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Free Books on Kindle: Beyond Ordinary

I love when a book on my wish list goes FREE on Amazon!  Several people in my circles have talked about Beyond Ordinary and the impact it has had on their marriage, and so I started digging in {for FREE} last night!


I loved this quote in the first chapter.

Ordinary is the biggest enemy of a great marriage. Ordinary is characterized by dissatisfaction, misunderstanding, and stale love. Ordinary is the birthplace of adultery.  Ordinary is a place where divorce looks better than staying together. Ordinary is the subtle trap that convinces you that your marriage is as good as it will ever get.  Ordinary marriages lose hope. Ordinary marriages lose vision. Ordinary marriages give in to compromise.

Perhaps your marriage isn’t in deep peril or strife, but I think any of us who have been married for a while, can relate to some of the ordinariness that can creep into life and know that marriage requires constant upkeep and hard work in order for it to grow.

This isn’t a typical “self-help” marriage book that addresses a behavior to change or adapt.  This is a Justin and Trisha’s personal perspective and insight of their own mistakes and how they saved their relationship from dissolving through the transformation of their hearts.  I think this book can be an encouragement to both marriages that need rescued, and ones that need some minor maintenance.

I look forward to digging in deeper to their personal stories and perspective this summer in Beyond Ordinary and would love for you to join me! 

{Don’t forget you don’t have to have a Kindle to enjoy the free book!  You can download it to your computer, phone, or tablet! You can find out more here.}


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13 Good Reads for 2013

13 Good Reads for 2013

I love getting a good book recommendation, it’s like a gift that keeps unwrapping itself within each page.  Once Brad bought me my Kindle {just the basic cheap, easy on your eyes one} I reclaimed my reading groove after kids. Reading is my selfish unwind time that I sneak into my busy days.  A 1/2 a chapter at the end of a bath, a 1/4 of a chapter while the boys are occupied, or a few pages before I crash for the night…

And I LOVE my reading aloud time with the boys. We’ve been slowly working through our 65 Read Aloud Books for Boys list.  So far we’ve completed The Indian in the Cupboard, The Tale of Despereaux, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

I also love hearing what’s on your “to-read” lists, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing mine as well.

Here are some books that I plan on reading in 2013 – hopefully I’ll read even more (especially fiction since I haven’t added any yet to that category)!!!

Parenting Reads for 2013

give them grace - elyse m. fitzpatrick and jessica thompson  simplicity parenting - kim john payne wild things - stephen james and david thomas

  • Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson  “Being good” isn’t what we really want for our kids – we want to lavish them in the grace of the gospel…
  • Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne This book has been recommended several times and seems to be a message that I want to implement even more…
  • Wild Things by Stephen James and David Thomas I had the opportunity to hear David Thomas speak at DotMom in Birmingham, and look forward to reading more of his insight on parenting boys within these pages…


Home Reads for 2013

artisian bread in five minutes a day - jeff hertzberg and zoe fancois the reluctant entertainer - sandy coughlin the good life for less - amy clark


Faith Reads for 2013

follow me - david platt multiply - francis chan interrupted - jen hatmaker

  • Follow Me by David Platt This book will be released next month and it looks like it will be powerful…
  • Multiply by Francis Chan I look forward to digging into this read on the contagious chain of discipleship…
  • Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker I read 7 : An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker in 2012 which was both convicting and compelling, and I think this will be as well…


Kids Read Alouds for 2013

the intevention of hugo cabret - brian selznick thoughts to make your heart sing - sally lloyd-jones the mouse and the motorcycle - beverly clearly

So that’s 12 books I’d like to check off my to-read list in 2013…now YOU are responsible for picking out #13…or 14, 15, 16, etc. =)  I’d love a few recommendations from your own Must-Read Lists!

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