I go in and out of reading phases. Usually in the seasons where I am not reading at all, I am also struggling. Reading keeps me balanced. It reminds me of truth. It keeps me feeling connected. And it provides important narrative in my sometimes difficult and lonely days of raising littles.
In the first few weeks of Thatcher’s life, I found myself picking up and reading actual books. Those were the weeks of lots and lots of late night nursing sessions. I found myself devouring words at 2 am. It was the place I was in at the time.
Now, Thatcher is almost 5-months old and my days feel SO much more full and frantic. I do not have the energy to casually grab a book + read on the couch. It is not the place I am currently in, but I have found that I have a lot of quiet space when I am doing things (preschool pick-ups, laundry, dishes, runs, and cleaning the floors…again). I am a big believer that some quiet space is a very good + necessary thing for my own soul, but there are times where I could use some words of wisdom. I have been using Hoopla and it is my new favorite free library resource.
I wanted to share the last few books I have listened to because they have had a profound impact on me, personally. I have noticed that they all definitely share a common thread about dealing with feeling overwhelmed and anxious. They also all point back to Christ. On my runs, I have gotten literal chills as my own heart has so deeply resonated to the words.
Here are the books I have currently read/in the midst of reading: