Saturday, April 27, 2013

Weekend Links - April 27, 2013

Today is a moving day: moving day into the rental house. Even though it's not finished. And there are no kitchen cabinets. And we might not be able to sleep there. It's still moving day. Today will be the first day I've actually seen the rental. (Philip and the three oldest have seen it but I haven't.) Fingers crossed (and prayers going up) that the closing happens as scheduled on Monday. Or Tuesday at the latest.

Further prayers that we find the right house without too much delay appreciated.

Now for the links!

Spiritual / Inner Life
Marriage / Parenting
Education / Homeschooling
Pins of the Week:
Yummy (Chocolate & Coconut and I am there!):

Great Birthday Party Idea: A Donut Party!

Lovely room (although the link is to an Etsy shop for the quote on the wall):

That's all for this week. I hope our internet access is worked out quickly (right now it's kind of up in the air as to how long it will take to get set up in our new place) so I can keep you up to date on life in the rental house and - soon! - the newest addition to our family.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Five Question Friday

1. Who drives when your family is together, you or your spouse?
Philip, almost always. I don't love driving, other drivers, or cars in general. I'll drive if he's really tired or something, but otherwise it's always him.

2. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert. (This post discusses this in more detail, complete with Myers-Briggs typology)

3. Are you married to an introvert or extrovert?
He's an introvert. But on the scale of Introvert to Extrovert, he's more extrovert than I am. (Clear?)

4. What's your favorite type of social media?
Facebook. Or Pinterest. Those are the two that I waste spend the most time on. I've tried Google plus and it's just not clicking with me. And I love Twitter, but I use it more as a "scan to see what's going on" type thing.

5. What's your favorite way to "recharge"?
Quiet evenings at home with Philip, hot chocolate (or a bowl of ice cream, depending on the season), & a good book for usual recharging. (I, as an introvert, require a lot of recharging.)

Night away at a hotel, eating out, and swimming in a nice indoor pool for every once in awhile recharging. (With or without kids. Although the "without kids" type is a rare occasion indeed.)

Another way I recharge is to go thrifting all by myself. I love thrift stores and treasure hunting. My older girls are pretty fun to take thrifting but the younger ones move it from a recharging / relaxing experience into a "hurry and get this done before someone - maybe even me - melts down".

So, how about you? How do you recharge?
This post is linked to Five Question Friday at My Little Life.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review - Humble Orthodoxy

This is the latest from well known (and respected) Christian pastor and author, Joshua Harris. When I saw it offered on the Blogging for Books site, I jumped at the chance to read it.

This is a short book, easy to read in one sitting if you were so inclined. But it's so much deeper than that: you'll want to focus on it and think about it for awhile. There is a study guide at the back to help you do that. I could see this book being an excellent choice for a small group or adult (or teen) Sunday School class since it's divided into four easy chapters.

The main point of the book is that there are three easy errors and one biblical alternative: Arrogant heterodoxy (bad doctrine, bad behavior), arrogant orthodoxy (good doctrine, bad behavior), and humble heterodoxy (bad doctrine, good behavior) which should be contrasted with Biblical thought and practice: Humble orthodoxy (good doctrine, good behavior).

Don't be scared off by big words like orthodoxy. Harris makes this easy to understand. Christians should be speaking the truth in love, defending Biblical truth, without wielding truth or doctrine as a blunt weapon.

I'll confess: one struggle I had while reading this book was thinking something along the lines of, "That's excellent! You know who really needs to read this?" and then filling in the blank with someone I know who could use a dose of this book.

Which means I was missing the point: Humble Orthodoxy is about getting it right myself. It's about my humbly embracing the truth of the Bible while still loving others.

Great book and, since it is small and not expensive, I highly recommend it to you.

(Just don't read it and think something like "I can totally see why Karen needed this book". Then you'd be missing the point too.)

To find out more:
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Weekend Links - April 20, 2013

Well, another week has come and gone. This brings us closer to Baby Boy (due May 9) and also to leaving our current house. As of right now that's supposed to happen before April 30 but we don't have it actually scheduled. It was supposed to be April 25. And then it wasn't. And then it was again and we have no idea what's happening right now.

