Monday, March 16, 2015

February Reads

Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood In A Hostile World by Johann Arnold: This book has been on my reading list for a few months and I am so thrilled that I finally had the opportunity to read it.  I am a firm a believer in the importance of children enjoying a happy childhood where they are free to just be kids.  As a child I was blessed with parents who allowed us to have the best childhood a child could wish for.  (I grew up on a farm complete with animals AND a horse of my own.  My parents also allowed us the freedom to be kids, get dirty, build forts, play in the creek, explore, garden, keep pets, travel, and read books outside for hours.  I thought this book was so thought provoking and it really made me think about what type of childhood I desire for my own children.  It also made me sad to realize that many children aren't blessed with a carefree childhood.

From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage by Craig & Amy Groeschel: Although I found this book really funny (so much so that I was laughing out loud) I was really bothered by the whole premise that if you do these five things then your marriage is fail proof.    There did seem to be a lot of fear of getting divorced throughout the book instead of really encouraging the reader to fight for a great marriage for the right reasons.  Personally I am blessed with a wonderful marriage.  Both my husband and myself put a high priority on our marriage.  We allow other areas of our life suffer in order to maintain a great marriage.  The book did include a good amount of decent advice but it was really lacking in a couple of aspects.  

The Postage Stamp Garden by Karen Newcomb:   This book is wonderful!  I love the entire thought process behind the book: growing great produce in a tiny amount of space.  Although I am a big garden kind of girl I am toying with the idea of adding a small postage stamp garden behind our home this year.  I just think the whole idea is so cool.  I know that my garden for the year will also include some container gardening this year and I have this book to thank for that.  One thing I loved in the book was all of the recommendations for different varieties of seeds.  The author also included which seed companies sell which variety.  Like most gardeners I am itching to get my hands in the dirt.  Please note that I did receive a review copy of this book from Blogging For Books.  

The Surrendered Wife by Laura Doyle:   This book was definitely thought provoking.  I still don't absolutely love the title but she does have a lot of good things to say.  This was a secular book which surprised me.  (In my opinion the author hasn't really been married long enough to be writing advice books on my marriage.)  Of course I can't agree with the entire book but I know that I did benefit from the encouragement she gave not to try to control my husband or treat him like one of my kids. :)  
I didn't actually have a chance to read Fierce Convictions last month (pictured above) but I am looking  forward to reading it on our vacation in a few weeks.  

What books did you read last month?  Any suggestions for books to read on our upcoming vacation?


1 comment:

  1. I love your posts about what you've been reading. :)