It’s been awhile since I did a book review… not because I haven’t been reading… mostly because I have been too busy reading to take time to share. But some of the books I have read recently really deserve a shout out and were so inspiring I couldn’t keep them to myself! Check these out and if you are looking for a good Christmas gift for someone on your list, any one of these would be a great choice.
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The Men We Need by Brant Hansen
Let me start by saying I recently heard a podcast by Hansen. I heard him speak and thought him a phenomenal speaker with an empowering story. Obviously this title sounds like it lends itself to a book not really intended for an audience of women. But I am a mom who wants her son to grow up as a man of godly character. These books speak to this single mom! Hansen writes a compelling book about the role of a man in families, society, and in the workplace. He discusses the importance of them fulfilling their calling, which is being keepers of the garden. Hansen outlines exactly the type of man that every woman is/should be drawn to. And then explains why every young boy should strive to grow up to be just like that. You should definitely check it out!
I am always looking for and reading books about how to improve my relationships. I grabbed this book on a trip to NC earlier this year and couldn’t put it down (or stop talking about it). Half the book is highlighted and I keep going back to remind myself of the truths written there. The authors encourage the reader to be authentic and know their significance. The questions throughout guide the reader in determining their own health, because our relationships can only be as healthy as the people in them. If you desire stronger relationships that are God honoring, I recommend this one!
He Still Speaks to Kids—Teach Children and Young Adults to Hear God by Wayne Drain and Tom Lane
Gateway Church recommended this book the last few months and I couldn’t wait to read it. There are great stories and reminders intertwined that guide parents/grandparents/teachers in how to teach kids to listen to God’s voice. Along with those great reminders, the encouragement to trust Him that we will lead and raise our kids well! You can grab a copy here!
My Yes is on the Table: Moving from Fear to Faith by Jennifer Hand
Here is another great book that I highlighted and will go back to read over and over again. If you struggle with giving up control to God and trusting him with the unknown, this book is a must read. Jennifer takes us on a journey to figure out what is holding us back from saying yes to God. If like me you let fear get in the way of you taking the next faith steps, these words will really encourage you!
I got a preview of this book before it hit the shelves this month and absolutely love the down to earth way it is written. Corbin grew up watching families to see what characteristics they shared that made children feel valued and loved. She has a practical guide that asks questions and shares activities that help families to be intentional in the way they represent Christ to each other and the world. This book was so inspiring and showed how they really live out their values! If you are interested in a copy of this book, I’m giving away a signed copy on Facebook/Instagram… so head there and check it out!
I said I only had five but I have two more that I have to give shout outs to!
Undistracted by Bob Goff
This one needs no introduction. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have never read Bob Goff, you should. Basically every time I read something of his, it becomes my favorite. Check it out, you will thank me later!
Stop Interrupting Me: A Practical Guide to Teaching Kids Their Manners by Rebekah McClure
This is a low-cost, wonderful resource for any parent or grandparent (or even teacher). The methods in this book not only work, but I have seen them in action, because it was authored by one of my good friends. Her children are precious and so is she! I actually read this book the first time last year, but since I reread it again this year, it definitely deserved a spot on the list!