September Reading & Twitterature Link-up

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A
nd so summer ends, Hubs goes back to grad school, weekly commitments grow, and time for reading shrinks a bit.

My pile of books still grows because I can’t seem to resist a new find, my parents shopped my Amazon list for my birthday, and I’m still working on ones from July.  And because I’ve lately been filling free time with favorite movies rather than books.

That being said, here are the ones I’m currently enjoying.

September’s Reading List

The-In-Between_KD-570x868The In-Between by Jeff Goins

I’ve been a huge fan of Jeff’s blog since I discovered it a year ago.  Recently, I nodded in agreement, laughed, and teared up through his second book.  With clarity and much grace, he makes an excellent case for the good stuff not being ahead of or behind us, but right in the middle, right now.  If we’ll slow down and appreciate it.

Moving so much over the last several years has forced me to grab a hold of that perspective for my home—if I focus on where I used to be or on future possibilities, I just go crazy with discontentment.   Better for me to embrace where I’m at–for however long I’m here.

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Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman

This is the homemaking/mothering book I’ve been waiting for.  Can the minutiae of your days be redeemed when you feel like you’re drowning in it?  What to do when you get up early because you just. need. some. time. alone–and then the baby starts screaming and the toddler won’t stay in bed?

Gloria draws on a wealth of biblical truth to suggest that all of our homemaking–the good, the bad, and the mundane—can be a window to grace, the means by which our hearts are shaped, and opportunities to draw closer to the God who’s always with us.

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Echoes of Eden by Jerram Barrs

Subtitled “reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts,” I figured any book that plumbs the depths of Tolkien, Lewis, and Austen and is praised by Timothy Keller had to be good.

I’ve just begun this one, but bits like this make me eager for more:

“Art needs no justification. It is simply a gift of God…to be received like any other gift–with gratitude.”

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The National Geographic Family Reference Atlas of the World

That’s right.  An atlas.  In all of its demographic chart, topographic map, population density, natural resource and industry-detailing glory.  Call me a geography nerd, but I could literally pour over this thing for hours.

I won’t bore you (further) with all of its wonders, but I will say that it has fueled my wanderlust and provided for some fun trip planning with Bun–who is so far itching to see “Peter Rabbit’s house and Italy.”

Whilst referencing my old atlas during a movie (The Perfect Stormdon’t bother), I discovered it was fairly outdated and wasn’t as detailed as I’d like.

So, I did a little research, put a new one on my Amazon wish list, and it magically showed up on my doorstep for my birthday.

Love that Amazon wish list.  And my mom.

What are you reading lately?

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About Jenn

Jenn is the mommy of two small children + one obese cat and wife to The Hubs. She enjoys making pretty things out of random bits, filling her home with guests, and elevenses. She is not afraid to lead a one-woman crusade against the rampant misuse of the apostrophe.

  • http://daysliketheseblog.com/ Allie Rasmussen

    Great list! I am reading Glimpses of Grace right now but didn’t finish it in time to add it to this month’s Twitterature. I love it so far and how it is not a “how-to” book about how to be a great wife/mother/homemaker, but rather an invitation to love Jesus and let the Gospel change our lives, especially at home! So refreshing!

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Allie, I’m really enjoying it too, for the reasons you mentioned. Haven’t finished it yet either actually :).

  • MK Jorgenson

    I’ll have to look into Glimpses of Grace. Also, your mom sounds pretty awesome.

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      MK, she totally is. :) And let me know if you check out Glimpses of Grace. I think Gloria’s a great writer.

  • Anne Bogel

    Seriously, my family LOVES books like that National Geographic Atlas. I’m adding it to the family Christmas list. :)

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Anne, I refer to it multiple times a week! My 3 year old likes it too, though I think she thinks Italy is a person ;).

  • http://ShanaNorris.net/ Shana Norris

    I’m reading The In Between right now too, Jenn. I’m another big fan of Jeff Goins. He is so incredibly genuine.

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Totally, Shana. I’m pretty much an evangelist for his stuff; it’s been such a help/encouragement/kick in the pants for me :).