Welcome to my book update post sharing which books I recently finished + my honest thoughts and star ratings from them.
My reading goals for 2021
For 2021 I have set myself the goal of reading 3 books per week – 1 fiction, 1 non-fiction book and 1 audio book per week. I know this is a bold goal, but reading is something I love and it is a way to learn, challenge my mind, improve as a writer and communicator, and be refreshed and encouraged by inspirational stories.
I have a couple of shelves full of books (mostly that I got vacant) so I decided to pick 52 books from my shelf to read this year (see my list of 52 books I want to read in 2021). I will also read other books that I find / get mailed that pique my interest. Also, I plan to go through a lot of audiobooks (I get mine for free from the Libby app).
Here are three books I recently finished …
As parents, it is important to us to raise children who know how to think, understand what they believe and why they believe it, and are able to stand alone in their beliefs – even when no one else agrees.
Mama Bear Apologetics is very worth reading if you are a Christian parent struggling to help your children deal with difficult subjects from a biblical perspective. You may not agree with the authors’ beliefs or beliefs in all areas, but this book will get you thinking and examining who you believe in, why you believe them, and how you interact with others around your beliefs. AND, it will also help you have meaningful conversations with your children.
One criticism I had of this was that I felt that the first part of the book was based on fear in some way. If you don’t know how to have these conversations and you don’t teach your children how to do it, here are all the bad things that can happen. Although I understand that it is important to empower our children to challenge the cultural lies, I think that we should not do this out of fear, but out of the desire to point our children to Jesus and to honor him with our lives because we are so loved by Him. I want to make sure that I am raising by faith, not fear.
Rating: 4 stars
I listened to this as an audiobook and although I felt like it was a lot of things I had heard / learned / thought before, it was a good refresher. Sheila told the audiobook and I love her Scottish accent and her hilarious stories and honesty.
If you are new to prayer, frustrated with the idea of prayer, or if you are cynical about prayer, I think you will particularly appreciate this book.
Rating: 3 stars
This audiobook was available for free on Libby, and since I like Karen Kingsbury a lot, I downloaded it. I found – after listening to a few chapters – that I thought I might have read or heard it a few years ago. As it moved on I realized I had done it, but I was invested enough that I went ahead and finished it!
It wasn’t one of my favorite Karen Kingsbury novels, but overall it was good to listen to. It was such a reminder of how our choices can have such a profound impact – either good or bad – on others.
Rating: 3 stars