Weekend Reads:
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I have my school planning tables made, but haven’t been hit with inspiration yet to start filling them in. Then I remembered there were a couple books I still wanted to read before selecting what we’d focus on in the coming year, so rather than carving out planning time, I need to carve out some real reading time! Amazon links are affiliate links and help pay for site costs & my book addiction. Thanks! Books Read at Our House This … Read More

Simply Contemplate: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
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Ok, so I’m on a Kevin DeYoung kick. Crazy Busy: A Mercifully Short Book on a Really Big Problem is another short 5-star offering from the Reformed Michigan pastor. The Terror of Total Obligation: Calming the Crazy Man Inside That is the chapter title and subheading from which I am about to quote. We all have a cross to carry. But it’s a cross that kills our sins, smashes our idols, and teaches us the folly of self-reliance. It’s a … Read More

Book Review: Switch by Chip & Dan Heath
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Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath Publication date: 2010 Date read: 2013 Source: Local library. Recommended by: a thread on the Well-Trained Mind Forum My rating (out of 5): ★ ★ ★ 1/2 I recommend it, but borrow it from the library. Summary The authors examine the common denominators in successful change (personal and corporate), telling engaging stories and giving practical, useful advice for making positive individual & group changes. Switch … Read More

Book Review: The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
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The Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield Publication date: 2012 Date read: March 2013 Source: borrowed from a friend Recommended by: two of my friends, and then also reviewed by Dawn My rating (out of 5): ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Highly recommended. Summary A tenured, happy English professor of Queer Theory is called by God out of that life and into salvation, and she shares of her transformation … Read More

Review: Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
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Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin Publication date: 2012 Date read: January 2013 Source: Personal library My rating (out of 5): ★ ★ ★ I would recommend borrowing it or watching for a cheap second-hand copy (it’s still new, so that’s unlikely). Summary Gretchen Rubin tries her hand at a second Happiness Project, this time focusing on resolutions targeted at … Read More

Home Organization Book Review: Large Family Logistics
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Not only was last week a school break week, but we also had and have a string of hosting commitments that gave me the added commitment and deadline to get the house into a little better shape. Of course I had an unreasonably long list, but if I think about what I did get done instead of what I didn’t get done, I am quite pleased. So, with a couple social hostings down and a few next weekend as well, … Read More

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