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One of my goals for 2013 was to read more non-fiction books. Reading is something I enjoy, and I can plow through a fiction book very quickly. Non-fiction and I have a different relationship though.

Painful, to be truthful.

Part of it stems from my desire {and/or feeling of obligation} to squeeze every morsel of wisdom from the pages of the book. The other finds me in a delicate balance of trying to focus my attention long enough on intelligent words without my eyes glazing over and my brain going ‘huh’?

Please tell me I’m not alone??

While fiction allows me an ‘escape’ of sorts and doesn’t require a lot of focused attention to read, non-fiction requires me to actually engage in the book. Sometimes my brain just isn’t up to that.

SO – this year, my goal was to read a total of twelve non-fiction books. The list wasn’t completely finished when I shared my goal, although I did have at least four or five piled next to my bed to get me started. Others have been pulled from the depths of my nightstand and welcome seeing the light of day again {ahem}.

Here’s the list of books that have made it to the official list {several I hope to rope my husband into reading with me – you are reading this, aren’t you Rick?}. So far I’ve managed to read five of the books on the list and have a few in progress {because why work on just one at a time, eh?}. I’m guessing that I might slow down a bit in the summer months, so I’m trying to stay steady in my reading! {affiliate links below}

  1. Unglued by Lysa Tyrk {done}
  2. Desperate by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae {done}
  3. Just a Minute by Wes Stafford {done}
  4. The Mom Walk by Sally Clarkson {done}
  5. A Praying Life by Paul Miller {reading}
  6. The Five Love Languages of Children by Chapman and Campbell} {reading}
  7. Give Them Grace by Else Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson {reading}
  8. Beyond Ordinary by Justin & Trisha Davis {reading}
  9. The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
  10. Everything by Mary DeMuth
  11. Platform by Michael Hyatt
  12. ???

What book would you recommend be added to the list as an alternate pick? Leave a comment below with your suggestion.


Coming Up in April 2013 and a Thanks to Our Sponsors

April finds up in the final six week stretch of school {which reminds me that I need to order our end of the year testing!!}. Stay tuned as well – I’ll be continuing the Homeschool Basics series this month and have at least four more installments planned. I’ll also be revisiting the topic of chores and our workbox folder system, so keep an eye out for those!

We so appreciate our sponsors at Homeschool Creations. This month there are several fun giveaways planned from HEAV {Home Educators of Virginia} and Little Passports {and possibly one more!}.

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Favorite Posts in March 2013

Curious to see what others have been reading this last month? Below is a list of the ten most visited posts over the last month:

  1. ABC Bible Verse Flashcards
  2. Printables from A to Z
  3. Preschool Chore Charts
  4. Our Chore System and Chore Chart Printables
  5. St. Patrick’s Day Math Printables
  6. Angry Birds Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten
  7. Koolaid Playdough Recipe
  8. How to Make a Resurrection Garden
  9. Garden Preschool Pack
  10. Book Report Form and Reading Log

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  1. LaToya Edwards says

    I’m not a fan of non fiction either! I can read 4 fiction books and still barely get through half of a non-fiction book, LOL.

  2. Great list! I read to my children a lot (!) and want to foster in them a love of reading that I never developed. I personally don’t do a lot of reading (I think it’s because I’m mildly dyslexic). But when I do read, I ONLY read non-fiction because I don’t want to struggle through reading something without having a greater purpose of self-improvement. I just finished Unglued (the first book I’ve read in about 4 years), and it has stirred a desire in me to read more books that challenge me and encourage me to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, and Christian. I’d love to know your top suggestions of books in these categories so that I can focus my energy on the ones that may have the greatest impact. I hope you reach your goal in 2013!

    • Oh, and add….”homeschooler” to the list of areas where I need challenge and encouragement.

    • Andrea,

      If you are looking for one to encourage you in almost all of those areas, I would highly recommend Mission of Motherhood or Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson. Both were very encouraging to me! Ministry of Motherhood is on my list ass well, but those two were fabulous!!

  3. Good list… Yes non-fiction needs more “energy” as every non-fiction has a rich life to it. The fictional books are good for entertainment… but rarely you will find resonance in it…

  4. Julia Weston says

    Thanks for sharing your list! How do you like Give them Grace so far? I’m reading Grace-Based Parenting and, while I’m enjoying it, it doesn’t seem to offer practical advice, only theory. So, when I’m done with GBP, I have a feeling I’ll be on the lookout for another book that focuses more on practice.

    • I’m not too far into it, but had the same issue with the Grace-Based book, so hoping this one is more what I am looking for. I also have another from from Clay Clarkson called Heartfelt Discipline which might be more practical advice as well – just haven’t read it {sigh}.

  5. Jamie Irwin says

    Thanks for the list! I love anything by Sally Clarkson. I found Seasons of a Mother’s Heart especially encouraging when I first started homeschooling.
    Thanks again,

  6. Jennifer Radtke says

    I really enjoyed Resolved by Orrin Woodward. He took the resolutions of Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Jonathan Edwards and studied them to see what made these men great. Then Mr Woodward separated the ideas into 13 resolutions that we can use for our daily lives to keep us on track. I’ve read it twice in the year and a half I’ve owned it.

    Love your list. Keep learning.

  7. I recommend Kisses from Katie!
    “Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short
    mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out.
    She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw
    that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a
    charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen
    children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds
    and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus

  8. Jennifer says

    Have you read Radical by David Platt or Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman?

  9. Let it Go by Karen Ehman. So true, so good and so “right between the eyes!” I have read most of your list. Thanks for posting!

    • That’s another book that I actually found in my nightstand the other day and it went into the ‘possible’ pile!! :) I’ll pull it back out!

  10. same here, Jamie!! That was the first book that I read by Sally.

  11. Brian Dallas says

    I have been reading through a pre-release copy of a really great book called “Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand”! It’s a book of devotional meditations and writing exercises that teaches poetry and reflective journal writing in a really low impact and engaging way. I think I’m even going to use pieces of it with my kids this coming fall for homeschooling. It would be a two birds with one stone situation if you liked it as well! :-)

    Here’s the link: http://store.seedbed.com/products/making-manifest-by-dave-harrity

  12. Kim Bennett says

    “The Power of a Praying Wife,” by Stormie Omartian. And, although I know you’re trying to get away from fiction, try “A Painted House,” a non-lawyer, semiautobiographical tale by John Grisham. It’s outstanding.

  13. Kim Bennett says

    Oh, and “In the Grip of Grace,” by Max Lucado. Another good one.

  14. Gospel Powered Parenting! Such an amazing book to refocus parenting on Jesus!

  15. The Joyful Homeschooler

  16. Debbie N says

    You’re not alone. That describes me exactly! I have a difficult time explaining this to my nonfiction-loving husband and mother. Anyway, I am trying to read more nonfiction, but I keep picking up fiction books to read WHILE reading the nonfiction. So, right now, I’m reading both When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Judith Kerr), which is a child’s historical fiction, and The Circle Maker (Mark Batterson), which is actually a very good (nonfiction) Christian book…I’m just having to read it slowly.

  17. Kendra Fletcher says

    Christ in the Chaos, by Kimm Crandall. We’re reading it on the Preschoolers and Peace book club and it’s really had an impact.

  18. Bringing Up Boys and Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson

  19. Madon Minnis Dailey says

    I loved all of Malcolm Gladwell’s books: What the Dog Saw, Outliers, Tipping Point, and Blink. They were each so interesting, and provide a new perspective on what makes success, how we make decisions, and why we practice what we love for 10,000 hours.
    Just released today: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

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