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Finding Beauty in the Brokenness: Books

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There have been so many things pushing me through this loss and grief.  First and foremost is my hope in Christ. I honestly cannot imagine walking this road without His hand leading us, comforting us, caring for us, and faithfully providing for our needs. We would simply be left to wander aimlessly.

I’m all the more thankful for the lives we have been entrusted. Henry, Brooks, Clark, and Isaac have been reasons to get out of bed, and great sources of both joy and distraction.

Brad has been fiercely loyal.  We’ve hurt together, differently, but in unison. I know it’s times like these that either break you or make you, and we’re determined to let it grow us, even if it’s painful.

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Additionally, there have been a few other helps along the way that I’d like to share with you.  I know that so many of you have or are facing different hardships and grief, and I hope these can be a source of encouragement to you.  If you are coasting right now, perhaps you can use these resources to be a source of comfort to those hurting in your circles.

I’ll start with books. Words have been a powerful tool in helping me walk through the pain.  I’ve been listening to others who have walked through pain, uncertainty, loss, difficulties, and have come out shining. They’ve found beauty in the broken road – a journey I’m determined to endure.

Here are 3 Books God Has Used to Show Me Beauty in the Brokenness:

1. You’re Going to Be Okay by Holley Gerth

The timing of this book was impeccable. It arrived unexpectedly on my doorstep as an early release the day before my D&C.  You think that was simply accidental? I was a little afraid of working through this book, because I knew it would force me to swallow the hard things, and see God’s goodness through it. And it did.  This book was the warm hug and reassuring pat on the back that I needed in some of my darkest hours. It forced me to see so many truths, and embrace the hope that I can cling to in the joy and in the sorrow.

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2. Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman

I read this book in a little over 24 hour hours in some of those first hard days, because I simply could not stop reading it.  Although the Chapman’s weight of grief in loosing their daughter Maria, must be so much heavier than my own load, I could relate so much to her words, “All stories of hard are different, but pain and suffering are the common ground.” I found so much comfort through her writing and honesty in the struggle of choosing to SEE.

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3. I Will Carry You by Angie Smith

I read this book back in 2010, and it greatly changed the way I’ve responded to friends and family’s pain and losses. Brad and I have referenced it frequently over the last few weeks, and know that we both read it for a purpose. It’s a beautiful depiction of the sacred dance of grief and joy.

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What books have been a treasure to YOU in finding beauty in the brokenness?

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5 Books I’m So Glad I Read in 2013…

I’ve had some downtime over these long days, which has given me a little time to do some reading. In the busyness of the end of the year, my beloved Kindle had been neglected on my nightstand. Although these have been some of the most difficult of days, I’m thankful to find a little quiet reading time, which I didn’t realize I had been missing so much.

However, I did read most of my reading list for 2013, and handful more.

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Here Are My Top 5 Favorite Reads From 2013:

1. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

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This book was a beautiful recipe memoir of why we gather around the table, and how food serves as a comfort, a place for community, nourishment, and tradition. I started using the recipes from this book immediately, and continue to do so.

2. Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by David Platt

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We have been unpacking this read with my small group and it has been so convicting and provoking.  It’s definitely a book that requires action and application, and gives you a heart for global missions as well as those within your everyday circles.

3. Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle

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Definitely the funniest read of 2013, but this memoir by Melanie Shankle was so much more than just laughs.  It was so easy to relate to her writing and her heart, and I am so anxious to read her next book that comes out in February!

4. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriaty

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It’s not often that a fiction book sticks with you and makes you think long after you’ve flown through its chapters, but this one did just that.

5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

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I was instantly hooked to the characters, circumstances, and the mystery of this novel, and the strength of love through tragedy and loss.

I’ve already made my way through 2 1/2 books in 2014, and I’m still up for suggestions to add to my list!  So what did YOU read in 2013?  What’s a must-read for my list this year?  Stay tuned and I’ll share what books I’m looking forward to sticking my nose in during 2014…

 

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Library Book Haul: Favorite Check-Outs from November

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Well, it’s officially December, which means it’s time to review our favorite library kids’ book check-outs from last month!  We love this monthly feature and hope you enjoy it and get some great book selection suggestions as well.  I really like the opportunity to exchange must-reads with one another – so if you have suggestions for our December book list, please let us know in the comments! 

Here Are 10 of Our Favorite Check-Outs from Our November Library Haul:

1. The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons – The artwork, details, and commentary on our moon were delightful in this book.  Enjoyable for all of us!

2. Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson – This book about two friends who have different approaches to life and methods to traveling through life.

3. If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen – We haven’t found a Chris Van Dusen book that we don’t want to own! Love the creativity and imagination in this fun read!

4. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman – Suddenly some of these classics are getting even better now that the boys can help read them! This is one of our absolute favorites.

5. Freckle Juice by Judy Blume – This was our favorite chapter book read this month. What a great read aloud to enjoy together!

6. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – This is a great rendition of a classic Aesop’s Fable. The illustrations are gorgeous.

7. Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthyCan you tell our boys are completely memorized by all things space? This was a great non-fiction read about becoming an astronaut, with lots of humor added into the informative read.

8. How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman – This is a great read about a girl’s journey around the world to gather ingredients for her apple pie. Great ways to reinforce geography and culture from around the world through this read.

9. How Many Days to America by Eve Bunting –  A beautiful read on a family who journeys by boat to America from their native island, and the celebration of freedom.

10. Doug Unplugged by Dan Vaccarino – We picked up this cute book from the new table at the library, and the boys really enjoyed this story about a robot who unplugs one day as an adventure.

So that concludes our Top 10 Library Check-Outs from November, but I can’t wait to hear what YOU recommend for us to check-out next!

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