Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 March Bookmarks

*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for March was Hope for the Weary Mom by Brooke McGlothlin.

These are the books I read this month:

4 Moms of 35 Kids: Answer your Parenting Questions by Deputy Headmistress, Kim Coghlan, Kimberly Rivera, and Connie Hughes--Written in question/answer style, 4 Moms work through several parenting issues that we all face, whether raising large or small families.  Issues range from sibbling squabbles to talking about sex to managing chores.  Although I do agree with all their answers, having 4 different Christian perspectives gives me a great jumping off place in praying about and finding our own place as a family.  Great book, loaded with info.

Love Times Three by Joe, Alina, Vicki, and Valerie Darger--Ok, so I confess.  This is the second polygamy book I've read in three months.  When my library had both, I couldn't help myself.  Curiousity got the better of me.  The Dargers, a generational polygamy family, stepped forward to share their story when they realized the world had a twisted view of their lifestyle.  Feeling the fanatics always made the press, they started speaking out in hopes that the world would begin to see their lives as very "normal."  The majority of the book is written by the women with Joe's voice scattered in.  Interestingly, their voices all sounded similar.  There was a lot idyllic language used in describing their lifestyle.  Only Valerie, who was in a previous polygamous marriage, speaks with her own destinctive heartache and resolve.  Through it all their devotion to family and their children shines through and the presents an interesting, although incomplete, look into their world.

Days Like These by Kristian and Rachel Anderson--See my review here.

Becoming Fearless: My Ongoing Journey of Learning to Trust God by Michelle Aguilar--As Season Six Winner of the Biggest Loser, Aguilar is no newbie when it comes to be in the public eye.  But it was her personal life, full of it's ups and downs, that deepened her character and made her into a Fearless woman.  Aguilar's life has not been one without its heartaches, but it has been one that continues to inspire long after her weightloss journey.  If you're looking for a how-to book, this is not it.  But if you are looking to be challenged in your perspective of God, this is a great book to add to your list.

Our suggested reading for March was Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thatcher and Brooke McGlothlin--  Are you weary, worn-out, exhausted with motherhood?  Yeah, me too.  Motherhood is exhausting.  But Thatcher and McGlothlin's book is full of hope.  Not the kind of hope that comes from creating a better home organization binder or streamlining your schedule.  But the kind of hope that comes from truly believing that God will meet you in your mess.  The chapter that reached me deepest was remembering that all moms struggle and yet we all feel alone.  One of the greatest tools for combating loneliness is being honest with each other about where we're at.  This is a great read for any mom, but especially those of us that are willing to be honest about where we are and find hope in our mess.

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on Hope for a Weary Mom.

Don't forget to come back April 26th as we discuss Frugal Living: How to Save Money and Not Feel Like You're Broke by Jamie Walker.

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