Books I Read, Goals

Books I Read in January My Thoughts, Ratings & Recommendations

One of my goals this year is to read 24 books. Last year I read 18 books on accident, so I’m thinking that finishing 24 books on purpose isn’t too lofty of a goal. I thought it might be a helpful practice for me to record what I read here, as well as my GoodReads account. Plus, I love seeing what books people recommend, so I thought others may appreciate it as well! So, without further ado, here are the books I read (or finished) in January:

Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman

I’ve been reading this book for about a year now, doing 1–2 chapters a month with my mentor. I just so happened to finish it in January, so I’m definitely counting it toward my 2018 reading goal! 🙂 This is a book less about parenting tips and more about how we are made to mother (whether we have biological children or not), and how Christ helps us do that. The whole first half of the book is a grand overview of the entire Old Testament, so this book is a bit different than you would expect from the title, but still so very good! I feel like it laid some important groundwork for my mothering.

Rating & Recommendation: 8/10. This is a great book for any woman, but especially mothers or those who want a better grasp for how the Bible relates to their life.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

In full disclosure, I didn’t actually finish this book, but I got close enough to count. I’ve added a lot of books to my list this year that I’ve either been recommended by others or seen recommended somewhere, and this is one of those. It was a good story that I wanted to like, but after a certain point in the book, there just got to be a bit too much, ahem, relations. So I put it down in favor of something with a bit more meat.

Rating & Recommendation: 2/10. I’d skip this one. I really hate quitting books before I finish them, so that says something.

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption by Elisabeth O’Toole

I read this book as a way to help us share our news that we’re adopting and to assist me as I’m talking about our adoption with people. But really, I do just wish I could buy 100 copies and give them out to all my close friends and family. This is a wonderful book if you are curious about adoption or are close to someone who’s adopting. There are tons of practical ways for you to love and support someone who’s going through adoption, and this book helps you think through what your loved ones are experiencing.

Rating & Recommendation: 10/10. READ THIS if you are close to someone who’s adopting!

Fund Your Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Adopt Debt-Free by Jeremy Resmer

Brian and I read this book to get a grasp for funding our adoption. We also took their online course, so a lot of the content was covered in both. If you are adopting, this is a great resource to get you thinking of creative ways to fund your adoption. They talked about fundraisers, grants, loans, the tax credit, and more. This is a super short e-book, so it’s a quick read and more of an overview/intro to the world of adoption funding.

Rating & Recommendation: 8/10. This is a great read for those starting the adoption process.

What books did you read in January? I love seeing suggestions! See you next month for February Reads!

Love, Team Douglas

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