Books that inspired us, made us laugh, made us think, showed us a bit more about God, and engaged our children, here on our list of top seven books we read in 2014. Fletch has openly admitted that he's not much of a reader, so the list is Kendra-heavy. But if we had a top ten podcasts list? Fletch's list would be the whole post!
New Morning Mercies is Paul Tripp's new devotional, and it has been a wonderful treat for me. I recently wrote about it on the Preschoolers and Peace site: My Favorite Devotional of 2014 (and It's Not Just For Moms).
Wonder - Our daughters and I started this one when we knew we'd be in the car a lot this fall. A boy born with a severe facial deformity, a loving family that seeks to protect and defend him, and a world that tries to come to terms with a different definition of "normal". The girls are 15, 13, and 11, while I am 44, and we all were deeply touched by Wonder.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is Crystal Paine's (Money Saving Mom) treatise on getting control of the life that's making you feel as if you're drowning. Even though I'm already an organized person who loves to chase balance, I found nuggets in Crystal's book that helped me pinpoint the most important ways to spend my time and shave off what needed to go.
Miss Buncle's Book - What happens when the most unlikely person to write a book about the whole town writes a book about the whole town, and it becomes a bestseller? Written in the 1920's, Miss Buncle's Book was nothing but a pleasure to read.
My Escape From the Auto de Fe - I've read literally hundreds of chapter books aloud to our kids over the past 20 years or so, and I'm always looking for interesting, engaging historical fiction that stands the test of time. My Escape From the Auto de Fe was a new title for us, and it quickly rose to the top of the list of really great titles to read aloud. The Spanish Inquisition, Christians escaping, and plenty of adventure!
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the 6th book in a series of murder mysteries set in 1950's England. The heroine is a spunky 11-year-old girl who loves chemistry, her father, and their dilapidated English manor home. If you want to start at the beginning of the series, pick up a copy of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
David and Goliath - I'm a big Malcolm Gladwell fan, and was particularly interested in his newest title, David and Goliath. Are underdogs really behind the 8-ball, or is there something working in their favor when what seems like the impossible comes true?
So, that was actually 9 ;)