Road Trip Reading

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I had time to read a bit on our trip (Four 12 hour driving days will provide that for ya!)  So I thought I would share a few of the things I read in case you are looking for something to read.

The first book I read was John Adams.  This 600+ pages book by David McCullough is a hefty read even for a former history teacher.  I got through 100 pages on our way down to Texas (The reading conditions aren’t so great with two kids in the car…Mom can you hand me, Mom, can you…. You get the idea!)  As I read though I was reminded that not much changes through time.  Adams shares in the book how often in the Continental Congress they didn’t get much accomplished because the representatives like to hear themselves talk!  I had to laugh when reading that…could be said of our Congress today.

Then in Texas I was able to go to my favorite book store- LifeWay.  I don’t think my sister-in-law really understood my love of this store when she agreed to go with me!  I’m glad they have comfy chairs to sit in so she could rest her cute little pregnant-self while I slowly walked the aisles. I picked up several things and among them were two books.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson

I’ve seen this one for a while now and wanted to read it.  It was on sale for $5.97—-SOLD!  It is an easy read.  I related right away to the main character, Jodi Baxter.  She was saying how she has a “hard time remembering those pesky [scripture] references, even though I’ve been in Sunday school since singing “Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain” That made me laugh out loud as it fits me to a tee!  I can sing more scripture than I can quote AND I did sing Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain every week at our church’s Children’s TV Program we taped on Thursdays after school called, what else….Sunshine Mountain!  I was just quickly reading and so enjoying the book.  Brad drove and I would read when I could.  As we entered Maryland on Sunday the book caught me by surprise but I found that I could still relate to Jodi Baxter.  The premise of the book is that Jodi finds herself in a prayer group at a Ladies conference.  The group decides to keep on praying together even after the conference.  Jodi is the list-maker of the group and the first to offer to gather the emails and send them out to get the group started.  She compiles requests and gets them sent out…but she rarely offers anything from her life to pray about  (ouch- that was like looking in the mirror for me)  As the book progresses Jodi is forced to look at herself and really come to terms with some things.  I highly recommend this book—it even has recipes at the back!  The book is a quick read and will most likely challenge your prayer life. 

Five Conversations you must have with your daughter by Vicki Courtney

This is another one that has been on my “I want to read” list for a while.  It was not on sale but I thought it was time to pick it up.  The chapters focus around the 5 Conversations

  1. You are more than the sum of your parts.
  2. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up.
  3. Sex is great and worth the wait.
  4. It’s OK to dream about marriage and motherhood.
  5. Girls gone wild are a dime a dozen—dare to be virtuous.

I read through the first conversation and a bit into the second.  Vicki has some great insights and will help you think about many things. It allowed Brad and I to chat about some situations we will encounter in the future but also how we can talk and interact with our girls right now.    I think this would be a great book to do in a book club with Moms that have daughters.  I think there might even be a guide that goes along with the book.

Vicki has another book Logged On and Tuned Out that I would like to get about navigating the technology waters. 

So now, I’m off to check the library to see if they have book two in the yada yada series—let me know if you want to borrow my Book 1; I’d be happy to loan it to you.

A friend from Texas wrote this book review on her blog last month—so check it out if you are still looking for something to read http://www.fishythingshappen.com/2010/06/something-newa-book-review-out-of-spin.html

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