Which is OK, I suppose, because our rental house isn't ready for us to move in. So we have stuff piled at my parents' and in Philip's church office (and a closet at church) and in our house. Boxes and stuff everywhere. Not good for this wannabe nesting mama.

Then there's the house hunt. We were supposed to look at 6 houses Thursday. One realtor never got back with ours about scheduling a showing. One house went pending that morning. Two houses were completely out of the question. One house was sweet - like a time warp with the original 1950's metal cabinets and such. That house really wasn't big enough for what we want, and anyway, it went pending yesterday.

Then there was a house that was in a good location in our price range. It was slightly smaller than we want, but we could probably make it work (theoretically). But now that one is kind of up in the air as to its status and we are back to Square 1 with no more houses in our price range in decent areas that are suitable for a soon-to-be family of seven.

I'm feeling kind of discouraged this morning, honestly. So, we better get on to the links because I've saved several that I think I need to go back and read again.

Spiritual / Inner Life
Marriage / Parenting
Homeschooling / Education
  • Why You Should Read Narnia in Publication Order by Trevin Wax. I've been saying this for years. I feel so strongly about it, I actually put my girls' copy of these books in the correct order in their slipcase, even though that meant the numbers on the spines were wrong. (You have to understand that I'm the girl that alphabetizes her movies in order to understand what an accomplishment this was.)
  • The Best Ice Cream Day Ever from Kristen at Celebrate Every Day With Me. I really want to do this with the girls sometime. (Ooh, new thought: this would be fun with doughnut shops too.)
  • I haven't made any secret of the fact that I love Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds in particular. Here's a story that made me love both even more (I was listening to this game on the radio): Todd Frazier Delivers Home Run After Ball Boy Ted Kremer's Request. Great, feel-good story you don't want to miss, even if you're not a Reds fan. (But seriously: why wouldn't you be? Just kidding.)
Pins of the Week:
I love library card catalogs and dream of finding my own one of these days:

This phenomenon is even worse while packing, FYI:

My love of a great nook is well documented, I believe:

That's all for this week. Please forgive the venting nature of the beginning paragraphs. It's nice to have friends who will just listen to us and understand our frustration with these crazy times.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Can I Get You Anything?

It's 6 PM and I'm exhausted. We had a full day of Children's Theatre, lunch out with friends, and then I went to the grocery store. (That last thing along would be enough to exhaust me at this point.)

So I'm lying on my bed, resting. Not asleep, you understand, just resting with a book beside me.

Philip is in the kitchen making eggs for anyone who happens to be hungry.

Then I feel a little face just inches from mine.

"Mama?" It is Miss Lili, staring me in the face.


"Mama, you want a egg?"

"No, thanks. I'm not hungry."

She is silent for a second.

"You want a hamburger?"

This is generous as I am not sure how she will provide this if I say "yes". There are currently no hamburgers - nor makings of hamburgers - in the house.

"No, thanks," I say again. "I'm not hungry right now. Just tired."

Another silent second.

Then: "You want a sandwich?"

The nurturing impulse starts young, does it not?
(P.S. I passed on the sandwich. But I am now enjoying a hot cup of tea and Miss Lili is satisfied that I am not going to starve to death.)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Weekend Links - April 13, 2013

Well, I may not have time to do proper blogging, but I still have time to come up with a lot of links for you. (Hmm, something about that seems not quite right...)

Some things going on right now: our closing on this house (which means we have to be completely packed and out) is in less than two weeks. Our rental house is almost but not quite ready and we still don't even know the actual address. Baby Boy is getting heavier, I'm getting more pregnancy related aches and fatigue, and he's due in less than 4 weeks. The only way I can explain our life right now: Crazy Times.

But in the midst of this, some friends watched the girls last night and Philip and I had our first proper "date night" in a long time (and probably the last for the foreseeable future). We had supper at Longhorn (I believe I've mentioned my deep and abiding love for steak), stopped at Wal-Mart for a few moving related things (packing tape, among other things), and finished up at Orange Leaf, which we hadn't tried before.

I liked Orange Leaf except the toppings weren't labeled and something kind of minty got into my otherwise perfectly concocted bowl. Also: you pay by the ounce, but that's not really clear as there are no prices displayed. As Philip pointed out, "If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it."

So, all in all, a great date night and much appreciated.

