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What I Read & Watched The Past Two Weeks

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.

I didn’t get a Book/Movie post up last week — mostly because between moving at the Discipleship Retreat, I didn’t finish any books. I’m happy to be back to more reading this week. I missed it last week!

What I Read

This week, I finished . She sent me her book and I was encouraged through reading it. Her journey toward discovering grace mirrors mine in many ways and she’s been someone who has challenged me in my walk with God as I’ve sought to live in light of the Gospel instead of legalism.

I also read by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. A reader (I’m not even sure who, but thank you!) said I must read it. And she was right.

This book is a gripping and raw true story of the author’s experience being raised in the foster care system. Y’all. I think everyone needs to read this book. It will give you a look into how much these kids go through, what deep losses they go through, and how it shapes their understanding of love and trust.

It is a story full of brokenness and hurt, but it is also hope-filled. And I think it’s a story that more people need to read and understand.

Note: This book has some language and gritty details, including details of abuse. Some of it might be triggers or too difficult to read for those who have experienced similar things.

What I Watched

Silas and I went to see . He enjoyed it and I thought there were some genuinely funny parts.

Note: Having read multiple reviews online, I was actually pleasantly surprised with the movie and would agree with . However, I always encourage you to know your own kids and to do your own research. There are some that might be good to read if you are deciding whether to see the movie with your kids or not.

How I Find 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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  • Chris says:

    What exactly is a discipleship group?

  • Ashley says:

    I just finished up Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown and it was amazing! She said so many things I’d felt but never been able to put into words. I was blown away by how insightful she is. Maybe one of my top 10 ever.

  • says:

    We are watching The Voice and the Cavs in the NBA and patiently waiting for baseball to come back! I’m currently reading “Meet the Frugalwoods” by Elizabeth at and am super excited as I love their story!

  • Cheryl says:

    I just finished Kate Bowler’s book, Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I’ve Loved. The book is about her life as she battles colon cancer- she also has a blog. She really makes you think and feel her life story-

  • Jenny says:

    It was me! It was me!! I told you to read that book! I feel like a celebrity with that shout out. ? So glad you liked it — agree with every word of your review.

    • Jo says:

      THANK YOU for the book recommendation! I just did an Instagram Live about it today!

      • Chrissie says:

        Are you doing more of those than fB lives? I’m always trying to keep up where to find you!

        • Jo says:

          I’m planning to get back into regular FB lives now that we’ve moved and I finally am going to get back to a regular schedule again! Whew! It’s been a whirlwind 3-4 weeks! 🙂

          The best place to find me every single day (except for Wednesday) is on Instagram Stories. I basically ALWAYS am there, even if I don’t get a chance to do other videos.

  • says:

    My husband and I watched The Young Victoria on Netflix and really liked it. If you like The Crown, then I think you’ll enjoy it!
    My current reading is various cookbooks. I am working to make more of our food from scratch. Your cinnamon sugar biscuit twists are yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  • says:

    Hey, thanks for the mention! So much stuff we’ve had to wade through. So thankful that God is so kind to us. And the faith challenging thing goes right back atcha ?

  • Janelle Beimers says:

    I’m a foster parent, and our agency brought Ashley Rhodes-Courter in to speak – she was just as wonderful in person as I had imagined. I bought her second book, but I haven’t read it yet, but I would bet that you would like it as well.

  • Joy says:

    Thanks for recommending “Three Little Words.” I read it this week… wow. So much I take for granted! Makes me appreciate those I know who are involved in foster care (& are doing a great job loving their kids)

  • says:

    Thank you for the review about Three Little Words. I’m adding it to my to read list right now! I work in an urban school district with lots of poverty, broken homes, foster homes, and I’m sure other difficult things. I’m sure this book will be perfect for helping me understand my students. Plus I hope to be a foster parent in a year or so, and I know this book will be helpful!

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