Good Reads

These 5 random books are among some of my favorites recently. See why I liked them in this post.

Rachel’s 5 Random Good Reads (and Some Confessions)

It’s that time again when I dig through my rather full end table and pull out my good reads as of late. Today, I’m sharing some favs from this past winter and spring that I think are worth picking up. In case you missed it, here were three books I couldn’t put down last summer. Apparently, I’m also making several unplanned confessions in …Read More

3 Books I Couldn’t Put Down This Summer (+ A Bonus One)

For the first time in my 9-year parenting journey, this is the first year I’ve finally felt not quite so tired at night. And so…I have found time and energy at night to read again. Don’t get me wrong. I have always had a book or magazine on my end table. But at only 1-2 pages a …Read More

4 Books I’ve Been Enjoying

As a mom, I’ve found that reading good books is critical to my overall well-being. It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in toddler-drama, house-maintaining, blogging projects and simply not thinking outside of the bubble I live in. Good books, both fiction and non-fiction help me to not focus on the never-ending to-do …Read More

Personalized Books are the BEST Gifts for Kids! (+ You Can Win One!)

Disclaimer: Affiliate links included. This doesn’t affect you or purchase price in any way. It just means that if you decide to make a purchase through our link, you help support Thriving Home because we get a small percentage of the purchase total. So thanks! P.S. All opinions are our own, always! I’m always on …Read More

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Women of the Word: A Book Review

I’m a pastor’s wife who struggles to read my Bible. It’s hard for me admit that but it’s true. Like many disciplines in the Christian life, my interest and passion for the Word has waxed and waned but overall, it’s always been an area that has felt more like a discipline than a joy. It …Read More

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Compared to Her: A Book Review

Disclosure: Affiliate links included. We all do it. We all compare. Some are more aware of this tendency than others but since sin entered the picture, we have been sizing ourselves up based on the people see around us. Comparison rears its ugly head particularly in the areas that we are most insecure in. Appearance. …Read More

Parenting Book Review: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

Disclaimer: Some affliliate links are included within this post. Purchasing through these links helps support our blog so thank you! You may know that Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic was a game-changer sort of book for me as a stay-at-home mom. There are several phrases in that pithy “memos on motherhood” book that …Read More

Polly’s 2013 Booklist

I’m totally hot and cold when it comes to reading. I’ll go months without picking up a book and then when I find one I like, I devour it in 2-3 days only to go back into a book drought for another month or two. This year I’d like to stabilize my reading pace a …Read More

Rachel’s 2013 Book List

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 …Read More

The “Seven” Challenge

I’m currently in the middle of a book called 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. 7 is the true story of how the author, Jen Hatmaker, (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases …Read More

The Action Bible: Almost 6-Year-Old Boy’s Review

“Wow, Mom, I have to tell you how exciting that was! It was scary and exciting. It’s my favorite book.” My almost 6-year-old son ran down the stairs after “room time” to tell me the news. He was talking about The Action Bible on CD that he just received for Christmas. My 4-year-old daughter and …Read More

Our Hand-Picked 2012 Gift Guide

The last thing we want to do is to make Christmas about the stuff. We value and celebrate Christmas because it reminds us of the greatest gift humanity has been given: Jesus. Our hope is that gifts are given as a reminder of the ultimate gift of salvation he gives us. Hopefully the joy that …Read More

10 Holiday Books to Read with Your Kids

10 Fantastic Holiday Books to Read to Your Kids

Guest post by Rachel Johnson from Somebody Come and Play Reading with children, especially with my daughter, is one of my ultimate favorites in life. There is nothing quite like connecting with a child over a great piece of literature. Watching their eyes light up as their eager hands turn the pages and hearing their …Read More

One More Book Your Toddler Will Love

After reading Rachel’s top 10 book recommendations for toddlers, I felt as though I needed to chime in on what my daughter has been enjoying reading. She is quite the book worm but one book in particular has found its way to the top of the list. It’s a book called, Head to Toe by …Read More

Video from Rachel: Top 10 Toddler Books

Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or just picking books out at the library, I hope you find these Top 10 Toddler Book recommendations helpful as you’re selecting books to read to your little ones. Here we are in all our morning glory at home. Bed heads on the sick kids and all. 🙂 Did …Read More

Somewhere Inside: A Book Review (and recommendation!)

Ever since I saw a documentary on North Korea by Lisa Ling, I have been deeply intrigued by the country. That being said, it should be no surprise that when I heard about her sister’s book, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, I immediately downloaded …Read More

Blog Love: Polly’s Current Favs

Finding a well-written, good blog to follow is quite a task. Search engines usually don’t know where to point you so usually you’re at the mercy of what you stumble on or what friends are talking about. Today and tomorrow, Rachel and I are going to be sharing a few blogs that we have been …Read More

Summer Reading Recommendations

For some reason, I grow more motivated to read during the summer. It probably comes from a combination of factors: road trips, pool time, long summer nights, and a different schedule. Whatever it may be, I’m itching to find a good book to dive into. I personally, LOVE book recommendations. Nothing is worse than investing hours …Read More

Bringing Up Bebe: A Book Review

I recently finished a parenting book called, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.  Like most parenting books I’ve read, I’ve walked away with some good information and ideas as well as intentionally leaving behind some of the convictions of the author. Overall though, I found Bringing Up Bebe  to be …Read More