3 Books I Completed This Previous Week (+ a film we watched)

In 2022, I’m setting monthly reading goals. You’ll be able to see the 9 books I picked to read in January here.

To date, I’m very excited to say that I’ve already completed two from the stack + an audiobook and I’m in the course of studying three others and hope to have them completed subsequent week! YAY!

My Sincere Evaluations From This Week

Listed below are my sincere opinions of the the three books I learn this previous week:

Be aware: You’ll be able to observe together with the books I end this 12 months and my star ratings over on GoodReads. Additionally, books are rated on a 1-5 star scale. I principally received’t end a ebook if it’s one star (not value my time!) and I’ll not often give a ebook a 5-star ranking except it was simply completely superb or life-changing.


A buddy inspired me to learn this ebook because it’s the story of a mother who provides start to a child with Down syndrome and her sincere first 12 months of processing this surprising information — grieving, studying, and discovering pleasure in it.

In studying it, I believed rather a lot about Child D’s mother and what it will need to have been like for her to seek out out her son had Down syndrome after he was born. It’s given me much more empathy and compassion for her and plenty of different mothers who’ve walked and are strolling an identical highway.

The mentioned, I felt just like the ebook had plenty of fluff — like she was speculated to hit a phrase rely given to her by her writer, so she had so as to add in a bunch of not-very-related aspect tales and superficial anecdotes simply to hit that phrase rely. I ended up skimming some sections due to this.

As well as, it was not written from a Christian perspective or the idea in God’s sovereignty or faithfulness. I believe an enormous piece was lacking due to this.

And eventually, there was plenty of cussing within the ebook. It felt extreme and pointless and overly dramatic to me. Thus, my 2-star total verdict.

Verdict: 2 stars

The Story of You

I’ve liked different books by Ian Morgan Cron and was enthusiastic about this ebook as a result of it goes into the narrative and tales we frequently inform ourselves from childhood that form our beliefs, actions, responses, and baggage — usually with out us even realizing it.

Whereas I did discover plenty of useful nuggets in it, particularly when it got here to understanding and regarding others, the ebook fell principally flat for me. I believe the most important motive was that it wasn’t Gospel-centered or grounded. Whereas it acknowledged the Lord and a relationship with Him in components, it was a really watered-down model of what I consider the Gospel is.

True coronary heart change and true wholeness and true altering of our destructive narrative can solely come from understanding entire we’re in Christ. THAT is what permits us to alter from the within out and step into the fullness of all God has referred to as us to be.

For individuals who are Christians, I consider it’s inconceivable to step into who God has designed us to be (what I consider is the proper definition of “our true self”) with out a outstanding work of grace in our hearts and with out relying totally and wholly on the completed work of Christ on the Cross. As well as, it comes from that deep consciousness of how a lot we’re liked by God and the way a lot we’re forgiven by Him. Once we grasp the depths of this, it modifications who we’re and the way we dwell.

Verdict: 3 stars

The Way it Should Be (audiobook)

This ebook was advisable to me by a follower who mentioned she had listened to it on Libby (my favourite app for downloading free audiobooks). I promptly checked Libby and it was out there — so I downloaded it. Inside only a few chapters, I used to be invested within the story.

It’s a fictional account of a mother whose kids find yourself in foster care and are positioned along with her sister, who she is estranged from. It chronicles a number of viewpoints of the foster care system — and I believed it did a extremely lovely job of bringing to gentle what organic dad and mom stroll by means of, what kids in foster care stroll by means of, what it’s prefer to be a foster mother or father, how laborious it’s to interrupt free from dependancy, and the way all of us have to be extending extra grace and kindness and believing the very best of others.

If you need an inside look into foster care and aren’t into studying a non-fiction ebook, I’d extremely advocate this one. I believe it would assist you may have a greater understanding of what the foster care system is like (it’s messy and flawed), the feelings that foster dad and mom undergo (additionally messy and flawed — and one massive emotional curler coaster!), and the way tough it’s for organic dad and mom who’re scuffling with addictions (there aren’t easy options or pat solutions — particularly if there are years of unhealthy relationships and layers upon layers to their tales, which there often are).

My solely beef could be that I felt like a number of of the characters had been slightly too excellent and a number of the character and story growth felt prefer it was missing. However for probably the most half, it was uncooked and actual and never sugar-coated, and I used to be truthfully stunned by how I might personally relate to a lot of the story and the feelings with what we’ve walked by means of in foster care.

Verdict: 4 stars

A Film We Watched This Week

Clifford: The Big Red Dog

I’d seen some trailers for this film and thought it might be a enjoyable household film — particularly one which Kierstyn would possibly have the ability to take pleasure in as she loves canines. Total, I believed it was a reasonably good film, so far as child’s/household films go. I felt prefer it was most likely geared towards grade college children.

It had some humorous components, it wasn’t utterly predictable, and it saved me wanting to observe (which is commonly not the case for me!). Do word: there are a number of scenes the place children should not variety to 1 one other and a few “slapstick violence” (read more here). You probably have children who’re delicate, it’s most likely not a sensible choice because it has some scenes that might really feel intense or upsetting.

Did you end any books this previous week? Inform us about them within the feedback!

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