This weekend I felt like reading a book, so I actually read three. The first was the one I liked the best of the three.
I feel bad admitting it though. It was a cheesy, Christian romance book titled Married 'til Monday
It also makes me think a lot about how I'm raising my kids. What will they think about their own childhoods when they grow up? One thing that is always on my mind is preparing them for the future and helping them develop the ability to cope with life in healthy ways. I want to teach them how to talk through conflicts and not run away from them.
So, I know all of that may sound strange to take from a fiction book, but when my mind starts processing, I always end up somewhere.
The second book was one that I didn't like as well. It was titled Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories. I read this one because Elizabeth Musser wrote one of the short stories in
The third book I read was by Erin Healy. It's coming out in September. Hiding Places. This is not a romance, but a realistic fiction book written by a Christian author. There's a difference between
I hearken back time and time again to what Ryken says in his book, Realms of Gold. He says that we read books because they help us make sense of life.
The first book is a reminder of how when mistrust and issues are added into the mix how a marriage can tear a itself apart. I look around me at the world and I listen to the stories of friends and acquaintances and my compassion increases. I am reminded of the importance of fighting for my marriage when my husband and I disagree at times (because we do just like every other married couple I know). The third book reminded me of how messed up families can be, what gangs are like and how they think, how anger and bitterness can drive people, how hiding the truth of who you are harms other people, and how not confronting conflict doesn't make it go away.
All three of these books will be released before summer's end. Hiding Places is coming out on September 8, 2015; Married 'Til Monday is being released next Tuesday on June 9, 2015; and Among the Fair Magnolias is being released on July 14, 2015.
Please note that I received complimentary e-copies of these books for review from Thomas Nelson Publishing.