There are few things in life as dreamy to me as a new book on a comfy couch. (Add a hint of rain and a dash of hot tea for a recipe for lazy day perfection.) With the holidays bringing crackling fires and new gifts under the tree, I figured whether you are a reader or you love a reader, some new suggestions would be helpful. As I look at my home library, I've found a few recommendations for various seasons of life. A link will be at the end to list everything in one place. ***Please note, I don't endorse every word of these books, or the authors' personal journeys and choices. The following reads have simply brought joy, inspiration, and wisdom to my life. These are in no particular order.
Babies & Toddlers
1. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
2. I Love You As Big As The World by David Van Buren
3. Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You by Dr. Seuss *** This is currently Oliver's favorite.
1. I Can (My First Bible Memory Book) by Kathryn O'Brien
2. You Are Special by Max Lucado
3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis *** I reread these in my young adult years and thoroughly enjoyed it.
1. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris ***Highly Recommend
2. Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
3. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
1. Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliott
2. Celebration of Discipline by Richard J Foster *** This may be one of the most formative books of my life.
3. Garden City : Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human by John Mark Comer
*** Bonus Fun reads. I read these all in my early 20s. They weren't life changing but I've included them because they were really enjoyable.
1. At Home in The World by Tsh Oxenreider
2. What Would Audrey Do? : Timeless Lessons for Living with Grace and Style by Pamela Keogh
3. Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber
1. Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts Workbook by Les and Leslie Parrott ***These workbooks were really good for Ryan and I during our engagement season as we prepared for marriage.
2. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
3. You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan
1. The Blessing of A Skinned Knee : Raising Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel Ph.D
2. The Life Giving Parent by Clay and Sally Clarkson ***THIS! YES! SO rich!
3. Raising Burning Hearts by Patricia Bootsma
1. The Father Heart of God by Floyd McClung ***I read this just about every January. It's not a page turner but it's great to keep your heart in the right posture. It's a short 40 min read.
2. The Happy Intercessor by Beni Johnson
3. Grace by Max Lucado
Here is the link to all of the books listed above. I hope you enjoy some of these like I have. I'm currently building my 2020 reading list and would love to hear from you on some books you think should make the cut. Happy Reading,
***Don't Forget, The Cirkles are cheering you on.