Here are some of the books I’d like to finish or read in 2013. Part of my job at my church is to help identity good parenting resources, so you’ll notice my list is rather “parenting book” heavy. My fun reading usually comes in the form of blogs and magazines, although I’d love some good fiction ideas (hint, hint).
Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids! – I’ve mentioned before that I struggle with impatience when it comes to parenting. I just started this book and am smitten. It’s chalk full of heart-targeted, practical ways to deal with the parenting issues (think lack of self-control, irresponsibility, bad attitudes, etc) we face that cause anger in parents. And, it helps parents deal rightly with their own hearts. So. excited. about. this. read.
Fit to Burst : Abundance Mayhem, & the Joys of Motherhood - Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches was the first book by Rachel Jankovich and it rocked my mothering-of-little-ones world, as I share in this post. I cannot wait to hear what this mother of six children who is full of wisdom and mirth has to say in her newest release.
Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults – This book comes highly recommended by my boss, mentor, and friend who has four teenage/elementary kids.
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child – I care deeply about developing my kids’ imaginations, but as you may know, it’s often really helpful to have an Itouch or TV nearby or to sign our kids up for extracurricular activities to keep them busy. Hopefully this book won’t throw the “baby out with the bathwater” but instead will give me some ideas about how to encourage my children’s imaginations. The description says that this book “confronts contemporary trends in parenting and schooling by reclaiming lost traditions. This practical, insightful book is essential reading for any parent who cares about the paltry thing that childhood has become, and who wants to give a child something beyond the dull drone of today’s culture.”
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God - I already started this book with our small group Bible study, but I am looking forward to finishing it in the new year. So far, it’s been the best book on marriage I’ve ever read. I wish every single person could read it before getting married, actually.
My Side of the Mountain – This sounds silly, but I can’t wait to re-read My Side of the Mountain with my kids this year. They received this childhood favorite of mine for Christmas.