What I’m Reading: May

Maybe one day I’ll get into a routine of blogging consistently. At least I’m consistent about being inconsistent! Haha.

Since January I’ve read an additional four books which means I’m 30% of the way to my goal of 27 books in 2017! I’m two books behind “schedule” but I think I should be able to catch up pretty quickly.

What Happened to Happily Ever After? by David E. Clarke

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I was given this book by a  dear friend who is a friend of the author. Clarke gives some good tips on avoiding a boring marriage or becoming ships passing in the night, however (and I have to admit here, I finished this book in February so it’s been a little while) the author perpetuates a lot of male/female stereotypes. Not all men don’t want to talk about their days/feelings and not all women are endless chatterboxes (my words, not his). In the Noel household, it’s quite the opposite lol. Clarke makes some good points and suggestions, but I did find myself rolling my eyes sometimes at his male/female cliche’s.

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

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As women, it’s easy to let our emotions interfere or control our study of Scripture. I know it’s easy for me to forget that the Bible is primarily about God, not me. We live in an instantaneous culture and we expect answers and results immediately. We can do the same with the Bible and expect to be able to open to any page and find the answer we’re looking for for our situation. Women of the Word teaches us how to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds. I highly recommend this book and it’s one I will definitely be re-reading this periodically.

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

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Another book by Jen, None Like Him dives into the ten ways God is different from us and why that’s a good thing. This book will also be on my re-read list! We are created in God’s image, but are not God, despite our sinful, rebellious tendencies.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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I was fascinated by Gretchen’s research on habits and why some habits stick while others we never seem to master. She gives a framework for understanding yourself and personality which then allows you to answer the questions “how do I change my habits?” Obviously everyone is different so rather than a step-by-step guide to creating or ditching a specific habit, Better Than Before is a practical guidebook on how we can each discover and master the habits of our everyday lives.

Next up in my queue is The Unholy Trinity by Matt Walsh. The sub-heading is “Blocking the Left’s Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender” so clearly it’s receiving rave reviews from liberals. (HA!) Personally, I find that hilarious because it only further proves his points. -_- And that’s all I’ll say on that for now!

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