What I’m Reading | Feb 2015

I have a goal of reading 30 books this year, the year I turn 30! Here are the books I read in February:

1. The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegal 


Over the past year and a half, I have become a brain nerd. When we started our adoption education, we learned just how much the way we parent affects our children’s mind and how we can also be a part of healing their little brains if they’ve walked through trauma before coming into our home. A friend suggested this book to me as a way to also help parent my biological children in a way that leads to healthier brain connections. This will be a book that I will go back to on a regular basis. It gives you all the brain science, but is written in a way a busy, tired mom can understand. There were many practical examples on how to help your child become aware of their behaviors at an age appropriate level. This is a great resource to add to your collection, whether you have only bio kids or if you have adopted kiddos from hard places (this would be a great resource for teachers too).

2. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty


I loved “What Alice Forgot” and was so excited to read another one of Liane Moriarty’s books. This book did not disappoint. I walked into the book thinking that I knew what the plot would be, but she had twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I stayed up late a few too many nights finishing this page-turner. If you’re looking for a book to read while on a long drive or on vacation, put this one on your list! I give this book 4 stars (I still think What Alice Forgot was a better story. I’m very excited to read her next book Big Little Lies, but it might not happen till this summer since the wait list at the library is LOOOONNG)

3. Let’s All be Brave by Annie F. Downs

lets all be brave

I heard Annie speak at the Influence Conference in 2013 and fell in love with her hilarious wit and her passionate heart for people. So I was really excited to pick up her book this year.  It was a quick read that challenged her readers to be brave in the callings God has placed in your life. Annie shared her life story of how she took small, brave steps out of her comfort zone which led her to living a life of adventure with God. I enjoyed this read because it wasn’t a book that defined brave as only making crazy, audacious steps (like selling all your belongings and moving to Africa), but also about taking that brave step to invite a new friend over for a coffee date or choosing to live on a smaller budget so that you can give more money to a charity. She affirmed the small, daily steps of walking with God as being brave and living with everything you have. I give this book 4 stars.

I’ve got a long list of books that I can’t wait to dive into this year! And I’m very thankful for the app/website Goodreads to help me keep track of all that I’m reading. What’s on your nightstand?

January I read Make it Happen by Lara Casey, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, & The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. And I’d recommend them all!


  1. Man, I wish I could peruse your personal library and take out a book or two. 😉

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