So...I've decided to start a series around here. Short, sweet, part advice, part internet round up, and basically and generally random. Since I'm not a 'blogger' in the very true sense of the word, here will be a chance for all my favorite topics to be regularly covered in zippy fashion: reading, listening, homemaking, cooking, photographying, etc. And, beware of the always possible iPhone photo dump. Finally, please note that all titles should be read as a run-on sentence, as that is how they sound in my head.
(But first, a quick shot of a recent outing...we love you CO. You have the perfect reading scenery.)
and you should too!
1. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior
I can't lie to you, I listened to this one on audio book. Some people look down on that but I love it, (and how else am I supposed to keep up with my reading habit and two little ones, huh?) Anyway, it's been on my list since it came out over a year ago, so finally I figured I just listen in. This turned out to be a fantastic idea seeing as the audio book is read by the author, and I found that it added greatly to my understanding of the book.
In a word, this book is damn insightful. Sorry. That was two words. But seriously, I think all parents should read this book. It's not about how to parent, but about how becoming parents effects and changes us in every way. It can be intimidating at moments, BUT she wraps it up in the end so beautifully and you'll remember why you began this crazy journey in the first place. I'm recommending it to ALL my friends, and I will start 'reading' it again immediately.
2. Linchpin: Are you Indispensable by Seth Godin
So this is a fantastic book for any creative, but also for just all working people. It's about making smart choices that add value to our jobs, to be inventive and creative and eventually, indispensable. It gave me so much to think about and process, I can't even describe it well because I'm still trying to wrap my head around all the ideas. It really turned a lot of my perceptions about work on their head...and that's why I loved it. It's a great read for all industries and many say it's the future of business.
Anyway, get it! Read it! It will really give you something to chew on.
3. Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day by Macrina Wiederkehr
This is a book I discovered through another life changing book: 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. In the Pauses, Wiederkehr walks you through the seven sacred or divine hours, marking them with poems, thoughts and scripture by many great philosophers, evangelists, authors, and wise men. It's a practice in slowing down and thoughtfulness throughout the day for anyone of any religion, but being a Christian, I find it especially meaningful. It's become a real beacon of peace for my every day and has been perpetually read since the day I discovered it a good long while ago. If you're like me and have any interest in monastic life, liturgy, or your days are just too busy and you get to the end of them thinking, 'what happened to this day?' please order this book immediately.
Please let me know if you pick up any of these books, or if you've read them and loved them as much as I did. Or if you have an idea for a topic I should cover, email me!
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