Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Poetry Month

Did you know April was national poetry month?  I didn't until just a moment ago, when I read a post from Modern Mrs. Darcy...and I found this really COOL list of ideas to celebrate it!

We read a bit last month, not as much as I had hoped to, but any progress is progress no matter how small, right?  I think someone famous said that at some point, but I am not sure who.

When I was younger I would pick up one book, read it all the way through before moving on.  As I get older, I rarely have the luxury of picking up and reading a book from cover to cover in my "free" time.  I have also noticed some days are "non-fiction" days and some days "fiction" days, whereas in my youth and early 20's it was rarely a "non-fiction" day, week, or month, and certainly never a year.  :)

Anyways on some days I will struggle more with one thing than another, so I have quickly learned to treat books as friends and mentors.  I will find trusted voices, steeped in the Word of God, and I will glean from them.  I am not as careful with my fiction choices as I am with my non-fiction choices, that is something that I am actually struggling with right now.  When is it ok to enjoy a book that is fiction, and when is it time to draw the line?  I am of course talking about the not so obvious topics, but this is a post for another day

My Books for March :

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp - I just finished chapter four.  I started this book several months ago.  I am purposely reading it slow because I want to think it through.  I am a very fast reader, but since I devour books, I don't remember a lot of what I read.  I get caught up in the story or someone's words and enjoy them in the moment, but rarely pack away things for later.  I wanted this book to be different.  I want it to impact my life.

The Prayer of Protection by Joseph Prince - this was a gift to me.  It is one I am hoping to finish this week, but will have to go back through again and dwell on the truth of Psalm 91.  I love the Psalms, there is literally a Psalm for just about every feeling you can have.

On The Edge by F. Parker Hudson- this is a tough book to read through.  I just finished book one and am going to make myself go on to book two, but ACK.  This was recommended to me from someone else, and I am stunned by the realness of the unseen battle, but it weighs heavy on my heart.

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter - This is my first Gene Stratton-Porter, I have wanted to read her books for years, but never got around to it.  However, I got so mad at the Momma in this book I had to put it down.  Will she ever come to her senses?!?!  I plan to finish this in April.

The Curate of Glaston (trilogy) by George MacDonald.  This book also was a recommendation from someone else and it arrives at a very interesting time.  I just listened to a sermon this past weekend by Paul Washer  and it goes hand in hand with this book.  I have to think some more and read some more before I share my heart.

I have been invited to read through The Celebration of Discipline, this is a book I have had on my shelf for years, but have never gotten around to reading.

To My Kids -

Five Children and It - we are delighting in this book by Edith Nesbit.  We bought it on audible, speaking of audible, have you signed up for Sarah Mackenzie's kindle/audible deal alerts?

We are (sadly) finishing up the last Clementine book.  We have read this entire series by Sarah Pennypacker as read alouds.
We are currently reading through the Magic Treehouse series with my youngest.

The Secret Unicorn by Kathleen Duey.  My oldest is reading this aloud to my youngest.

Ginger Pye - we started this book but had to put it on pause, so I will more than likely just start over from chapter one.  It looks like it's going to be a great story.

What are you reading?

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