I have a tendency to title different seasons in my life after Laura Ingalls Wilder books. There was These Happy Golden Years – the ones in which I first fell in love with my husband. Little House on the Prairie happened in the seven year jaunt we spent on the Colorado plains when my parents thought they would see if they were made for country life. (Spoiler: They weren’t.) (Also, the house wasn’t very little.) Currently we are in the last chapters of The Long Winter. And though it’s Colorado and we have bursts of warm weather every few weeks, and though I didn’t spend the last five months twisting hay into kindling for our non-existent wood fire place, it has truly been a long winter. Getting me through all the bleak winter days and chaos of activities that filled up our calendars has been a stack of good books. (And regular doses of hot coffee.)
My most recent reads, as winter slowly has melted its way into spring:
Beautifully stringing reflective writing on both writing and life, Madeleine L’Engle’s offers pages and pages of gems in her words. I am thankful that God made such beautiful and brilliant people like her, and that they chose to write down the lovely thoughts they had.
“I can’t be pulled apart like a jigsaw puzzle that can be dismantled and then put back together again. I am, for better or worse, writer, wife, mother, and all these bits of me are inseparably blended to make up the human being.”
Friends, if you read anything this month read this. Jen Hatmaker has the ability to ingeniously weave humor and inspiration and recipes and conviction and encouragement all together in a mere 224 pages. Words on yoga pants and words on the gift of vulnerability belong next to each other, but are rarely found. This is a treasure.
“The best I offer the world is the truth – my highest gift. What the world does with it is not up to me.”
I’m reading love stories, and when it is an actual real story then I’m all about it. I’m a regular visitor to The Pioneer Woman’s recipe page but I had no idea who she was. This book was a sweet introduction to her and how she met and married her husband. I few through it in a few days.
“This isn’t just my love story; it’s a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet.”
I have come to the realization that, with the exception of Star Wars, I really don’t like Science Fiction. And I know that because I didn’t absolutely love C.S. Lewis’ space trilogy and L’Enlgle’s trilogy isn’t really captivating me. But I’m sticking with these books because even in a less appealing medium, this woman is wise and I want to gather all her insights up and store them in my heart forever.
“Time isn’t any more important than size. All that is required of you is to be in the Now, in the moment which has ben given us.”
I’m compiling a list of my next reads. Any recommendations?