“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed. “

(Quote from GoodReads by Orhan Pamuk)

What are you reading today – this week – this month – this year? I encourage you to read as much as possible, as often as possible. I know there are a thousand other things to do in a day. A thousand good things. A thousand necessary things. But I implore you to find the time, whenever possible, to enjoy the companionship of a good book. Allow the words to teach you, to grow you, to change you. Start today and bask in the wonderful reward of time well spent. I’ve compiled a short list below to share a few of the books that I have read or am currently reading in the year 2020. I hope this list will encourage you to pick up a new (or already halfway-read) book today!

  1. Strong Mothers, Strong Sons by Meg Meeker (currently reading): I HIGHLY recommend this book to any Moms of sons! Actually, this book may help anyone, really, as it delves into the emotional and psychological side of the Mother/Son relationship and shares a lot of helpful truths.
  2. Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv: This book talked about the dangers of raising a nature-deficit child and it really helped me to rethink a lot of my mindsets regarding how I was raised as well as how I am raising Will. Needless to say, we have been outside exploring a LOT more since I finished reading this book!
  3. Parenting by Paul David Tripp: I actually thought this book would be a bit boring but I was delightfully wrong. I learned so much about what my own reactions mean when Will does something that I don’t like and was reminded that parenting is not about me or what I want. I was convicted and yet encouraged many times as I read through this book.
  4. Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom: What can I say – I love Mitch Albom! Everything he writes is outstanding. This book was one of his nonfiction works – an easy read that had be glued. I loved his transparency throughout the book. This book helped me consider my own activity in living out my faith.
  5. The Plug-In Drug: Television, Computers, and Family Life by Marie Winn: WOW is all I really know how to say about this book. Although to be fair, I was already leaning heavily against television before reading this book. This book was not written recently, yet the ideas and principles were so applicable to raising a child today. I appreciated the statistics and stories throughout the book. I was bolstered in my decision to keep Will away from television for as long as possible by reading this book.

Go pick up a book!