Welcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage. This week we’re answering reader questions.
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Today I’m going to answer a question from Annie @ Beauty in the Surrender, “What books would you recommend a mother/wife/woman/child of God to read?”
The Bible, read it and read it often. After reading through the Bible at least once a year for several years, I highly recommend that you begin some type of regular plan to read through the whole book on a regular basis in addition to your normal study. Bible reading will give you a solid ground work to recognize the error that you will inevitably find in all other books.
Here are some of my favorite, life-changing books. Since I’ve been having difficulty with my memory (I’m thinking it’s probably a lack of sleep) I’m sure that I’m missing some important ones, so I may update this list as I remember.
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs - Every Christian should read this book.
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell – Oh so convicting, re-reading the first few chapters of this book helps me take a deep breath and re-focus on what God requires of me as I interact with my children (and others).
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp – Other than the Bible, this is the only book on child training that Mark and I recommend. It provides a biblical ‘why’ and ‘how’ for child training.
The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective by Martha Peace – I read this years ago, but still recall some of the sound advice from this book.
Stepping Heavenward - This beautiful work of fiction is about a young girl who grows in the grace beauty of wisdom of the Lord throughout the various ups and downs of her life. I’ve purchased and lent it out multiple times and currently don’t have a copy, but will soon because this is a book that I want my girls to read right now.
Here are some of the books that I’ve recently read that I would definitely recommend.
So Much More by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin – A beautiful vision of the fruitful and productive life a submitted daughter can lead as they seek to fulfill God’s calling within the biblical authority structure. We also enjoy Return of the Daughters.
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends – We’re finishing up our second time reading this as a family and while it’s specifically speaking about sibling relationships, the truths are applicable to all relationships (Who wouldn’t benefit from being more sensitive, meek and compassionate?). We highly recommend reading this as a family.
When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling by R.C. Sproul Jr. – This was a good encouragement and reminder of what our focus should be as we homeschool.
Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child by Kevin Swanson – I loved this book. It’s another good reminder of what our focus should be in education.
Our family trusts and enjoys books, cds and dvds from The Vision Forum. We may not agree with them on every single point, but we have not been disappointed with any of the books, cds or dvds that we’ve purchased from them. If you like what I write on Raising Olives, you’ll appreciate products from Vision Forum. Currently I’m anticipating the arrival of Large Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing a Large Family by Kim Brenneman. I can’t wait!
Now it’s your turn. I’d love for you to give me some suggestions for pleasure reading. I LOVE biographies and have rather eclectic tastes, enjoying a wide range of authors, genres and topics etc. Two of my favorite authors are Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, but I was completely taken with Cry, the Beloved Country and of course love Tolkein and Lewis. I’m hoping to get an eReader for Christmas, so what do you suggest for my reading list?
Visit the other moms of many to read their answers to your questions:
The Common Room – Has spotty internet access and may post later. Her grandbaby has been in the ICU since his birth just before Thanksgiving and their whole family could use your prayers.
Smockity Frocks talks about unmotivated learners, grammar, spelling and staying sane
Life in a Shoe tackles breastfeeding, anatomy and clothes storage
Next week the 4 Moms discuss teaching children to do their chores.
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