February Book Challenge Update
I have been fired up for this 2018 Book Challenge. It’s been real exciting getting back in to reading and learning. Before I was a mother and really before college I used to read in my free time. Anyone remember the Mandi series? I was just browsing on amazon and I don’t remember there being so many Mandi Books! Check it out here (affiliate link). My girls need these I think! 🙂
So anyways the purpose of this blog post is to share my progress on my 2018 book challenge. In February alone I went in ready to read some books. All in all I read 5 books start to finish. Personally, I tend to favor Christian non-fiction at this point in my challenge.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,
and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles William Eliot
Havilah Cunnington’s: “Stronger Than the Struggle: Uncomplicating Your Spiritual Battle.”
I absolutely LOVED reading Havilah’s book. Havilah does an amazing job at breaking down and uncomplicating our spiritual battle. Reading this book I felt like I was sitting across from the table with Havilah. Her stories resonated with me. I have since recommended this book to my sister and really anyone that I can. Spiritual warfare is heavy stuff right? Havilah shares personal stories and is so real. I really recommend this book in fact, I will be re-reading this book.
Chip Gaine’s “Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff.”
So I don’t know… I read this book in one sitting. Don’t judge me (haha) it was a random snow day and what better day to read a good book? Honestly I went in to this book with high hopes of loving the Gaine’s family even more than I do now. I loved reading but I don’t know at the end of the book I felt like chapters were added at the end that were kind of mismatched. I don’t know if this was only me or what but, overall this wasn’t my favorite book. Learning about how Chip really became “Chip” was fun because man does that guy have stories. I’m not upset that I read this book but, I don’t think I’d read it again. I still love the Gaine’s family.
Jess Connolly’s “Dance Stand Run: The God-Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground.”
Ok, I started reading this book before I actually started reading this book… does that make sense? My sister actually sent it to me near the holidays 2017. Originally I had a hard time getting in to this book. I have to say after I read Havilah’s book (above) I jumped in with a heart so willing to learn. Honestly I was fired up. This second time around I dove in and LOVED it. It completely complimented Havilah’s book above. So basically, we are all standing on holy ground. Jess really challenges people to dance in GRACE, stand firm in holiness, and run on mission. Jess is real. She shares her heart with you and really challenges you.
Keith & Kristyn Getty’s “Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church.”
You know, I bought this book and went in to it not really knowing what to expect. I loved how the author’s encouraged singing in the home with our children. I found that a lot of the information shared was quite practical and much that I personally do within my home with my children.
The Getty’s encouraged that God created us as singing beings. That our worship is pleasing to God. That we might not all be gifted singers but that God truly delights in our singing. The author likened this to children singing and how we as parents delight in each stage. How Lukey sings I love you mommy at the top of his lungs excitedly makes me just as happy as Addy and Lys singing me a song I play on repeat in our home. I never looked at worship that way. Simply put there are good singers and people that don’t sing that well… Thankfully God looks at the HEART of the singer and has created us ALL to sing! How cool is that!
Joanna & Chip Gaines, “The Magnolia Story.”
This was a quick read for me. I enjoyed learning about how the Gaine’s family essentially rose to fame. I love how this family has persevered through so much financial ups and downs, growing their family, starting businesses, launching Fixer Upper and ultimately growing the Magnolia brand. I had no idea how hard the Gaine’s family worked to get to where they are today and I loved learning about their journey.