I've finally taken up reading again! Mostly, when I have insomnia in the wee hours of the morning, but still!!
I'm currently reading "Amish Peace" by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I won this book through a giveaway on A Joyful Chaos. I love this book! Suzanne does a really great job of writing about Amish simplicity and peace without the schmoozy romanticism so many others put into Amish life. Also, the chapters are short, but touching, making it easy to read. Her words pull you in, warm your heart, and make you think. She adds Amish proverbs and questions at the end of the chapters to make you think and help you consider your own desires or needs for simplicity and peace in your life. There's also interesting trivia about the Amish.
Reading this books goes hand-in-hand with how I've been thinking and feeling lately. I admit that I lost a lot of the simple joys in life and my peace was robbed. For example, last night as I was leaning over the bathtub guarding my 9 month old as he splashed in the bathtub, I realized that I was missing out on the simple joys of motherhood such as bathing my children after a happy, hearty, dirty day. Instead, I viewed it as a chore I needed to get out of the way to get to something more important. I never figured out what that "more important" was. That's because the more important was what I was already doing! Caring for my children. After all, that was my childhood dream!
I pulled this book out of my shelf recently, too. I was graciously given this book by the author, herself. I believe it is a must for every Christian bookshelf. It's a simple book that chronicles a baby's development with pictures, measurements, and a beautiful poem as if from the perspective of the growing unborn baby. I pulled it out to show my 5 year old what he used to look like when he was in my belly. Since I was pregnant with his baby brother, he's asked lots of questions and has been very interested in unborn babies.
I first learned about this book on the blog of a woman who considered herself pro-choice. She was giving the book away! This book is very much pro-life so it was odd to me that a pro-choice woman would promote it on her blog. Then, I read her testimony. After reading the book, she stated that it prompted her to reconsider her views on abortion. Wow! Such a wonderful testimony from a book simple enough for a 5 year old, yet perfect for adults, too.
So, please visit the book's website HERE!
I also added The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook to my collection and English Cottage Gardening for American Gardeners.
In other news, the Duggars are coming out with a new book! You can pre-order it at Amazon.com