These are the last 10 books to wander into my world whether they were gifts from friends, recommendations, free Kindle downloads, or books I bought because that’s what I do… I buy a lot of books and do my best to surround myself with bookish friends.

4108SKOe2NL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_10. The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer

I needed an audiobook to listen to for my 45 minute drive to Trader Joe’s yesterday morning, so why wouldn’t I pick a 20 hour-long book that challenges you to treat yourself to the classical education you never had? So far, so good. I heard this book is being expanded and updated by Norton later this year, and I probably would have preordered it already if it were already on Amazon. I am half-way through her other work on classical homeschooling, however, this lays the foundation for being well-read and understanding the classical education model. It’s a better place to start when thinking about homeschooling this way.

51jz4R9xnUL9. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

My friend, Audrey, lent me this book just the other day. Psychology is her field of expertise, so I trust I am in good hands and looking forward to reading it.


514cWnL7PeL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_8. Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith by Barnabas Piper

I downloaded this on Kindle for a couple of reasons. First of all, unbelief is a sin I battle more than any  other. It manifests itself in a different way everyday and I’m always looking for a new weapon, in a sense, to help me battle it. Also, a few of my friends knew him in grad school. I think I might have met him once, but if I did, it was brief. I’m not sure if it will be as helpful as I anticipated, but it probably would have encouraged me if I read it a decade ago.

51uxInaXfiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_7. The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin

My friend, Sky, recommended this one to me and because I wasn’t patient enough to wait to read her copy of the book, I downloaded it on Kindle. It’s very short and approaches organization from the point of four different problem areas that keep women from organizing their worlds: perfectionism, busyness, possessions, and leisure. I’m pretty sure all these kinds of books are broken because when I finish reading them, my home is still not made, and I’m far from perfect 😉

97808024062006. Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior

I read this one a few years back on Kindle, but I ordered a physical copy because it was the book of the month for my women’s ministry book club. It’s fantastic and pointed. Each woman who read it was pierced by something different and challenged to love their husbands better.


41M6oIbZhuL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_5. Speaking Truth in Love: Council in Community by David Powlison

I was able to snag this one when it was free on Kindle in early June. I’m pretty sure that’s how I got one of his other books as well, which I thought was wonderful. Speaking truth in love is something I want to do better with while I am one on one, and while I teach. I haven’t started this one yet, but I’m very much looking forward to it.

41UkDCabLFL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_4. The Soul: How We Know It and Why It Matters by J.P. Moreland

I really enjoy the two books I’ve read by J.P. Moreland and this one looked really interesting. My super-nerd book schedule has this one slated for September, so you can expect to hear more about it then.


David Foster Wallace - Although You End Up Becoming Yourself3. Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

End of Tour is based on this book which details a few day interview near the end of DFW’s Infinite Jest book tour. It’s coming out at the end of the month. Jason Segel is cast as DFW and Jesse Eisenberg is the guy interviewing him. Because I won’t see this in theaters, I plan on waiting to read it. My super-nerd book schedule has it slated for October.

41i+WMj75-L2. Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions by George Barna

My friend, Lisa, gave me a whole stack of books to help me on my parenting journey and launch my homeschooling library. Most of the books are for him, but this one is meant to encourage me on the parenting front. It considers the importance of creating a home atmosphere where your child’s faith might thrive.

41XF54f82XL1. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolfe

I learned about this book reading Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” I’m really interested in learning about how to read better and the ways our brain is changing as technology changes. My super-nerdy book schedule has this slated for August, so expect more then.


So tell me, what books worth mentioning have wandered your way? Would you recommend any of them to me?

3 Responses

  1. I always forget about audiobooks! The Well Educated Mind was on my reading list after The Well Trained Mind, but I haven’t finished it yet. I don’t know why I find it so overwhelming. Hopefully there’s an audio version for the Trained Mind as well!