November 2017 Books

Be what you are, of the earth, but a dreamer too. — Mary Oliver

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We are continuing to make our way through the Little House series. We recently finished Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Honestly, we didn’t enjoy this one as much as Little House in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy, but more on that in another post!

Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems by Gary Snyder — my husband is a huge Gary Snyder fan and read him (and even met him!) before we were married. I love thinking of Brian reading these poems and being moved by them so many years ago. Our shared love of poetry is one of the things that first connected us.

I have continued reading the works of Mary Oliver. Upstream, a book of essays, has proven to be as powerful and inspiring as the poems I read through last month! I’m still in shock that I’m just now reading her works, but also so thankful I’ve found Mary Oliver now!

The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime — I’ve found encouragement in liturgy the last several years and I’m so thankful Phyllis Tickle and this wonderful resource she’s provided. I’d definitely recommend checking out her prayer manuals, I’ll be using this through the winter.

My favorite book from the past month was One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Her words have given me confidence and support to live a life of thankfulness.

I have been wanting to begin consistently getting up early and have my own time in the morning before the kids get up and the house gets moving for a long time. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod was just the motivation that I needed. Some of the language felt a little cheesy, but the overall message was just what I needed to encourage me to get up early and make time for myself.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, holds the record for the longest standing book on the New York Times Best-Seller, lasting 216 weeks. The story is fascinating and the themes explored surrounding Savannah in the 1980s are still just as relevant today. If you’ve never read it I’d definitely add this to your 2018 “to read” list!

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