Spring and Summer time, were I am ready to dive in some good non-fiction books! I will have a lot of time to read since I will be nursing a little one and in hope I will put down my phone and spend some time in a book. Not all these books are towards motherhood but women in general with Self-help, budgeting, religious and parenting.
*I have read some of these books but since it has been a while when i did read them that I won’t be giving my own summery. I did use the description on the book to make sure I gave it justice. For the books that I have read and haven’t finished but will rereading I did write in bold what I thought of the book.
Before I dive into these Self-Help Books, I didn’t notice that they were in this category when I picked them up. I heard so many good reviews on these books. I am semi picky on the books that I do buy. I am a christian women that does like seeing different points of view to think on them. The first two books are really popular and among a lot of christian women have been against this author, again I am not going to nitpick everything.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
“Rachel Exposes the twenty-one lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore. With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all the convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident women you were meant to be.”
She isn’t the most accurate on certain points about faith and religion but other than that it is enjoyable to read for as far as I have gotten.
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
“Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.” “She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of to other people-whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee- instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.
Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson
“Are you tired of the struggle? Tired of fear, loneliness, anxiety, and not knowing who you are of what you’re meant to do? You don’t have to struggle anymore!
In Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose, bestselling author and star of Dancing with the Starts Sadie Robertson shares her story of overcoming anxiety and fear. Sadie battled insecurity, comparison, and isolation-just like so many of us do. And she went on a journey of transformation that has left her living a fearless life. As you read through these pages, you’ll discover how you can embrace a fearless life too.”
I started this about ½ year ago and life got in the way to finish. I was able to relate to this book so much. I am a country girl and loved Duck Dynasty and have seen her on the show. She is very real in this book and it brings God into everything and it does challenge your thinking!
Living Well Spending Less; 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
“Have you ever felt like you life-and budget- is spiraling out of Control? Do you sometimes wish you could pull yourself together but wonder exactly how to manage all the scattered pieces of a chaotic life? Is it even possible to find Balance? In a word, yes.”
“Ruth Soukup knows firsthand how stressful an unorganized life and budget can be. Through personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals home, and finances in order to create the life you’ve always wanted-the Good Life. With brutal honesty and the wisdom of someone who has been there, Ruth will help you.”
I didn’t finish this book, but what I have read actually helped me put more focus on being on a budget. To learn how to spend less and feel in control of our money a little better. I love that she is honest about her spending habits and how I can relate a little with it.
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
“When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a “French Parent.” Then she noticed that French children sleep through the night at two or three months old. They eat braised leeks. Their parents sip coffee while the kids play by themselves. And French Kids are boisterous, curious and creative. Why? With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman realized that the French don’t just have a different parenting philosophy- they have a very different view of what a child actually is. In this deeply wise, charmingly told memoir, Druckerman recounts how she discovered that children-including her own- are capable of feast of understanding and autonomy she never imagined.”
I am not a huge fan of parenting books even Christian. This book caught my attention while I was on Pinterest one day and I checked it out at the Library. What I read was great, funny and eye opening. I like research of different countries and being open minded. It helped me see parenting differently. I will be rereading it since its been a while since I read this last. I hope that I learn a little bit more from her French experience.
I am Rahab by Autumn Miles
“To her surprise and joy, author Autumn Miles discovered most of the heroes of the Bible were plagues with the same problem. They were ordinary people who sinned, but God’s love, mercy and truth proved greater.
I am Rahab provides a better understanding of God, with a focus on the breadth of his reach to use and redeem all things for the good of his purposes, and for their benefit as his believed children.
You will find comfort in relating to Rahab and to Autumn’s own raw story of surviving domestic abuse and will be encouraged to know you are not alone in life disrupted by bad choices, nor are you meant to stay there. You can move forward from you past and have an abundant future.”
I have read reviews that this book doesn’t go deep into Rahab’s life but is mentioned. I can guess you can say this is another self-help stories but also a testimony. When I decided to get this book was because I do have a past that sometimes haunt me and hope that when I read books like these that it helps me move past the bad choices that I have made or things that have happened to me. I since then haven’t dwelled on it but will like to still read this book.
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both our Hearst and our Minds by Jen Wilkin
“We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. How can we, as Christian women, keep your focus and sustain our passion when reading the bible?
Offering a clear concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.”
This book is great on different ways you can study the bible and dig deeper in Knowing God. It is easy to understand and clear in the knowledge it is wanting to give. When I got this book, I believe that I misunderstood what this book was about, thinking it was actually about the Women in the Word. I am glad though I had misunderstood what it was about that I got a lot of what I have already read. I will be rereading this book and it has some great points to highlight.
Do you have a spring/summer reading list that you are wanting to tackle? If there is a book that you think that I would like to check out or if you have any of these books and would like to mention what you thought? Comment Below, I would love to hear what your thoughts are!
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