What We’re Reading Now

I thought I’d give you a peek beyond just what I’m reading now (like I did last time) and clue you in to what the whole family is reading. Caleb has awesome taste in books so I thought it would be nice to share. Luca has developed some preferences too and I know you’re all dying to know what he’s “reading.” (wink, wink) So here it is, the current list of good reads…

ME:

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Bittersweet: Thoughts on Grace, Change, and Learning the Hard Way

I love this book so far. Every time I pick it up I feel as if I’m about to have coffee with a dear friend. It is insightful, witty, deep, and real. The perfect summer read.

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Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

In the past, I read a few research articles by Alfie Kohn but never any of his “real people” books. This is definitely a book for real people. It is immensely more enjoyable than his research articles, thank goodness. I love this book because it approaches parenting in an unconventional yet extremely logical (and loving) way. It will stretch any parent who decides to read it because it’s focus is not on making your kid a “good kid” but a well-rounded adult in the future.

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The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Mind

Yet another mind crush of mine, Daniel Siegel is is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. He is well known for his work in neurobiology and has done tons of research on how the brain impacts our relationships. This book is another game-changer. It will have you looking at your kid (and all people, really) in a very refreshing way. I think it’s books like these that have made patience and grace possible for me as a mom. When I can understand why my kid is doing what he’s doing it makes it way easier to respond in a calm  and developmentally appropriate way. In other words, it takes away unnecessary battles and makes parenting much more enjoyable.

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The Complete Adoption Book: Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child

I’ve been dabbling in this book every now and then so that I don’t get too overwhelmed by trying to devour the entire book. It is extremely comprehensive although due to the very fluctuating nature of adoption information, some of it is outdated. It’s been serving as an overview of all of the different options available and is getting me familiar with adoption lingo. I would recommend it, but make sure to look online for the most updated information regarding adoption law.

CALEB:

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Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard

This book explores the idea that God really does speak to us. It answers questions like, “How can we be sure that what we think we hear is not our own subconscious?” and “What if what God says to us is not clear?” The goal of this book is to emphasize developing a personal relationship with our creator. Caleb likes it so far!

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Is God a Moral Monster: Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan

Caleb just started this book but has really been enjoying it. It’s purpose is to reconcile the often confusing description of the Old Testament God in contrast with the New Testament God.

LUCA:

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Little Blue Truck

This is Luca’s very favorite book. It has fun, bright illustrations, animal noises (produced masterfully by Mommy) and a moral story (of which he has no clue). This is a great little book!

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The Jesus Storybook Bible

This may be MY new favorite Bible! The illustrations are gorgeous and the stories are told in such a sweet and simple way that I feel moved by passages that I’ve read a dozen times before. I can’t wait until Luca really can understand what’s in this beautiful book! This was a baby shower gift and I am so grateful it came our way!

** Note: I am not paid for recommending anything that I post on my blog, I try to keep it real. However, I am an Amazon affiliate, which means that I get a very small cut of the profit if you were to purchase something through Amazon after clicking the link to that item from my blog. **

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