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Why I Read

Reading has been a thread in my life for as long as I can remember. I have vivid memories of reading as a child. The memories range from specific books I read and where I was when reading them, to how I felt after finishing a Babysitter Club book. I remember how I cried in high school when I saw my AP Literature reading list but then poured into each book and couldn’t get enough. 

In some ways, reading when I was growing up was my way of seeing more of the world. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see beyond all I knew in Indiana and the books took me to different places and times. 

I still read for this reason, even though my “world” has expanded, I still love being swept into a story of characters, times and places that pull me into seeing something new. I read fiction to non-fiction, Christian to Harry Potter, and young adults to classics. The genre doesn’t matter to me, it’s more about the freedom to expand my mind, my point-of-view and be challenged. 

Each month here on the blog I’ll share what I’ve been reading recently and give it a short review and rating. You can always follow me over at Goodreads to see what I’m currently reading too. 

Maybe you’re not into reading, and are looking for someplace to start. Think of the types of movies or shows you like to watch. For Pat, it’s sci-fi, so we started trying to find some top rated books in that genre. Look up what you like to take in visually and see if you can find something to connect with in a book. It just takes one good book to get you sucked into reading more. 

My August Reads

Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life by Sarah Jakes 

5 Stars

Sarah shares her story of becoming a teen mom while her father was a well-known pastor. I appreciated her vulnerability in her story and how we all have access to the grace God provides to step into what God has for us. 

Help! Why Am I Changing? by Susan Akass

5 Stars

My son won this book on a book giveaway and we read it together. It was a thorough book on all the changes that happen as a pre-teen and teen and on sex as well. It was simple but detailed enough to help us discuss questions further. 

Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart by Tim Butcher

3 Stars

I wanted to read this book after reading the Poisonwood Bible to understand more about the current day Congo. It is excellent to have more of this understanding, but I did seem to struggle in some of the ways the mix of history and the author’s current journey were woven together. 

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman 

4 Stars

This is an often recommended book for marriage. It touches on the habits of married couples and has practical questionnaires and information to go through as a couple to strengthen your marriage. 

Swing by Kwame Alexander

5 Stars

I’ve seen many of Kwame’s youtube videos and talks and read this along with my twelve-year-old son. The poetry style of this book pulls you into the story and makes you not want to put it down as you identify with the teenagers. 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

5 Stars

This book is beautifully written as you understand one of the characters, Marie-Laure, blindness and what it would have been like to live through World War II in France. 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

5 Stars

This book gave me a much deeper understanding of the US justice system and the death penalty. It helped me see the racial and social economic ties that are within the system in a new light and I’d recommend everyone to read this. 

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