Tuesday, May 17, 2011


So we switched internet services and I am having trouble getting my wireless photo uploader thingee to work. And I tried to fix it on Sunday and now I have somehow lost the camera. Now it must be in the house somewhere (unless the camera rapture has happened) but I can't find it yet (let's blame the children- why blame myself?). So since I can't show you pictures of anything, you get book reviews.

Inner Simplicity- Elaine St. James

Ok, I don't like being negative but I didn't like this book. There is nothing inherently wrong with this book. It is well written and organized, but it just wasn't for me. The only way I can describe is is to say that it was too "patchouli " for me (codeword "spiritual hippy style). I value the concept of simplicity and I am trying to learn to be more simple, but I don't care to consult a psychic, use a ouija board, practice out of body experiences or join a group to dance and talk about my progress. For those who do embrace this kind of stuff, this could be your book. It wasn't mine.

Growing a Spiritually Strong Family- Dennis & Barbara Rainey

This book is short and sweet. I want my hubby to read it and it is perfect for the kind of person who doesn't love to read but likes to learn. This book is very succinct in discussing some ways to make your family strong and instill values and a love for God that will last your kids into adulthood. The book helps you get started by giving you ideas that are really doable at a variety of ages.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle- Barbara Kingsolver

READ THIS BOOK. This is an incredible book about a year in the life of a family that decides to produce as much of their own food as possible and source the rest locally. First of all, the book is written beautifully. You WILL want to garden after reading such tantalizing stories of homegrown tomatoes and the like. But this book also has a lot to say about the way we raise our food and how as a society, we have moved ourselves into a very dangerous and tenuous place in terms of keeping ourselves fed. So inspiring. I am forever changed by her words.

I find that I am battling a fatigue that I have never experienced before. Life is the space between hard fought for naps these days. I hope this is just a phase and not a window into my future.

Love and blessings to all!

1 comment:

  1. Ooooh, I love Barbara Kingsolver so I will definitely pick up that one, even though it will probably make me feel guilty for having absolutely no intention of starting a garden.