Monday, September 15, 2014

August Reads

August Reads 
This past month's reading list is notably shorter than before.  I guess I should photograph my Anatomy & Physiology Textbooks because that is what I have really spent my time reading this past month.  :)  Even with a busy schedule I am sure that I will be squeezing in a few books so I would love to hear what you have been reading.  

ESV Women's Devotional BibleI was so surprised when Crossway Publishers sent me this new Bible in the mail.  The ESV (English Standard Version) is the translation that I use most often.  It is the one that I use for personal devotions and the translation that I usually teach out of.  This was my first experience with a "devotional" Bible and I must say that I really like it.  Every few pages the Bible contains a short devotion about a particular passage of Scripture.  Usually I'm not a big devotional fan but so far these devotions have been top notch.  I even quoted from one of them last week during my Sunday School lesson.  The Bible itself is beautiful and the perfect balance of femininity.  I really like the leaves design which I find classy yet not too girly.  The only thing I didn't really like is the fact that the Bible is hardcover.  I hope Crossway will end up offering this Bible in a softcover in the future.  Please note that I did receive a complimentary Bible from Crossway Publishers.  I did not have to review the Bible and my review did not have to be favorable.

For the Children's Sake: by Susan Schaeffer Macauley: I found this thoughtful book on education to be wonderful.  Macauley is the daughter of Edith and Francis Schaeffer who founded L'Abri in Switzerland.  What I found so interesting about this book is the fact that the author writes to parents who educate their children at home and parents whose children attend a traditional school.  She also writes to teachers and those who are in education.  This book shares many of the methods of Charlotte Mason in a clear and concise way and how they relate to education.  I enjoyed reading this book so much that I will probably add it to our library.  I could see myself reading it at least once a year.

Your Family in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life: by Me Ra Koh:  My sister-in-law suggested this book and I am so glad that she did!  One of my goals over the past few years has been to improve my photography skills so that I can take better pictures of my family.  (I am a long way from where I would like to be.)  I do own a nice camera but I really don't know how to shoot on any setting other than auto or no flash.  This book has helped me step outside of my comfort zone and try something new.  I really like how the author almost provides recipes to capture similar photographs.  Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review.

Home Quilt Home: This quilting book was a let down.  I had thought that I might attempt to make one of the quilt blocks into a pillow as a gift but this book just wasn't my style.  I couldn't find a single project that I wanted to attempt.

What books did you read last month?  

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