What Books Have I Been Reading Lately?

Books I've Been Reading Lately

Though I am still in the season of life where I am caring for small kids (4, 2 and 1-year olds), I have still been able to rekindle my passion for reading.

Thanks to having my older kids who are alot less dependent on mommy, as well very helpful with the younger ones (the olders-10, 7-year olds); and I also watch alot less TV than I used to.

Hence, I am able to steal a moment here and there to read a bit during the day and at night before bed. The Thinking Tree “Homeschooling Handbook for Moms” has also inspired me to do more reading and learning. It reminded me that moms can learn/study too.

Another reason why I have decided to read more is because of the season of transition that I’m in right now. I wanted to learn more about what I am experiencing right now in my life (spirit, mind and body).

So here is what I have been reading for the last couple of months:

“Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul” by Jennie Allen

Out of all the books that I have been reading lately, this one has been my least favorite. Also, I haven’t finished reading it yet. I started reading this book because this was the book chosen for a women’s book study at my church. Even though, it has a lot of highlightable points in this book, I found it wasn’t engaging enough to really catch my attention, especially because there were so many other books I wanted to read instead at the time.

Not saying that this is a bad book, or it would not encourage or inspire someone else. I just found Jennie Allen’s writing style in this book to be confusing at times, not well explained or written. On the other hand, there were a few gold-mine phrases penned as well. I missed some book study meetings, including the last one, so I didn’t bother to try to read the chapters I missed or the final chapters of the book. I don’t know how it ended.

However, I don’t think it was the book that was the problem. I think it was me. I just wanted to read other things at the time. I do think there is a powerful message to be heard within the words of this book. I don’t think it would be a book I would like to reread though. Funny enough, the theme was very relevant to what was going on in my life. it just did not grabbed my attention.

These quotes in this book were relatable to me (in terms of what I am feeling in this season of transition)-

“I knew this was spiritual protocol. In my life up until that moment, God had shown up several times, and I knew this drill. In the past, those moments played a role in shaping me, building my story. But that morning while I was loading the dishes, I realized that this one felt different. It was the moment I had discovered C.S Lewis’ wardrobe and pushed through the fur coats. No longer was playing tag in the house to pass the time satisfying me when there was a land to explore, full of talking animals and war. “ (Chapter 9 – New Eyes, Real Change)

“We weren’t as scared as we should have been, we were so tired of normal. We loved our simple, sane life, but now we wanted to find the kind of life you only find if you lose normal, simple, and sane.” (Chapter 10 – Big God, Praying Anything)

“The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling” –Durenda Wilson

I was able to read this book for free with Amazon Kindle unlimited. This book was definitely short and sweet. I very much enjoyed what I read and gained a new perspective on what type of homeschool I wanted for my family. I would encourage the unhurried homeschool lifestyle any day. For anyone interested in that homeschool lifestyle, I would say this book is a good one to read. Go for it!

“Newness of life: Trusting God in Times of Transition” – Sarah Gerenger

I was also able to read this book for free with Amazon Kindle unlimited. I discovered this book through the list of recommended for me books on my Amazon Kindle App. How did they know? This was a book I was interested in reading because of its title. The title caught me because it related to what season I was in (and still in) in my life. I truly enjoyed reading this book.

Excerpt prayer in book:

“Heavenly Father, help me to accept with joy this time in which you chose me to live. I want my days to be lived out in gratitude and service to you. I want to trust in you during times of obscurity and suffering. I want my life to count for your glory. Give me newness of life as I meet with you daily. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

“Windows to Our World: Sarah’s Journal- Growing up, Crossing Oceans, Finding love, Giving Life to 10 Children”- Sarah Janisse Brown

Out of all the books I have read so far, this year, this book inspired me most. In fact, the writer (Sarah Janisse Brown) and her Thinking Tree Fun-schooling journals have really encouraged, inspired and changed my frame of thinking in regard to my homeschool and my mom journey in general. From reading this book, I was more convinced about the future I envision for my life. I was really inspired by the love story she shared about her and her husband Joshua.

And I felt a strong desire to pass on this book to my baby sister who just turned 18 and just started a new relationship. I also felt very confident that even my soon 11 year old daughter, can read this book as well.

