Category: books

The One With One Dress.One Year….and a Giveaway!!!

A 16 year old girl decided to take a stand against human trafficking. Yes, 16. When I was sixteen, I was worried about my cheerleading uniform, my weight, and my boyfriend. That was about it. Bethany Winz decided to wear one black dress every day for one year in an effort to raise awareness of and money for human trafficking. One Dress. One Year. tells her story.

She had me at the introduction.

The dress helped me see myself for who I was….: a girl who needed to be set free from perfectionism and pride and guilt and the notion that I couldn’t buy my way into God’s good graces with my grand plans. I couldn’t. All I could do was hope that somehow, even when I felt unlovable, he loved me still. The beautiful part was that in my darkness and my doubt, God met me. He’s still meeting me. I’m sure your story won’t be the same as mine, but I bet if you look closely, you’ll find God meeting you too. (p.13)


The One With the Big Magic

big magic

I almost quit my blog at the beginning of this year. I feel like every other blogger out there…and there are so very many, is better than me. Or has something more important to say. Or at least knows how to say it better. I’m not inspiring anyone. I’m not changing the world through my words. It is definitely not a career.

Then I read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. And then I read it again. In it, Gilbert describes how we are made to create things, we have always been creators of things. We may not all be as talented as Shakespeare or Van Gogh or Beethoven, but we can all create things. What stops most of us from creating things though? Fear. “Fear is boring,” (p.19)


The One With “The Uprising”

Last spring, I ended up at the greatest PTO meeting ever! I know, how is a PTO meeting great? Well, as I was sitting there, in walks a woman that works for the school district with a rolling cart full of books. Books! That she wants to send home with us to read! The district was asking community members and parents to basically preview novels that might be used in the curriculum for the junior high and high school. So we get to take a few books home, read them, and then write a brief summary about any objectionable material that might be in the book, etc. Greatest PTO meeting ever….I got to go home with a stack of books!


The One Where I Wanted to Be a Writer

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who LOVED books. Like was obsessed with books. Read All. The. Time. Got into trouble for reading too much. She loved Judy Blume and Nancy Drew mysteries in particular.

One day she realized she could use words to make stories. She started writing a story, with characters and plotlines very similar to her favorite author. Very proudly, she would show off her writing to adults in her life…who quickly rejected it. “That’s not REALLY how you feel is it?” “I don’t like this character.” And other similar comments, indicating that she should not continue with this particular endeavor.


The One With the Shed That Fed A Million Children

I took my kids to the library a couple weeks ago to sign them up for the Summer Reading Program and check out some books. Libraries and book stores are my favorite places to hang out really. I was again rushing through MY section in between the kids yelling for me for help, but I’m pretty sure I have a Library Angel. Again, on display on a shelf was this book by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow,The Shed That Fed A Million Children.  Quickly read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting so I checked it out.


The One With The Invention Of Wings

invention               I had  a few free minutes a couple of weeks ago before preschool pickup. I decided to run into the library to look for a few books for #1. He is a huge book nerd and reads A LOT! So I like to get him books from the library so that they are free. After I had chosen a few books for him, I had exactly two minutes to run through the adult section to see if something jumped out at me. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd was sitting on an end cap looking at me. I have read  The Secret Life of Bees by the same author before and liked it, so figured I’d give it a try.