I set the goal at the beginning of 2014 to read 12 non-fiction books for this year. You can check out my list from the first half of the year here.
Just like with read-alouds, I really did not get to as much non-fiction reading in the second half of the year as the first half. I have a few books I am still in the middle of reading as well.
Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom was a book I wanted to like. I read a review of it and thought I would enjoy it. It’s the story of a mom who didn’t originally want to be a mom and shares her journey. It’s written in a flowing, non-complete sentences, artsy kind of way. Sometimes, I would get lost in her wording. Also, I just couldn’t get into her story because I am so different from her. I did appreciate her sharing about the difficulties of motherhood and how she prayed over her children, but I really had to force myself to finish this book.
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands is a really great book. I appreciated her practical, biblical advice for decision making as well as being aware of the “best yes” opportunities each day. I plan to re-read this book in January and hope to find someone who wants to read it and discuss it with me.
So, I read 9 books in the first half of the year and finished 2 books in the second half. Here are books I am still in the process of reading.
What Are You Afraid Of?: Facing Down Your Fears with Faith is a really excellent book by David Jeremiah about fears Christians face. Each chapter is packed with biblical examples as well as stories from other Christians’ lives. Instead of just saying, “you shouldn’t fear” something, he shows how God works even in the midst of whatever thing is scaring you. Fear of Serious Illness? He talks about his own story of facing cancer, how God used Paul’s infirmities, and how God often seems the closest even in the midst of facing a serious illness. I could relate to this chapter since I faced thyroid cancer over four year ago. There are chapters on disaster, disease, debt defeat, disconnection, disapproval, danger, depression, death, and deity (the fear of God). I have only gotten through half of this book even though I started it in January. I got the Kindle version for free but really wish I had the paper version since I would have underlined and referenced many parts of it. I am keeping an eye out for a used copy of it, but in the meantime, I’m still slowly reading through it on my Kindle.
The Question: Teaching Your Child the Essentials of Classical Education is the second book by Leigh Bortins about Classical Education. I loved The Core and just haven’t finished The Question yet. It’s a great book, and I will finish it in the next few months.
Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning is another book I am still working through. I hope to finish it in the coming months and will share about it then. The Kindle version is only $2.99 right now if you are interested. The hard-cover book has glossy pages and isn’t easy to write notes in it so I think the Kindle or physical book would work about the same.
Even though I didn’t meet my goal of 12 books, I’m thankful that I made the goal for the year and have enjoyed reading so many great books.
I thought I would share my favorites of the year:
About Marriage: The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference which I shared about here.
About Priorities and Life: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life – I have mentioned this book in a number of places this year, but here’s my biggest review of it.
What are your favorite non-fiction books this year?
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