Like my friend Megan at Sorta Crunchy, I noticed it's been a while since I've done a "What I Am Into" monthly post. And like Megan, today I think I'll show you what I'm reading.
I'm currently enrolled in a parenting study at my church using Michelle Anthony's Spiritual Parenting. When I saw this study on the church calendar, it called my name OUT LOUD. It told me that even though life is a bit crazy right now as we adjust to being back in school and both kids playing recreational soccer, this is a study I needed to participate in.
And it hasn't disappointed. Michelle is really speaking to me and I am seeing my role as parent in a different light....
The Ph.D. mom-author's conversational style is rarely preachy and more narrative than didactic as she describes her "Aha!" moments, when she moved from attempting to control her children's behavior to putting them into environments where they can know God and be changed by him. This is not a "how to" parenting manual, but a guide for developing as a spiritually minded parent who asks, "Who did God create my child to be?"
One of Michelle's recommendations is to explain to children that the Bible is one continuous story, and it's still on-going, and WE are a part of it. She has written a book called The Big God Story which looks fabulous, but is just 36 pages and I was looking for something a bit longer since both kids have a 20 minute a day reading goal and there are only so many times I can take Fancy Nancy and Ninjago. I found The Big Picture Story Bible (456 pages), which is based on the same concept, and we're already 40 minutes into it (probably about 1/3 of the way through) and it's fabulous. And I haven't even gotten the included CD out yet!
Katy from Katy Shops recently recommended 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog, and since mine is definitely NOT, I jumped to get a copy. Our problem is a dog that barks, barks, barks whenever someone comes over.... she's very territorial and distrustful of strangers. There are several chapters in this book that I think will be fabulous for me to apply.
Our Sunday school class is currently reading The Good and Beautiful Life and I am enjoying that as well. Last Sunday's chapter was on worrying.... oh-so-timely for this always-worried mama.
And tonight.... I am reading Pamela Des Barres' latest release One Night Bands! I discovered Miss Pamela, the most famous rock groupie of all time, in high school and am a big fan of hers. Evidently this was a chapter that had to be cut from her most recent book, so it was released in Kindle from and I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT.
What are you reading these days?
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