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Saturday Shares [Book Lovers Edition]

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:

A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle 

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.”


For the Love by Jen Hatmaker 

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.”


Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond 

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.”

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle

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?




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    Megan Royals
    April 2, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Read Patrick Carr or Julianne Donaldson!

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      April 2, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Thanks, Megan! I always love your suggestions.

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    April 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    “Wearing God” by Lauren F. Winner is really good. She wowed me because this book talks about experiencing God in many different ways that normally we don’t think of. At times it got a little uncomfortable, but in a good sense, and I absolutely loved the ending chapter, “This Poverty of Expression”.

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    April 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I love L’Engle’s circle series – all three are good. If you like those works, you should check out Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh – not necessarily a book of faith, but the words she writes about seasons in a woman’s life are so profound, especially when you learn more of her story.

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      April 6, 2016 at 7:43 am

      I’m looking forward to the rest of the circle series! Thank you so much for the recommendation. I’ve heard of it, and am ordering it from the library now! Thanks for stopping by!

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    October 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I’m the opposite–I loathed C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy and loved L’Engle’s Wrinkle and others, but only as an adult. I also loved her Diaries–Circle of Quiet and the others, though I was disappointed to once read that her children called them “fiction.” Sad. Can’t please everyone. I just found your blog thru WordPress’s Freshly Pressed and I love your writing!

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      October 17, 2016 at 9:51 am

      I loved Circle of Quiet! Thanks for stopping by!

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