Great Books to Read
Have you been reading lately? What books have you enjoyed recently? I have a few books to share with you today. If you are looking for some great books to read or add to your reading plan in 2017, I recommend Raising An Original, Miscarried Joy, and What Color is Your Parachute 2017.
Note: these books were provided to me as review copies. All opinions here are my own. For your convenience, this post includes affiliate links. You may read my full disclosure policy here.
Raising An Original by Julie Lyles Carr
Raising an Original will help you see the how each of your children is unique and learn to parent to fit their unique style. The author, Julie Lyles Carr, has 8 kids and will show you how each child’s unique characteristics are their strengths (even when they seem like weaknesses to us).
Carr uses several Biblical characters as examples throughout her book. My favorite example was from Moses. Moses was raised with the finest Egyptian education, then rather than staying in Egypt, ends up fleeing into the wilderness (after he kills an Egyptian for beating an Israelite) where he is a shepherd for 40 years. Then God called Moses from a burning bush. We would have expected Moses to complete any great things as a young man due to his great education, but he was much older before God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
I am the parent of a child that struggles in school, and sometimes I don’t understand why it’s so hard (for him and for me). But that’s not the point, Raising an Original is a great reminder that God uses all of us for His purposes and our apparent weaknesses are His strength.
Miscarried Joy by Tanika Fitzgerald
Have you had a moment in your life when you just didn’t understand what God is doing or why He would bring such pain and heartbreak into your life? That is the central question of Miscarried Joy. In a short time, Tanika Fitzgerald and her husband got pregnant 3 times and were so excited to become parents, then just as quickly miscarried each baby. It was heartbreaking.
In Miscarried Joy, Fitzgerald speaks honestly and frankly about her losses and the deep pain of miscarriage. She uses the examples of 6 Biblical mothers to show us that even in our pain God has a greater purpose if we are willing to listen and see His plan.
I have not experienced a miscarriage as a mother, but I have experienced other heartbreaking disappointments. I found this book very encouraging and uplifting in its continual focus on God’s plan and God’s reasons for your suffering.
Fitzgerald’s main purpose is to encourage you and grow your faith. If you are experiencing a loss or sadness or you need words of encouragement to grow and heal your faith, you will find them in Miscarried Joy.
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- A copy of the book
- A Prayer Journal
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What Color is Your Parachute 2017
What Color Is Your Parachute 2017 by Richard N. Bolles is the annual classic for job-hunters and career-changers. If you find yourself in a place in life where you are looking for a new career or you want to start a new job, What Color Is Your Parachute 2017 is a great place to start. If you have any children graduating this year, this book is a wonderful tool to help them too.
What I love about What Color is Your Parachute 2017 is that it’s a complete guide to finding a new career or starting a first job. It will help you discover what type of work you will enjoy doing, it gives you insights for landing job interviews, tips on how to prepare for job interviews, how to research salary and so much more. If you are looking for a job, this book should be the first and maybe the only guide you need.
I have used several different editions of this book at different times in my life when I was looking for a job. I am amazed at the differences and updates when I compare my 1995 version to my 2013 version to even the 2017 edition. This book is constantly updated and revised. Even if you have an older version and you are looking for a new job now, it’s worth it to get the newest version because some of the strategies and recommendations change over time ( for example, consider the changes in the Internet searches from 1995 to 2017).
If you are looking for books to read this month or to add to your 2017 reading list, I recommend all 3 of these books.
What are you reading right now?