To me, each chapter was absolutely wonderful and enjoyable to read. There was so much to take away from every word. I truly loved this book from beginning to end. It made me feel (joy, excitement, hope, encouragement and more), it made me laugh, it made me smile.

My favorite parts were :
• Keeping the Love Alive
• Learning Traps
• Ready to Pop!
• The Goats on Main Street
• A Visit to the Urban Farm
• Dyslexia
• Passing the Paint Brush

I would recommend this book to any homeschooling mom, homemaking mom, large family mom, mom with dyslexic children, preteens, teenagers, missionaries or anyone who love being inspired by the testimonies and stories of others. This is one darn good book.

I ended up reading it because I was curious about the life of the person who came up with the fun– schooling homeschool curriculum journals. So, I ordered a paperback copy of this book from Amazon ($12.50), along with my first order of Thinking Tree Fun- Schooling journals. A week or two later, I discovered this book free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited. So, if you can, read it, you’ll love it.

“The Spiritual Awakening Process”- Aletheia Luna & Mateo Sol

This is not a Christian book; however, it was very enlightening. I chose to read this book because that was what I was feeling during that time, like I had suddenly woken up for the first time to life and truth, and I was seeing the world around me with different eyes. I felt everything, and was so much more aware of things around me than ever before. Hypersensitive, even. How did I find this book? I searched Amazon books with the key phrase“spiritual awakening.” I bought this book on Amazon Kindle for $4.99.

Most of this book, made sense to me. Even though it doesn’t speak of God, I felt like they were speaking of Him, they just didn’t know they were or they just weren’t calling His name.

The chapters that most appealed and made sense to me were chapter 1 & 2“Is Your Life Crisis Really a Spiritual Calling in Disguise?” and “Spiritual Awakening Symptoms.”

This book took me on an interesting reading journey, speaking on some things I did not fully understand. So, I took it with a grain of salt. However, some parts sounded so familiar.


“The unsettling and equally beautiful thing about spiritual awakening are that they occur at the least expected times. There is no way you can plan for them. They lurch into your life and shake everything up like tornadoes. But the hidden gift buried deep in them is that they occur at a precise time that you need them the most.”

“Spiritual awakenings are the souls cry for freedom. Listen to his call and your life will be transformed into something meaningful and significant. Refuse its call and your life will be like a graveyard.”

“Finding Yourself in Transition: Using Life’s Changes for Spiritual Awakening”- Robert Brumet

I was very excited to read this one. I unintentionally bought this book for $8.49 on Amazon Kindle. One minute I was reading the sample, trying to decide if I was going to buy it or not. The next minute, it said download complete and the full version was bought. I don’t know what happened, but it was a happy accident. This book dealt with the topic of spiritual awakening, but more from a Christian stand point. The story of Moses’ journey leading God’s people through the wilderness to the promised land was used as a main reference in this book with chapter titles such as “Departure from Egypt,” “Wandering in the Wilderness,” “New Beginnings: The Promised Land?”

Some parts of this book got a little strange for me, in the way in which, it referred to other cultures and belief systems. It made me unsure exactly where the writer stood in his own personal beliefs. For instance, the author quotes and refers to Buddhism, Evolution, Taoism, Hinduism, etc. in the last two chapters and it kind of made me confused about what point he was trying to bring across. To me, it started to feel a bit all over the place.

In my opinion, he didn’t 100% tie the book together with his final two chapters. However, I did highlight some interesting quotes from these chapters.

“Imagine a caterpillar crawling across an intricately designed Oriental carpet. This caterpillar sees nothing but an endless series of colors changing from one to another. Yet, a butterfly flying above the carpet can readily see the pattern underlying the caterpillar’s journey. Indeed, there is a pattern, a plan, for each of us; although, most of us are like the caterpillar on the carpet, we see only a series of apparently unrelated events occurring before us.”

“The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls it a butterfly.” (The author quotes Richard Bach’s book-“Illusions”)

“I pray to God when the foundations of my life where being shaken… Only to find that it was God that was shaking them!”

All and all, I liked this book, I think it was worth the read, especially part one (3 chapters) and part two (5 chapters). I highlighted a lot of text from those first two parts. I could have highlighted the whole book.

Those are the books I have been reading lately. Let me know if you have read or are considering reading any of them. Love to hear your thoughts.

So many books to read, so very little time to read them!