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What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year.

What I Read Last Week

I finished two books this past week — one that I am positive is going to make my Top 10 list for 2018! Which one is that? It’s .

My friend, Melissa, gave me this book and said it had really impacted her life. I hadn’t heard of it before and wasn’t sure what I was going to think of it.

Then I started reading… and within a few chapters, I knew it was going to be one of those really life-changing books. I slowly savored a chapter or two per day and was really sad when it was over with. I’ve already told Melissa that we are going to go through it as a book study once we finish going through because I’m ready to read it all over again! 🙂

The book is all about how our emotional and spiritual health are so tied together and how we often overlook this. The author talks about how often we seem to think that our past and our baggage and all the things we try to pretend don’t exist or stuff down or not deal with won’t affect us in the long run… but it will!

There are so many things I gleaned from this book and so many sections that challenged me in deep ways. I feel like I will be processing its message for a long time to come.

One of the areas in the book that really encouraged me was to recognize how much the changes I’ve made in the last two years to slow down and savor life more. I realize how these changes have truly allowed me to become so much healthier as a person — physically, mentally, and spiritually.

There were numerous quotes that I loved from the book, but one that :

“True freedom comes when we no longer need to be somebody special in other people’s eyes because we know we are lovable and good enough.”

In Christ, we are enough. We are loved. We are redeemed. We are forgiven.

When we live in light of this truth, we can walk in amazing freedom and confidence — and we can love other people so much more deeply and authentically.

I also finished reading aloud. I started this with Kaitlynn as part of her homeschooling last semester and then, when we enrolled her in a local private school for this semester, I wanted to go ahead and finish it. So I decided to make it a book we read aloud at dinner.

While the writing could have been tighter, we really enjoyed reading it — especially since the kids have studied so much of this in school the past two years and they all wanted to pipe in with their thoughts and opinions on different stories!

What I Watched Last Week

Jesse and I went to see The 15:17 to Paris. I didn’t know much about this movie before we saw it. Jesse had read about it and thought it seemed interesting — especially since it was based upon real-life events. (I found out that it appears to be .)

It’s the story of three ordinary young men who overpowered a gunman on board a train bound for Paris. The actual young men play themselves in the movie — even though they have no previous acting experience.

The story is slow to build and the acting isn’t great… it kind of feels like you are watching someone’s YouTube video of their life, only the videography is way better than it usually would be if it were a YouTube video.

It felt very slow and untraditional in the way that it progressed, but all throughout, there is this underlying story of overcoming the odds and persistence in spite of failure. When the movie was over with, I felt inspired and challenged… and I found myself mostly liking the movie even though it had lackluster acting and slow development.

Note: There is quite a bit of language in the movie, there is a club scene, and there is definitely some blood and intense scenes. I had to close my eyes during the part where they are helping the man who is injured and bleeding. I just can’t do that much blood. ( of the negative and positive elements of the movie .)

(By the way, we got MoviePasses for Christmas and we have fallen in love with them. You just can’t beat $10 per month to be able to see one movie of your choice every single day. Read my in-depth review of MoviePass here.)

We also loved watching the next two episodes of  — I can’t stop talking about what an amazing show that is!

Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies you really think I need to read or watch?

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  • Jessica says:

    I am reading Scazzero’s EH Relationships Day by Day. . .40 day journey. It has been life-changing! I recommend highly.

  • says:

    I’m currently reading “The Millionaire Mind” and “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens.

  • says:

    I’m reading Daring to Hope by Katie Davis and am really enjoying it! Have you read that one yet? It’s something you’d definitely enjoy!

  • Katy says:

    I’m reading:
    -10 Women Every Christian Should Know
    – The Secret Zoo #2 aloud to the kids
    – And the Bible, right now really enjoying 1 & 2 Timothy

  • says:

    I think we are the ONLY people anywhere who haven’t watched This is Us! We’ve heard so many people praise it, but we just have joined the crowd and watched it yet. That needs to change soon! 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    In regards to the movie, Alek was on dancing with the stars and he’s such a great guy! I’d say they weren’t ordinary young men, they were in the military and without that intense training, I don’t think they would have accomplished what they did. I’m excited to see the movie

    • Jo says:

      When you watch the movie, I think you’ll know more what I meant when I said “ordinary”. They all struggled a lot growing up and were told they weren’t going to make the cut when it came to a lot of different areas of life. But they didn’t give up!

  • Desiree says:

    I am reading Ordinary – Sustainable faith in a radical, restless world by Michael Horton. You should add it to your list, it is pretty great so far!

  • Therese says:

    I am reading “The Discipline of Grace- God’s Role & Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges.
    Amazing book and very insightful.
    Hope you enjoy it!

  • Desiree says:

    Hey, I’m just wondering why my comment didn’t show up? Is it a goof on my computer’s part? I got a notice to a response to it and came here and can’t find it? So weird!

  • says:

    I have Emotionally Healthy Spirituality on my to read list for 2018! Your review has me more excited about ordering it! I was wondering if it was going to be more spiritual and less biblical.

  • Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for recommending Emotionally Healthy Spirituality! I am looking forward to reading this book. It sounds like exactly what I need.

  • Sherry says:

    This is the third time in 2 months that this book has come to my attention. I just started reading it this week, and now want to get the course material to work through as well. Thanks for reinforcing that desire! I also just finished reading The Emotionally Healthy Woman written by Peter’s wife. I have now ordered a copy after borrowing it from the library because I kept wanting to underline as I read!

  • Misti says:

    I just finished reading “Improving Your Serve” by Charles Swindoll. Very insightful and thought-provoking book about the art of unselfish living. Definitely recommend it!!!

  • says:

    I’m reading Red, Hot Monogamy by Bill and Pam Farrel. It’s so good! Also just finished The Rosie Project, and I loved that one. It’s from a different perspective than any book I’ve ever read and I actually laughed out loud a few times reading it.

  • Stacy says:

    We’re reading Fair Sunshine as a church. Our family is reading it aloud at home. It is an older book and yes there are some sentences we read twice. One of us has a phone ready to look up words that are unfamiliar to us. It is about the Scottish Covenanters and how many of them were martyred for their faith. In reading this book we learned that some of them who were not killed, were instead sent on ships as slaves to early America to join slaves who were coming from Africa. I highly recommend it – especially if you are interested in history. I do not recommend it for young/sensitive readers because it explains, with much detail, the ways many were tortured and martyred. It is unlike most of the books that are currently on anyone’s recommended reading lists!

  • Laray says:

    Not sure if you know this and I didn’t read all of the comments but I read somewhere that the actual heroes on the train acted as themselves in the film which is why it wasn’t movie star quality but probably more realistic.

  • Cori says:

    I’m loving Elizabeth Lesser’s book, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow – and The Emotionally Healthy Woman by Geri Scazzero (Peter Scazzero’s wife).

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