work driving you crazy, and just not knowing where you fit in at times; God has a plan for you and his timing is everything. Next I’ll share with you some other Bible studies that I have.
Growing in Christ: Lessons on Assurance is designed to help you with fundamentals of a Christian life as you study scripture. It covers assurance on salvation, answered prayer, forgiveness, giving, good works, etc. There is a second study associated with this that I currently do not have yet, Growing in Christ: Lessons on Christian Living.
I’ve had this study for a while now, and sets forth to help contemporary women face everyday challenges with Biblical wisdom. It will help growing Christians with issues such as difficult marriages, infertility, caring for aging parents, materialism, and much more.
Proverbs is a very powerful book in the Bible due to the many accounts of wisdom shared throughout it. This study explores the timeless wisdom shared within the book of Proverbs to help us make wiser decisions in our every day lives.
What Bible studies have you participated in that really spoke to you? I’m always on the look out for great studies, so please share some of your favorites in the comments below!