Here are the books I am currently reading, along with my thoughts about them.
Soul Keeping by John Ortberg I have been reading this book once a year in August for the last five years. It is all about learning to care for the very deepest part of you: your soul. It will help you slow down and live a deeper, more satisfying spiritual life. Highly recommended. To purchase, click here.
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. I read this inspiring book about every other year and have been doing so for nearly three decades. It will position you to see your life at home–complete with all its domestic chores–as a way of worship. If you need an attitude adjustment in this area, this book is for you. To purchase, click here.
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. If you even have a slight suspicion that you might be too tied to your phone or other devices, this book is for you. Completely eye-opening. It explores thoroughly what spending too much time digitally each day is doing to us. To purchase, click here.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I have never been one to read fiction. I love to learn and work and I had always considered reading fiction wasting my time. I assumed I wouldn’t be learning new things or discovering how to work harder like I would be if I were reading nonfiction. However, a few friends challenged me to see reading historical fiction as a way to rest my brain and learn about history. I had not read fiction since college but I made it my goal to read one fiction book a month in 2021. This one has been one of my favorites so far. It is based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals where poor children in Tennessee were kidnapped and sold to wealthy families all over the country. It is riveting and even heart wrenching, but with a theme of redemption. To purchase, click here.