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Bookin’ It: February Update

I promised to share a monthly update with you on the books I’ve read this year from my . But before I do, I wanted to mention something:

Why Am I Posting My Reading Updates? Isn’t That a Little Off-Topic?

Last month, someone left a pretty scathing comment on my Bookin’ It post saying they were very upset that I was writing posts like this on my blog and were unsubscribing. They thought it was out-of-place and boring. I deleted the comment because of its rude language, but I wanted to take a moment to explain why I am posting these updates–in case maybe some of the rest of you wondered, too.

As I said in , the books I’ve read over the years have had a tremendous impact on the person I am today. And I believe wholeheartedly that reading is something everyone can really benefit from.

Books challenge my thinking and my living and spur me on towards being a better a better wife, mother, homemaker, homeschool teacher, friend, business owner, writer, and so forth.

If you want to excel in life, I encourage you to exercise your mind by reading good books and you might be surprised just how much of an impact it can have–on your personal life, your relationships, and, yes, even your finances!

While these monthly posts might not always be directly related to finances, I hope it gives you a little peek into my own life, inspires you to read, and maybe gives you some ideas of books to add to your library list.

But if not, you can just skip these posts–there’s only one a month!–and stick to the normal fare you find on

And with that, here’s my February update:

This book would be excellent to read if you are struggling as a work-at-home mom or thinking of starting your own at-home business. I thought the author did a great job of covering a lot of material in the book as well as sharing resources and true stories from different women who are successfully working from home.

My only complaint would be that it seemed there was a bit of overlap in the book. She’d weave stories from different women throughout a chapter and then at the end of the chapter, there was a section with a few testimonials–usually from the women whose stories she’d used in that chapter. But it was often information which had already been told previously, so it seemed redundant. (Wait, was that paragraph a little repetitious, too?!)

I loved this book! It was packed with practical information and insight and inspired me to think of creative ways to teach character to our little ones and create meaningful traditions. I think moms with younger children would especially benefit from and appreciate this book.

I love this book’s author, . We’ve had the privilege of hearing him speak a number of times and he’s a powerful and passionate orator who does a superb job of confronting the culture with grace and truth.

However, I felt he was a little out of his league in writing this book. He has great things to say on manhood and marriage–two subjects often disregarded in this present age. But presenting his material from the standpoint of how a courtship should happen when his daughter isn’t married yet just seemed a bit premature to me. I think it’s better to only write on things you’ve actually experienced yourself. You’re completely free to disagree with me on that, though.

This book is a quick and easy read with fun stories and an interesting peek behind-the-scenes into the lives of Kurt Warner and his family. I loved some of their ideas and philosophies (though I disagreed with plenty, too!) and thought most any parent would find some helpful ideas and encouragement in this book. Plus, don’t we all wonder what it’s like to be a football star and make millions of dollars? Maybe not as easy as one might think!

If you’re looking for a very quick overview of the Charlotte Mason method of education, this book would be a great starting point. It’s not very comprehensive, but it gives a great starting point and it also has a number of good ideas sprinkled throughout.

So that’s what I’ve read recently. How about you? Be sure to .

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  • Antonella says:

    Thanks a lot for all the content that you post Crystal. I’m learning so much from your perspective and I’d say I’m even going back to Faith after a long hiatus. I was a fan of Biblical Womanhood and Moneysaving mom even if I’m not a mother yet, nor so biblical myself. Everything you write I find inspiring and challenging, stretching me and making me grow, whether I want or not :-).
    I’ve always loved books and studying them for gaining the wisdom they contain! And blogs like yours are adding to it.
    thanks again!

  • Denise C. says:

    I’m currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I LOVE it! I normally just read books that are mystery/suspense, but decided to borden my horizons this year!

    Thanks for posting what you’re reading, I may have to add them to my list! 🙂

  • Miranda says:

    I was able to find Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity thru the inter-library loan, which was one of the books on your to read list. I ordered the Playaway format so I can listen while I cut coupons:) The book has a lot of information but some great ideas. Thanks for the book ideas! Love to read!

  • says:

    I love that your site isn’t just about deals. There’s so much more to saving and using money wisely than just deals. And in addition to the excellent points you make about why reading is so great, it’s also pretty cheap (or free) entertainment! Thank you for sharing part of you with us.

  • Dawn says:

    I am very glad that you’re posting your reading updates. After seeing your list of books I decided to read some of them, too. I read “Treasuring God in Our Traditions” and am currently reading “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”–the entire thing! Thanks so much for giving me some new reading material.

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