For this week’s takes, I’m going to share my summer reading list. Some finished, some not quite.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
This book is the non-fiction account of the author’s attempt at living for one year only eating food that is grown, raised, or created in the county where she lives.
So fascinating. I am about half-way through.
Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire by William Cavanaugh
Just started this one. It’s short, a series of chapters exploring the relationship between economic freedom, desire, and how the things we desire are created. It explores how the everyday economic choices we make can help (or hinder) our pursuit of the common good.
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
I bought this on impulse at Target after reading about 500 good reviews of this book. Fictionalized account of the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley.
Haven’t started yet.
Smart Martha’s Catholic Guide for Busy Moms by Tami Kiser
I have had this book forever. I bought it like a year ago and read the first chapter. The life happened. You know, that old chestnut. So I decided to crack it open again and see if it has any good ideas for how I can try to manage the chaos of having two infants and a toddler come December.
The only chapter I’ve read so far is the very first, all about toys. So far, so good.
Her whole approach is about being a “Smart Martha” – a Martha who uses her time wisely to accomplish needed tasks, making sure there’s enough time to be Mary too.
There are chapters on social media, mealtimes, and prioritizing activities. Really interested in reading more!
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Lovely book about writing as craft and as spiritual exercise. I’m enjoying it very much so far.
Called to be Holy by Cardinal Dolan
My women’s book club is reading this for July/August and wow. It is so simple and very challenging. Each chapter covers a virtue or important aspect of the Christian life and practical ways to grow in that area. The book was originally written for priests and seminarians, but it has wonderful, challenging words for lay people as well.
And with that…no more books.
Just a happy weekend to everyone!
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