More people asked for a homeschooling update than a book review, but the homeschooling situation makes me want to rip my eyebrows out (THIS IS SUCH A HARD DECISION!), so I’m over-ruling the verdict.
I’ve read some great books lately and really want to devote a full post to each of them, but I need to let go of that dream. This isn’t the half of them, but it’s a start.
No Biking in the House Without a Helmet (Melissa Fay Greene)
I got this book at the library per Jen Hatmaker‘s recommendation. Funny, funny stuff. It’s a memoir (my favorite genre) written by a woman who has four biological kids and adopted five more. What I love most (after her humor) is that she sugar-coats nothing. NOTHING. Gut-honest, tell-it-like-it-happened, raw, and sometimes even makes you cringe. It’s a real story about adoption and a family and how life is messy, and I loved it. (Note: It’s not a Christian book, so there’s some language.)
Another library book, this one recommended by my friend, Kelli. I couldn’t put this book down. Amazing, amazing (and true) story. The author’s son dies tragically, and God uses his death to open her eyes to suffering around the world. She travels to Vietnam, Cambodia (oh, this part made my heart leap!), and Ghana and ends up doing some crazy-amazing things for orphans in need. Loved, loved, loved this book. Plan to go back and re-read it.
Terrify No More (Gary A. Haugen)
I’m not sure how I missed this book. Written in 2005, it tells the story of International Justice Mission and their raids on child brothels in Cambodia (and other places). The main undercover operation took place in the very village we visited last July. The very place where I sat on the floor and bawled as I thought about the little girls my daughters’ ages who have been rescued, but also the thousands who are still being horrifically used and abused every single day. It was a hard book to read but just poured more fuel on the fire in my soul. I’ve got to help.
How to Get a Job by Me the Boss (Sally Lloyd-Jones)
If you’ve read the Jesus Storybook Bible (love, love, LOVE), then you know this author. Apparently, she and my amazing friend Missy are good buds, because Sally sent me an e-mail a couple months ago asking me if I’d like a copy of her new book (and crediting Missy). YES, thank you. And oh my word. HILARIOUS. It’s a hardcover book for ages 4-8, but this 35-year-old was cracking up the whole way through. There are other books in the series–How to be a Baby by Me the Big Sister and How to Get Married by Me the Bride (we got them from the library and they’re hilarious too). She is so witty, so brilliant, so fabulous. I’m a fan for life. (Get these books for your children!!)
The Book of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro)
I started this book on April 6, 2011, and I’ve read it every day since. I think I first heard about it from my friend, Megan, and it has been an incredible part of my morning time with God the past few months. I wouldn’t call it a “devotional” (I’m not a huge fan of those–even though I wrote one). Quotes and Scripture reading, yes. But there are also songs and chants and some very powerful stories about historic Christian heroes who dedicated their lives to loving and helping the poor. So many times I read EXACTLY what God has just been pressing on my mind that very day. I love it when he does that. If you’re out of the groove of spending time in God’s word and prayer daily, I highly recommend this (big, fat, but awesome) book.
Say Yes to God (Kay Warren)
This book? ROCKED MY WORLD. It used to be called Dangerous Surrender, and I remember reading it a few years ago and thinking, “Wow, that’s some powerful stuff. Hmmm…” And that was that. But this updated/expanded version? Popped into my life at the exact time that God is yanking on my heart to do some radical things to alleviate suffering around the world. A friend of mine at Zondervan sent me a copy of the book (with no pressure to review it–she just thought it would be something I’d like), and I DEVOURED it. Marked it all up and want to read it again. It inspired me like NUTS and scared me half to death. Read it. I mean it.
Which book sounds like something you’d like to read (or maybe you’ve read one of them)? What good book(s) have you read lately?