So…let’s talk about books!
Like many of you, I typically have a stack of books by my bedside (and chair-side, and scattered throughout my house.) But the sad truth is: I have way more books than time to read them.
One day, when my house is quiet, I’m pretty sure you’ll find me reading all of the books. (then I’ll cry and dream of a bunch of noisy kids, right?)
Well, I’ve been meaning to share a few of my latest favorite books for a while, and now I have extra motivation: My friend Roger Thompson, just launched his brand new book this week! I mentioned it back in my coffee date post, but now…it’s actually here! For real. In book stores. And, of course, online, wherever books are sold.
Here’s a quick link : We Stood Upon Stars: Finding God in Lost Places
First of all, can we all agree that this is ^^ the coolest book cover ever? Roger texted me that photo many months ago and my whole family just stood there and stared at it. Without words I’m pretty sure we were all transported to that van…under those stars…ready to embark on some kind of an adventure.
Well, if the cover photo draws us so easily into that scene, then try to imagine that times a thousand in Roger’s writing. We Stood Upon Stars is a collection of travel essays which invite you along as Roger explores mountains, rivers, small towns, and more than one comical breakdown in his VW van. Each adventure offers thoughtful insights on faith, family, travel, and some really good humor.
And here’s the coolest thing:
If you order We Stood Upon Stars before May 12th, you will get some of the best bonuses ever: There is a camping guide that is beautifully done, and may just change your life. (Or at least your next summer vacation — it’s so good!) Also included is a poster with that super cool cover photo( !) and a bonus chapter to keep you busy ’til your book arrives!
TO GET THE FREE STUFF, just place your order on Amazon, then click HERE to fill in your order number. Then your bonuses will come right to your inbox!
But only until May 12…so don’t wait!
From the book page —
From surfing California’s coastlines, stargazing southwestern deserts, and fly-fishing in remote mountains of Montana, you’ll be inspired to follow the author’s footsteps and use the hand-drawn maps from each chapter to plan your own trips. There you will hear God’s voice – and it may help you find what you’re searching for.
Ladies: Hopefully you’ll get the men in your life to read this (Father’s Day?), but meanwhile you won’t be able to resist reading it yourself.
Since Roger is not only a great writer but one of the nicest (seriously NICEST) guys you’ll ever meet, he wants to give THREE Of YOU a signed copy of his book! See bottom of this post for more on that.
But first: What else am I reading? Well, here’s the current stack…
Yep…I am in the terrible habit of thinking I am super-human and trying to read about six books at a time. So this stack is a mix of books I have read, books I am reading, and books I hope to dive into soon. (Those I haven’t read have come highly recommended, so I count on them being great.)
Here’s my current list:
Raising Kids for True Greatness: Redefine Success for You and Your Child
This book is about turning the idea of “success” on its head, and leading your child to find greatness in more profound ways than the world can offer. It is both common sense and spiritually- inspired. A great read.
Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough
I met both Jess and Hayley (the authors) of this book at the only blog-related conference I have ever been to, (“Influence”) and I really loved them both. I knew the two of them would put together a really great book. Wild and Free is encouraging, refreshing, and full of love and grace. I think we all need what this book has to say, and often.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Just starting this, but it came highly recommended by a whole bunch of people in the “online” community, (entrepreneurs, writers, and so on.) I’m pretty sure this will be challenging my priorities and could really change how I approach my days.
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes
I can’t remember if I have shared this before, but it is one of my favorites in the parenting realm. I keep opening it up again and again. Seriously America: We need this book.
The Danger of Raising Nice Kids: Preparing Our Children to Change Their World
Another good parenting book. “The battle for our kids is not for their heads — it is for their hearts.” (I couldn’t agree more.) My favorite part is the practical tools in the appendix: Mission statement planner, worksheets, and even a “Consequence Planner.”
Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path
I’m just beginning this book, but no doubt Erin Loechner is a great writer, with a lot of insightful things to say. And even more: It’s put together beautifully! It is uniquely formatted and full of artistic features…I just love flipping through the pages!
A Man Called Ove: A Novel
I seriously just grabbed this at Costco today. I have almost bought it like ten times, so I finally thought I’d get it. I made the mistake of reading the first chapter to my whole family and now they think I should read the entire book out loud to them! (oh dear.)
The Undoing of Saint Silvans: Did you know Beth Moore wrote her first fictional novel!? Yes! I’m waiting for my upcoming vacation to dive in, but can only guess it will be great!
FINALLY: MUST SHARE–
The brand new Jr. edition of Good Pictures Bad Pictures just launched!
Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr.: A Simple Plan to Protect Young Minds
You might remember my review of the book Good Pictures Bad Pictures in this post. The Jr. edition is written for the younger crowd (they say ages 3-6, but I think kids up to 8 or 9 would appreciate this.)
I read it to Levi and was so impressed once again! It was simpler than their first book, but still gave a strong and clear message. The illustrations are top-notch, and I just think this is incredibly helpful for equipping younger kids for any “bad pictures” they might stumble upon.
Also: The hidden picture cameras throughout the book ^^ kept Levi on the edge of his seat. Brilliant addition to the book!
BOOK GIVEAWAY TIME!
Book giveaway has ended…
To enter to win a signed copy of We Stood Upon Stars, please comment below sharing any ONE ADVENTURE (road trip, experience in nature/camping, or anything else!) that impacted your life, and what it did for you!
On Wednesday morning, May 10th, I will pick THREE winners and contact you via email (so be sure to leave a good email address.) I’ll then come back and list their names on THIS post!
Update, May 12th: Daryl, Carolyn, and Gisele–Congratulations on winning a signed copy of We Stood Upon Stars! 🙂
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