September 2017 Books


  • In Simplicity Parenting Kim John Payne walks us through the four essential areas of our child’s life in need of simplification — environment, rhythm, schedules and filtering out the adult world. This is one of my favorite parenting books — if you haven’t read this book I highly recommend moving it to the top of your stack!

By reducing mental and physical clutter, simplification increases a family’s ability to flow together, to focus and deepen their attention, to realign their lives with their dreams.

  • In Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr, she walks her readers through seven pauses, the seven prayer hours each day holds. This is a book I will turn to again and again.

Can we remember to pause? … throughout the hours of the day, whenever you feel stressed and overwhelmed, instead of pushing yourself to work harder and faster, remember to pause.

  • Traci Smith’s Faithful Families, is a reference guide for families desiring to teach, celebrate and live out their faith with their children. The book is full of activities — from holiday celebrations to simply taking a meal to a family in need. I recommend this for your shelf if you’re looking to pass on your faith to your children.

Faith is learned as it is woven seamlessly into the fabric of daily life. I don’t intend to ever sit down with my children and “teach” them about the importance of asking God for healing, but they will grow up with that belief as a part of their everyday experience.

  • Faith at Home by Wendy Claire Barrie was also a great read regarding raising children faithfully and mindfully. Barrie spends more time walking us through the “why.” The tagline of this book is: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents, says so much — he is sensitive that so many of us are figuring out things ourselves and don’t always feel capable of teaching our children.

The Bible should be as alive in our children’s imagination as fairy tales and star wars.

  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Dr. Laura Markham is a practical look at positive parents and siblings. I wish I had picked this up before Gillian was born, but there are still so many great ideas on how to parent siblings and help them build a lasting positive relationship.

The way you discipline your child becomes her model for working out interpersonal problems.

  • What it is is Beautiful by Sarah Dunning Park is a small collection of poems that perfectly illustrates motherhood. I identified with Park as she writes beautifully about minivans and the mundane. It was such a nourishing read — I read through it several times this month.

we are wired to make, and we

can make

trouble, or we can make

goodness and art

and meaning and sustenance

and play.

  • Having never read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy as a child it was such a wonderful treat to join my kids in a first time reading. We did skip over a few of the more intense chapters for my very sensitive little ones, but overall it was a beautiful read.

A farmer depends on himself, and the land and the weather. If you’re a farmer, you raise what you eat, you raise what you wear, and you keep warm with wood out of your own timber. You work hard, but you work as you please, and no man can tell you to go or come. You’ll be free and independent, son, on a farm.

  • Finally, we read Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. It was one of my favorite books when I was a girl. I loved reliving the simple and beautiful scenes with my littles.

“Maybe,” he said, his voice low, “if you remember the songs, then I might remember her, too.”

What did you read this month? I’d love to hear in the comments. October is looking to hold some great reads including Sally Clarkson’s The Lifegiving Table!


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