Found by Micha Boyett. This memoir documents Boyett’s transformation from an earnest teen believing that she needed to earn God’s love by saving the world, to a weary-but-wiser young mother learning to love her “ordinary” life. She uses the Benedictine hours of prayer to structure the story and inform the deep understanding that no life is ordinary.
The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith. Home decorating is not one of my strong suits, but Smith’s tagline “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” really resonates with me. I love how she focuses on using what you have and letting your personality shine through to make your home a welcoming place for your family and friends. #imallaboutthequirky
Wonder Women by Kate Harris (from the Barna Frames series) addresses the same issues as Found, but throws statistics at the issue where Found uses poetry. The statistics do nothing to clarify the issue (Yep, moms are both stressed and happy. We’re weird like that.) and the privileged viewpoint that the narrative portion of the book is written from seems unhelpful at best (“sometimes God just provides… I happened to run into our old part-time nanny and she was available!”). I liked the author’s suggestion that we abandon “balance” and instead seek “coherence” from all the disparate parts of our lives. But reading this book didn’t help me figure out how to do that. I guess I should have known what to expect from the book’s tagline: “You don’t have to do it all. You really don’t.” Gee thanks, that’s real helpful. (Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
If you’re looking for a recommendation for your next book, I’d highly recommend looking at the other posts linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s Twitterature. I have gotten some really great suggestions (and found some wonderful blogs) from this group. I know I’ll be checking it out to make my summer reading list. What’s on yours?