Be sure to check out our recommended 2011 Summer Read-Alouds!

These are some books, websites, and other resources that have influenced my journey lately.


Peace Like a River by Lief Enger

So Brave, Young, and Hansom by Lief Enger (I’ll read anything written by Enger. His heroines remind me how fabulous it is to be a woman.)

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon (Not just characters, but friendsdear friends.)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers


* Regarding Faith:

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

When Life and Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James

* Regarding Life Issues

Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey (Get rid of credit cards all together! This changed our lives.)

Just Do Something  by Kevin DeYoung

Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane

Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Diane Langburg (Though written for counselors, this book counsels.)

Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend (In my humble opinion, this book should be required reading for every human being.)

* Regarding Marriage:

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney

For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Shlessinger

* Regarding Children and Families:

Baby Blessings (3 CDs full of prayers for babies; for all of us)

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby by Tracy Hogg

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Karp

Educating the Wholehearted Child by Sally and Clay Clarkson

The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

For the Children’s Sake and For the Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie O’Martian

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney


Picture Books We Love:

The Elm Tree and Three Sisters by Norma Sommerdorf

Miss Fanny’s Hat by Jan Karon

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Anatole by Eve Titus

Moses by Weatherford & Nelson

Reliably Great Authors: Deborah Hopkinson, Eve Titus, C.W. Anderson, Arnold Lobel, Ian Falconer, Don Freeman, Peggy Parish, Chris Van Allsburg, June O’Conner, Stan and Jan Berenstain

Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter

Chapter Books

Winnie the Pooh series by Milne

Millie, Molly, Mandy by Joyce

All-of-A-Kind-Family (and the whole series!) by Sydney Taylor

The Velveteen Rabbit

Stuart Little by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingles Wilder (Read it with a 4-year-old while doing this lapbook and you’ll have fun!)

Sonlight Curriculum Read-alouds

1000 Great Books

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