what i'm reading- february 2018

Books are my happy place.  Seriously.  I can be tired as all get out, like crashing on the couch as I'm supposed to be watching a movie with the hubby-tired, and I still have to read a few pages in my book/books before I go to bed.  It's been something I've done for as long as I can remember.  Sometimes I don't even finish a chapter but something about reading some words on a page before I go to bed just calms my brain down.  #leadersarereaders

Here's what I'm currently reading.  You know, just in case you need a few ideas for your nightstand.

I'm a science nerd.  This book has hands-down the best explanation I've ever heard of how the periodic table is arranged the way it is.  That will come in handy when Alivea is in high school.  This book is full of the behind the scenes stories of the elements that make up the periodic table.  I've read about why the Nazis loved Tungsten and also about this cool party trick where you can make a special metal spoon disappear (hence the name of the book).  

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

I'm a rebel when it comes to books.  If everyone is reading it, I don't.  I like to wait until a book is really old and everyone isn't talking about it anymore and then I read it. Most of the time, this is the way I like to read books- sans the masses of other people reading it.  I've known about this book forever.  It's pretty much a classic for stay-at-home mom's.  I picked it up at my library because of it's classic-ness and because I've been feeling this pull lately.  The pull to be "hands free".  I've felt super convicted lately that I am on my phone and computer and tablet way too much.  Basically, there is too much time in the day when something else is in front of my face.  And my children see that something else before they see me.  That needs to stop!  This book is 7 parts super convicting (in a good way) and 3 parts "pat you on the back because this mothering/working gig is hard".  I've felt convicted and encouraged in every chapter of this book and maybe I'm not completely "hands free" yet but I am more aware.  I think that's a step in the right direction. 

Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly

This book is full of so many one liners.  The kind that really sock you in the gut and also make you want to wave that white hanky like you're in church.  The subtitle is "The God-Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground".  It's good, people.  It's a call to women to rise up and believe we have something to offer and not because we are good or because we do good things but because He is good and He calls us good.  This book is a call to the women of the church.  It's a shot in the arm and a good scriptural exhortation all at the same time.  I've never read a book before where I am seriously on the floor humbled and crushed at the Grace of this Good God one minute and then pumping my fist in the air like I'm at a concert because suddenly I'm filled with awe and wonder about the work He has called me too.  It's such a beautiful thing.  Some things in this book even made it into my first Podcast episode.  You should check that out here.

The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron

I'm not gonna lie.  This is not an easy read.  I'll be reading this one for a while.  This book is all about the enneagram.  If you don't know what that is, I'm not expert enough to explain it.  Sorry.  It's basically another personality type test.  I do like this one the best out of all of the gem and color and letter ones though. I do feel like it explains me and my struggles and my tendencies better.  The book is pretty exhaustive in that it dives into each personality so deeply.  I do care about people and I want to learn how to relate to different personalities better so I'm sticking with it but it's gonna take me a while. 

What about you?  Are you reading anything good right now?  I'm looking at my next 4 books.  I'll be finished a few of these soon and I'm excited for my next four.  I think I'm gonna revisit some classics.  Have you taken the enneagram?  What number are you?  I'd love to know.

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