One of the best decisions I made in my reading life is to stop reading a book if I lose interest. I used to finish any book that I started & I lost valuable reading time - now I have more time to read, & I read only books I admire.
- Gretchen Rubin -
It's time for the hammock, the beach chair, the picnic blanket. Don't forget your sunscreen, favorite snacks, a jumbo-size peach iced tea, a big hat, the sunglasses.
And a carefully chosen book or two.
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'The child of a Reform Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, Lauren Winner eventually chose to become an Orthodox Jew—but then, as she faithfully observed the Sabbath rituals and studied Jewish laws, she found herself increasingly drawn to Christianity.'
This is not your typical conversion story. It's a stunning memoir, exquisitely written, mesmerizing. Winner has a brilliant mind, a tender heart. Definitely worth a read. I'm ready to pick up another of her books at the library this week.
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Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, & Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up to Move Forward
Dr. Henry Cloud
Worth the price alone is this leading Christian psychologist's discussion on the foolish and / or evil people we encounter and how to wisely respond to the challenges they constantly throw at us. We're talking issues on trust. Character. Boundaries. Emotional intelligence. Aimed for professionals, but heavy on the relational issues we all face.
A insightful, readable jumpstart for those of us who long for change but aren't quite ready to do the careful pruning needed to move into the next season.
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So ... what's the first book you're going to reach for this summer?
Lots of wonderful books on your list for summer reading, many I've read, and some I'd love to read again! I hope you are enjoying a lovely summer with lots of wonderful hours of reading :)ReplyDelete
Marilyn, hi! Yes, a good re-read is like a visit with a dear old friend. Those are the best books ...Delete
I'm still reading Little Women but I will start reading Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur .I have a whole bunch of books I hope to read this summer.ReplyDelete
Your mention of Little Women is kind of prompting me to read the whole series again, Regina!Delete
I also love reading your lists, Linda! I read Girl Meets God awhile back but I still remember how much I enjoyed it too. I'm currently reading (and loving!) Megan Devine's, "Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand." It will make my top 10 list this year!ReplyDelete
Well you know that if it's going to make your Top 10, then I definitely will read it, too. In fact I just wandered over to my library site to request it! As always, thanks for the thumbs up, Lisa.Delete
I am doing a 20 books of summer reading challenge...so I have at least 20 planned to read this summer ;)ReplyDelete
Oh, do tell!Delete
Reading a Michael J. Fox memoir medicinally and planning a literary return to Mitford as dessert.ReplyDelete
I was fascinated that the Mitford series had an impact on Lauren Winner in her faith journey. Who would have guessed that God could use Karon's series to make the Gospel even more compelling.Delete
Loved that book by Lauren Winner. Would even re-read!
Have another one by her, that I have not yet read.
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I just picked up Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis from the library a couple of hours ago. I'm finding Winner's story to be deeply captivating ...Delete
I always enjoy your reading lists. I am currently reading a book that I should just go ahead and close and forget it. It is an author that I have enjoyed, but this one is taking way too much time to develop. But, I have invested too much time. I should just follow Gretchen Rubin’s advice!ReplyDelete
Pam, yep ... I had a book in hand a few weeks ago. I love the author, but I just couldn't get into her new bestseller. I tried, but nope, it just didn't work for me. If something doesn't grab my attention after 50 pages, I'm done.Delete
Reading fiction benefits mental health? Also reading humour.ReplyDelete
And yes, Victor! How many humorless people have found a fresh perspective when reading your way-too-funny posts?! More than you'll ever know.Delete
Don't know what I'm gonna readReplyDelete
tomorrow or this summer,
but I know that what I need
is not downer nor a bummer.
I think that maybe unicorns
a-working for Bechtel
would liven up my early morns
with stories they might tell!
And in the dead of darkest nights,
whatever will I do?
I know! Read of ninja fights
of Piglet and of Pooh!
Then I'll move on to Cottontail
as he breaks Macgregor out of gaol!
'Read of ninja fightsDelete
of Piglet and of Pooh!'
Alas, I doubt if they'd be too interested, ya' know?! Whatever you decide, I hope the upcoming weekend is a good one for you and Barb.
Great list. It has been way too hot here to go outside and read but today is wonderful and your post reminded me to get in some reading time in the backyard today. Thanks, friendd!ReplyDelete
Hope it was a relaxing, not too-hot day for you, Jean!Delete
I always appreciate your book reviews, Linda. Usually, if the book doesn't catch my attention by the end of the first chapter (sometimes 2) I have to stop reading it.ReplyDelete
I absolutely agree! Too many good books out there to waste our time with the ones that weren't written for us.Delete
Sigh! So many books and so little time. :) I think I need a sabbatical just to read!ReplyDelete