Book Recommendations

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Hi all!

Over the last several years I’ve been making it a priority to read.  People ask me all the time, Semalee, with all your children, when do you make time to read all these books?  Well, my family has a daily Sabbath Hour, from 2pm-3pm the kids and I go to separate rooms and the rule is, you many read, rest, or play very quietly, but you are to get quiet.  I usually take the first 30 minutes to read and then nap for the next 20 or so minutes to get ready for the rest of the day.  I’ve been really focused on Christian Self-Help type books, because God is working on me so intensely.  As I read, I know He is changing me from the inside out.

So, here are some of the books that I have read recently 🙂

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  This book has really helped me to see how the “stuff” in my home is consuming my life and mind and happiness.  I wrote a blog post about it here.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group (Yada Yada Series)  This is a fiction book that I love so  much.  There’s an entire series, I’m currently (slowly) reading book 2.  You will fall in love with this prayer group too.  I promise.

Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love I’ve read a couple of Sally Clarkson books, and she has a nice conversational style of writing, where you feel like you are sitting with her enjoying a cup of tea as she speaks wisdom into your life.  Those who seek wisdom will be wise.

 Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living  This one I listened to on audible to close out 2017, and it was such a good book that I will re-visit it again, I’m sure.  There is so much in here, so many ways I could say, yes, me too.  It’s like a collection of stories, so if you are truly short on time, you can read a story at a time in just a few minutes.  This is a definite must read for anyone who feels overwhelmed with life.

Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him Another one by Sally Clarkson.  In this book she visits what it’s like to raise a child who is “different”.  This book is co-written with her son Nathan, and they go back in forth between his perspective as the “different” child, and she with her perspective as his mother.  As a parent of my own children who are each different in their own way, this book ministered to me in a great way.

The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming This is my prayer for my home.  I love love love this book.  This is a great choice to read over and over again, as it goes month by month with ideas of making your home a place of roots.  Don’t feel like you have to read it that way, though, I read it in May!  🙂

Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World I can not say enough about this book.  It was truly life changing for me.  I challenge you to read it and sign up for her newsletter as well.  After reading her book, I started a practice of a daily Sabbath each day we are home, where we all retreat and rest from 2pm-3pm.  It has allowed me the space I need to recharge.  She challenges our worldview of more more more in a very practical and conversational way.

The Compound Effect I was challenged to read this book for my Mentor Training through Mom Mastery University and let me tell you- I LOVED IT!!  I actually listened to it on my Audible Membership because it’s easier for me to listen while I’m driving.  This is a book I will likely read EVERY year.  It’s truly that good!

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline Another book I read for my Mentor Training. It is now required reading for my teenagers. So very good. It really isn’t a book that makes you feel bad about yourself, but rather a book that gives you the tools to tackle the stuff of life.

I will continually update this page, so be sure to come back often! Also, I’d love to hear your recommendations!  Please post them in the comments below!

Love, Semalee


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