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I love to read, and even if I’m super busy, I believe it’s important to make sure I find time to do so. In July, I was able to read six books. Two of the books were Christian fiction, three were self-help, and one was a Bible study book.
Here are the books I read and my honest opinions on them:
This is the first book and a great introduction to “The Courtship of Nellie Fisher” series. I love that fiction books remove you from reality for a little while. What I love even more is when they teach you lessons that help improve your life or change how you perceive others. This is what this book certainly did. I just recently began reading the second book in the series, “The Forbidden”, and I’m hoping it will have the same effect as the first one.
This is a three-in-one book with two books making up a series along with an additional separate third book. The first two books, “The Postcard” and “The Crossroad”, deal with an Amish woman’s loss of her husband and children while losing her eyesight because of the trauma. The third book, “The Sanctuary”, was written by Beverly and her husband, David, and is a completely different storyline, being more of a Christian mystery novel. I really enjoyed the third book a lot.
This book is not what I thought it would be. It has very interesting stories on how habits are continuously formed. Duhigg expounds on many studies that have been conducted on habit-forming issues. Our minds are amazing creations and I enjoyed the stories and examples the author provides.
This book is about decluttering and cleaning your home one step at a time while gradually forming new cleaning habits. And though the author offers many helpful house cleaning tips, some of the things she writes about are not things that I struggle with.
This book is about intuitive eating and with both authors being registered dieticians, it causes you to pay attention to what they have to say. The intuitive eating method forces you to disregard everything you’ve ever been taught about eating, dieting, and your weight. The book has some interesting ideas, but I’ll admit it’s very hard to depart from the dieting mentality. The “clean your plate” rules we had as children are also hard to overcome.
This is a Bible study on how to balance everything during every season of life. The study was based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. It was a gentle study to start my work day each morning.
Some of the books on my list may not have turned out to be what I thought they were in the beginning. I was determined to walk away learning at least one thing from all of them which would help me better myself in some way.
I love reading book recommendations from my favorite bloggers. Every time someone I follow lists a book which helped them somehow, I put it on my wish list. Then the next time I’m shopping either online or in-store, I look for that book.
There’s so much information out there and so many books, but I would suggest finding some topics which interest you and read about them. If you have younger children, find good books that will interest them make time to read to them. If your children are old enough to read on their own, motivate them to make time to read.