2022 Bookshelf

I divided my reads for the first half of the year into the categories of Nonfiction, Fiction, and Read Alouds. These are brief thoughts on each book and I can recommend each of them. Image Bearers by Herbie Newell is one of my new favorite books and I have gifted it to others already. That was my favorite book from the first six months of 2022.

Nonfiction

The Heart of Community

By Amy Eldridge

Written by the founder of Love Without Boundaries, this book shares stories of the impact of the nonprofit community in real life situations. There are hundreds of thousands of orphans and vulnerable people who need practical, physical help around the world. When community comes together and hands, hearts, and finances are joined, then great things can happen and lives can be changed.

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

By Tony Reinke 

Our phones can be useful tools used for work and pleasure, or they can become idols that consume our thoughts and time. We can quickly become dependent on our phones and rely on them for social connection and security. This book outlines how life and society has changed with technology and allows you to take an honest look at your personal digital consumption.

Image Bearers

By Herbie Newell

This is the MVP of the year. It is so helpful in putting words to the reasoning behind prolife Christian views and offers practical steps in all areas of life to prove that we value image bearers of Christ. This is authored by the president of our adoption agency, Lifeline Children’s Services, which offers adoption services, but also so many other resources for all of God’s precious image bearers.

Fiction

The Christmas Pig

By JK Rowling

I received this for Christmas. I was warned that it might be a little intense for my sensitive child, so I read it independently instead of aloud. The story is creative and seems to mirror the mind of a child who is navigating difficult life scenarios. It tells the story of a boy maneuvering life with his divorced parents and trying to rescue his beloved toy, DP, when he has been lost. 

The Slippery Slope

By Lemony Snicket 

The latest caper of the Baudelaires as they try to maintain freedom from the evil Count Olaf. The usual ingenuity and adventure is paired with partnering with a newfound friend and a daring rescue attempt. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By JK Rowling

Re-reading for the umpteenth time, because sometimes the familiar is so comforting and remembering forgotten details is helpful.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

By Suzanne Collins

This prequel to The Hunter Games sheds light on how the hunger games were developed and how President Snow became the leader he was in pthe original series. There were nods to familiar characters, but colorful new characters and insights into life on the districts and a different vision of the capitol. This examination of humanity and the driving motivations behind thought and action shows that we are capable of more than we think, both good and evil. 

The Secret Zoo

By Bryan Chick 

A teacher friend recommended this series and I think my animal loving boys will enjoy it. It follows a friend group of three on a mission to find a missing sister. As they find clues to her disappearance they discover their local zoo is much more than it appears from the outside.

Secrets 

By Robin Jones Gunn

This author was one of my favorites starting in middle school and every once in awhile I revisit her work. Secrets is book one in her Glenbrooke Series and the characters make me feel at home and the stories feel the warm embrace of God as I am reminded of the times in my life He has guided and provided for me.

Whispers

By Robin Jones Gunn

This is book two in the Glenbrooke Series and the scene in beautiful Hawaii. Sometimes God works in surprising ways and our response to His prompting shows our true heart attitude. This serves as a reminder to listen to the whisper of the Lord and not only shout our demands and requests to Him.

Read Alouds

Unfolding Grace for Kids: A 40 Day Journey Through the Bible

By Crossway

The Boys and I worked through this for Lent and it was so helpful to take a broad view of the full story of the Bible as we prepared our hearts to observe Easter. There are so many valuable children’s resources available and I appreciated how this one did not have colorful cartoon images or added commentary. As my boys grow older we need resources that are primarily Scripture so they understand the value and importance of honoring the Word of God over the words crafted by man.

The Story of Dr. Doolittle 

By Hugh Lofting 

How fun would it be to be able to speak with animals! We all enjoyed this tale of Dr. Doolittle helping animals and were surprised at how the animals also had to help him! The boys would laugh at the antics of Dr. Doolittle’s silly companions and then guessed at how he would work out the situations he found himself in through his travels. 

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