Archive of Non-fiction

14Dec2018

Book #64: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

This is the book that nearly derailed my 100 book challenge.  If I was a speeding train in this challenge, this slowed me to a craw.  And it wasn’t a bad thing. I borrowed a copy of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs from the library, then filled it with sticky notes to remind me of favorite passages.  But it had scads of holds on it so I had to return it and

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11Dec2018

Book #44: Turn the Page

I read Turn the Page: How to Read Like a Top Leader by Chris Brady a year ago and tried to apply some of the principles taught in it.  I found them useful in my reading journey, so I decided to ask the book group of homeschooled teens that I mentor to read it with me.  I thought we’d have an interesting discussion of the concepts in it, but mostly the kids got hung up on whether or not you sho

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11Dec2018

Book #43: The Mark of a Giant

Oh man, I wish I had stayed up to date with my post writing when I finished a book!  It’s been a struggle to remember my impressions and feelings about each book when I sit down to write about it.  Sometimes all I can remember is the general feeling I have after I finish, especially if the book wasn’t super awesome. That’s not much of an intro for The Mark of a Giant by Ted Stewart thou

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10Dec2018
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Jenny
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100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #40: The Healing Power of Stories

Way back in January, I wrote a post about a book that I wanted to read.  It was called The Healing Power of Stories and was written by Daniel Taylor and I finally got my hands on a copy.  It was worth the wait as the used copy I bought on Amazon made its way to me. Somewhere else I had heard that the concept of four types of stories had come from this author.  While reading it, I didn’t no

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27Nov2018

Book #37: That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen

I took a class over the summer that had some reading assignments and one of them was an article by Frédéric Bastiat, a French economist and writer.  He believed in a free economy and invented the concept of opportunity cost, though it wasn’t coined that for another century.  He’s a pretty interesting person and the article I read by him (which I’m totally counting as a book since it was

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06Oct2018

Book #36: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

I’ve already written my strong feelings on this book here, so I won’t go into it much more here, but it’s a good reminder that some books are worth returning to again and again. After a particularly bonding experience at a book club I hosted one night, as a group we decided to study The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey together.  Over seven weeks, we read and disc

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06Oct2018

Book #35: How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

I’ll be upfront and say that I zoomed through How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King, skimming large swaths of it, since it was a companion book to the original.  I read How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber years ago and found it incredibly valuable for my parenting, so wh

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06Oct2018

Book #34 Getting Back to Happy

I bought a copy of Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials Into Triumphs by Marc Chernoff hoping to find some new tools for dealing with depression and anxiety.  Our family has been dealing with these issues for years and what I read from Marc’s blog with his wife, Angel, told me they had insightful things to say on the topic.  Having dealt with

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06Oct2018

Book #31: Mere Christianity

Next on my scripture supplement reading was Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  This book has been on my to-read list for ages and after I found it in a stack of books given to me by a friend, I thought it was about time I read it. I went into reading it blind, not really knowing what it was about other than, uh, Christianity.  It’s actually a compilation of talks Lewis did for radio, which w

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08Aug2018

Book #24: The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

I love books of lists, particularly books that are about books and include lists.  It’s a very specific obsession and I’m always on the prowl for them.  My favorites are Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt (and her companion books, Honey for a Teen’s Heart and Honey for a Woman’s Heart), The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin, and now

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