I thought I would join in on Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday Challenge and share something I am grateful for today. I am thankful for books. I enjoy reading and if I didn't have other things to do would spend a good portion of the day doing just that! I love fiction (Christian mostly) and non-fiction. Cookbooks, organizing books, homemaking books, homeschooling books, craft books... you name it, I love them.
Just last night I finished The Shack by William Young. It's a tear jerker to be sure! While I take my nightly walk I listen to an audio book. I am almost done with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. A great treat... why did I wait so long to give it a try?!
Of course, the one book that is always on my bedside table is my Bible. While I read plenty of books, the Bible is the one book that I will never "finish". And for that I am grateful! I always hate it when a good book ends!
Sometimes I just read for entertainment. Sometimes I read to learn something. Sometimes a book really changes the way I think about something. The following are some of the books I have read in the past few years that have really challenged me. I used to view the world quite a bit differently than I do now, thanks in part to these books.
- Money: The Two-Income Trap: why middle-class mothers and fathers are going broke by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi AND The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn
- Cleaning: Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley
- Coupons: Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom by Stephanie Nelson
- Feminism: The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality by Mary Pride
- Contraception: A Full Quiver: Family Planning and the Lordship of Christ by Rick and Jan Hess
- Children: Children: Blessing or Burden by Max Heine
- Assisted Reproduction: Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction is Changing Our World by Liza Mundy
- School: Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
- Our Government: Every Knee Shall Bow: The Truth and Tragedy of Ruby Ridge and the Randy Weaver Family by Jess Walter
- Conservatism: Crunchy Cons: The New Conservative Counterculture and Its Return to Roots by Rod Dreher
- Food: More-With-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre
- Islam: America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It by Mark Steyn
- Self Sufficiency: The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
- Just About Everything: The Bible