Wednesday, January 16, 2013

my favorite reads from 2012 {non-fiction}...

i'm handing out tiaras to my favorite reads of 2012.
the winners in the non-fiction category are as follows:
3rd place:
Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman
Large Family Logistics
this book is an all encompassing, home organizing, giant piece of pie.
kim shares how to run a household smoothly but with a fresh and Godly perspective and practical ideas.
2nd place:
Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson.
Educating the WholeHearted Child -- Third Edition
this book is the Bible equivalent to a homeschooler.
sally is one of my favorite writers on motherhood, and this book covers homeschooling in all aspects.  from the whole home atmosphere, to parenting styles, to the nitty gritty of teaching math and science.
they guide without making you feel their way is the only way.  such a wealth of information in this huge book, it can be a little overwhelming, but i feel it's a necessity for my homeschool shelf!
1st place:
Captivating/Wild at Heart by John  and Stasi Eldredge
Wild at Heart Revised & Updated: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
Captivating Revised & Updated: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
okay, okay, i cheated a little.
this is a 2 book win.  but, they tie into each other as companion books. 
one about a man's soul and one for the woman's.
i should warn you,
i have friends that hated these books.
i suppose it's where you are in your walk with Christ, but for me these books were eye openers that resonated with me at a soul deep level.
these will be rereads for years to come.
and finally...
the winner, the crowning moment.
my top pick for the best non-fiction book i read in 2012 was ...One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
i know everyone and their mother has already read this book,
but there's a reason for it people!
i wasn't sure at first i would be able to handle ann's flowery prose.
her blog sometimes touches me deeply and other times i have to skim-quickly.
but this book was a life changer for me and my approach to the throne of God.
counting the gifts He gives us in each moment is a way to a more fulfilling and personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.
my copy is highlighted and note~ridden and will be gifted as well. i love it to pieces!
winners in the fiction category soon!
none of these links are affiliate links.  all opinions are my own and i was not compensated in any way for these reviews.

1 comment:

thetwistedruffle said...

i just saw educating the wholehearted child somewhere....and now that you're recommending it, i might have to order one. also, i haven't read one thousand gifts, but i've been wanting to.

thanks for the tip, how are you? i was thinking we should skype! how fun would that be?

Blog Archive