Before I start giving things away with reckless abandon, I know it’s Bump Day, but I don’t have any Prayer Doula updates at the moment. I will say this: the folks at Heartline and Harbor House have been going through some really rough stuff lately. Please keep praying for them and the women they love and serve. If you haven’t read Tara or Heather‘s blogs lately, those are a good place to catch up.
Now. In the spirit of flitting from one passion to the next, let’s talk about books (and then give some away). As far as disclaimers go, I can never remember the proper legal mumbo-jumbo, so I’ll just say that all of these books were given to me for free. However, none of them came with any strings attached. If I liked them, I could say so. If not, I could say that too. Or not say a word. You say it best…when you say nothing at all. (Did I just quote some random country song lyrics? I thought so.)
In no particular order…
1.) Unshaken:Rising from the Ruins of Haiti’s Hotel Montana (Dan Woolley)
I read this book from cover to cover and enjoyed it. I didn’t love love it, but I liked it. It’s a compelling story about a guy who works for Compassion and got trapped in the rubble after the big earthquake in Haiti last January. The story flashes back to his life and struggles in his marriage, so it’s not all about the 65 hours he spent trapped, thinking he was going to die.
2.) A Collection of Wednesdays: Creating a Whole from the Parts (Amy Gaither Hayes)
I read this one from cover to cover too (and that’s saying something, because I don’t get through all of the non-fiction I start these days), but once again, I didn’t love love it. My favorite chapter was the one entitled, “Books.” It’s kind of a running joke around here that my favorite movies and even books are ones about… books. In fact, before I give this away, I’m going to have to jot down all the books she recommends, because they sound like ones I’d like to read. This book is part essay, part memoir, part poetry. And I did like it. But honestly, I found myself wondering, “How did this book get published when it’s taking so long to get someone to publish mine?” Anyway.
3.) The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby (Erin MacPherson)
This one is actually an “uncorrected proof” of the book. I’m giving it away, because I have an “official” copy now. But I seriously doubt you’d be able to tell the difference between the two. I haven’t read the entire book, but I read the first few chapters and skimmed the rest. It’s hard to read about pregnancy when that’s the last thing you want to be. But if you ARE pregnant or want to be soon, I really think you’ll love this book. Fun, witty, practical. Erin is one of my online friends, and I love her sense of humor, her personality, and her heart. (If you’d like to buy an “official” copy, let me know. I have 2 available.)
4.) Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women (Carolyn Custis James)
Okay, this one’s a tough one. I marked the book up like crazy (I have 2 copies–I’ll give you the clean one). I don’t mark up a book unless it really, really speaks to me. She referenced the book, Half the Sky, so many times that I went and bought it (something I don’t do very often). I thought for a little bit there that I might even do Half the Church as our next Read-Along. I haven’t ruled it out, but there were a couple things she said that I wasn’t completely sure about. And the thought of getting into theological debates every week made me cringe. So, I’ll just say this: I really think you should read it. And my amazing friend Megan agrees. She even went so far as to write an actual (and awesome) review about it–something I seem unable to do tonight.
5.) Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food (Lisa TerKeurst)
Sometime I’ll tell you about my new found motivation to eat healthy, exercise, and fit into my jeans without bulging over the top. But for now, I’ll just encourage you to read this book. Is this what gave me the nudge I needed? Actually, no. I read the first three chapters, got mad, and decided I didn’t need any of that crap. And then I’m not sure what God did, but he started convicting me of some things, and now I’m almost 2 weeks into a little journey of exercising daily and not putting trash into my body. Oh, and not eating food to fill emotional holes. This is the one book that I was reeeeeally tempted to keep, but in the spirit of living simply, I’m going to let it go. Highly recommend it if you’ve ever struggled at all with making food any kind of idol in your life.
So there you have it.
To be entered to win, just leave a comment telling me which book you’d like to win and why. (U.S. addresses only please) I’ll choose the winners randomly and announce them on Friday.
Happy Bump Day, friends! Stay tuned tomorrow for a sneak peek at the super-cool washer necklaces we’ll be selling Monday!