Saturday, July 2, 2011

What Are You Reading?

Summer is such a great time to steal a few minutes (hours?) with a good book.  We're in wedding mode around my house so it is busy!  Whether it's staying up later at night to read in bed or sitting outside in the shade, a book is a very favorite way for me to spend my 'free' time.  

When you're the parent of little ones especially, time to read is precious and rare, it seems. But the library is such a good place for kids and parents in the summer.  I have great memories of taking my girls to the library every week in the summer to be a part of their summer reading program - with the accompanying high-quality and valuable prizes!

I love a good book recommendation, don't you?  So let's help each other out by leaving a comment and sharing something you've read that's either impacted your faith, inspired you, instructed your parenting or opened your eyes to adoption issues. 

I'll start...

A really honest, transparent and full-of-hope autobiography that
upholds adoption, honors Christ and exhibits a family
living out their faith through pain and loss. 

How God shook up one couple's faith and changed the direction
of their ministry - to serve "the lost, the least and the last."

Matthew learns that his parents will always love him
very much - even though he's getting a new adopted sister.
And he also learns that a child need not look like
her family to be a part of the family.

Now it's your turn!  Leave a comment telling about a good book you can recommend - but please limit these to the four categories mentioned above:  faith-building, inspiring, parenting or adoption.  I can't wait to see what you're reading.  And I wish I could give you a glow-in-the-dark bracelet for your efforts!



Jennifer said...

God Grew Tired of Us by John Dau and This is a Soul by Marilyn Berger are two that fall into the inspiring category.

Becky - Adoption Ministry of YWAM Ethiopia said...

Jennifer - I loved 'God Grew Tired of Us' too! Have you seen the documentary on dvd? It's great as well and I got it at our library. I'll check out 'This Is A Soul' too.

Haley said...

I'm slowly working my way through "Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child" by Patty Cogen. So far it has been a HUGELY helpful resource! I am also reading "White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son" by Tim Wise. If you are white, read this book. If you are white and adopting a child of color, seriously read this book! It is changing how I see the world and how I parent all 3 of my kids.

Jen said...

I am reading Forgotten God: Reversing our Tragic Neglect of The Holy Spirit by Francis Chan (author of Crazy Love) with a group of women in my bible study. I love it.

Great idea, Becky! Now I have great ideas for reading on vacation.

emily said...

Great idea Becky!

Loved One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp. Powerful book.

Reading Do Not Ride Your Bike in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Faye Greene. She recounts each of her adoptions.

Rachel Robuck said...

There Is No Me Without You. Incredible true story filled with rich detail and information about ET history and culture.

emily said...

Actually No Biking in the House Without A Helmet :)

ReSoNate said... Just finished Scent of Water by Naomi Zacharias - book review on my blog. Currently reading No Biking in the House Without a Helmet (I'm a bit disappointed with some of it, though) - review forthcoming.

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