"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Recent Reads (vol.10)

It's that time again...Jen reads a lot and shares her crazy thoughts. Somehow I managed to read a lot in the last couple of months, probably because of the holidays and sickness, so...sorry. Or you're welcome. Either way. 😉

Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

I wish I had read this years ago! It's similar to the original boundaries book but gives many examples of problems in marriage and how to set boundaries with your spouse. It even addressed people's misunderstandings of submission and boundaries, which pleasantly surprised me. A lot of this is stuff I've learned over the last year or two so it was nice to have that confirmed. Highly, highly recommend if you're struggling in your marriage right now. I totally would have a written an entire post about this concept in October if I had read this before then.

A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture by Scott Hahn

If you have any doubts that God loves us, read this book. Dr. Hahn does a great job at explaining the Old Testament, so much so that as I read it now, I'm like, hey, I remember this! And I know what God did through it! This book really makes me appreciate God's plan for salvation so much more than I did before. Humans like to screw everything up but God still manages to use it for good. (It did take me a couple tries to actually get into it, fair warning.)

Be Merry: A Catholic Guide to Avoid Anxiety and Depression During the Holidays by Sterling Jaquith

Quick and easy read that I don't think needs to be read during the holidays, necessarily - it could useful now if you're struggling. For some reason, the subtitle is different on Amazon than it is on Goodreads, FYI...

Potty Training in 3 Days by Brandi Brucks

I feel silly including this, but I just had to because it seriously works if you do what the book says. I was pleasantly surprised! Because let's be real, potty training is the worst. But we survived again and it actually wasn't completely terrible. I came across this at my library (accidentally, but it was perfect timing, really) and it gave me the motivation to just do it. And it's short enough that I was able to skim it again right before we started training. FYI: it's in the Kindle Lending Library or $2.99 for the Kindle version on Amazon.

Anne of the Island (#3) by L. M. Montgomery

Making my way through this series for the first time and loving it. That last chapter, though. Swoon.

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron

This kind of blew my mind a little - my life makes sense now! I found the lifestyle strategies very helpful, so if you think you might be a HSP, at least read that chapter. (I should mention that this is a secular and psychology book, so a couple minor things made me go ehhhh.) I got this at my library too, but the Kindle version is only $2.99 at the moment. I plan on reading her book about highly sensitive children, because I'm wondering if at least one of our kids fits that description...

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan

Everytime I went to borrow a book from the Kindle Lending Library, I noticed this was #1. It was rated really well, so I finally read it and wow, it's good. It's based on a true story during WWII, so that makes it a little difficult to read at times because this dude went through some crap. But there are some awesome Catholic characters which was pretty cool, and it takes place in Italy! If you like WWII novels, you should like this one. (But if you don't like violent war stuff, pass on it. Sorry. I had to refrain from visualizing stuff in my head like I usually do while reading because there were some tough moments.) Another FYI: Kindle version is $2.49 right now. (Please don't hate me for making you want to buy all of these books, mmkay??)

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure.

Okay, what good books have you read lately??

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