Hey friends! Hope you are all enjoying your summer!
I know that I often have a hard time finding a good book to read, so I thought I’d share the books I’ve read recently with you. Hope this helps you find a good book to curl up with this summer.
Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young – This is a must read for anyone raising a boy. In our culture, boys are often compared to girls. We want our boys to be able to sit quietly, get in touch with their feelings, and act meek and mild. This book shows why God created boys to be boys, and how their seemingly useless tendencies, like being able to bounce off the wall, can be transformed into godly character. With insight and humor, the authors share how annoying and obnoxious traits such as the competitive edge to burp the loudest, the eagerness to get dirty, and the boundless energy can be formed into character that enables your son to become a godly leader and provider.
Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery– This book is the sixth in the Anne of Green Gables series. I love Anne’s unquenchable optimism and imagination. This book chronicles the events of her growing family and her adventures along the way. A nice light, cheery read.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen– I haven’t quite finished this book yet, so I probably can’t be very fair in my judgment or recommendation of the book, I personally don’t find this book very interesting, but that has nothing to say about the quality of the writing or the story line. This novel is basically a satirical look on the life and times of young women in 19th century England.
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner– I also haven’t finished this book, but I really really really love it so far. Weiner, an NPR reporter, has taken on a personal assignment to find the world’s most happiest place, and to figure out why it is the happiest place. While I don’t believe that happiness is the ultimate goal, or that there is a formula for finding perfect happiness, this book is incredibly insightful and vivid in it’s commentary on individual cultures. A great read for anyone who has a travel bug and an eager desire to learn about other cultures.
Real Food by Nina Planck-This book is all about what we should eat and why. Planck advocates eating old food, like the foods that our great grandparents ate, none of the highly processed and genetically engineered stuff of today that’s supposed to be so healthy. She encourages eating things like butter, cream, raw milk, grass fed beef, and of course, plenty of fruits and vegetables. She cites many research studies and articles on why saturated fat is actually healthy for the body and takes a critical approach to many of the modern food trends, such as avoiding fats. This is a great book to read if you need to find an excuse to eat pie crusts made from lard!