February was busy! I only finished four books all month (including Jaquelle Crowe’s This Changes Everything). And all four were audiobooks.
I listened to the first aboard a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. The second during our 10-hour flight home from London. (We made it back just a week before everything in Europe started shutting down due to the Coronavirus.) The third while chauffeuring kids and grandkids about town. And the fourth while folding laundry and doing various other household chores.
This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe
I was so impressed with this book (another freebie from christianaudio.com) It written while Jaquelle Crowe was still a teen. Thought provoking and Biblically sound, the pointed chapters examine how putting one’s faith in God affects every aspect of life.
The author urges her target audience (teens) to “reject the status quo and low standards our culture sets for us.” Instead, she challenges them to dig deep into what the Bible says about following Jesus. For when we become true disciples of Christ, it really does change everything: Our habits. And our relationships. And our priorities. This book calls young and old alike to live intentionally, joyfully, and in a way that magnifies Christ.
Triggers by Amber Lia & Wendy Speake
I’ll be honest with you. The only reason I listened to this book is that it was — inexplicably — the only title already downloaded to my device when I found myself cruising over the Atlantic at an altitude of 35,000 feet and desperate for something more productive to do than watching inflight movies. (I crocheted while listening).
Triggers was yet another free offering from christianaudio.com. I don’t recall ever even downloading this book, but I’m glad I did. It deals with various triggers mothers face and the anger that often spews out as a result.
Although anger has never been my besetting sin, the book helped me better understand and sympathize with moms who daily contend with frayed tempers and frazzled nerves. The authors provide Biblically sound advice for overcoming anger and responding to triggers in a more Christlike way. I so appreciated Wendy Speake’s heart and wisdom on this matter that I’ve since listened to a book in which she addresses a struggle I’m more prone to share — her sweet tooth. Watch for my review of The 40-Day Sugar Fast next month.
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
The children and I listened to Mary Poppins on Audible. We all thoroughly enjoyed the story. I must admit, however, this is one of those rare instances in which I like the movie better than the book. And I think the kids felt the same way. Julie Andrews version of Mary Poppins seems so much more loveable than P.L. Travers’ original nanny.
We’ve finished two more audible children’s books since this one, which I’ll review in coming months. Audiobooks are a delightful way to share classics together. And right now, thanks to coronavirus quarantines, Audible is offering free children’s stories for as long as schools are closed — no membership required. Just follow this link for more details.
Living Forward by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy
A worthwhile read for anybody wanting to live a more purposeful, balanced life. Hyatt and Harkavy suggest starting with the end you hope to achieve and working backwards. They address all aspects of life: spiritual health, family and relationships, job and work-related goals, health and fitness.
The authors’ solid advice is easily adaptable to a variety of life circumstances. I’ve used similar methods for years to define my priorities and stay on track.