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The Best Books I’ve Read Lately (Plus a Book Roundup)

I really enjoy reading posts by other bloggers about the books they’ve read. Usually, I end up adding a few more books to my ever growing to-read list. I thought it would be fun to share some books I’ve been loving lately along with a roundup at the end of this post!

As I put this post together, I realized all three of the books I’ve read lately are nonfiction. Two of the books are memoirs about pregnancy, and the other is about marriage. I tend to read a lot of memoirs and books about midwifery, pregnancy, and family life. It’s definitely an interest of mine!

Look at You Now: My Journey from Shame to Strength by Liz Pryor

In the late 1970s, Liz Pryor found herself pregnant at 17-years-old. She came from a good family in Chicago, so when her mother dropped her off at a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls three states away, she experienced a culture shock. Liz’s parents wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret, so she was forced to spend six months in involuntary hiding from life as she knew it. Liz developed special bonds with the other girls and began to question what she knew about her life in Chicago.

I absolutely devoured this book. I wanted to know what was going to happen, how Liz would hold up, and what the other girls lives turned out like.

Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage by Gary Thomas

I actually can’t say I finished this book yet because I checked it out from the library and had to return in within a week or so because others were on the waitlist. I requested it again, and I can’t wait to dive back in when it’s available!

In Cherish, Gary Thomas unpacks how marriages can thrive if husbands and wives learn to Cherish each other. He gives a lot of real life stories and practical advice, which I love!

Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story by Sara Connell

Sara Connell struggled through a incredibly painful journey to motherhood. She went through multiple rounds of IVF, lost pregnancies, experienced stillbirth, and so much emotional anguish. In 2011, her mother became her surrogate and gave birth to Sara and her husband Bill’s son, Finnean.

The way that Sara wrote her story was so raw, honest, and real. I especially loved learning about how Sara and her mom formed a beautifully strong bond through their journey together.


Now, onto the roundup!

Other Books on Pregnancy and Motherhood I’ve Read and Enjoyed

Surrogacy
Then Came You: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson

Teenage Pregnancy
Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far by Bristol Palin
Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan
The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Not my Daughter by Barbara Delinsky

Pregnancy
Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury
Baby Proof: A Novel by Emily Giffin
Something Blue: A Novel by Emily Giffin
Rattled!: A Memoir by Christine Coppa
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
Inconceivable: A Woman’s Triumph over Despair and Statistics by Julia Indichova

Parenting
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott

Adoption
Where We Belong: A Novel by Emily Giffin
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie J. Davis
Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury

Family Life
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

Midwifery
The Reluctant Midwife: A Hope River Novel by Patricia Harman
The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir by Patricia Harman
The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
Arms Wide Open: A Midwife’s Journey by Patricia Harman
The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife by Patricia Harman
The Midwife by Jolina Petersheim
A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong
Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing by Julianna van Olphen-Fehr
Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent

What’s your favorite genre of books?

Have you read any of the above books?

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Five Things

Hello! It has been almost a week since I last blogged and I’ve missed this little space.

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This week has been busy with work and pet sitting, but I found a little chunk of time to pop in and share five random tidbits from my life lately!

1. I was thinking yesterday about how listening is a dying art in today’s culture. I know I’m guilty of being a bad listener at times. I’ve caught myself thinking of something I want to say before the person I’m talking to has finished their sentence. Ugh.

Feeling and knowing that I’m heard and understood is important to me. I’ve been making an effort to listen, really listen, to others when they communicate with me. Our culture is full of distractions that pull us away from true, deep connection. When someone talks to me, I want to always give them my full attention.

2. I’ve been enjoying The Language of Flowers lately. It was recommended to me by Amy (and probably ten other people) and I’m wondering why it took me so long to pick up this book. It’s fascinating.

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3. I looked up Youtube videos on how to tie baby wraps so I could bake and hold Malcolm at the same time. I used a big beach towel and it kind of worked. I’m still eyeing up cat strollers on Amazon.

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4. Pet sitting has been randomly busy for me lately. I so enjoy the company of animals. I constantly go back and forth on whether or not I want to pet sit full-time. It’s a tough decision, mostly because the income isn’t always steady. Speaking of pets, I took Lola to the vet on Tuesday because she has an ear infection. Poor girl!

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5. My cousin sent me this picture of her adorable daughter, Macie, the other day. Ten minutes later, my aunt sent me the same picture of Macie.

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I had some suspicions about the reasoning behind the influx of baby pictures, so I texted my mom to discuss.

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Jimmy and my mom are convinced if I ever become pregnant that I’m going to have twins. The thought of twins scares the living daylights out of me. It’s easy for me to think I can’t do it when I think about babies in general. The truth is that I can’t, but God will equip me for whatever He has in store for my life. Whether it’s writing a book, passing statistics, raising a family, or something totally different. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Children are something Jimmy and I talk about often. Whether we adopt, foster, or have biological (or all three, or none) is something we pray about diligently. It’s a huge responsibility and privilege to raise a human being. We trust that God will guide us and equip us for whatever His plans are for us 🙂

Tell me a random tidbit from your life lately!