20 Best Tips

Worth the Read – a few books to recommend

This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy .

Smart Money Smart Kids

Somehow my non-fiction book pile keeps growing. First, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode from Crystal Paine made it in my immediate read pile (it was good!!) and now Smart Money, Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey has been stacked on the pile. Rick and I are wrapping up a Financial Peace class so this one will likely get bumped to the top of the list since it’s where we’re at right now.

We won’t even mention all the other books that have been recently released (all non-fiction) that are patiently sitting in my Amazon cart biding their time. FIRST I have to finish a few of the books that were on my 12 Books to Read in 2014 list – and well, those other ones that somehow sneak into the pile.

On the Non-Fiction Side…

But first, there are a few books that can now be crossed off the list (or almost):

 Praying for Boys

  • Prayers for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin – really not a difficult read, but one that you will want to keep handy to grab during the day for prayer prompts and Scripture to pray over your boys. This one is sitting on my nightstand and will be one to reference throughout the rest of the year.
  • 24/6 by Matthew Sleeth – another easy read and a great reminder on the importance of rest and a Sabbath time. The author himself was a doctor and worked weekends, so his ‘sabbath’ was a set-aside day during the week.
  • Start by Jon Acuff – it was started (haha), but got put aside. On the list to finish in May. Since it’s supposed to be more motivational, I figure I should have some time put aside to focus on it and all the brilliant ideas that may pour out of my brain when the motivation kicks in, right?
  • Loving Our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk – so far this has been my favorite book on the list. I am really loving the parenting approach, feeling a wee bit beyond chastised (it’s all good), but really inspired to change several of the parenting methods we (and I’m talking both myself and my hubby) use with our kids. To give you an idea how much I’m loving the book, we ordered the DVD series that go along with it – yep, definite like.
    Favorite Fiction Reads

Silenced by Dani Pettrey

As for my personal fiction reading – well, that never seems to slow down. Have I mentioned how much I love my Kindle? Note: the Kindle is on SALE for $49 right now!!).  I literally fall asleep most nights with my Kindle in hand (no backlighting), but occasionally I do get sucked in by a good paperback as well.

The last two months have given me quite a bit of travel time which translated to a LOT of light reading. Here are a few of the books that have found a permanent place on my bookshelf:

If you’d like a peek at all the books I’ve read so far this year, check out my Books Read in 2014 Pinterest board. Reading is my winding down time at night, and most nights I am literally nodding off holding a book.

Reading with the Kids

Our read-aloud pile is taking its sweet time in dwindling. The bulk of that is my fault (yeah – I would be the one who is supposed to read). Yes, I could likely squeeze in more time, but over the past month, reading aloud has taken a backseat. I am well aware that several of you may have just gasped in horror.

On the bright side, the three oldest have been reading on their own like crazy, and we are listening to plenty of audiobooks – so I’m holding on to that right now.

What books have you read and enjoyed (or NOT enjoyed) lately? Leave a comment and share!

This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy .

10 great tips for people who are teaching a struggling learner


Would you rather SUBSCRIBE BY RSS?


  1. Lots of great reading going on over there.. I fell off the reading bandwagon.. (happens from me time to time).. Now to get back on. On a positive note we have finished listening to Gregor the Overlander series… have any suggestions on what to listen to next. We started Peter Pan but I need some ideas for after that :-)

  2. Tanya Dembovsky says

    We purchased Loving your Kids on purpose about 5 years ago at Bethel, Redding. We loved it. We also recommend Parenting with Love and Logic, Jim Fay and Foster Cline. Danny Silk got a lot of his ideas from there. There is also a Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay and Charles Fay. Great reads. We also have Danny Silks DVD and it is great. Mind changing but also made us laugh. Oh…. how parenting is wonderful and we need all of God’s wisdom

Leave a Comment



Send this to a friend