Now to the links!

Spiritual / Inner Life
Marriage / Parenting
Homeschooling / Education
I wish I didn't have to share these posts. But I feel like I would be remiss if I did not:
I can hardly read anything about the trial without feeling absolutely sick. My own little guy is almost always kicking and moving inside me, reminding me of how precious life is. He has a personality and we can tell a little about that because he responds to certain stimuli better than others (he's musical!). It shouldn't take a despicable trial like the Gosnell trial to make us feel sick about sin. But I'm afraid too many of us aren't even sickened by the Gosnell story any more. OK. Getting off soap box now.

And now, for something completely different from what I was just saying, how about a few Pins?
Love these magnets:

My two oldest have requested they get this bedroom in "the new house":

Love this hallway art from Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles (she's been sharing pictures of her entire house and I think I would love to move in there!):

Well, that's it for this week. What caught your eye this week?
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Five Question Friday

1. Where do you hide things from your kids?
My husband and I have hidden things in our closets, under our bed or in the basement. Our kids are pretty good about not going through things that don't belong to them. This answer relates to things like Christmas presents, birthday presents, etc.

As for the "grown-up" candy (AKA good chocolate or such), we have a separate container for that. It's right in the kitchen and the kids know where it is but they DO NOT MESS WITH IT on pain of Mom seriously losing her cool. (Even my girls know that Mom needs that chocolate.)

2. What is your favorite rainy day activity for bored toddlers?
Playing in the sink (Water! Bubbles!), playdough, finger painting, or putting on boots and jackets and playing in the rain (provided it's not a thunderstorm, of course). Otherwise, they just do what toddlers do. I am not an activities director. I will suggest activities but my kids are - for the most part - on their own. They make their own fun or read a book or I have a list of chores that need to be done (for older kids) or a comfy bed for naptime (for littles).

I've found that if the older kids are busily playing (or busy with schoolwork since we homeschool), then the toddler will play as well. Our two year old has never been bored, as far as I can tell.

3. Are you a punctual person or are you always running a few minutes (or more!) late??
I prefer to be punctual. Really, I prefer to be early. Unless it's an activity where I think we might be the first people there. Then I like to be slightly late. Being first to a party is kind of annoying.

4. When eating out, do you prefer off the beaten path "Mom and Pop" cafes or tried and true national food chains?
Chains. Unless I have a really good reference from some I greatly trust in culinary matters. Greasy spoons and hole-in-the-wall places are not my thing. Unless, as I said, someone I trust has suggested I eat there.

5. Does your significant other snore? Do YOU snore?
No. And no. Although all bets are off if we have head colds. Otherwise: no.

My apologies for the sporadic posting here lately. Things are getting kind of crazy around here: Baby Boy due in 4 weeks. Closing on this house in less than 2. Crazy times, indeed. If you feel so inclined, please pray that these things happen they way they are supposed to and that all the INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED logistics work out. (Oh, and you could throw in a prayer that someone moves out of a spacious but inexpensive house that we can snap up and move into before the end of the summer. That'd be awesome.)

This post is linked to Five Question Friday at My Little Life.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Random Monday

1. This morning I was sad to hear about the death of Baroness Thatcher. Yes, my politics are showing: I admire the Iron Lady. Might as well share the National Review tribute as well. (In for a Conservative penny, in for a Conservative pound.)

2. Things are holding steady here re: house selling. Our realtor thinks that the appraisal / inspection went well although we haven't had official word. Seems like the closing is probably going to be pushed back (by the buyer), so our realtor is going to push it to the end of May (instead of the end of April as originally agreed). This would allow us time to get ready to move and {drumroll} give birth to the next member of the family. Also it works better with paying the next mortgage payment. But really: BABY.

3. As for those of you who ask how the house hunt is going: it's not. We have a rental lined up so we won't be homeless. And looking at the houses available for sale right now is an exercise in futility. There aren't many for sale and the ones we get remotely interested in are snapped up quickly. So we'll just have to wait. And then snap one up quickly ourselves when we can.

4. Today we sorted some Baby Boy things loaned to us buy friends. I pulled out this tiny little ball cap and I think the girls and I all made an identical "awww" type of sound. We showed it to Philip but he didn't make the sound. Must be a girl thing. So strange to see all that pile of blue in my laundry.

