A Few of my Favorite Things

books and blogs(1)
I love to read. Saturdays I plan on sharing some of my favorite things. I am an Amazon Affiliate which means if you click through any of my links I will receive a small incentive. The blog links I will only receive the pleasure that you might be enjoying some of my favorite online reads.





Michelle DeRusha’s Blog: Learning to Listen to your soul http://michellederusha.com/blog/ I have been following Michelle for quite some time. I am now part of her recent book’s launch team and have enjoyed getting to know her better. The last few posts have been so good. I love when a book or a post give words to what you are feeling or thinking, or ones that offer me a challenge to look at life differently. Michelle has many posts that make me say, “What? You Too!” I really enjoyed this week’s post, “Received and Healed.”

“The truth is, to receive is more difficult than it might seem at first glance. Receiving is a posture of openness — arms open, hearts open — which means it’s also a posture of vulnerability.”


Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen

https://amzn.to/2UnEgPW  I have read this book twice and am thinking I need to peruse a third time. His style of writing is deceptively fun and easy, right before he hits you between the eyes (deep in the heart with good truth).  My Friday post 12/7/18 was based off of truth from this book.  There is freedom in choosing to not be offendable.

“Jesus encountered one moral mess after another, and He was never taken aback by anyone’s morality. Ever.”

“Quit trying to parent the whole world. Quit offering advice when exactly zero people asked for it. Quit being shocked when people don’t share your morality. Quit serving as judge and jury, in your own mind, of that person who just cut you off in traffic. Quit thinking you need to “discern” what others’ motives are. And quit rehearsing in your mind what that other person did to you.


Pursue the Intentional Life by Jean Fleming https://amzn.to/2L4SMI2 I desire to grow old grace-fully. This book encourages me to really think about what that looks like and how to practically pursue that.

“It is never too soon to prepare for the rest of our lives. The truth is that everyone, regardless of age, is already setting patterns for the shape of his or her life. These patterns of thought and practice will either serve the glory and purposes of God or hinder them.”
“God is not asking me to number my days to increase my pace but rather to examine my route, not to increase my efficiency but to see where I must make course corrections in heart, character, and actions.”


free range kids

Free-Range kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) by Lenore Skenazy https://amzn.to/2E9DSPh  This book came to me at a perfect time in my parenting. This is one of my favorite parenting books. It is funny and easy to read with much practical commonsense to help parents help their kids become confident human beings. This book was so helpful in helping me realize how much fear and worry were going into my parenting because of exaggerated news reports, and the messages I was I sending my kids. She gives challenges for whatever level of freedom you would like to grow into. Baby steps all the way to free range.

“We have to learn to remind the other parents who think we’re being careless when we loosen our grip that we are actually trying to teach our children how to get along in the world, and that we believe this is our job. A child who can fend for himself is a lot safer than one forever coddled, because the coddled child will not have Mom or Dad around all the time, even though they act as if he will.”
“You don’t remember the times your dad held your handle bars. You remember the day he let go.”




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