Our July Reads (2016)


July was out of this world busy. It seems we had a birthday every single week. With various field trips and comic conventions thrown in – yes, we read those, too – mommy’s surprised we got much else done.  However, we are back in action on the formal learning front. Thus, books! Each month we’ve been blessed with incredible reads. This month was no exception.

Two of these books were included in Our Morning Basket. The rest were personal reads for mom, all pertaining to parenting. Here’s a rundown of the books we enjoyed during the month of July:

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl) – Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox–Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.
    The first read of the month for Our Morning Basket, I couldn’t wait to share this funny story with the kids. We laughed until our sides hurt, watched the movie (which was an entirely different animal altogether), and then promptly downloaded the soundtrack (which was surprisingly great). This isn’t fine literature, but it’s a fun read.
  2. The Wainscott Weasel (Tor Seidler) – While other young weasels dance under the pines, Bagley thinks about Bridget, the mesmerizing fish who lives in a pond down the brook from his den. Only a true hero can save Bridget from the gruesome death that awaits her and this is exactly what Bagley, much to his own surprise, proves himself to be.
    I purchased this book before having kiddos for the art alone, and quickly discovered the story was a charmer. The kids found the book sweet. It was a pleasant read to start our morning.
  3. The Radical Pursuit of Rest (John Koessler) – We live in a culture that values activity, achievement and accomplishment. Whether in our careers, churches, schools or families, busyness is the norm in our lives, and anything less makes us feel unproductive and anxious. We have to work all the harder, then, to pursue true rest in a 24/7 world that is constantly in motion.
    A fantastic book I discovered through the Building Relationships podcast. How we view productivity, our involvement in the church, and the notion of being useful is all challenged by Mr. Koessler. Definitely a must read!
  4. Full Time Parenting (Israel Wayne) – A typical working parent spends just 19 minutes a day looking after their children. Many parents are determining to take back the raising of their own children. They are not content to be a part-time babysitter for their child. They want to be Full-time Parents. Learn how to take the steps towards becoming a Full-time Parent, or learn how to be a better one.
    Another spectacular book by Mr. Israel Wayne. While I might be spending more than nineteen minutes a day with my kiddos, I want to be using my time to the fullest. Mr. Wayne offers Biblical wisdom on such topics as Family Culture vs. Pop Culture, The Perfect Family Syndrome, and A Christian Education Manifesto. Get it, read it, you’ll love it. (A full review of this book will be coming soon!)

August’s stack of books is already piled high and we’re ready to get moving. With school back in, there’s plenty to keep us busy and explore. If only we can find time to read them all.

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