Loving the Little Years
Summary: There are a pile of unflattering years when moms are literally in the trenches--knee deep in chaos, mess and relentless demands. This book is for moms enduring this incredible stage of life. The author gets it. She wrote this book while living it. She's got hundreds of hilarious anecdotes and crazy situations that prove it. She deals with almost every situation a home with littles creates; from the grabby fights ("I had it," "No, I had it first!") loud, hyper car rides, sleepy whininess, endless 'accidents', cranksters, toy hoarders...yes, it's all there. Joy can be found in the trenches. Order and perspective can be maintained in a mom's mind even though outward circumstances dictate otherwise.
Personal Thoughts: I would give this book to any mom with a host of little ones. It is so fitting, so realistic, so...funny! and perfect for busy moms as it sports short chapters in this short book. Easy to read, encouraging, and you'll even find yourself picking up a few strategies that just may change your perspective on a few things. If I could recommend just one chapter, read the one entitled "A Gracious Law." The author is so right as she talks about boundaries and discipline. So lock your self in the bathroom when you need 5 minutes, read a page or two, get a little perspective and enjoy your littles. Life is short.
Quote: "I didn't write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn't. I know this is a hard job because I'm right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement every day, because I need it too." --pg 12
"Sometimes parents can discipline behaviors over and over like we are playing whack-a-mole. There is a sin! Get it!" pg. 28
The Family at Church: Listening to Sermons and Attending Prayer Meetings
Summary: This book is like having two tiny books compressed into one. The first half explains how we can derive the most amount of blessing and practical good from preaching. After 4 very packed and thought provoking chapters, the book makes a sudden shift to talk about the importance and implementation of prayer meetings.
Personal Thoughts: I thought that I would enjoy the first part of this book more than the second part. In truth, the exact opposite happened. I have experienced incredible blessing under the preaching in the past years. However, I have not enjoyed the regular company of other Christians in an intimate setting where we brings our pleas to the Lord together. The second part of the book was very instrumental in changing my opinions on the importance of the prayer meeting, and one I would like to implement. This is a very practical book on 2 important matters.
Quote: "Pray for the conversion of sinners, the edification of saints, and the glorification of God's triune name. Pray for children, teenagers, and the elderly. Pray for listening ears and understanding hearts. Pray for yourself, saying, 'Lord, how real the danger is that I will not hear well! Of four kinds of hearers in the parable of the sower, only one kind heard properly. Help me, Lord, to concentrate fully on Thy Word as it comes to me, so that I may not hear the Word and yet perish. Let Thy Word have free course in my heart. Let it be accompanied with light, power and grace.' " --pg 9