Our April Reads (2016)

April Reads (2016)April was an exciting, albeit fast, month on the book front. Between being on break for an entire week and going on a multitude of field trips, we didn’t get finished with half the books I had planned. A few of these books were included in Our Morning Basket, another was a parenting pick. Here’s a rundown of the books we enjoyed during the month of April:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle) – Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
    My kids loved this story! We read the entire book in only a few days, with my children wishing the book were longer. I enjoyed the Biblical references throughout the story, as well as the creative mind which went into the story telling. A must read! (We’ll be reading the subsequent books during the month of May.)
  2. Rasco and the Rats of NIMH (Jane Leslie Conley) – Racso, a brash and boastful little rodent, is making his way to Thorn Valley, determined to learn how to read and write and become a hero. His bragging and lies get him off to a bad start, but a crisis gives him the opportunity to prove his mettle.
    This story was a bit of a disappointment for us. The first book, Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of NIMH, was a treasure. While this book is marked a sequel to Mrs. Frisby, it is written by a different author and it shows. The story was much slower going, and lacked the charm of the original tale.
  3. Pitchin’ A Fit! (Israel & Brook Wayne) – Parenting comes with stresses that can make the most laid-back among us feel irritable, frustrated, and angry. Even parents who sincerely love their children sometimes use the wrong methods of anger and frustration in an attempt to control their children. But angry parenting doesn’t just weaken relationships between parents and their children; it can, over time, destroy them.
    Yet another spectacular book on the parenting front, and my personal pick of the month. Mr. Wayne, and his lovely wife, lay out a solid foundation for Biblical parenting, addressing the issue of anger in our homes. I appreciated the continual use of Scripture throughout the book. From what causes us to become angry and God’s instruction on the matter, to nurturing the heart of our children; this book is encouragement from cover to cover.  

May’s stack of books is already piled high and we’re ready to get moving. Prayerfully we’ll make it through, especially given the amount of field trips on the books! Here’s to sunshine, picnic blankets, and a comfy spot to read.

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