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What I’m Reading: July & August

Can you believe that it’s mid-summer already?  Our summer break is flying by.  Do you feel the same way?

Because these two months kind of blend together and my reading list is a bit long, I am combining July and August.  I have some very specific reasons for each of these books and I am excited about the information and impact that they will each make on my life.

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1. Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

I am going to be honest on this book.  It hurts.  What I mean is that it hits home and makes me very uncomfortable…in an utterly good way.  Yeah, I know.  I’m not selling you on this book really well.  But if you are ready to take a good look inside and make some wonderful steps forward, then this book is for you.  If you think that you aren’t distracted…this book is for you too.

I have had this book on my shelf for over three years.  I read the first few chapters when I originally purchased this book and made some very drastic changes.  And then I put in on the shelf until I was ready to make further progress.  Life happened and I just now picked up where I left off.

2. Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington

This book has been popping up around me and after reading Present Over Perfect with my last month reading goal, I felt that this would be a good continuation.  I love how Alli weaves her own personal story throughout the book, while providing Biblical advice and encouragement.  I am determined to follow through with my New Year’s Resolution and these types of books are perfect in coming alongside my effort.

3. 52 Things Kids Need from a Mom by Angela Thomas

Another favorite from my bookshelf!  I read this book many years ago and it feels like right now is a good time to dust it off and remind myself of some areas that I have let slacked.  Each chapter is only a few pages long, so I plan to read this book during breakfast since my family eats early and I eat later.  I love how Angela gets to the heart of each matter quickly and provides incredible inspiration to carry-through with adding each of these 52 topics.

There is also a book for dad book that is fantastic!  52 Things Kids Need from a Dad

4. Empire’s End by Jerry B. Jenkins

Finally, a fiction!  Woohoo!  It has been a long time since I have placed a novel on my reading list.  I definitely go through stages and it’s been a dry few years with fiction.  After devouring Charles Martin and Francine Rivers books, I haven’t quite found authors that have kept my attention.

This book is the sequel to Jenkins’ I, Saul and I have been looking forward to this follow-up.  I highly recommend the first book in this two-part series as it gave me a love and appreciation for the Biblical Saul (Paul).  I am looking forward to how this continuation grips my heart.

5. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell

Just in case you didn’t know, this may give you the big hint that our family homeschools.  We are preparing to start our seventh year and we will now have a high-schooler!  Yikes!  And eek!  It is an exciting stage for our family and I love to explore all of our options and tailor each child’s education.  If you ever want to chat about homeschooling, please let me know…it’s one of my most favorite things to talk about!

We have a full summer to pack into these two months and I hope to squeeze in plenty of quiet moments to read.  Any books on your summer reading list?  I would love to hear from you!

xo,

Leigh

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