Three of the books I read were on my original list, while two were other titles that I picked up from my bookshelves as they caught my attention. Here are some of my thoughts and reactions during my reading, in case you might be interested in some of these titles as well.
What Happens When Women Say Yes to God: Experiencing Life in Extraordinary Ways, by Lysa TerKeurst was a great inspirational read. The message of the book is to say "yes" to God, even before we know what He might ask us to do, so that we do not miss the "divine appointments" He has in mind for meeting with us in our lives. I like the idea of God seeing a "yes-heart in me," in Lysa's words.
"...if you are in the thick of living with all that life throws at you and you simply whisper yes, you are equipped. 'Yes, Lord. I want Your patience to invade my desire to fly off the handle.' 'Yes, Lord. I want Your perspective to keep my emotions in check.' 'Yes, Lord. I want Your provision so things don't seem so overwhelming.' 'Yes, Lord. I want Your courage to do what I feel You calling me to do.' 'Yes, Lord. I want and need more of You in every moment'" (13).If building your relationship with God, learning to see Him at work in your daily life, and being able to rest in His presence speaks to your soul, then I would recommend Lysa's book to you. I am interested now in reading some of her other books (especially, Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl), and have bookmarked her blog for further reading.
Mary, Janet, and Danielle for the project. I am very excited to try something new like this. Ludwig's book provides plenty of art journal eye candy (you can see all my blue sticky notes sticking out from the pages), and gave me some fun ideas for my journal, such as some options for a sign-in page for the participants.
launched me into a Happiness Project of my own that got me jogging, breathing deeply for self-control, and looking for healtheir, non-toxic alternatives for my home and personal care products (among other things). Gretchen's second book was just as inspiring to me as the first. She wrote very much from a place where I am right now. Many of the projects she undertook were the kinds of things I have been undertaking myself, and refelect the theme of simplicity that I am seeking this year.
In the same chapter, she talked about getting rid of materials for a project she'll never finish; my plan is to finish all those projects I've purchased materials for. She decided to ignore feng shui; I have feng shui books leering at me from the bookshelves, with ideas I've never managed to incorporate. She talked about preserving sentimental objects that she cherishes; I just purchased archival boxes and sorted the girls' artwork from the past five years. She tackled the task of reading the manuals for machines and gadgets, and I read the manual for the camera my husband bought me for Christmas (though I found out that the real meat of the directions is on a CD in the camera box, which I haven't yet looked at!). Rubin's anxiety over family photos closely mirrors my own, and her "quest for a cause" mirrors some of my own thinking.
The advice that stuck in my head so that I was able to put it to immediate use was her plan to undereact to problems. I can't tell you how many times something will go wrong with the girls--a drink spilled, a bowl of beads spread out over the kitchen floor, a broken toy--and the words "underreact" floated through my brain and helped me to keep my cool.