Due to too many things on my plate, this bookshelf addition comes terribly late and probably incomplete. But in the spirit of good-enough, here is what I’ve read the 2nd half of 2018.
Parenting From the Inside Out, How a Deeper Self-Understanding can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive- Daniel Siegel
A must-read for parents. Dr. Siegel makes a compelling case for parents doing their own “work” for the benefit of themselves, their children, and the parent-child relationship. He has some great reflection questions and action steps for how to do this, and how to repair relationship ruptures when parents miss the mark (as we all do!).
“The amazing finding that the most powerful predictor of a child’s attachment is the coherence of the parent’s life narrative allows us to understand how to strengthen our children’s attachment to us. We are not destined to repeat that patterns of the past because we can earn our security as an adult by making sense of our life experiences. In this way, those of us who have had difficult early life experiences can create coherence by making sense of the past and understanding its impact on the present and how it shapes our interactions with our children. Making sense of our life stories enables us to have deeper connections with our children, and to live a more joyful and coherent life.”
Hands Free Life, 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More- Rachel Macy Stafford
I turned to this book after weeks of feeling the pull to slow down and be more present. It has some good strategies and some gentle encouragement to do just that.
Savor, Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are- Shauna Niequist
This devotional book went hand-in-hand with the Hands Free book (above)- filled with grace and reminders about what is truly important.
Five Minutes’ Peace- Jill Murphy
A dear friend sent me this adorable kids’ book, and I chuckled all the way through as the Mama Elephant’s daily life mirrors my own.
Together is Better, A Little Book of Inspiration- Simon Sinek
Cute. I enjoyed talking it through with my kiddos.
Girl Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis
I didn’t find this book as inspiring as I had hoped based on others’ recommendations, but I do love people’s stories and reading about their lives. I have yet to read a memoir that I didn’t like.
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery- Ian Cron
I think at this point I have to admit to being near-obsessed with the Enneagram, thanks in part to this book and some interesting conversations about it.
It’s such a potentially-powerful tool to understand ourselves and each other, not in a pathologizing way but in a way that encourages continued growth and healing.
“The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box. It shows you the box you’re already in and how to get out of it.”
It can help us remember who we were, before the world told us who we have to be.
“Human beings are wired for survival. As little kids we instinctually place a mask called personality over parts of our authentic self to protect us from harm and make our way in the world. Made up of innate qualities, coping strategies, conditioned reflexes and defense mechanisms, among lots of other things, our personality helps us know and do what we sense is required to please our parents, to fit in and relate well to our friends, to satisfy the expectations of our culture and to get our basic needs met.”
I’ve got more Enneagram books on the way, and am looking forward to going even deeper.
The Miracle on Voodoo Mountain, A Young Woman’s Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti- Meghan Boudreaux
I have a dear friend in the long, arduous process of adopting a child from Haiti and she gave me this beautiful and inspiring story. Reminds me of Kisses from Katie from several years back, and I know for sure that we need more people in the world like the author.
Inspired, Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again- Rachel Held Evans
A beautiful faith read… I appreciate the author’s transparent account of her faith and doubts and trying to make sense of it all, and ending up with more questions than answers. Her wrestling with God in the wilderness gives permission for, and even encourages, others to do the same. Underlines throughout the book as I learned through her research and related to her questions.