So far I’ve met my goal this year of reading 4 books a month but here we are already a week into April and I haven’t even decided what books I will be reading this month. I’ve got a stack to choose from— decisions, decisions!! Here’s what I read in March.
1. All The Pretty Things: The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went Through Fire to Find Her Way Home– by Edie Wadsworth
Edie Wadsworth’s memoir was a story I found myself thinking about long after I finished reading the last page and closed the book. It is the story of a young girl growing up in poverty in Appalachia and her desperation to be loved by a neglectful father. It was a story about so many things…. poverty, love, faith, family, alcoholism, abuse, perseverance, heartache, redemption, and joy. It was both happy and sad and I laughed and I cried. I found it hard to read at times but always found myself wanting more of Edie’s story. Edie Wadsworth is a real inspiration.
2. 15 Verses To Pray For Your Husband– by Elizabeth George
I’ve read several of Elizabeth George’s books and they are always books I find myself wanting to read over and over. I love this woman’s writing! This book discusses 15 areas that wives can pray for their husbands and has prayers for each:
- Your husband’s spiritual growth
- Your marriage
- Your husband as a father
- Your husband’s wisdom
- Your husband’s job
- Your husband’s view of money
- Your husband as he makes decisions
- Your husband’s health
- Your husband’s use of time
- Your husband’s purity
- Your husband’s speech
- Your husband to act with courage
- Your husband’s walk with God
- Your husband to be a leader
- Your husband as a team player
Elizabeth George starts each chapter with a scripture verse and expounds on it. She gives a prayer in each chapter to pray for your husband. Her writing is very laid back and easy to read and so powerful. She writes as if she’s a good friend sitting right across the table from you who’s come to share a cup of coffee. This book is a keeper and one I will refer to again and again! There was one thing that the author said in the beginning of the book that really impacted me and made me realize just how important my prayers for my husband really are. In referring to praying for our husbands she said:
I cannot urge you strongly enough to pray faithfully. It is entirely possible that you are the only person on the face of the earth praying for him. That means if you don’t pray for him, then probably no one is!
Something about that statement sent shudders up my spine. I literally had to put the book down and think on that a moment. She convinced me how important it is that I DO pray for my husband. Praying for him is a supreme act of love and an honor to God.
3. Zip It: The 40-Day Challenge– by Karen Ehman
This is a follow-up devotional to Karen Ehman’s bestseller Keep It Shut which I read a couple of years ago. This devotional was part of my Lenten reading this year. I so need this book and love it. I’m reading it through a second time now. Our words can build up or tear people down. Our words are powerful and they have consequences so we all need to choose our words very wisely. I need to read this one again and again and again. Highly recommended!
4. Blogging for Writers: How Authors & Writers Build Successful Blogs– by Robin Houghton
This book wasn’t quite what I was thinking it was going to be. Even though it is geared towards writers and authors, I had read it was a good resource for beginner bloggers and non-authors. Even though I’ve been blogging almost 7 years, I still very much consider myself a beginner. I’m not very tech savvy. Because after all, you’re looking at a woman who still uses a flip phone and who has never sent a text in her life and who doesn’t even have texting capabilities and who has no desire right now to even own a smart phone or “do” texting. My husband is the same way… Wilma and Fred Flinstone here!
This book did go over how to create a blog and focused on the WordPress and Blogger platforms. I learned pretty quickly that this book was a little too advanced for my needs even though the book description said no technological knowledge was required. I had to disagree with that. I didn’t understand much of the techy talk at all and a lot of it was like reading a foreign language. I was totally lost at the end and felt way out of my league. I’m sure professional writers would find the information very useful. There were some helpful tidbits about blogging that I will use, so I wasn’t disappointed that I read it. I discovered a few things I need to be doing and a few things I’m doing wrong. I liked the format of the book and the layout design. One thing I didn’t like was that it featured lots of actual people’s blogs and had screenshots of those blog pages which was great and could have been helpful but the print was just too small and I had to get a magnifying glass to make out the print and then still had trouble. It gave me a splitting headache and frustrated me. So overall, the book was okay, just not what I personally was looking for.
Have you read any good books lately? Feel free to share in the comments if you like!