Wednesday, February 23, 2011


A sampling of books we are currently enjoying...

Hannah has recently discovered Enid Blyton and devoured the first book off top of a pile given to us by a friend. I had never heard of her, but from what I have learned she is a sort of English Beverly Cleary.

Hannah just finished Anne of Green Gables and has declared it in her top five. Caddie Woodlawn has been on the top of that list for the past year. Now she is on to Five Children and It.

Will is growing in fluency and beginning to become a more independent reader. The Magic Tree House series books are his books of choice these days. I have recently enjoyed having him read the Billy and Blaze series aloud to me (and Peter).

Hannah, Will and I have been beginning our homeschool mornings in the Proverbs accompanied with Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring the Proverbs to Life by Peter Leithart. Hannah and Will give it rave reviews! Here is the publisher's description:
Following the tradition of Grimm’s fairy tales, these bedtime stories wander down stardusted paths, gallop to mountaintop castles, and tread through dragons’ lairs. At the same time, these eighteen adventures echo and illustrate the lessons of Proverbs in a manner sure to delight readers of all ages, especially those in their jammies.
I am almost finished with Ann's book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Doesn't it seem most everyone is currently reading Ann's book? Also, I am enjoying Debra Bell's Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. After hearing Debra Bell speak a few Saturdays ago (she was fantastic!), I decided to read her book which has been highly recommended to me by many. There was just always something about the title "Ultimate Guide" that turned me off... anyway, it is a pleasurable and inspiring read with chapters of practical advice. Now I highly recommend it!

Next on my list...

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity
This has been on my list for a long time, I finally bought a copy. Even the cover blesses me.

and then...
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
This Wall Street Journal book review pricked my interest.

Then I should make some time for a little Spring Break fiction. My Hannah pointed out to me recently that it's been awhile since I have read fiction. I'm afraid she's right.


  1. Thanks so much for this post! I'm always looking for some great new reads!

  2. Thanks for these ideas! I'm especially interested in the Wise Words book for devotionals. Also maybe you could do a mini review of Mission of Motherhood when you are done?

  3. I just picked up '5 children & it' , but wound up putting it back, for this week. We're in a catch up mode on other books we have 1/2 read. :)
    Also, the book about computers and technology... wow, I've been recently reading the 25th anniversary edition of 'The Plug-in Drug.' Wow, someting really convicting about technology, and not all about content. Ann's book is one I'm saving, I don't to read when I'm not ready. She's amazing, pointing the way to God. So thankful she put it to paper. I'm also reading essay's from 'Recoverig the Ruins', a compilaton about Classical Christian Education. So, so interesting.
    Always enjoy your posts, blessings be multiplied on you and yours ~ Laura

  4. yes, you are right, lots of people reading Ann's book. =0) (myself included!) I am loving it. Debra Bell's book was one first read when I started homeschooling. I love Sally Clarkson's books. I just reserved the Billy and Blaze books from the library. My oldest is a voracious reader and it is hard to keep up. I saw the "five children and it" book. I saw there was magic involved. Do you have any more insight with this? I am not a fan of magic but it depends on the books. (ie he reads most of the magic treehouse books, but not the ones with the magician) Thanks for the recommendations. =0)

  5. Mission of Motherhood holds such as special place in my heart. Read it a few years ago. Ever feel like a book was written just for you personally?! This one is it for me! Such an impression on my heart, my motives, the way I approach parenting and my role as a wife and mother. Life transforming for me!



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