Nonfiction round-up
The Gift of Failure

The Gift of Failure

Will and I talk a lot about natural consequences in our parenting, but when it's time to put those principles into practice, we wonder if we're doing the right thing. This book answers that question with an emphatic YES. If we want to raise self-reliant, resilient adults, we need to let them fail. I especially appreciated Lahey's in-depth treatment of what these principles look like in action for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. More info →
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Money Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference

Money Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference

$10.99$0.99Audiobook: 11.49 (Whispersync)
This topic won't be new to readers of Crystal's popular blog Money Saving Mom, but much of the content is. Crystal calls this a hands-on manual to help you discover your passions and talents and turn those into a profitable business. I most appreciated the behind-the-scenes looks at Crystal's own business: what's made her successful, and what mistakes she's made along the way. More info →
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Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

$11.99$1.99Audiobook: 7.49 (Audible)
I'm not sure the concept of this book would have made sense to me in my early twenties, but nearly 15 years later, I understand what it means to be "out of sorts"—it's that disoriented feeling that comes with personal growth and change. In a spiritual sense, it's that time when you're having to figure out everything you thought you once knew "for sure" all over again. Those who feel that they're still sorting through their faith, or sorting through it again, will relate to Bessey's personal journey. My favorite line: "If our faith doesn’t change and evolve as we go through our lives, then we simply aren’t paying attention." More info →
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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

$12.99$2.99Audiobook: 7.49 (Whispersync)
This isn't a productivity book, exactly: McKeown's point is that instead of trying to get more done, we need to focus on getting only the right things done. Ironically, this book about ignoring the inessential felt a little padded to me. My favorite takeaway was the "monk mode" strategy McKeown relied on to write this book: he shut out the world from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every day to focus on his "essential" project for that season. More info →
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Write without Crushing Your Soul: Sustainable Publishing and Freelancing

Write without Crushing Your Soul: Sustainable Publishing and Freelancing

$9.99$0.99
Before reading this helpful guide, I didn't even know how much I didn't know about the world of Christian publishing. Cyzewski has an impressively vast writing and publishing background and shares heavily from his own experiences and those of his peers. If you're a writer of faith, you'll appreciate his straight talk on the ins and outs of the industry, as well as how to save your soul (and your sanity) from the unusual demands of the writing life. More info →
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My Kitchen Year

My Kitchen Year

$16.99$1.99
I'd forgotten how good Reichl's food writing is: I loved this so much, I can't even tell you. This collection truly is as much memoir as cookbook: there's a story to accompany every single recipe. (I only made one recipe—the marinated london broil—but it was a hit.) I happened to sit down and read this (like a novel) right after we got back from New York, and I especially loved the copious number of NYC stories: I kept googling Manhattan shops, neighborhoods, and restaurants while reading. I checked this out of the library and I already miss it: this might be a keeper. More info →
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

I was a little afraid to pick this one up because I feared it would be heavy and heartbreaking. It is those things, but it's also incredibly hopeful. Stevenson's story-driven account describes his work with the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit legal organization he founded, and closely follows the story of Walter, a man sentenced to Alabama's death row for a crime he didn't commit. Moving and beautifully written. More info →
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