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Simply Books — Book Club — Nov/Dec

Here is a fun pic my husband took a few weeks ago that I really liked.

Fourth Sunday of the month is book sunday 🙂  Want to join in?  Here is a link to where we started.

How has your reading been this month?  Any thoughts on the November books (Simplicity Parenting and Spiritual Parenting)? Got anything you have read that you would recommend?

This month I read…

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

This book was hard to get my hands on at the library and I waited on the hold list for a while.  When I got it, I realized why.  It was so good.  Not that his writing was gripping, or that any one page or idea was revolutionary, but that the whole book just spoke truth.  None of it is complicated or rocket science, but it is amazing how much we have lost the ability of simplicity.  Most people would agree that we live way to fast pace lives, but often what we feel is helping our children is actually training them for the same craziness that we are struggling with.  They are hitting it sooner and are less prepared.  We all need a bit more simple and this book gave great specific tools as well as general ideals.  Definitely recommend it.  I posted on some of my first thoughts a few weeks ago and I will post again on it this Wednesday.

Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families

I have to make a confession.  … I haven’t finished this book yet.  Simplicity Parenting took me a long time to get through and I ran out of time.  I have started it and I am enjoying it.  What I have gotten so far is that spiritual parenting isn’t about controlling kids behavior it is about creating a environment where they can grow to have a relationship with God that is personal and real to them.  This I love, and I am excited about finishing the book over the next week or so.

Moving on to December

For the month of December I am going to read One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.  I have seen some mixed reviews, but mostly they have been good.  The writing style if Ann Vondervan is a bit different and is interesting to me.   (this has 31 holds at my library so I will probably just get the kindle edition)

What about you?  Want to join me in reading One Thousand Gifts?  Have other book plans for December you want to share?  Read any good books lately?  Books are my window to the outside, grown-up world and I love them 🙂


  1. I got Simplicity Parenting from the library! I have read the first few pages, but alas have Christmas crafting that keeps taking my attention away…not to mention the two babes running circles around me constantly 🙂 I have read 1000 gifts, my daughter bought it on my nook (before I password protected it), I guess that is why I don’t let a 3 year old play without supervision anymore 🙂 I liked it ok, the writing style is a little different than I am used to, and I wasn’t crazy about some of the book, but it did make me want to make a new gratitude journal and involve my family. I would love to hear your review after you read it!

  2. Christmas is a crazy time 🙂 The Simplicity Parenting takes a while to get through, but it really got me thinking so it is worth it. Because of the craziess of Dec you need even MORE time in the corner with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book to deal with it;)

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