March was busy busy! I only finished three books all month: For Young Women Only and two others. Read on for my impressions of each…
3 books I read in March
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Our family has been listening to an audio version of Anne of Green Gables for the past two weeks. It came as no surprise that my girls have enjoyed this classic tale about a little red-headed orphan with a big imagination, but I’ve been amazed at how my boys have taken to it, as well.
They can undoubtedly relate to Anne’s knack for getting into trouble, but part of their interest stems from the amazing job actress Kate Burton does reading. She uses such a variety of voices and affects that it seems as if the action is being played out before our very eyes.
One of my guys told me, “There’s no way I’d ever have chosen to read this book myself, because the language is so flowery, but she reads with such expression, it’s easy to follow and understand, so listening has been fun.”
If you are unfamiliar with Anne of Green Gables, I highly recommend this unabridged audio version. I bought our copy used for under $10. However, you may also want to check out the free downloadable versions (presented by other readers) available through LibriVox.
Overload Syndrome by Richard Swensen
Subtitled “Learning to Live within Your Limits’, this book offers hope to the weary and worn.
The author, who also wrote the equally helpful Margin, as well as one of my husband’s favorites, More Than Meets the Eye, is a Christian physician who “provides practical life-changing prescriptions” to the pervasive problem of spreading oneself too thin.
That’s something most of the moms (and dads and kids) I know do routinely. How about you?
For Young Women Only by Shanti Feldhahn
I know Shaunti Feldhahn wrote this book to help young women decipher their boyfriends’ baffling behaviors, but as a mother of eight boys, I have found that it gives invaluable insight into what is going on inside the heads of my teenage and young adult sons, as well.
I’ve long understood the importance of treating my husband with respect, thanks to Feldhahn’s earlier book, For Women Only, Emerson Eggerichs’ Love & Respect, and a willingness to accept God’s command to wives in Ephesians 5.
However, For Young Women Only served as reminder to me that a man’s deep desire to feel respected begins long before he takes a wife. Respect is a gift I should be giving to my sons as well as to my husband.
What about you? How do you communicate respect to the young men in your family?
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