A couple weeks ago, Teddy came down to breakfast and told us he had a dream that his brother stole a gorilla from the zoo. It reminded me of this book:
It was one of Jeffrey’s favorites when he was a wee one. I have a box of books stashed in his closet that I couldn’t bear to part with when his bookshelf started growing heavy with fat volumes. In my mind’s eye, I imagine myself reading these books to my grandchildren—making the same goofy noises and pointing out subtleties in the pictures like I used to with my boys.
When Teddy told us about his dream, I went to the box and pulled this one out. Then I read it (well, there aren’t many words, so we scrolled through the story pictures together) to my two tall boys over breakfast.
They were slightly amused. But captivated. “I remember that book,” Jeffrey said. And they let me go through the entire story. I only got a little teary.
Books are the fabric of our lives.
My playdates have had to keep close to home since Teddy’s surgery. Even though he’s doing much better, I haven’t wanted to leave him for long. Fortunately for me, I have a lot of friends who are writers. And they send me books. Lately, I’ve been immersed in words and story.
It’s a good thing.
I wanted to share a few with you.
Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography by Jen and Craig Ferguson
Today is the official launch date for Jen and Craig Ferguson’s important book. I’ll be sharing more about this one on Thursday, and hosting a giveaway; but here’s what I said about it in my amazon review: “As a mother of two teenage sons, I am grateful for the brave hearts who speak out about this very real, very common problem. Jennifer and Craig Ferguson give us both sides, shedding light on areas most couples would rather keep in the dark. They share their journey candidly, in the hopes that others will benefit from the difficult journey they traveled. All through this book, the Ferguson’s love for God and their desire to serve him with their story is evident. It’s a story led by Love, illustrating the healing power of Biblical truths.”
Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior
I just received this one two days ago and have only read the preface, but I am excited about it. Have you read Karen’s first book, Booked? Woman can write. She’s smart and witty and well-read and just has an amazing voice. This one has not yet released, but you can pre-order it now.
50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith by Michelle DeRusha.
I’m still reading this one. I’ve made it part of my quiet time in the mornings to dip into a different heroine’s life. I’m not going in order, just opening the book to whichever page the Spirit chooses. And the pages keep speaking to me, to my life, to this crazy world we live in.
Secrets from My Silent Eden by Paul Ogden
Dr. Ogden graduated high school locally with one of my best friends, who bought this book for me. Now Professor Emeritus of Deaf Studies/Deaf Education Programs at California State University, it’s the story of growing up deaf at a time when the world was not very sensitive to disabilities. It’s a fascinating read and Ogden’s voice is sweet and intelligent. I hope I get to meet him one day.
The River Caught Sunlight by Katie Andraski
The only fiction book I’ve read lately was a much-needed Sabbath for my brain. Katie is one of my online friends and I’ve always admired her voice. This is her first novel and its based on her experience as a publicist for a Christian publisher. Her own experience lends authenticity to the story and gives us a peek inside the sometimes not so black and white world of Christian publishing. I enjoyed the way Katie presents some hard issues, giving us permission to wrestle with them ourselves.
This little book is a gem. If you’re familiar with Amy’s blog, you know about her heart for mission. This book is packed full of tips to help shape your kids into compassionate world-changers and resist the lure of our gadget-soaked culture.
For the Love of God: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Faith and Getting Grace by Jenny Lee Sulpizio.
I was privileged to endorse this book. Here’s what I said, “Jenny Sulpizio is, indeed, a woman who is willing to share her journey, her struggles, and her testimony to help others in their spiritual walk. With her characteristic humor and grace, Jenny unwraps the elements of faith and gives us a practical guide to stepping deeper into the Mystery. With helpful reading assignments and growth-provoking questions, For the Love of God: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Faith & Getting Grace is a must read for anyone who desires a rich God-life.”
This book would make a great gift for young women with young faith.
Yes, I’m re-reading my own book. I’ve found I need reminding of some of the lessons writing it taught. And tomorrow is the official launch date!! If you’re reading along with me and would like to help spread the word in this week of weeks, let me know? I’d love to do an interview or guest post for you. And thank you.
This isn’t the full exhaustion of my reading list, but I’ll stop here. We are rich in books and that makes us very rich indeed. I can’t think of a better playdate than to sit with a good read in a comfy place with my trusty dog curled up in my lap.
Some things never change.
Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World officially releases tomorrow! I want to thank this community for their company and encouragement over these long miles. And let you know … it’s not too late to order your copy!
Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us: