You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”C.S. Lewis
From “Strange” Kid to Bibliophile
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As a child I was always the odd one in any group of children.
I didn’t have a television in my room, or a phone beside my bed. I didn’t even have a Nintendo (let alone a Super Nintendo).
What I did have were undusted shelves filled with well- loved books, and a library card with impressive late fees.
Now that I think about it, those fees are likely still waiting to be paid.
In my twenties things changed little as far as my books went. I still wasn’t in style. I still didn’t really fit in. Not even with the people I considered friends.
Thankfully, I’ve learned the error of my ways.
Or else, I’ve just matured and found other like-minded bibliophiles to call my friends.
Regardless, my bookshelves are even dustier than they were when I was a child, and there are quite a few more of them than there were(thanks to various book recommendations)–much to my husband’s consternation.
My Love of Books Has Grown in Proportion to My Age, and Access to Book Recommendations
Where I spent most of my adult life reading and enjoying contemporary novels (mostly of the cookie-cutter variety) homeschooling my children has brought growth to not only my experience as a mother, but to the types of books I enjoy.
At any given moment I might be reading one or two personal development books; and for every contemporary novel I read, I now enjoy a classic as well. In fact, I just finished Jane Austin’s “Emma” this afternoon.
However, since I seem to always be reading something or multiple somethings as it often is, I thought to share some of them with you.
Who doesn’t like book recommendations?
My Current Three Book Recommendations
Book Recommendation #1
13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do— Amy Morin
I’ll be honest, I’ve spent my entire life not feeling like I was good enough. There are still days where I feel this way. I accept this knowledge at the same time as being determined to change the mindset that allows those negative and inaccurate thoughts.
Amy Morin does an excellent job of pointing out things we as women should not do, in order to be mentally strong and confident. She gives real life examples of how these thirteen things play out in the lives of women she has counseled.
Each of the thirteen chapters discusses a different thing a mentally strong woman wouldn’t do.
For example: They Don’t Compare Themselves to Other People (the title of chapter one).
Several of the chapters really hit home for me, and helped me to realize a few things I’d been ignoring about myself.
If you’ve ever lacked confidence, were afraid to step outside your comfort zone, wanted to reinvent yourself, or just wanted to add tools to your toolbox of life; I highly recommend this book.
A caveat: this does have a secular focus, but that doesn’t detract from the author’s knowledge or the help you can receive from between the pages of this book. I fully intend to read the other books in this series as well.
Book Recommendation #2
Introverted Mom Spirited Child–Jackie Lee
Recently I’ve been fighting the need to stay home and hide away.
Unfortunately, hiding away doesn’t happen, because of my four children.
Two of these blessings definitely fall into the “spirited” category.
So often I find myself feeling out of my element, and out of control.
The constant battle of wills leaves me even more drained than I am after spending a day in a crowded social situation. The older I get the longer it takes to recharge, and the harder it seems to be to find a few moments to catch my breath.
This book, while short, helped me to understand that I’m not alone, and that my “spirited” children are truly gifts. Especially to an overwhelmed introvert who feels like I’m doing it all wrong.
Not everything needs to be a battle. Accepting our children for who God created them to be–high spirits, strong opinions, and all–brings a measure of calm to life.
Book Recommendation #3
Introverted Mom–Jamie C. Martin
I tell you what, if I didn’t know better I would say Jamie was hanging out in my house, or at the very least had a hidden camera stashed behind a stack of books or a empty Amazon box that hasn’t been broken down and taken out to the recycle bin.
This book is everything I hoped it would be.
The proverbial bat signal of introverts, calling us to stand together (from the comfort of our own homes), letting us know that we are not alone, and in fact the world needs us just the way we are.
From the quotes to the peek into her own struggles as an introverted mom, her words refreshed my over-burdened heart.
As a mother who doesn’t just struggle with anger, but wrestles with it like Israel and the angel, this passage is one of many I highlighted:
Comparing anger to hunger helps. After all, we don’t try to eliminate hunger from our lives. It’s just a cue, a signal that our body needs fuel. Anger is also a cue from our body, a signal the we need to pause.
We don’t just “press through” for the sake of it. We change course, walk away, breathe before dealing with the situation. Anger points the way toward peace if we pay attention.”Jamie C. Martin — Introverted Mom page 30
Along with her own stories and words of encouragement, she included the stories of others–their success, failures, and tools for overcoming the rough moments of being an introverted mother.
If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for, Introverted Momma? It’s available at everyone’s favorite one stop shop–Amazon.
Do you have any book recommendations you’d like to share? If so, drop them in the comments. I’m always looking for a few more good books.
Until next time,