5. Speaking of clothes sorting, we also managed to get into our shed (since the rain held off) and get out the tubs of clothes holding what the girls need for the warmer weather. (And we also got out some things to pass on to my niece.)

This is how that happened: the girls have been on me for days to do this chore. "It's hot, Mom." "We're cooking in these clothes." "It's been hot for daaaaayyys! When will we get our summer clothes? When??????" (Pretty much direct quotes right there.)

So when today was warm enough and dry enough and since Philip would be home for most of the day, I asked him to help us get out the boxes.

Which he agreed to do.

And after a morning of other work, he was finally heading out the door to the backyard. But then he got a game related call. And he was on the phone for like, a lot of minutes.

So I went out to the shed to do the job myself. (OK, in my defense: not by myself. Our 11 year old was helping.)

This was apparently not what I was supposed to do.

I'm almost 36 weeks pregnant. Call it nesting. (That is not, ahem, what my husband called it.)

But he showed up to finish the job and now the washing machine is running non-stop and the girls will be able to bug me about something else. (Something else like this: "When are we going to the park? It's so warm!")

And I am sitting (and blogging, obviously) because 36 week pregnant women shouldn't be lifting totes that weigh a metric ton (slight exaggeration) out of a crowded little storage shed by their ownselves. (Or so I've heard.)

I agree. I'm tired just from sorting the clothes out of the totes and listening to Frank Sinatra. Good thing supper is in the crock-pot. I think my domestic urges have all been fulfilled for today. But you never know what I might come up with for tomorrow...(My husband shudders at the thought.)

How's your Monday treating you?
This post is linked to Random Monday hosted by Deb at Not Inadequate.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Weekend Links - April 6, 2013

Lots of links this week - not feeling like doing much of anything else will lead to a lot of web surfing, I guess.

Spiritual / Inner Life
Marriage / Parenting
Homeschooling / Education
  • I'm not sure how I feel about this trend, but the pictures are cool: Living in a Converted Church.
  • The Challenge of Letting Go of Books by Deb Lee. Yes. Some things are easy to "de-clutter". Books are not.
  • I saved this one because the chances that we will need to remodel a kitchen, or even build one from scratch, seem pretty high at this point. Which means we'll be looking at IKEA too: Are IKEA Kitchen Cabinets a Good Idea?
  • 5 Steps to Lowering Food Expenses from Go Gingham. Helpful advice if you're just starting out on your frugal journey. (Or you need a refresher)
  • On Making Do from Amy's Finer Things. Right now we're in a holding pattern: can't really do anything to this house (it's under contract and we should sign the closing either at the end of this month or next) and we don't have our next home yet. Making Do is the name of the game and it might be that way for a while. (assuming we aren't able to fix everything the way we'd like in our next house, once we get it)
And speaking of Pinterest, my pins of the week:
Seems easy enough:

Another kitchen nook:

One day, friends. One day.

So, what did you read or pin this week? Do share!
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Five Question Friday

1. Would you go to your high school reunion?
I would, but it would be a party of 1.

I am a homeschool graduate {she said proudly, smugly}. Which means I was a graduating class of one (and yes, that also means I was top of my class). 

I also went with Philip to his high school reunion. We had a good time with our good friends we see on a regular (read: yearly) basis but he seemed mostly reminded of why he had lost touch with the rest.

All in all, I don't think I'm missing much. (Or we could count my family get togethers as my reunions. In which case: sign me up! I love it when we're all together.)

2. What's something that you've recently splurged on; either for yourself or someone else?
Does a $10 pass to a homeschool buying extravaganza and a $5 Decaf Raspberry Mocha Frappaccino count? That's what I splurged on today. Other than that I can't think of much.

3. How do you handle your child's fever?
We try to let it run its course unless the child is completely miserable. Then we call in the Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Otherwise: lots of liquid, rest, and cuddles with Dad & Mom.

4. What's the nicest thing to happen to you lately?
Um...My husband watched the kids all afternoon so I could go buy homeschool curriculum (and a Frap). We had Root Beer floats last night. My dad took us for ice cream on Wednesday. I took the two youngest to the park Tuesday for a good playground romp and short walk (all I could handle and even then "walk" is a generous term for what we did. "Waddle" might be better.). Oh, and my dad brought me chocolate. (How bad is it that most of my "nice things" are to do with food?!)

