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My Latest Books and Our New Bedtime Routine

Fast forward two-ish months, and my child has taught himself how to sleep through the night (courtesy Taking Cara Babies). Normally Truett is in bed around 6:30 p.m., and he sleeps a solid 12 hours each night. It has certainly been an adjustment going from laying down with Truett at 7:00 p.m. and nursing 3-5 times in the middle of the night to laying him in his crib around 6:30 p.m. and not seeing him again until morning.

Part of me hates his early bedtime that no longer involves snuggling with mom in bed, but it was a healthy switch for everyone. Mom, Dad and baby are sleeping more. Dalton and I can spend time together. Plus I have a few hours in the evening to clean, do laundry, watch a TV show and read, which brings me to this post.

I want to share what I have been reading lately.

Each night before bed, I get about 10 pages in before I am fast asleep, lamp still on and everything, but I am happy with my new habit, and I do eventually finish the books.

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions In the Midst of Endless Demands

Okay—so it took me two months to finish this book, but hey—I'll still take it.

I bought several books by Lisa after purchasing and falling in love with her devotional Embraced. I decided to start with The Best Yes, and I enjoyed it. I would say 3 out of 5 stars. It had some helpful truths for the busy mom, the overachiever, the yes person, the over-committer, etc. While there were relatable stories, I didn't completely connect with Lysa's voice in this piece of writing. The messy stories Lysa used to illustrate various points felt a little too polished. I prefer a little more vulnerability laced with humor, insert anything by Jen Hatmaker.

I still would say it is a good book and worth the read. With almost any book on faith I pick up, God always has some important nuggets for me to apply to my own life and situations. I was most definitely on God's reading plan for me with this book, coming across the exact words when I needed them. I would say give this book a try and see what truths you can apply to your life.

Book Disclaimer: Seeing Double

Lysa borrows a lot of copy from The Best Yes in her book of devotions, Embraced. It is all good stuff, but I often found myself reading the same thing twice. Do yourself a favor and do not read through her devotional Embraced at the same time as this book.

Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared

The next book I read, which I just finished a couple of days ago, was Jessica Honegger's book, Imperfect Courage. I picked up this book because I was interested in learning more about Noonday (see my previous blog post on Noonday here), love following Jessica on her Instagram page, and she is friends with Jen Hatmaker. Is that weird? Anyone that Jen loves, I want to know about, learn from and read. If you can't tell, I am obsessed with all things Jen Hatmaker.

Back to Imperfect Courage - I really enjoyed this book. Jessica's writing voice most definitely matches what you see from her online. She is kind, thoughtful and a southern woman with a mission - all while still coming off lighthearted and silly.

This book is encouraging and will have you thinking about what your next steps are to do something that matters.

...in fact, I think finishing reading this book has a lot to do with why I'm finally back on my blog.

What is next on my reading this?

The Tattooist of Auschwitz (recommendation by Madi Nelson)

I just started this one, and I would love for you to read along with me.


by: Michelle Ryan

Courtesy of nap time and an early bedtime

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