Soul Pursuit: The Busy Person’s Guide to Biblical Meditation by Lynelle Watford


This ebook by a family friend who has experienced life-threatening health issues, chronic pain, and every mother’s worst nightmare: the death of her son by suicide is a testimony to the power of Scripture in our lives. The book centers on the importance of inviting God into our lives by intentionally focusing our thought life on his Word. Watford says, “Meditation is the intentional choice of truth over lies.” She describes her personal method for meditation and gives other ideas and resources as well.

While I wouldn’t personally recommend all of her resources, I greatly appreciate her encouragement to “think God’s thoughts” as opposed to allowing ourselves to be consumed by worry and fear. As Watford writes, “We all meditate on something. Self-talk dominates the conversation of our lives.” If you’re looking for how and why meditating on God’s Word can impact your life, download it for free (today, Monday, November 14th only Due to technical difficulties it’s still free Tuesday, Nov. 15th). Always confirm the price before buying.

The One in A Million Boy by Monica Wood


This is a story of a socially awkward 11-year old boy and the friendship he develops with a 104-year old woman who emigrated from Lithuania to Maine as a young girl. The book is not a page turner, but it is a heartwarming story of friendship, loss, and love.

You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt


I’m thankful I read this during this very difficult election season. Two of her quotes in particular helped me write my post-election blog post. Some other quotes I loved:

“There is not human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don’t make up their minds, someone will do it for them.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you can develop this ability to see what you look at, to understand its meaning, to readjust your knowledge to this new information, you can continue to learn and to grow as long as you live and you’ll have a wonderful time doing it.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I could go on and on. The book is packed full of quotable material.


The Long Way Home & The Nature of the Beast


I’ve finally caught up to the last book in the series. Unfortunately there’s quite a wait to get the newest one from the library. I have to say this is probably one of my favorite fiction series of all time (Warning: there’s some strong language). Here are some of my favorite quotes from these two books.

“After spending most of her life scanning the horizon for slights and threats, genuine and imagined, she knew the real threat to her happiness came not from the dot in the distance, but from looking for it. Expecting it. Waiting for it. And in some cases, creating it. Her father had jokingly accused her of living in the wreckage of her future. Until one day she’d looked deep into his eyes and saw he wasn’t joking. He was warning her.” ~Louise Penny in the Long Way Home

“Armand Gamache had seen the worst. But he’d also seen the best. Often in the same person.” ~Louise Penny in the Long Way Home

“Nature, she knew, abhorred a vacuum, and these people, faced with an information vacuum, had filled it with their fears.” ~Louise Penny in Nature of the Beast

“Maybe that’s what old men are for. To make decisions that no young man can.” He was watching Gamache closely. “Or should have to.” ~Louise Penny in Nature of the Beast

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes by Kristen Welch


I have mixed feelings about this book. Welch has some great insights into the entitlement that so easily creeps into our lives. I especially like her emphasis on it starting with us, as parents. I was truly convicted about how easily I can shove aside contentment and believe I “deserve” something. I gleaned some great truths and practical examples from Welch’s ideas and anecdotes. However, some of Welch’s content seemed to veer away from the topic at hand and the tone and comments were a bit too “us” vs. “them” for my taste.


More Perfect than the Moon


We recently finished our fourth book in the Sarah, Plain and Tall series. The kids are enjoying reading about everyone growing up.

Magic Tree House Books


My daughter just started reading chapter books herself and is loving it. I’m loving it too because reading is my wheelhouse. I’m so excited that soon I’ll be able to share with her books I’ve loved over the years. Right now she’s reading the Magic Tree House series and flying through it.

What have you been reading?

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