I’ve been asked a couple times lately for book recommendations so I thought I’d do a quick what we’re reading now.
The first book I am lately in love with is In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. If you saw Food, Inc. then you are somewhat aware of the topic of industrialized food in America, but this book delves into it on a basic human level…what exactly are all the processed foods we consume (often/usually without awareness) doing to us, our bodies? I loved this book so much and felt so compelled by what I read that I immediately had my husband and sister start reading it. I know so many people, like us, who care about their health and attempt to do good things for their bodies, but there is so much I did not know or realize until I read this book, and I can tell you it’s changed everything for our family.
The next book is Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes. I have so many thoughts about this book… To begin with, it’s not for everyone. Obviously not everyone wants to be at home, raising their kids, etc. But the great thing is that for those who do want that, but feel they can’t afford to, there was alot of motivation and statistics about two-salary incomes, which it turns out doesn’t amount to much at all when the variables like childcare, a house cleaner, eating out more, extra gas, etc. will bring/cause. (All things which affect all the two-salary families that I know of.) Families like that were barely breaking even, and so there was a lot of motivation to examine finances and truly determine the wisest financial and familial course. But that was just one tiny part of this book. One of Amazon’s reviews says, “Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity, or relentless servitude.” That’s actually a much better review then I could give!
For anyone with children, and at any future baby showers I attend, I think I will include at least one copy of the following two titles. They are Simplicity Parenting and Heaven on Earth. Both deal with rhythms/routine and the theory that less-is-more with small children. “If you are raising children in these anxious times, you need this book. It will inspire you, reassure you, and, most important of all, it will remind you that less is more, that simplicity trumps complication, that rhythm and routine bring peace to the soul. In this profound and practical guide, Kim John Payne offers parents a doable, step-by-step approach to simplifying everyday family life, from the toy box to the dinner table. In the process, he reveals to us the rewards to be found in slowing down, savoring our children’s childhoods, and more fully enjoying our own adult lives.”
“Heaven on Earth” is probably my favorite parenting book at this point, because it’s so practical and simple and peaceful! “Heaven on Earth balances theoretical understanding of child development with practical ideas, resources, and tips that can transform family life. Readers will learn how to establish the life rhythms that lay the foundation for all learning; how to design indoor play environments that allow children the broadest skills development; and how to create backyard play spaces that encourage vigorous movement and a wide sensory palette. Through art, storytelling, and the festival celebrations, this book is a guide to build a “family culture” based on the guiding principle of love. Such a culture supports children and allows the free development of each unique soul.” (from Amazon.) I really enjoyed it, and I find myself returning to the pages and rereading sections frequently for inspiration and to re-remember. 🙂 Highly recommend!
I’d love to hear feedback what you are reading this summer, what is inspiring your family and personal growth! Leave a comment with recommendations 🙂