Top 5 Books I Read in 2013 (Bonus: 3 More That Helped Me Be a Better Parent)
If you are looking for some books to read this year, may I suggest a few?
My Top 5
It was hard to narrow down the list to my favorites, but here is my best shot.
- Teaching with Poverty in Mind. This resource has been eye-opening for me, helping to better understand children who are growing up in poverty. I have written about this book several times on this blog (including Poverty, Stress, and the Brain; Teachers and Coaches: Relationships Matter; and more), and I heard author Eric Jensen speak at a conference in March. If you are working with children and youth in poverty, you must read this book.
- The In-Between. If you struggle with being still and embracing the mundane moments of life (which comprise most of our days), Jeff Goins wrote the perfect book for you. A very quick read, but is probably better if you take it in slowly. I will have a review of this book published soon. (Edit: Here it is.)
- A Slave of Circumstance. A history of Allendale (SC) over the last 50 years, by Reverend James Brewton. You can read my glowing review.
- Don’t Make Me Count to Three! I had this book (by Ginger Plowman) on my shelf for years. I wish I had read it long ago, but I’m glad I finally did. Another book that I haven’t published a review of, yet. (Edit: Here it is.)
- Leading a Special Needs Ministry. If you have a special needs ministry in your church, or you are looking to start one, you can’t find a better resource than what Amy Fenton Lee has provided. You can check out my longer review here.
To buy any of these books, just click on the link on the book title.
Other Books That Helped Me Be a Better Parent
Though they didn’t make my top 5, the following books helped me be a better parent:
- Case for Faith (Student Edition). My review of this book was one of the top posts on my parenting blog for 2013. My daughter and I read this book together, and spent time talking about each chapter.
- Let’s Talk about Sex. Series of talking with your kids about sex.
- Lord of the Rings. Elijah & I read this trilogy, and then we all watched the movies.
Some of these books equipped me to be a better parent, while the Lord of the Rings trilogy was just a fun way to connect with my children, especially my sons. They all helped me engaged my children on a more meaningful level.
What great books did you read last year? Let us know in the comments.