Summer Reading

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.

On Becoming Baby Wise: Book Two, Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam– The first book in the Baby Wise series, “Baby Wise” is an absolute must read for any new mom as it teaches how to get a baby on an eating and feeding schedule.  Eager for a child training book geared to the baby stage, I thought that the second book in the Baby Wise series, Baby Wise II, would answer all my questions.  Unfortunately this book only had some vague directions for baby behavior.   However, this book is a good beginner book for someone who may not have any direction on what is appropriate play time, nap time, and high chair behavior.

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.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray-This is an incredibly insightful book into the inner workings of men and womens minds.  For example, the book helped me see why wives always have to ask their husbands to do something for them (you’ll have to read the book to find out the answer!).  However, I only recommend this book if you are trying to better understand how your man (or your woman) thinks and relates.  Unfortunately, much of Gray’s advice on marriage  is very pop culturish and not very sound helpful or insightful, in my opinion.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the WorldThe 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.

 RealFoodlgcover.jpg 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!

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3 Responses to Summer Reading

  1. Natalie says:

    Thanks for the book ideas, Laura! :o) I just bought two books on Toddler Activities that have been really great so far! I have lots more read in them because I’m only reading a little at a time, but they have great ideas and I’m excited to start trying to incorporate at least one new activity a day into Daniel’s schedule. :o) I also bought “Five Love Languages for Children” which someone else had said was good… it’s a little bit more for 4 years old and up, but I figure Daniel’s not too young to start seeing different ways to show him that we love him and trying to figure out how he feels loved the most!

    One question. :o) Do you happen to have the Raising Real Men book here this summer?! Because if so I would love to borrow it! That was one I almost bought! :o) If not, that’s okay. I’ll put it on my list to get later on!

  2. marilyn moll says:

    Laura, the Anne of Green Gables book is by Montgomery, not Alcott, I believe.

  3. Pat Carpenter says:

    hi miss you guys hope things are going well – I have not read any of the books that you are readi am reading the Zion Chronicles by Brodie Theone series and I am starting #5 if you ever get a chance to read them they are great took place during the time when Hitler was tying to take over countries and the jewish people involved and how they continues to serve the Lord. Good to see you on facebook and hope to talk to you again. Bible study is hit and miss during the summer. Pat

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