Good Books!

by sarahmfry, September 14, 2010
Some Good Recent Reads from our shelves:
One of my favorite things to do is browse other blogs and websites and collect good reading ideas.  So here are some rich finds....!
The One Day Way by Chantel Hobbs
Lots of great tid-bits about having a healthy lifestyle and a new mindset.  She has been featured on Focus on the Family a couple of times this year.

Survival for Busy Women - Establishing Efficient Home Management  by Emilie Barnes
Borrowed this one from my mom's awesome bookshelf.  It's just a classic - one of those books to reinforce and remind, and maybe add a few new tools to your belt.

Everyday Talk - Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children by John A. Younts
It's actually been awhile since I read this.  But it is a fantastic look at our own selves as parents. The words we choose, the attitudes we model, the theology we pass down in the daily.  Good stuff.

Double Take by Jenness Walker
Written by my childhood friend Jenness (Peak) Walker.  We were GBS campus brats together...they are long-time family friends.  She is so talented.  A good book to NOT  read on a dark and stormy night unless you want to have to crawl up close to your husband after you finish it and creep to bed.  Thanks, Jenness! Loved it.

Leave it to Claire by Tracey Bateman
Just a nice break.  A fun, sassy, sarcastic novel. (Note:  Has divorce and re-marriage issues.  Read at your own discretion.)

Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling  (A Caldecott Honor Book)
A young Indian boy builds a small wooden canoe-man and sends him on his way to the Sea.  An incredible way to make geography real to kids.  Excellent!

James Herriot's Treasury for Children
Deliciously adorable.  A country vet tells charming stories of his work.  Got animal lovers?  Gotta have it.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Is it even possible to read this book and not LOVE it?  Or am I just a 33-year-old kid?  Funny, funny book. 

Sarah's Current Reads:

Breathe - Creating Space for God in a Hectic Life  by Kerri Wyatt Kent
I'm reading this during my devotions.  She reminds me to "ruthlessly elimate hurry" from my life.  Written by a real mom.  One of those books that just keeps a subject on the chalkboard of your mind while God impresses deeper the need to rest and keep margin.

Sleep - It Does a Family Good by Dr. Archibald Hart
I had to laugh when I picked this book up late last night  and read a little more to help me get sleepy.  It really is very good.  I am a firm believer in plenty of sleep!  Dr. Hart has been featured on Focus on the Family.

Current Read-Alouds:
These are from the Ambleside Online  Year One Booklist.  Beautiful and rich and fun reading!

Parables From Nature by Mrs. Margaret Scott Gatty
The language is stretching us, I think.  The stories are....well... parables from nature! Learning about faith from a caterpillar and Authority and Obedience from a worker bee. 

The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess
Puts the birds of the Old Orchard into story form, hosted by Peter Rabbit. 

Aesop's Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
I love the CD included with this book.  These are short and sweet and great.  Be sure to get the Milo Winter illustrated edition!

50 Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin
It has been so neat to see the likes of King Alfred and William the Conqueror and Sir Walter Raleigh become accessible to my 4-6-and 8-year olds.  (And their eagerly-reading mom.)

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ahh.  This book makes me sigh happiness.  In a world where childhood isn't quite so innocent and delightfully slow, this book reminds us of the joys of imagination.....and makes poetry painless!  The illustrations are half the fun.  It was so fun to watch Caiden creep around the living room last night with his gun - through an imaginary forest -- after reading the poem "The Land of Storybooks."


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