We think our house appraisal and inspection are over. If so, that's a really nice thing. If not, then scratch that.

If it sounds like I'm trying to be grateful for little things, then you are correct.

I've been in a lousy mood lately and not very good company for the folks around me. I hoping this improves once a) we're done selling this house, b) Baby Boy arrives on time, healthy & safe, and c) we have a nice new-to-us house to move into. Meanwhile, I need to focus on counting the little blessings.

5. What is your current favorite song?
Narrow it down to just one? Not gonna happen. But here are some favorites right now (links are to Amazon mp3 tracks):
I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)- The City Harmonic
Ho Hey- The Lumineers
I Will Wait- Mumford and Sons (could seriously listen to this CD - minus one track - on constant repeat)

So, what's your favorite song right now? And could someone explain to me what, exactly, is the attraction of getting together 10-20-30 years later with people you didn't like to begin with?
This post is linked to Five Question Friday hosted at My Little Life.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Books of 2013 - March

Here's the list for March. Joining Goodreads is definitely helping me keep up with my reviews & opinions better than my Commonplace book does (although I still use it and love it). High marks for this month go to #1, #10, & #17 if you'd like to jump right to the books that I really loved in March.

1. Unglued. Non-fiction by Lysa TerKeurst. The review I left on Goodreads: Encouraging, honest, and practical. I do not think Mrs. TerKeurst is the most gifted female theologian or expositor of our day, but that's OK. She does what she does very well and this book came along at just the right time for me.

2. Endless Night. Fiction by Agatha Christie. The review I left on Goodreads: Different from the usual Christie fare in subject, voice, and conclusion. Unfortunately not as shocking now as it was when it first came out (so many different reviews talking about "the twist" at the end thereby ruining the surprise). Always enjoyable to read a master mystery writer, though.

3.Inspired You. Non-fiction by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed). My Goodreads review: Beautiful photos, inspiring & encouraging words. One of the better examples of a blog turned book.

4.Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus. Non-fiction by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson. My Goodreads review: Paradigm changer: stop trying to be the perfect parent in order to raise the perfect child (or children). Instead, grow deeper in your knowledge and confidence in God's grace to us through His son Jesus. Share that grace with your children. Rest.

This book made me think, challenged me, and also helped me to identify how much of an idol my parenting has become to me.

The downside: practical examples are just not present in this book. And the sample dialog is far too wordy. Surely no child would allow their parent(s) to stand in front of them pontificating about grace for an indeterminate period of time. (end of Goodreads review)

I really wanted Philip to read this one too, so we could discuss it, but it had to go back to the library before he got around to it. As I said, it was challenging. I think there were things I disagreed with but I would have liked to talk to someone else in order to figure out exactly what those were. And I stand by my analysis of the downside: the sample dialog (for parents to share with their kids) is usually impractical and horribly long.

5. City of Shadows. Fiction by Ariana Franklin. Goodreads: Engrossing plot, memorable characters, well done historical research. Franklin makes the time (post WW1 - pre WW2) and place (Berlin, among a few other locations) come alive. Drawbacks for some readers: graphic, violent content and steady use of objectionable language. The suspense, mystery and growing dread of the rising Nazi party (and Hitler) is well done but the "twist" at the end is unnecessary at best.

This is a well written book, but, as I said in my review, it would definitely not be for every reader. There were several things I wish the author would have left to the reader's imagination. I understand that Berlin 1920-1930 was a decadent, sinful place. I wish the author hadn't felt those sins needed to be spelled out quite so clearly.

6. The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World. Non-fiction by Sophia Dembling. Goodreads: Excellent description of life as an introvert. Would be good for extroverts to read as well. The author has a great sense of humor and the chapters are short, making this an informative but fun read.

I saw myself in pretty much every chapter of this little book (minus any of the ones that talked about drinking). This is definitely my tribe.

