Welcome to my book update post where I share the books I recently finished + my honest thoughts and star ratings for them.
My reading goals for 2021
for the year 2021, I set my goal to read 3 books a week One fiction book, one non-fiction book, and one audiobook per week. I know this is a bold goal, but reading is something I love and it is a way to learn, challenge my mind, improve as a writer and communicator, and feel refreshed and encouraged through inspiring stories.
I have some shelves full of books (Mostly I got it for free), so I decided to pick 52 books off the shelves to read this year (see The list of 52 books I plan to read in 2021 is here). I will also read other books I find/sent that interest me. Additionally, I plan to browse a lot of audiobooks (Get free mines from the Libyan app).
These are three books I recently finished…
As parents, it is our heart to raise children who know how to think, wrestle with what they believe and why they believe in, and are able to stand alone in their convictions – even if no one agrees with them.
Mama Bear Apologetics is well worth reading if you’re a Christian parent struggling to figure out how to help your kids navigate difficult topics from a Bible perspective. You may not end up agreeing with the authors’ beliefs or convictions across the board, but this book will make you think and examine who you believe in, why you believe in them, and how you interact with others about your beliefs. It will also help you better equip you to have meaningful conversations with your children.
One of the criticisms I had of him was that I felt that the first part of the book was kind of scary. As in, if you don’t know how to have these conversations and don’t teach your kids this, here are all the bad things that can happen. While I understand that empowering our children to challenge cultural lies is important, I don’t think we should do it out of fear, but out of a desire to direct our children to Jesus and honor him with our lives because we are. loved by him. I want to make sure I’m parenting out of faith, not fear.
Verdict: 4 stars
I listened to this on an audiobook, and while I felt like there were a lot of things I had heard/learned/thought about before, it was a good refresher. Sheila narrated the audiobook and I love her Scottish accent, hilarious stories and honesty.
If you are new to prayer, frustrated with the idea of prayer, or if you are cynical about prayer, I think you will especially appreciate this book.
Verdict: 3 stars
This audiobook was available to listen for free on Libby, and because I often enjoy Karen Kingsbury, I downloaded it. I discovered – after listening to a few chapters – that I thought I might have already read or listened to it a few years ago. As I went along, I realized I did, but I invested enough in it, that I went ahead and completed it!
It wasn’t one of my favorite Karen Kingsbury novels, but overall, it was a good listener. It was a reminder of how our decisions can have such a profound effect – good or bad – on others.
Verdict: 3 stars