June Reading List

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May was filled with great reading around here.  One of my favorites, Spiritual Parenting, came from Dr. Michelle Anthony.  I was already familiar with Dr. Anthony’s work and her heart for families and family ministry.  My previous experience with her writing was from a family ministry perspective; this book, however, was for families rather than ministry staff. 
 
With my husband being a minister to families, the passion behind this book hits close to home.  Many of Dr. Anthony’s points focus on our call as parents to live out a faith worth passing on to our kids, to be authentic Christ-followers in every aspect of our parenting. 

 
In all honesty, I didn’t initially care for the title.  I feel like being “spiritual” and being Christ-followers aren’t one and the same.  I’m so glad that didn’t keep me from reading, though.  I would have missed out on the reminders of the importance of purposeful parenting, affirmation regarding our calling  as family, and encouragement to press on even when we as parents fail, which is often. 
 

 

Additionally, I could see this being a fantastic book for churches to share with their families.  Spiritual Parenting takes the very principles being shared in pulpits all over and shows what they look like in the modern Christian home.  I know I can’t be the only one that needs help connecting the dots from time to time.  This book has been a great help and it’s one I’m happy to recommend to my friends.

I also enjoyed Sally Clarkson’s Own Your Life.  There’s so much wisdom packed into these pages and I love that it’s a book for Christian women at any stage in life.  One of my favorite quotes was in regards to busyness, a topic that’s close to my heart: 
“Nonstop activity is a cultural badge of honor that supposedly means a person is making progress.  Busyness falsely promises productivity.” 

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As for this month, I’m working on a couple of other books in addition what’s on my Goodreads shelf.  One is Schooling at Home While Working at Home by Joy in the Journey’s Misty Bailey.  I’m looking forward to some tips on how to balance all of the plates I’m spinning these days! 
 
The other was written by my dad.  I read the first part of it a while back and am reading again due to some things he’s recently reworked in the story.  I’m not sure if and when it will be available for sharing, but I’m happy to have the second half of it now.  I’ve been curious about what happens next in his story.   

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