7. The Sea King's Daughter. Fiction by Barbara Michaels. I picked this one up because Michaels also writes - as Elizabeth Peters - the fantastic Amelia Peabody mystery series. She definitely has a knack for writing interesting characters, plots, and dialog but this one is dated (first published in 1975) and doesn't really hold up well. {Goodreads}

8. Lady of Ashes. Fiction by Christine Trent. My Goodreads review: The nicest thing I can think to say about this book: the author obviously did a lot of research. Unfortunately, she was not skilled at making interesting characters, a plot with coherence, or any actual tension. Her main character is tedious and the supporting characters are cardboard cut-outs. If she wanted to write a non-fiction book about funeral habits of the Victorians, she ought to have done so.

There is far too much telling and not enough showing in this book. There wasn't enough believable dialog. It was full of clumsy attempts to portray actual historical figures. (The Queen Victoria sections alone were cringe worthy.)

Mark this one down as "disappointing"

9. A Complaint Free World. Non-fiction by Will Bowen. My Goodreads review: OK but not great. How can a pastor not talk about the necessity of God's help in improving both our attitudes and our lives? This is more like a different take on the "power of positive thinking" type of book.

10. What Women Want: The Life You Crave and How God Satisfies. Non-fiction by Lisa Bergren & Rebecca Price. My Goodreads Review (I gave it 5 stars): Excellent, practical advice. Great Bible study to be done alone or with a group at the back of the book and lots of suggested resources. Highly recommended.

11. Deconstructing Penguins. Non-fiction by Lawrence & Nancy Goldstone. My Goodreads review: Book about teaching kids (and their parents) to read books with understanding. Helpful reading list suggestions at the back (although some of their choices seemed odd to me).

Not included in my review at the time: I've seen another homeschool bloggers talking about this one and somehow expected a bit more from this book. Which is not to say that I was disappointed, it just wasn't quite what I expected or perhaps wanted.

12. A Likeness in Stone. Fiction by Wallis Martin. My Goodreads review: Dark and compelling. NOT a "cozy" British mystery despite the setting. (Oxford, Thames Valley police) Changes POV often but usually skillfully (some transitions were clunkier than others). Some plot threads left dangling but the ultimate bad guy in the book was one of the most depraved and chilling I've ever read about. Nightmare material!

13. The Flipside of Feminism. Non-fiction by Suzanne Venker & Phyllis Schlafly. (Yes, that Phyllis Schlafly) My Goodreads review: A dose of common sense: women have many opportunities and can achieve many things. But it helps to do those things in order (what the authors call sequencing) that works with biology instead of against it.

Enjoyed the no-nonsense tone but seriously doubt anyone who holds a contrary view would read this book anyway.

It might have been a good idea to contrast the opportunities and advancement of American women with the plight currently experienced by other women in the world, where they are still treated like 2nd class citizens (or worse, like property).

14. Summerset Abbey. Fiction by T.J. Brown. Part of my Goodreads review: Great for anyone having Downton Abbey withdrawal. A few inaccuracies and annoying typos scattered around but nothing that detracts from the overall effect, which is a set of interesting characters and their intertwined lives.

This is supposed to be the first in a trilogy and I think I will definitely read the next book in the series. The inaccuracies and typos bugged me, I'll admit, but the author seems to know how to write mufti-dimensional characters and a compelling plot without resorting to cheap tricks like s** scenes or graphic violence.

15. Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. Non-fiction by Adam McHugh. My Goodreads review: Excellent book for introverts (who need to know how to make their natural strengths and weaknesses work for them and God's churches) and extroverts (who need to understand the introverts around them). Highly recommended, especially for those in pastoral ministry who are more naturally introverted.

I've passed this one on to Philip and I'm sure it will inspire some good discussion.

16. The Male Brain. Non-fiction by Louann Brizendine. Goodreads review: Interesting information, quick to read. Most of the book is footnotes and other studies. Didn't love the fact that it made men sound like they have no choices - their behavior is just dictated by biology or chemistry.

17. Grace for the Good Girl. Non-fiction by Emily Freeman. My Goodreads review (another 5 star winner): I'd give this one ten stars out of ten, if I could. Wonderful, practical, heart-felt encouragement in this book. How did Emily Freeman know what I needed to read? Because I could identify with every chapter.

Highly recommending this one to all my female Christian friends.

Totals for March:
Fiction: 6
Non-fiction: 11

So, what did you finish reading in March? I'd love to add some more books to my stack.
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