Reading Challenge 2017

I’m a homeschooling  mom of 7 children. I barely have time to shower. I have to keep up with housework, laundry, schooling, meals, and countless other things to keep a large family running smoothly. So of course I don’t have time to curl up in a cozy chair and read a book, right?


Reading is a priority for me. This wasn’t always so – I used to think I just didn’t have time for something so trivial and enjoyable as reading. And of course it is true that I can’t spend countless hours immersed in a good book like I could before becoming a momma. But I now see that reading is so important for me as a mom. It’s not usually directly related to me being a mom (although I do occasionally read books about parenting), but reading a wide variety of books is so very pertinent for my personal growth. If we’re not growing, then we’re, well…stagnant. And no one wants to be stagnant. The word stagnant makes me think of slimy stale pond water. I’d rather be like a lively, bubbling spring of freshness.  Reading a variety of books enlarges my world, gives me new ideas, new dreams, and new ways of relating to the world. It helps me have a healthy mind.

And as we all know, children often model behavior. I remember seeing my mom read books, and going to the library was not only for my sister and I but for her too. I definitely attribute my love of books partly to my mom’s example. So, I think that by me reading books and loving books, it is much more likely that my children will love books too.

This year I’m doing a Christian Reading Challenge that my Pastor recommended. I’m currently 2 months into the 2017 challenge and I’m really enjoying the wide variety of books I’ve read. It has encouraged me to go outside of my typical genres which makes it a growing and stretching experience! The challenge doesn’t tell you what specifically to read, but instead gives a checklist of categories, such as a biography, a classic novel, a book about history, a book targeted at your gender, and so on. This is great for me, because I still get to choose books that I’m interested in, but by having categories to check off, I am expanding the types of books I read.

It’s not too late to join in if you want to try it out! Here’s a link to the reading list: 2017 Reading Challenge

The books I’ve read so far this year:

  • Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford – I highly recommend this one! Its about focusing on what really matters, putting away distractions in your life and being truly present.
  • Commentary on Ephesians by Matthew Henry
  • Simplify your Life – a book about organization
  • Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
  • Boring: Finding and Extraordinary God in an ordinary life by Michael Kelley
  • Confessions of St. Augustine – interesting in parts, rambling in parts, but definitely the oldest book I have ever read. It was written in 400 A.D.!
  • Sugar Crush – this one scared me away from eating any sugar for a while – I learned about additional health impacts of sugar that I didn’t already know though
  • God is Red – a book on how Christianity grew and flourished in communist China – this one was kind of boring – I don’t recommend it
  • The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippets- this was great – a book on the real-life faith and suffering of a sister in Christ with cancer

The books I’m currently reading:

  • Commentary on Galatians by Matthew Henry
  • Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
  • Moby Dick – I’m having a hard time getting through this one :/
  • Covered Glory  by David Phillips – this is about headcovering in the Christian church There will probably be another post about this topic in time!


I already have several more books in queue! If I can ever get through Moby Dick anyway…

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