We’re two months into the new year and I’ve managed to stick with my reading goal. I even started a third book last month, thanks to our library app + digital downloads. I have a book club (party of one), and my goal is to read two books each month. You can read a little bit more about the heart behind my reading goal here. In February I read Chasing Slow and The Mingling of Souls; both excellent choices.
Chasing Slow was yet another book that I purchased because my entire Instagram circle was telling me to. I really didn’t know anything about Erin Loechner (the author), but the book was extremely appealing to the eye so I decided to listen to my posse. I didn’t really care if I enjoyed Chasing Slow or not, because it was going to look pretty on a book shelf either way. #aesthetic
One of my daily goals on my #PowerSheets is to read one chapter a day, which I typically do right before bed. That’s not a very good goal when you’re reading Chasing Slow because the chapters are very short. And there are a lot of them. Chasing Slow was written differently than any other book I’ve read, in a good way. The book is chronological, but comprised of a series of essays rather than one fluid story. Erin’s writing style reminds me of Shauna Niequist.
Once I was adjusted to Erin’s writing style and the layout of the book, I could. not. put. it. down. I read this book during every free moment I had until it was finished, and then I was wishing it wasn’t. I was expecting this to be a book entirely about the changes they experienced from slowing down their life. What I took from the book was that tomorrow is always a new day. And that I should be soaking up the little moments, because they make up my life. And to love people, not things. Or places. It was a message I needed to hear, and therefore I highly recommend this book to you. It will also look so pretty in your home.
The Mingling of Souls
Matt Chandler is a pastor in Texas and I love his preaching! Mingling of Souls was an easy read, but still impactful. The first half of the book walks through dating and courting, which didn’t apply to me personally. I would absolutely encourage anyone who is single or dating to soak in what Matt has to say in those chapters. The rest of the book was very good, and I’m glad I read it. I would love to do the study book with Jordan because I believe that I would be affected by the book on a deeper level.
Coming Up in March
After a very literary pleasing February, I’m looking forward to diving into new books this month. I started reading a novel by Elin Hildebrand last week, so I need to finish that first. I’m reading it on my iPad because I wanted a book right away and downloading a book from the library was the best way to do that. My marriage focused book this month is You and Me Forever by Francis Chan. I think this one is going to weigh heavy on me, so I haven’t selected my second book. I want to wait and see how I feel post heavy marriage reading. I’m focused on being a better wife this year. I want heart transformation, not a temporary fix. Reading these books has been important to me because they give me truth to think about and apply to our marriage. What are your reading? Let me know in the comments, cause I’ll need some ideas for book #2.
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